Hear And Now

Hear and Now is the main contemporary music programme on Radio 3.

It features live concerts and studio sessions from the best new music groups, and premieres of BBC commissioned works.

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20010707

Verity Sharp presents new music inspired by landscape, recorded especially for the programme by soprano Jane Manning and Jane's Minstrels conducted by Roger Montgomery.

Anthony Payne: Empty Landscape, Heart's Ease.

Deirdre Gribbin: How to Make the Water Sound.

Per Norgaard: Seadrift.

Julian Anderson: Sea Drift.

Betsy Schramm: while east deserves of dawn.

Anthony Payne: Evening Land.

Plus a report from Tom Service about the Second Biennial International Conference of 20th-Century Music, held last weekend at Goldsmith's College, London.

20010721

The first of three programmes from the Hoxton New Music Days 2001.

20010804

Sarah Walker presents the second of three programmes of highlights from the Hoxton New Music Festival.

Featuring music by two unjustly neglected disciples of Stockhausen - Clarence Barlow and Tim Souster.

20010811

Verity Sharp presents highlights from two recent events, starting with performances from June's LMC Festival of Experimental Music, which included works by French electronic minimalist Eliane Radigue, Japanese koto player Miya Masaoka and Romanian pianist-composer Ana-Maria Avram.

Then, at around midnight, the programme features selected performances from the International Rostrum of Composers, held in Paris in the same month - including pieces by Michael Smetanin, Unsuk Chin, Brian Current and Uljas Pulkkis.

20010818

Sarah Walker introduces a concert of recent works by veteran American composer Elliott Carter.

Recorded in May at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, the concert features the UK premiere of Carter's first opera and is preceded by a talk given by the work's librettist, Paul Griffiths.

Carter: What Next? Valdine Anderson, soprano (Rose), Christopher Purves, baritone (Harry or Larry), Rosemary Hardy, soprano (Mama), Christopher Gillett, tenor (Zen), Hilary Summers, contralto (Stella), Gwilym Bowen, boy alto (Kid), London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen.

Carter: String Quartet No 5.

Arditti Quartet.

20010901

Verity Sharp introduces a concert by the BT Scottish Ensemble led by Clio Gould, which was given at Dance Base as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Piers Hellawell: Sound Carvings from the Water's Edge.

Steve Reich: Violin Phase.

Louis Andriessen: Symphony for Open Strings.

Steve Martland: Crossing the Border.

Plus, at about 12.25, a studio recording of James Dillon's violin concerto, performed by Thomas Zehetmair with the BBC Scottish SO under Martyn Brabbins.

20010915

Sarah Walker and composer Simon Emmerson survey new electronic music heard at Ars Electonica in Linz and at the Festival of Electronic Music in Bourges.

20010922

BBC NOW/Brad Cohen.

Sculthorpe: Earth Cry.

Lentz: Ngangkar.

Kats-Chernin: Piano Concerto No 2.

Boyd: At the rising of the sun.

Torjussen: Biodeuwedd.

Edwards: Symphony No 2 Symphony No 2 (Earth Spirit Songs).

20010929

Verity Sharp reports on the Gaudeamus Music Week, held this month in Amsterdam, and plays music by some rising stars, including new music from the Russian Federation Symphony No 2 (Earth Spirit Songs).

20011013

Graham Lynch: Invisible Cities.

Tom Ingoldsby: Wave Etchings.

Joby Talbot: Lover's Ink.

Colin Riley: The Inside Springs.

Deirdre Gribbin: Jack B.

Joby Talbot: minus 1500 Deirdre Gribbin: Jack B, played by the Composers Ensemble, and another piece by Joby Talbot: minus 1500, played by the London Sinfonietta.

20011027

A concert given by the ensemble Apartment House featuring the music of Laurence Crane and James Clarke.

Verity Sharp and Sarah Walker talk to the composers.

20011103

Music performed during Birmingham's Discover Denmark festival by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group under Pierre-Andre Valade.

Plus chamber music by Salvatore Sciarrino.

20011110

Sarah Walker presents a portrait of British composer Jonathan Harvey, including an interview and a concert of his music played by the BBC SO under Pierre-Andre Valade.

20011117

Verity Sharp introduces a concert from this year's Oxford Contemporary Music Festival given by the ensemble Piano Circus.

Plus orchestral music by Vladimir Tarnopolski.

20011124

The Fidelio Trio.

Gubaidulina: Silenzio; Chaconne.

Denisov: Solo sonata for violin.

Gubaidulina: Etudes Nos 4, 3, 5 and 9 for cello.

Denisov: Trio.

20011208

A concert given by BBC Singers/Stephen Cleobury.

Ligeti: Lux Aeterna.

Birtwistle: Three motets (The Last Supper).

Simon Holt: Startled Grass.

Ligeti: Three Fantasies.

20011215

In the third of five programmes from this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sarah Walker presents a portrait of the British composer James Wood.

20020105

New Zealand Quartet, BBC Scottish SO/Kenneth Young.

Jack Body: Pulse.

Ross Harris: Music for Jonny.

Bowater: River of Ocean.

De Castro Robinson: Other Echoes.

Cresswell: Concerto.

20020119

Nicolas Hodges (piano), Simon Limbrick (percussion), Birmingham Electro-Acoustic Sound Theatre.

Schaeffer: Etude aux objets.

Stockhausen: No 12 Kontakte.

Dhomont: Le cycle du son.

20020126

Sarah Walker introduces a programme of music by German and Austrian composers performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Plus works from last year's Donaueschingen Festival.

20020202

Sarah Walker presents music by German composer Matthias Pintscher.

20020209

In the first of two programmes devoted to the music of Helmut Lachenmann, Sarah Walker revisits the 2000 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

20020223

BBC Scottish SO/Pierre Andre Valade.

Stuart MacRae: The Witch's Kiss.

Gordon MacPherson: Handguns - A Suite.

Jennifer Martin: Hearing Pictures.

Edward Harper: Elegy for horn.

