American violinist Courtney Orlando performing the world premiere performance of British-American composer Oscar Bettison‘s ‘Pale Icons of Night’ Violin Concerto – with conductor Alan Pierson and Alarm Will Sound Chamber Orchestra.
Recorded live on the 6th of November, 2018 – in Baltimore.
“When I started thinking about the piece I got really fixated with the idea of night and the difference between dreams and wakefulness … and also how things seem more pronounced at dark and other things fade into the darkness in a way that they don’t during daylight … ” Oscar has told The Violin Channel.
“So, for me it’s the idea of two states, two types of music: a dreamlike state and another more tangible, more solid kind of music … these two things pull and push against each other throughout the piece …” the Peabody Institute of Music faculty member has said.
“I think the piece is quite narrative, a friend of mine told me that it’s like a novel without words … there’s a lot of material that comes back, sometimes quite literally, sometimes it’s more hidden, but I think that adds to the sense that the piece is building a kind of hidden narrative.”