The Circling Canopy of Night
...But the most heartening piece was The Circling Canopy of Night of 1999 from a youngish, very talented Brit, Kenneth Hesketh.
Fantastico e delicato, the score’s opening direction reads. Words well chosen: the piece takes flight beautifully, musing on the universe through tingling, skittering strands of sound, streaked with the chocolate burblings of bass clarinet or soprano sax.
22 August 2001
Works by three major figures of the era - Stravinsky, Xenakis, Henze - were joined by music by Bach (idiosyncratically arranged by Stravinsky) and the young British composer Kenneth Hesketh.
However, if there was a piece too many in this particular concert, where prolonged platform-changing inevitably sent the concert into overtime and precariously close to the last Tube home, it would be impossible to say which. All five were examples of compositional concision at its most refined - even the melee of notes that makes up Hesketh's recent The Circling Canopy of Night, a glistening whirl of nocturnal colours, had a driving sense of purpose and onward movement.
23 August 2001