20020302

To mark Wolfgang Rihm's fiftieth birthday this month, Verity Sharp introduces performances of two of his works given at the 2000 Huddersfield Festival.

20020309

Sinfonia 21 under Martyn Brabbins play works by Julian Anderson, Jonathan Harvey and Claude Vivier.

And Sarah Walker talks to composer Edward Cowie.

20020316

BBC SO/Johannes Kalitzke.

Joyce Bee Tuan Koh: Tai.

Tanaka: Guardian Angel.

Chin: Kala.

Lim: The Tree of Life.

Plus new music on CD by Toshio Hosokawa and Younghi Pagh-Paan.

20020330

Causton: Notturno.

Cresswell: The Voice Inside.

BBC Scottish SO/Volkov.

Benjamin: Three Inventions.

Ligeti: Violin Concerto; Lux Aeterna; Three Hungarian Etudes; Night; Morning.

20020406

BCMG Ensemble/Peter Rundel.

Julian Anderson: Alhambra Fantasy.

Huw Watkins: Sonata for cello and eight instruments.

Gerald Barry: Dead March.

Turnage: Bass Inventions.

20020413

London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen.

Hans Werner Henze: Trauer-Ode fur Margaret Geddes.

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Dark Crossing.

Robert Zuidam: McGonagall-Lieder.

20020427

BBC Philharmonic/James MacMillan play works by Cetiz, Dickson, Groves, Leal, Croft and Mulgan.

MacMillan: Parthenogenesis.

New Ensemble/James MacMillan.

20020504

Martyn Brabbins conducts the London Sinfonietta in music by William Atwood, Julia Simpson, Dai Fujikura, David Gorton, Tarik O'Regan and Ben Foskett.

20020518

The ensemble Ixion perform new music by composers including Robert Saxton, Stephen Montague, Tara Guram, Alison Kay, Andrew Toovey, Michael Finnissy and Chris Newman.

20020525

A London Sinfonietta concert of new music by Jonathan Cole, Detlev Glanert, Maxwell Davies and George Perle.

Plus at 12.15 a discussion of English music in the 1960s and 70s.

20020608

Ensembles from Russia and Latvia visit Oxford to perform new music by Ustvolskaya, Sioumak, Tarnopolski, Kourliandsky, Vustin, Kesselman and Korndorff.

20020615

New music composed and chosen (Takemitsu, Sciarrino and Xenakis) by the brilliant Scottish composer James Dillon, plus chamber music by Mediterranean composers.

20020622

Verity Sharp introduces new music by Jonty Harrison, Ozzie Johnston, Gavin Bryars, Pwyll ap Sion, Poul Ruders and Robert Ghillies.

20020629

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Arditti Quartet.

Parades: Can silim tun.

Dillon: Vapor.

Neuwirth: Nova mob.

Kurtag: String Quartet No 1; Officium breve in memoriam A S; Zwiegesprach.

20020706

A composer portrait of Morton Feldman by the Composers' Ensemble.

Music by Feldman, Stravinsky, Cage, Wolff, Wolpe and Webern.

20030301

New music by Simon Holt, Wolfgang Rihm, Jonathan Harvey and Larry Goves performed in concerts by Sinfonia 21 and the Nash Ensemble.

20030426

London Sinfonietta And Warp Records The London Sinfonietta conducted by Stefan Asbury joins forces with Warp Records for the opening concert from the second Ether Festival, given in March on London's South Bank.

The music of Nancarrow, Cage, Ligeti, Ives and Stockhausen is heard alongside special arrangements by Margan Hayes and David Horne of tracks by Squarepusher, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin.

Plus, Warp artist Mira Calix performs a new version of her piece Nunu, made from recordings of insect noises.

With Rolf Hind (prepared piano), Simon Haram (saxophone) and Sound Intermedia (electronics).

In Electro-Instruments, the third instalment from the Cut And Splice festival, Robert Worby introduces music from the British sound sculptor Janek Schaeffer; the results of Oval's collaboration with Eriko Toyoda; and Quartet Electronische's new realisation of John Cage's Cartridge Music (1960).

20030712

Sarah Walker introduces a special Hear and Now invitation concert from the BBC's Maida Vale studios, given by the Duke Quartet who specialise in contemporary music.

In addition to Joby Talbot's String Quartet No.1 and Arvo Pärts Summa, the quartet played alongside one and two taped quartets respectively in Kevin Volans' String Quartet No.6 and Steve Reich's Triple Quartet.

The concert also included George Crumb's 1970 quasi-programmatic parable on modern times, Black Angels, in which the amplified quartet are required to play crystal glasses, thimbles and various percussion.

Continuing with the music of Kevin Volans, the composer talks about writing for string quartet and the challenge of composing the concerto for piano and wind instruments, performed here by Peter Donohoe and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Harding.

20030809

Tom Service presents a double bill of concerts from the London Sinfonietta, featuring the world premiere of a new work by Goehr conducted by Oliver Knussen, and with Peter Serkin as the piano soloist.

20030816

Sarah Walker presents a new one-act opera based on the finding of a body in a hollow tree in the Midlands in the 1940s.

Simon Holt: Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm? Rachel Nicholls (soprano) Andrew Slater (baritone) Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Alexander Briger (conductor) Recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival on 21st June.

Plus, a concert from Birmingham by the BCMG conducted by Susanna Mälkki: David Sawer: Tiroirs Param Vir: TheTheatre of Magical Beings (world premiere) Toru Takemitsu: Rain Coming Magnus Lindberg: Jubilees.

20040515

London Sinfonietta

Martyn Brabbins conducts the London Sinfonietta in a concert given in March including the world premiere of Two interludes for an Opera by Jonathan Harvey, and the UK premieres of James Clarke's Concetto Spaziale (per Lucio Fontana), Georg Friedrich Haas' Monodie, and Sphäre um Sphäre by Wolfgang Rihm.

Jonathan Harvey's classic electronic work Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco completes the programme.

Presented by Ivan Hewett.

20040821

Presented by Ivan Hewett.

Odaline de la Martinez and Daniel Asia direct the ensemble Lontano in a concert of American works by Daniel Asia and Earle Brown.

