by Kenneth Hesketh

Uncoiling the River is a new work by Kenneth Hesketh for piano and orchestra co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with support from the RVW Trust. It was premiered by Clare Hammond with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Martyn Brabbins on the 25 January 2019 at the Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, and will be performed again by the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko on the 30 January 2020.

The title is both poetic and descriptive, outlining the formal plan the work follows; a ‘toccata’ figure is constantly bent and reconstituted, evolving through expansion and contraction alongside a number of strata that are juxtaposed or superimposed as the work unfolds. Other representative works include Knotted Tongues, In Ictu Oculi and Inscription-Transformation.

Uncoiling the River is 24 minutes long. Click here to view the instrumentation.

“Time is the substance I am made of.
Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river;
it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”

Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths