Two Lapels And A Pocket

Spirited and lively with crack effects

The Goettinger symphony orchestra opened their concert with a premiere in the city hall. The first suite from Kenneth Hesketh's chamber opera The Overcoat (after Gogol) celebrated a successful premiere under the direction of Christoph Müller. 

How does one overcome the unknown?  Very simply:  One makes it known.  This is what conductor Christoph Müller did... in the premiere of the suite Two Lapels and a Pocket by the English composer Kenneth Hesketh (born 1968):  The  GSO played short sections of the composition and in addition Mueller told the audience what action the music was to accompany. 

Thanks to this preparation, the listeners encountered a comfortable atmosphere of familiarity when listening to the complete suite, the motives seemed like old acquaintances, increasing in certainty, so that this very coloured and innovative music won at once many friends, in no small part thanks to the sympathetic and lively interpretation of the premiere.  The reception was far more than just a "good result", so much so that orchestra, conductor and composer were evidently happy. 
December 2005
Das Orchester - Review
Goettinger Symphonie Orchester
Christoph Mueller
Stadthalle, Goettingen