20041127

Sarah Walker introduces the world premiere of Nicola Lefanu's BBC commissioned cantata, Light Passing, with libretto by John Edmonds.

A staged production recorded in the New Centre for Early Music, in York.

Clark Rundell conducts Ensemble 10/10 and a cast led by Nicholas Folwell as Pope Clement VI, with Ildikó Allen, Nicola Dunne, Nicholas Clapton, Richard Edgar-Wilson, Petro Wychrij, Joey Howard and Benedict Rowe.

And in the wake of the recent London Jazz Festival, James Barrett's jazz-inspired piece Conversations with Chet, based on the music of legendary Cool Jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.

Composed to mark the 70th birthday of Sir Roger Norrington, who conducts the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra with BBC New Generation Artist Alison Balsom as the trumpet soloist.

Plus a look-ahead to next month's British Composer Awards.

20050129

Three large scale works with a spiritual undercurrent make up this programme.

John Tavener, who turns 61 on 28 January, is represented by a new work drawing on the metaphysical writings of Frithjof Schuon: his Hymn of Dawn is played by the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Stephen Layton with Patricia Rozario (soprano), Andrew Rupp (baritone), Paul Edmund-Davies (flute) and Darragh Morgan (violin).

Sofia Gubaidulina's music is imbued with religious feeling, and her Introitus is named after the introductory chant of the mass.

It's played here by the Kiev Chamber Players conducted by Vladimir Kozhukhar, with Béatrice Rauchs (piano).

And in the wake of the recent James MacMillan weekend, the composer conducts the BBC Philharmonic in his own Symphony No.3, which draws on global elements of spirituality in a work that is both dark and moving.

20050409

Sarah Walker presents two concerts given by the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester last December.

In the first, James Macmillan conducts music selected by the Society for the Promotion of New Music and Peter Maxwell Davies conducts a selection of his own pieces, all inspired by his childhood memories of the Salford area of Manchester, including Spinning Jenny, a vast, industrial scherzo.

Richard Norris: Further musings

Richard FitzHugh: These are the little things

Iain Matheson: Every moment alters

Eneko Vadillo : Mutara.

20050430

Two composers with Celtic roots, James MacMillan and Deirdre Gribbin are the focus tonight, beginning with a studio session of choral works introduced by Ivan Hewett.

James MacMillan: A Child's Prayer, On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin

Graham Fitkin: Ending

Deirdre Gribbin: Yeats Sang

BBC Singers

Stephen Disley (organ)

Nicholas Kok (conductor)

Sarah Walker also presents a CMN Tour concert recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, and discusses its innovative staging with Deirdre Gribbin and director Lou Stein.

James MacMillan: The Road to Ardtalla, James MacMillan Ì, A Meditation on Iona

Deirdre Gribbin: Venus Blazing

Ernst Kovacic (violin)

Britten Sinfonia

Pierre-Andre Valade (conductor)

Arvo Pärt:...

which was the son of.

20050618

Alwynne Pritchard talks to Matthias Pintscher.

Members of the Philharmonia Orchestra perform two of his short pieces, conducted by the composer himself: Janusgesicht and A Twilight's Song, with Julie Moffat (soprano).

Then the LONDON Sinfonietta is conducted by Ilan Volkov in a Hear and Now Studio Concert recorded at LSO, St Luke's.

20050716

Alwynne Pritchard reports from the Indaba festival held in Grahamstown, South Africa.

This year's theme is Reimagining Africa, with music from across the continent.

The featured composer is Justinian Tamusuza from Uganda, plus some cutting-edge electronica and the Bow Project, which celebrates Xhosa bow music in new compositions for mouth bow and string quartet.

Part of the BBC's Africa Lives season.

20050723

Jac Van Steen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in an invitation concert featuring the world premiere of Mark Bowden's Sudden Light alongside music by three of the elder generation of composers.

Howard Skempton: Chorales

Roger Smalley: Piano Concerto (with Rolf Hind)

Michael Finnissy: Sea and Sky

And later, Stephen Stirling is the soloist in the world premiere of Gary Carpenter's Horn Concerto played by the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Baldur Bronniman.

20050924

Presented by Sarah Walker.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, gives a portrait concert of John Woolrich, including performances of:

Oboe Concerto

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Ulysses Awakes

Scott Dickinson (viola)

Double Mercury

Plus more music from the St Magnus Festival.

Henryk Górecki: Little Music No 4

Salvatore Sciarrino: Le Voci Sottovetro

Alexandra Gibson (alto)

Paragon Ensemble

Garry Walker (conductor).

20051008

Sarah Walker introduces a concert recorded as part of the London Sinfonietta's International Benjamin series in May.

Curated by George Benjamin who also conducts the London Sinfonietta, the concert includes a rare performance of Pierre Boulez's Éclat/Multiples and Benjamin himself as solo pianist in his own Shadowlines.

In addition to Beat Furrer's Still, there is the world premiere of Cantatrix Sopranica commissioned by the London Sinfonietta from Unsuk Chin, featuring the sopranos Anu Komsi and Piia Komsi and the countertenor Andrew Watts.

Also, to prefigure his work with Harold Pinter in a special collaboration for Radio 3 (on October 10 at 9.30pm), two works by James Clarke performed by Apartment House - the Oboe Quintet (Christopher Redgate, oboe) and La violenza delle idee.

20051029

Tom Service presents the City of London Sinfonia's special Hear and Now Studio Concert recorded at Cadogan Hall.

It's an all-British Concert, with two new works (Attwood and Panufnik) and two classics.

Roxanna Panufnik's piece is the third in a series of settings of Vikram Seth's animal anthology, Beastly Tales from Here and There.

William Attwood: Black and White Verticals (CLS/BBC commission; World Premiere)

Barry Guy: After the Rain

Nicholas Maw: Sonata Notturna

Christian Poltera (cello)

Roxanna Panufnik: The Hare and the Tortoise

Patricia Rozario (soprano)

Yvonne Howard (mezzo-soprano)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Sian Edwards (conductor).

