Premieres of the Year

(...) This was a lean year for world premieres in Scotland, with the Edinburgh International Festival not even able to boast one. However they did stage a stunning performance of Heiner Goebbels' Surrogate Cities with the BBC SSO, conductor Andrea Molino, and singers Jocelyn B Smith and David Moss, whose improvisational raps and percussion playing were truly extraordinary. The complex soundworld of the cities we live in were evoked in an exciting fusion of baroque, jazz, rock and sampled sounds - a Pastoral Symphony for the 21st century. (...)

Susan Nickalls
Classical Music (oa), 21 December 2002