Review: Vale Of Glamorgan Festival - BBC NOW @ Hoddinott Hall
The latter piece was a spectacular discovery. Her Elongation Of Night is one of my favourite works from this century. These nine minutes for string orchestra can only be described as the journey into a humongous crystal. You are in awe and blinded by its majesty. It brought to my mind Arvo PÃ¤rt's Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten. What sounds very simple must be an absolute nightmare to perform. It borders on uneasiness, yet remains a sheer belter of vitality. Breathtaking.
Fitkin's music simply couldn't live up to this, but had glimpses of great music. His Cello Concerto is a huge messy and uninteresting umber and his ballet score Mindset perhaps too chipper in places, owing to the taking of the Baroque standard. In a pre-show talk (JanulytÄ— sadly couldn't make the festival), he spoke of not having a mobile phone and other humorous talk. A window cleaner outside with a power hose couldn't resist the temptation to clean the window of the very room the talk was taking place, causing much interference to our gathering. It was hilarious though.
With next year's festival here before we know it, the music of Sir John Tavener has already been programmed.