20051105

Sarah Walker introduces Ensemble 10/10, the new music ensemble of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell.

The concert features soloists Nicholas Cox (clarinet) and John Helliwell (soprano saxophone) in Giya Kancheli's poetic Afternoon and Night Prayers, the final two movements of his large-scale work Life without Christmas.

Plus two works by Liverpool-born Kenneth Hesketh (Fra Duri Scogli and Dei Destini Incrociati) and the staged performance of a work commissioned from Mark Simpson, a 17-year-old Liverpudlian and student of the RNCM Junior School.

20051119

Composer and pianist Thomas Larcher joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a Maida Vale Studio concert featuring works by German and Austrian composers.

The orchestra is conducted by Pierre-André Valade.

Philipp Maintz: Heftige Landschaft mit 16 Baumen

York Höller: Aura

Thomas Larcher: Antennen (solo piano)

Olga Neuwirth: incidendo/fluido (solo piano)

Johannes Maria Staud: '...gleichsam als ob'.

20051126

Ivan Hewett presents music recorded in two concerts at the Warehouse in London's Waterloo as part of the British Music Information Centre's annual Cutting Edge series.

Presented with the Austrian Cultural Forum and marking the 70th birthday of Kurt Schwertsik, the music is performed by the Royal Northern College of Music New Ensemble and students from the Vienna Conservatory, conducted by Clark Rundell, and features works by Johannes Maria Staud, Marcel Reuter, Reinhard Fuchs, Johanna Doderer, Joe Cutler, David Horne and Schwertsik.

20060218

Sarah Walker presents contemporary music influenced by jazz.

The main work tonight is Blood on the Floor; Mark-Anthony Turnage's visceral suite for jazz soloists and orchestra, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra recorded at City Hall, Glasgow, earlier this month.

Peter Erskine (drums)

John Parricelli (guitar)

Dave Carpenter (bass)

Martin Robertson (sax)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

And later, new BBC-commissioned pieces by Dave Maric played by the Katya Labeque Band recorded on their CMN Tour last December.

Fred Frith (guitar)

Viktoria Mullova (violin)

The Katya Labeque Band.

20060304

Recorded at a special studio concert at LSO St Luke's in London, the Arditti Quartet and pianist Nicolas Hodges perform a programme of recent works by British and German composers.

Presented by Alwynne Pritchard.

Plus music from last year's Huddersfield Festival.

Wolfgang Rihm: Interscriptum

Philipp Maintz: (nucleus, 1st movement of Inner Circle)

Hanspeter Kyburz: String Quartet

Paul Newland: Mie

James Dillon: Soadie Waste

Hans Abrahamsen: 3 Little Nocturnes

Cikada String Quartet

Frode Haltli (accordion)

Fabio Nieder: Sogno 10 lunedi; in una casa; molte gente; musiche son tornato a casa

Ensemble Recherche.

20060311

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, is joined by the Arditti Quartet and Nicolas Hodges to celebrate Vic Hoyland's 60th birthday.

The concert includes two of his most celebrated works - the Piano Quintet and Of Phantasy - and also features Harrison Birtwistle's Slow Freeze, David Sawer's The Memory of Water and the world premiere of Philip Cashian's Skein.

Plus, pianist Stephen Gutman plays more Sawer, The Melancholy of Departure, and Andrew Toovey's Five Miniature Portraits.

Presented by Sarah Walker

20060325

Robert Worby introduces a studio session by the Michael Nyman Band, playing Nyman's new BBC commission for Mozart year, Revisiting the Don.

They are joined by mezzo-soprano Hilary Summers for Nyman's Six Celan Songs.

Plus, the London Sinfonietta, conducted by Jurjen Hempel and joined by Synergy Voices and Sound Intermedia, gives its first public performance of Writing on Water, a new collaboration between David Lang and librettist Peter Greenaway, commissioned to mark the bicentenary of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar.

The piece was performed alongside a contemporary classic, De Staat by Louis Andriessen, and recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

20060401

From Maida Vale Studios, the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds performs an all-Matthews programme.

Presented by Ivan Hewett.

Matthews, Colin: Eleven Studies in Velocity (Noriko Kawai, piano); Hidden Variables; Unfolded Order - UK Concert Premiere; Suite for piano (Noriko Kawai, piano); Sonata No 5: Landscape

And later, the Nash Ensemble conducted by Lionel Friend plays music by one of Matthews' contemporaries, Oliver Knussen:

Knussen, Oliver: Ophelia Dances.

20060429

Valentin Silvestrov Portrait

Sarah Walker is joined by composer and Soviet music expert Gerard Mcburney to present a studio concert by senior Ukrainian composer, Valentin Silvestrov.

Silvestrov Meta-Walzer

Silvestrov Symphony No 5

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Szolt Nagy (conductor)

Plus music from Cheltenham Festival 2004, including a piece by McBurney himself:

Gerard Mcburney: Eyebright and Tormentil

György Kurtág: Scenes from a Novel, Op 19

Nicole Tibbells (soprano)

BCMG

Brett Dean (conductor).

20060610

Sarah Walker introduces a programme of works exploring the ideas of journeying and memory.

Luigi Nono: La lontananza nostalgica utopica future - madrigal for several travellers for solo violin, eight magnetic tapes and eight to ten music stands (1988-9)

Iona Petou-Colan (violin)

Malcolm Hayes: Odysseus Remembers (2005) BBC Commission

Circe....Claire Booth (soprano)

Anticlia....Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Teiresias....Andrew Watts (counter-tenor)

Odysseus....Roderick Williams (narrator)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Luigi Nono: No hay caminos, hay que caminar...Andrej Tarkowskij for seven instrumental groups

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra

Michael Gielen (conductor).

20060617

Robert Worby introduces a Hear And Now concert from LSO St Luke's in London, showcasing a diverse array of new British music - ranging from a delicate string quartet to a dynamic piano concerto, and a piece featuring a wandering horn player.

