George Benjamin: Viola, Viola, directed by Marc Desmons
For two violas
Commissioned for the opening of Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, this viola duo evades the orthodox melancholy obscurity typical of its constituent instrument and instead finds a burning and excited sound sewn throughout the ten-minute piece.
Born in England in 1960, George Benjamin was the youngest living composer to have had music performed at the Proms. Hear the unapologetic agitation woven through this viola duo.