BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA / ZIEGLER ; Classical ++ Queen Elizabeth Hall LONDON
Maycock, Robert, The Independent (London, England)
Two hours after Jonny "Radiohead" Greenwood picked up his British Composer Award at the Hayward Gallery, there was his piece waiting to be heard next door. Popcorn Superhet Receiver was his first work for the BBC Concert Orchestra, where he subsequently became resident composer. For strings only, it owns up to an influence from early Penderecki. But the substance of the music is something else altogether.
A slow blur of impossibly rich chords starts to let through faint solo instruments, now tentative and now stronger. It is at its most captivating when big chords fade and wisps of inner detail are left floating. Unlike the rest of the programme, it paraded the primacy of feeling over guile, a stance that doesn't usually get people far in British music. Let's hope he has the strength of mind to protect this original voice.
Greenwood's presence points up the ongoing makeover of an orchestra once most famous for light music. It hasn't yet bucked the system, which steers it to composers that the BBC Symphony Orchestra won't touch (they win listeners' prizes rather than judges' prizes). The music world's …
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Publication information: Article title: BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA / ZIEGLER ; Classical ++ Queen Elizabeth Hall LONDON. Contributors: Maycock, Robert - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: November 29, 2006. Page number: 21. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.