Bryn Harrison: four cycles

Saed Haddad: Le Contredésir (UK premiere)

Philip Cashian: Piano Concerto (World premiere)

Joanna Bailie: Five Famous Adagios for string quartet

Richard Ayres: No 36 (NONcerto for horn)

London Sinfonietta

Zsolt Nagy (conductor)

Sarah Nicolls (piano)

Michael Thompson (horn).

20060701

Featuring BBC Orchestral performances from studios in Manchester and London.

Tansy Davies: Tilting

Simon Holt: Sunrise Yellow Noise

Claire Booth (soprano)

David Gorton: The Fall of Babel (WP)

Simon Bainbridge: Three pieces for Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Zsolt Nagy (conductor)

Jordan Hunt: 6 Pieces

Fung Lam: Illumination

Ed Bennett: Ausland

Philip Venables: Arc

BBC Philharmonic

James MacMillan (conductor).

20060708

To mark the death last month of the Hungarian born composer Gyorgy Ligeti, Tom Service introduces a concert given by the London Sinfonietta on the composer's 70th birthday in 1993.

There is also the chance to sample some of Ligeti's smaller-scale wizardry in a variety of guises.

Overture Le Grand Macabre; Melodien for orchestra; Piano Concerto - with Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano); Chamber Concerto for 13 instruments

London Sinfonietta

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Glissand - electronic composition

Volumina

Hans-Ola Ericsson (organ)

Continuum

Antoinette Vischer (harpsichord)

String Quartet No 2

Arditti String Quartet.

20060805

Sarah Walker presents a concert of music commissioned and performed by the Nash Ensemble.

From Elliott Carter's recent work inspired by a harpist he knew in the 1930s to Turnage's affectionate tribute to Richard Rodney Bennett where three generations of composers explore the musical potential of a small group of instruments.

Followed by Alexander Goehr's Sinfonia for chamber orchestra, written in Jerusalem in 1980.

George Benjamin: Viola Viola

Lawrence Power and Philip Dukes (viola)

Huw Watkins: Gig (2005)

Mark Anthony Turnage: Bleak Moments, Horn Quintet (world premiere)

Elliott Carter: Mosaic, 2005

Simon Holt: the other side of silence

Jonathan Cole: Scrawling Out, Oboe Quartet (world premiere)

Mark Anthony Turnage: Slide Stride

Nash Ensemble

Lionel Friend (conductor)

Alexander Goehr: Sinfonia

London Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen (conductor).

20060819

Sarah Walker introduces a concert of mainly Italian music recorded by the Ives Ensemble at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2002.

With studio guest Christopher Fox.

Aldo Clementi: Impromptu

Karel Goeyvaerts: Litanie IV

Aldo Clementi: om dagen i mitt arbete

Ives Ensemble

Berio: Differences, 1958

Contempoartensemble

Mauro Ceccanti (director)

Magnus Robb: Sprosser

Fabio Nieder: Sulla Ruota del giorno

Berio: Sincronie (1963-4)

Arditti Quartet

Aldo Clementi: im Himmelreich.

20060826

A second airing for five British works, two premiered last year and three others revived in fresh performances by two of the BBC's orchestras.

Introduced by Sarah Walker and Ivan Hewett.

Howard Skempton: Chorales

Roger Smalley: Piano Concerto

Rolf Hind (piano)

Mark Bowden: Sudden Light

Michael Finnissy: Sea and Sky

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jac Van Steen (conductor)

Gary Carpenter: Horn Concerto

BBC Philharmonic

Stephen Stirling (horn)

Baldur Bronniman (conductor).

20060902

Sarah Walker introduces two concerts from this year's City of London Festival with its Japanese theme, together with new works specially commissioned for the occasion.

Maki Ishii: Tango Prism

Dai Fujikura: Touch of Breeze; Cutting Sky (wp); Okeanos Breeze

Toshio Hosokawa: In die Tiefe der Zeit

Toshi Ichiyanagi: Transfiguration of Flowers (mov't 2)

Nigel Osborne: Stone Garden 2

Judith Bingham: The Cruelty of The Gods (wp)

Mai Fukasawa: Forgotten Psalm (wp)

Improvisation

Nigel Osborne: Taw-Raw

Madeleine Mitchell (violin)

Merima Kljuco (accordion)

Claudio Bohórquez (cello)

Okeanos.

20060909

Robert Worby introduces a concert of improvisations and works recorded by members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and AMM, in Glasgow City Halls.

Plus, as a preface to Radio 3's focus on the work of Rabindranath Tagore, a conversation with Param Vir about setting Tagore's poetry.

Varese: Intégrales

Webern: Five Pieces, Op 10

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Improvisation Set 1

AMM: John Tilbury (piano)

Eddie Prévost (percussion)

Scelsi: Anahit

Elizabeth Layton (violin)

James Tenney: Form II - In Memoriam John Cage

Improvisation Set 2

AMM: Eddie Prévost (percussion), John Tilbury (piano), John Butcher (saxophone) and members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ewan Robertson (flute)

Tony Alcock (double bass)

Mark O'Keefe (trumpet)

Barry Deacon (clarinet)

Simon Johnson (trombone)

Heather Corbett (percussion)

Param Vir: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva

London Sinfonietta Voices

Terry Edwards (director).

20060923

Sarah Walker presents a studio concert by the Duke Quartet.

Plus, in an extended interview, Kevin Volans talks about his early years as a composer and the challenges of writing string quartets.

He also introduces his Concerto for piano and wind instruments, written for the BBC Proms in 1996 and performed by Peter Donohoe and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Harding.

Joby Talbot: String Quartet No 1

Arvo Pärt: Summa

Kevin Volans: String Quartet No 6

Steve Reich: Triple Quartet

George Crumb: Black Angels

The Duke Quartet.

20061014

With Sara Mohr-pietsch.

Gordon McPherson: The New Black (BBC commission; world premiere)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Zsolt Nagy (conductor)

Thea Musgrave: Lamenting with Ariadne

Christopher Yates (viola)

Jonathan Holland (offstage trumpet)

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Brett Dean (conductor)

Tansy Davies: Spiral House (BBC commission; world premiere)

Mark O'Keeffe (trumpet)

Brett Dean: Intimate decisions

Brett Dean (viola)

Steve Reich: Three Movements.

