On the 15th of October 2023 a recording of the violin concerto "Tipping Points" will premiere on Youtube at 16:00 CET. The newly commissioned concerto, composed by Rachel Portman, was performed by solo violinist Niklas Liepe and the WDR Funkhausorchester and conducted by Erina Yashima at the Funkhaus Wallrafplatz on the 8th of September 2023.
November update: the entire concert of the WDR Funkhausorchester can be viewed here.
"Tipping Points" is a newly commissioned concerto for violin, orchestra, and voice, and includes six new poems by poet Nick Drake, interwoven between the six movements of the work. The themes of the 25 minute work, both in the music and the poems are about the powers of nature and the confronting emotions triggered by collapsing ecosystems:
00:00:00 I. Invocation: A Different Sound Sings Through Everything
00:03:40 II. Air: Conjurer of Secret Atmospheres
00:09:14 III. Water: Simple Spell Conjuring a New Green World
00:12:38 IV. Fire: We're Losing the Family of Things
00:17:34 V. Earth: The Time is Now to Make Peace with the Earth
00:23:21 VI. Epilogue: Whisper the Forests until they Rise Again