Fretwork at Wigmore: Benjamin and Goehr

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On Wednesday we had a fantastic evening at the Wigmore with the wonderful mezzo Susan Bickley, in a programme of George Benjamin and Alexander Goehr. We played George’s piece Upon Silence (with him conducting!), which was the first new piece written for Fretwork back in 1990; it’s extraordinarily difficult and extraordinarily beautiful. It was an honour to work with him. It was also an honour to be sharing the stage with Tabea Zimmermann and Antoine Tamestit, who played George’s Viola, Viola. It was literally the finest string playing of any kind I’d ever heard. They were like a single, beautiful organism.

Here’s a review in the Guardian.