20061118

Sarah Walker presents music from two college concerts.

Stephen Pratt: Double Act (world premiere)

Mark Anthony Turnage: Torn Fields

Mark Simpson: Septet

Mark Anthony Turnage: Crying Out Loud

Paul Keohone (baritone)

Ensemble 10/10

Clark Rundell (conductor)

Given at Royal Northern College of Music earlier this month.

Simon Limbrick: Drum Gods (revisited)

Edgard Varese: Ionisation

Trad: Ghanaian Drumming

Richard Benjafield

The Guildhall Percussion Ensemble

Given at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in January.

20070113

Ivan Hewett introduces music from the 2006 Donaueschingen Music Days and the Aldeburgh Festival, which featured recent work by Brian Ferneyhough.

Brian Ferneyhough: Plötzlichkeit for large orchestra (SWR and Radio France co-commission; world premiere)

Monika Meier-Schmid (soprano)

Truike van der Poel (mezzo)

Janet Collins (contralto)

SWR Symphony Orchestra

Arturo Tamayo (conductor)

Nicolaus Richter de Vroe: Les cases conjuguées; Schwesterfelder for string quartet and orchestra (SWR commission; world premiere)

Arditti Quartet

Brian Ferneyhough: Missa Brevis (1969)

Exaudi Vocal Ensemble

James Weeks (director)

Adriana Hölszky: Flugmanöver for two clarinets and orchestra (SWR commission; world premiere)

Das Klarinettenduo: David Smeyers, Beate Zelinsky

Brian Ferneyhough: String Quartet No 5 (first performance).

20070203

Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces a concert of new music selected by SPNM artistic director Rolf Hind, recorded at the Wigmore Hall.

Rolf Hind (piano)

Duke Quartet

Alfred Schnittke: Piano Quintet

Jeremy Thurlow: The Will of the Tones

Naomi Pinnock: IS

Shiori Usui: Liya-pyuwa

Philip Venables: String Quartet

Rolf Hind: The Eye of Fire.

20070217

Robert Worby presents a concert recorded at the Sage, Gateshead, last November.

Jussi Jaatinen conducts the legendary Dutch 'anti-orchestra' Orkest de Volharding in a programme of pieces by British composers under the title Outlawed.

Andrew Hamilton: Music for people who like nature

Joanna Bailie: Intermittence

Christopher Fox: De Groote Muziek

Michael Wolters: Concerto Grosso

Laurence Crane: Ullrich 1 and 2

Richard Ayres: Vogelvrij/Outlawed.

20070224

Tom Service presents a concert recorded at The Cornerstone in Liverpool last November, and talks to the composers.

Louis Andriessen: Zilver (1994)

Gary Carpenter: Die Flimmerkiste (1983)

Louis Andriessen: La Passione (2002)

Cristina Zavalloni (soprano)

Monica Germino (violin)

Ensemble 10/10

Clark Rundell (conductor).

20070310

Out of Manchester

2/2.

Featuring new music from Manchester-based groups, performed by Psappha and the BBC Philharmonic.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch.

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Silent Cities

BBC Philharmonic

Clark Rundell (conductor)

Simon Mawhinney: Bar Code II

Psappha

Jonathan Cole: Temporale Distante (Penumbra II)

Gordon McPherson Maps and Diagrams of our Pain

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Drowned Out.

20070317

The Nash Ensemble play an all-British concert threaded with inspirations from English literature, given at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Presented by Tom Service.

Thomas Ades: Court Studies from The Tempest for piano, violin, cello and clarinet

Harrison Birtwistle: Crowd for solo harp

David Horne: Life's Splinters for tenor and ensemble (setting of DH Lawrence; BBC commission; world premiere)

Birtwistle: Lied for cello and piano (UK premiere)

Simon Holt: 4 Quarters for string trio

David Matthews: Terrible Beauty for mezzo-soprano and ensemble (world premiere)

The Nash Ensemble

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

James Gilchrist (tenor)

Paul Watkins (cello)

Lucy Wakefield (harp)

Lionel Friend (conductor).

20070526

2/2.

Robert Worby introduces new music mainly from The Netherlands or influenced by the Dutch school.

Robert Zuidam: For Two Pianos

Daniel Becker, Huw Watkins (pianos)

Peter Adriaansz: Triple Concerto

Maarten Altena Ensemble

Helene Grime: Entwined channels

Daniel Becker, Huw Watkins (piano)

Robert Ashley: Tap Dancing in the Sand

Yannis Kyriakides: Tinkling (or killing time in an airport lounge and getting arrested).

20070602

Ivan Hewett presents a studio concert recorded last month at LSO St Luke's in London, and talks to featured composer Gerald Barry.

Clive Williamson (piano)

Mark van der Wiel (clarinet)

London Sinfonietta

Richard Baker (conductor)

Gerald Barry: Wiener Blut

Michael Finnissy: Alongside

Gerald Barry: Handel's Favourite Song

Ian Vine: ocre oscuro (world premiere)

Gerald Barry: Lisbon (UK premiere)

Plus a concert recorded at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham, last February.

Ades: Chamber Symphony

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Thomas Ades (conductor).

20070609

Sara Mohr-pietsch presents two works recorded in concert by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

She speaks to Tansy Davies about her work Falling Angel, inspired by Anselm Kiefer, and ahead of his opera The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit, composer Gerald Barry is in conversation with Ivan Hewett.

Andrew Watts, William Purefoy (countertenors)

Christopher Lemmings (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Stephen Richardson (bass)

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Thomas Ades (conductor)

Tansy Davies: Falling Angel

Gerald Barry: The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit.

20070707

Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces a concert given at Glasgow's City Halls by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov.

It features works by Jonathan Harvey and electronic improvisations by Kaffe Matthews, who processes live samples of the orchestra's performances to create two new pieces.

