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Three leading Dutch ensembles are playing a selection of George Crumb’s astounding work. He is this festival’s composer in focus. Black Angels, subtitled Thirteen Images from the Dark Land, is one of his most intense and best known works. It was written in 1970, during the Vietnam War, for an ‘electric string quartet’. The Dutch Ragazze Quartet is playing the piece accompanied by a new commissioned video installation from 33 1/3. The programme includes a selection from A Journey Beyond Time (American Songbook II), a series of arrangements of classic spirituals from the American Songbook, composed by Crumb in 2003, sung by soprano Claron McFadden. An Idyll for the Misbegotten (1985), played on French horn, has a lonely menacing calm, and Crumb creates an enchanting dream world in his 1976 composition Dream Sequence (Images II).