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World Premiere of Gerald Barry's Viola Concerto with the Britten Sinfonia

May. 01, 2019

World Premiere of Gerald Barry's <em>Viola Concerto</em> with the Britten Sinfonia

On May 18, Gerald Barry's Viola Concerto receives its world premiere with the Britten Sinfonia and violist Lawrence Power under the direction of Thomas Adès. Paired on the program with Beethoven's Symphonies No. 7 & 8, the premiere performances of Barry's Viola Concerto are part of the Britten Sinfonia's presentation of the complete Beethoven symphonic cycle. To complete the cycle, Barry's The Eternal Recurrence will be performed on May 25 and 26 alongside Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. 

About his new concerto, Barry notes:

"I partly discovered music through exercises. I did not distinguish between these exercises and art. They were the same to me as Mozart or Schubert. Exercises have always been pure things for me, clean, unaffected by dreaded profundity. They are liberating and free, and I always feel good psychologically and physically after playing them. This Viola Concerto is, I suppose, a homage to their ecstasy."

Listen to Gerald Barry’s String Quartet No. 1 (1985) here:

(String Quartet No. 1/Gerald Barry/Members of the Xenia Ensemble)

To learn more about Gerald Barry, visit

Gerald Barry
Viola Concerto (2018-19)
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The Eternal Recurrence (1999)
for soprano and orchestra