Harvey: Body Mandala

Matthews: Improvisation 1

Harvey: Timepieces for two conductors

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov, Stefan Solyom (conductors)

Harvey: Tranquil Abiding

Matthews: Improvisation 2.

20070721

Tom Service presents music recorded at a recent Birmingham Contemporary Music Group concert, which ranges from the serialist adventures of Anton Webern to the world premiere of Johannes Maria Staud's spatial concerto for harpsichord, electronics and ensemble One Movement and Five Miniatures.

Also featuring works by Gyorgy Ligeti, Edward Rushton and Benedict Mason.

Edward Rushton: Palace

Johannes Maria Staud: One Movement and Five Miniatures (world premiere)

Clive Williamson (harpsichord)

Jonathan Green and Simon Hall (live electronics)

Anton Webern: Five Canons on Latin Texts, Op 16

Three Traditional Rhymes, Op 17

Barbara Hannigan (soprano)

Benedict Mason: Nodding Trilliums and Curve-Lined Angles

Gyorgy Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre

BCMG

Richard Baker (conductor).

20070901

Ivan Hewett in conversation with Scottish composer David Horne, whose works are featured in a studio concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

David Horne: Submergence (world premiere); Double Violin Concerto (London premiere); Flex for piano and ensemble; Concerto for Orchestra (London premiere)

Clio Gould, Jonathan Morton (violin)

David Horne (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Clark Rundell (conductor).

20071006

Summer Festivals

Robert Worby presents music recorded in June at the Spitalfields Festival in London.

Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen

Oliver Knussen: Prayer Bell Sketch

Terry Mann: Bells of Paradise

Chris Dench: Passing bells (Night)

Philip Mead (piano)

Ian Dearden (sound projection)

Richard Barrett: Flechtwerk (WP)

Carl Rosman (clarinet)

Mark Knoop (piano)

Richard Barrett: fOKT IV

Richard Barrett and fORCH.

20071013

Summer Festivals

Ivan Hewett presents music from the Bergen Festival, focusing on Danish composer Bent Sorensen.

Sorensen: Exit Music (WP)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

Sorensen: The Bells of Vineta; Lullabies 1; Minnelieder-zweites Minnewater; Angelus Waltz; Standchen; Shadow Siciliano; This Night of No Moon; Midnight Mazurka; Lullabies 2; Birds and Bells.

Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.

20071020

1/2.

As he celebrates his own 40th birthday, composer Julian Anderson presents two programmes marking 40 years of Radio 3.

In conversation with Tom Service, he reflects on his relationship with radio and on the works that have caught his ear over the airwaves.

Brian Ferneyhough: String Quartet No 2

Arditti Quartet

Gerard Grisey: Partiels

Ensemble Court-Circuit

Pierre-André Valade (conductor)

George Benjamin: Sometime Voices

David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Sinan Savaskan: Symphony No 2 (The Age of Analysis)

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Alexander Goehr: Behold the Sun

Jeanine Thames (soprano)

London Sinfonietta.

20071027

2/2.

As he celebrates his own 40th year, composer Julian Anderson talks to Tom Service about his relationship with radio and on the works that have caught his ear over the airwaves in 40 years of Radio 3.

Giacinto Scesli: String Quartet No 4

Arditti Quartet

Knussen: Songs without Voices

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Stefan Niculescu: Ison II

Instrumental Formation

Cristian Brancusi (conductor)

Ianis Xenakis: Anaktoria

Octet of Paris

Julian Anderson: Eden

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Julian Anderson: Imagin'd Corners

Sakari Oramo (conductor).

20071103

A concert of new music by seven composers from four countries performed by the Uroboros Ensemble.

Presented by Sara Mohr Pietsch in conversation with composer, conductor and Uroboros founder Gwyn Pritchard.

James Clarke: Echolalia (World première)

Helmut Zapf: Fragmente for Clarinet and String trio

Urus Rojko: Atemaj

Andrea Cavallari: Ordine e disordine

Gerhard Staebler: INTERNETx3/SCRAP

Gwyn Pritchard: Capriccio Inquieto

Philip Cashian: Caprichos

Uroboros Ensemble

Gwyn Pritchard (director).

20071110

Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces the premiere of a new work by German composer Heiner Goebbels, Songs of Wars I Have Seen, a setting of texts by Gertrude Stein reflecting on the everyday experiences of life during wartime.

The concert also includes Heinrich Biber's vivid Battalia, and another war-related piece by Goebbels, based on Leonardo da Vinci's notes on how to paint a battle scene.

Biber: Battalia a 10 in D

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Goebbels: Schlachtenbeschreibung (UK premiere)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

London Sinfonietta

Sian Edwards (conductor)

Goebbels: Songs of Wars I Have Seen (world premiere)

Matthew Locke: The Tempest (excerpts).

20071117

Gemini Plays Two Generations

Robert Worby introduces music from Gemini's weekend festival held last summer in London, combining pieces by old friends of the group, with newly commissioned music by young composers.

Sarah Leonard (soprano)

Alison Wells (mezzo-soprano)

Gemini

John White and Roger Hamilton (conductors)

John White: Symphonies 3 and 4

Charlotte Bray: Dos poemas de amor

Nicola Lefanu: Songs without Words

Nadja Gabriela Plein: Three Moons

David Lumsdaine: A Tree Telling of Orpheus.

20071124

Tom Service introduces a concert of contemporary music given by the Ulster Orchestra at this year's Sonorities Festival in Belfast.

There is also a rare performance of Morton Feldman's Piano from a 2005 concert by Stephen Gutman.

Simon Holt: Minotaur Games

Philip Hammond: Die ersten Blumen

Ian White: Island

Kevin Volans: Cello Concerto

Gavriel Lipkind (cello)

Ulster Orchestra

Gregory Rose (conductor)

Morton Feldman: Piano

Stephen Gutman (piano).

20071201

Tom Service introduces a concert of contemporary music for string quartet from the 2006 Sonorities Festival in Belfast.

Plus a performance of Gary Carpenter's After Braque, inspired by the works of the French painter.

