First Performances--BBC Proms 2013

Matthias Pintscher and Sofia Gubaidulina

Robert Stein

Matthias Pintscher was granted the sixth Roche Commissions award in 2012, when Sofia Gubaidulina had to withdraw at short notice. Pintscher's Roche commission, Chute d'étoiles, coincidentally received its London premiere within a few days of the UK premiere of Gubaidulina's The Rider on the White Horse. Roche deserve the thanks of the music world for their initiative, running since 2004 but hardly suffering from over-exposure. Their choice of composers has been good: Birtwistle, Benjamin, Hosokawa - and Unsuk Chin slated for 2014. The link with the Lucerne Festival and Cleveland Orchestra (which gave the world and US premieres of the Pintscher piece) is also marvellously helpful. While it's debatable whether luminaries like Sir Harrison need the exposure, the focus on the now-coming-to-major-prominence generation (Chin was born in 1961, Pintscher 10 years later) is welcome.

Journal Tempo
Year 2014
Volume 68
Issue 267
Pages 54-55

Stein, Robert (2014) First Performances--BBC Proms 2013: Matthias Pintscher and Sofia Gubaidulina. In: Tempo, Vol. 68, No. 267, pp. 54-55. Available at


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