Vic Hoyland
Composer

BCMG/Masson

By Andrew Clements

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Two premieres and the first performance of a major revision featured in the opening concert of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group's season, conducted by Diego Masson. Alongside postwar classics from Maderna and Donatoni, the commissions came from Richard Causton and Vic Hoyland, and the reworking from Simon Holt, whose Goya-inspired Capriccio Spettrale of 1988 emerged with renewed urgency and nightmarish brilliance to set a standard neither of the brand new works could quite match....