A performance of Brett Dean’s Grawemeyer Award winning composition “The Lost Art of Letter Writing” in London, has been warmly received. Featured in a recent BBC Total Immersion day at the Barbican Centre, the four movement concerto for violin and orchestra was composed in 2006 and won the award in 2009.
The concerto was premiered by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins with soloist Frank Peter Zimmerman ( to whom it is dedicated), in Cologne in March 2007. It premiered in Australia in November 2009 at the ANAM, Melbourne performed by the orchestra of the academy, conducted by Dean himself with Kristian Winther, soloist.
Since then it has been performed around the nation and in 2011 at the Stockholm Composer Festival.
Andrew Clements of The Guardian comments: “the only mystery is why such a vividly engaging work….. should have taken so long to get here”.
Read his review:
The composer’s programme notes: