News comes in of a streaming broadcast of Pierluigi Billone’s music on Radio France Musique. The concert includes performances of Billone’s Mani.Long and the premiere of his Kosmoi, Fragmente, both performed by Ensemble L’Instant Donné, conducted by James Weeks.
As Weeks himself puts it, Billone is ‘a real (virtually) unknown gem of a composer’, and that’s especially true I think in the UK. Almost everything I know about him has come from online conversations with composers more familiar with what’s going on on the continent. However, that state of affairs might be on the turn: the Arditti Quartet are playing his Muri IIIb per Federico de Leonardis at Huddersfield later this month, and don’t be surprised if Weeks himself has some ideas of his own.
As a taster of Billone’s dramatic and primevally resonant music, here’s a video of Alex Lipowski of the Talea Ensemble playing his Mani.Mono:
The Radio France broadcast is available until the 18th October. I urge you to give it a listen.
(Score extract above taken from Mani.Giacometti, for violin, viola and cello.)