Errollyn Wallen: Are you worried about the rising costs of funerals? [Live]

Errollyn Wallen: Are you worried about the rising costs of funerals? [Live]

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Errollyn Wallen's new work combines Latin American-influenced words and music with contemporary composition. Focusing on the subject of death, Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals? weaves together powerful swinging rhythms with gospel style embellishments. The texts display a wide range of characters and deal with different perspectives on death while avoiding an angry or morose approach.

Marrying a Central American sensibility with contemporary European stylings, the Belize-born composer's work resonates with New Music Biennial's international theme.

Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals? was commissioned by Mr McFall's Chamber.

Susan Hamilton soprano
Mr McFall’s Chamber Strings
Rosenna East violin 1
Robert McFall violin 2
Brian Schiele viola
Su-a Lee cello

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Produced with the support of funders and partners:

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The performance of Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals? was recorded live by the BBC at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 2 August 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 4 and 7 August 2014.

Catalogue number: NMC DL201413
Release Date: 14 August 2014