Bernas, Richard


Gramophone Award-winning conductor Richard Bernas is also Music Consultant at Tate Modern. The events he has developed there are without equivalent in European museums, gallery rather than concert based. They have included performing Feldman's Rothko Chapel and Tallis' Lamentations in Tate's Rothko Room, commissioning Rebecca Saunders' Chroma for the large Turbine Hall, performing music during such exhibitions as Arte povera and Brancusi, and collaborations with BBC Radio 3, the Almeida Festival and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.

As well as conducting many of the BBC Orchestras and performing extensively in Europe he has worked with many of today's leading composers. World premieres have varied from Maw's Odyssey at the Festival Hall to Stockhausen's Sternklang in the Berliner Tiergarten, including James Dillon's Oceanos for the BBC Proms and a number of ballets for The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, where he has been a guest for a dozen years.

Highlights of his theatre work include Mozart's Idomeneo for the Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse, the Ravel Operas for Opera Zuid, Holland, Britten's Prince of the Pagodas at Covent Garden and the MET and most recently Will Tuckett's full staging of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at ROH2. His recording of Turnage's Greek has recently been re-issued (Decca) and NMC will re-issue his Virgin recording of Casken's Golem.

In April 2005, he returns to Covent Garden for Henze's Ondine.


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These three major works by one of Britain's most respected composers explore the effects of shifting rhythms, textures and timbres within music that explodes with ideas and events.


Gramophone Award Nomination - Best Contemporary Recording 1993


Recording date: 21 March 1991 (East 11th St), 12-13 February 1990   

Recording venue: Henry Wood Hall, London (East 11th St), All Saints' Church, Tooting

Engineers: Mike Hatch for Floating Earth (East 11th St), Tony Faulkner 
Producer: Colin Matthews 
Editing & mastering: Marian Freeman for Modus Music

Cover image: Doris McCarthy

(P) 1992 NMC Recordings Ltd

Edition Peters
Catalogue number:
NMC D004
Release Date:
1 January 1992