Got a brochure through the post today for the BBCSO's 2012-13 season, including the line-up for the three Total Immersion days in 2013.
First up, Oliver Knussen
. So far so acceptable.
Next up, erm, Sounds From Japan
. So, not content with the ridiculous notion that a few hours of a single composer's work might be considered "totally immersive", the notion that we might get a similar experience for a whole country is being wheeled out (when there are plenty of composers who, as we've said on this forum, would be really valuable additions to this series!) seems really strange. So, we're getting Takemitsu (he'll have been dead almost exactly 17 years by the time of the concert, interesting definition of "contemporary"!), Jo Kondo, Dai Fujikura (
), Akira Nishimura, Misato Mochizuki, Toshio Hosakawa and Akira Miyoshi (and a little bit of traditional Japanese music).
Then, finally, as if the notion of getting an immersive view of a whole country's contemporary music weren't strange enough, the third Total Immersion will be New From the North
(given the subtitle Per Norgard and music from Denmark & Finland
). So, that's Per Norgard, Hans Abrahamsen, Jouni Kaipainen, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Bo Holten, Olli Kortekangas, Jussi Chydenius, Sunleif Rasmussen, Sebastian Fagerlund and Magnus Lindberg.
On the other hand, the 2012-13 BBCSO season does at least include a rare Tippett symphony cycle (and his piano concerto!).