Tim Souster: Hambledon Hill

James MacMillan: Memento

Christopher Fox: 1-2-3

Michael Alcorn: Leave No Trace.

Stephen Montague: String Quartet No 1

Smith Quartet

Gary Carpenter: After Braque

Ensemble 10/10

Clark Rundell (conductor).

20071208

Ivan Hewett introduces new music with a visual element, such as film or light shows, and music from Liverpool as it shapes up to be City of Culture.

Plus to mark the 80th birthday of musique concrete pioneer Pierre Henry, excerpts from his Messe de Liverpool.

Other music includes a selection of new 10-minute pieces from Ensemble 10/10's recent 10th birthday concert in Liverpool.

Ian Gardiner: L'escalier en spirale

Gary Carpenter: Sonatinas

Howard Skempton: Piazza

Kenneth Hesketh: Ein Lichtspiel

Christian Forshaw (alto saxophone)

Ensemble 10/10

Clark Rundell (conductor)

Anna Meredith: Flak

London Sinfonietta

Sound Intermedia

Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor).

20071222

Robert Worby presents a programme of music recorded by the ensemble Apartment House.

He is then joined by composers Michael Parsons and James Saunders to discuss the past, present and future of avant-garde and experimental music.

James Saunders: #121006 (for 2 dictaphones, radio, theremin, bic lid, Feedback set up, CD and mini speakers, and long hacksaw blade)

Markus Trunk: the rhythm mostly, but also the simple and natural words (for 3 wind instruments)

John Lely: The Harmonics of Real Strings (for cello)

Tim Parkinson: Quartet (4 percussionists)

Apartment House:

Anton Lukoszevieze (cello)

Andrew Sparling (clarinet)

John Lely, Tim Parkinson, James Saunders (auxiliary instruments, electronics).

20071229

For the last edition of 2007, Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by critics Annette Morreau and Ivan Hewett for a round-up of the year's new music highlights.

20080510

Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces works that combine instruments with electronics, plus works from an international convention on electroacoustic music.

Enno Senft and the London Sinfonietta under by Pierre-Andre Valade give the UK premiere of Michael Jarrell's Droben Schmettert Ein Greller Stein for double bass and ensemble.

And in a series of concerts given in Glasgow last month, the Diotima Quartet perform Jonathan Harvey's fourth String Quartet with electronics developed at IRCAM, a European institute for musical science.

Plus Pedro Rebelo from the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast discussing recent winners from the 2007 International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music.

20080906

New British Orchestral Scores

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by James MacMillan, perform scores chosen by the Society for the Promotion of New Music.

Charlie Usher: Rothko Monody

Chris Litherland: Funferall

Brian Noyes: Points of Decision

Christian Mason:...from bursting suns escaping...

Symon Clarke: Statue Circle.

20080913

Alwynne Pritchard presents new German music for voices and for piano.

Including:

Dieter Schnebel: Motetus I

Wolfgang Rihm: Quo me rapis

BBC Singers

Celso Antunes (conductor)

Pintscher: On a Clear Day

Mark Knoop (piano)

Jurg Baur: Die Blume des Scharon.

20080920

Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces recordings from this year's Vale of Glamorgan festival, including a new work by Piers Hellawell inspired by the work of sculptor David Smith.

Including:

David Cowley (oboe)

Robert Plane (clarinet)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Michal Dworzynski (conductor)

Gorecki: Three Dances

Guto Puw: Oboe Concerto

Piers Hellawell: Agricolas for clarinet and orchestra (BBC commission: world premiere)

Pawel Szymanski: Quasi una sinfonietta.

20081011

Alwynne Pritchard reports on a multimedia night called Rational Rec at London's Spitalfields Festival, with songs by Chris Newman, 13 Music-Theatre Pieces by Trond Reinholdtsen, Diana Burrell's One Man Band, Dust by Michael Finnissy and Christopher Fox's Generic Compositions.

Performers include Plus Minus ensemble, Michael Finnissy and The Vacuum Cleaner.

20081025

Tom Service presents a concert given earlier this month at Glasgow's City Halls, featuring works by British composer Nigel Osborne and the first performance of a BBC Commission by Anna Meredith.

Monica Brett-Crowther; Elizabeth McCormack (mezzo-soprano)

Simon Johnson (trombone)

Scott Dickinson, Andrew Berridge (violas)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Clement Power (conductor)

Nigel Osborne: Woman - reworked arias from the composer's operas

Anna Meredith: Barchan - for trombone and orchestra (BBC commisssion, world premiere)

Nigel Osborne: East; Transformations 1 - for two solo violas

Marina Adamia: The Birth of Enkidu.

20081101

Robert Worby presents a rare performance of pieces from Stockhausen's Aus Den Sieben Tagen, recorded at the Cut and Splice Festival in London last weekend.

These text pieces from 1968 are performed by leading new music interpreters including Maja Ratkje, Phil Minton, Aleks Kolkowski, David Behrman, laptop quartet 2021 and Apartment House ensemble.

The first piece is performed by Sara Hubrich and Matthew Knowles, who will prepare, as instructed by the composer, by fasting and remaining solitary for four days beforehand.

20081108

Robert Worby presents a rare performance of pieces from Stockhausen's Aus Den Sieben Tagen, recorded at the Cut and Splice Festival in London in October.

These text pieces from 1968 are newly realised by leading new music interpreters including Maja Ratkje, Phil Minton, Aleks Kolkowski, David Behrman, laptop quartet 2021 and the Apartment House ensemble.

20081115

Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a programme of the music from Karlheinz Stockhausen, performed by the London Sinfonietta, as part of the Southbank Centre's recent Stockhausen series.

With music for orchestra including a UK premiere of Zodiac, and the world premiere of a segment of Klang for tape, entitled Urantia.

Helena Rasker (contralto)

London Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Kathinka Pasveer (sound projection)

Igor Kavulek (sound engineer)

Drei Lieder

Klang for tape 'Urantia' (world premiere)

Zodiac (UK premiere)

Five Star Signs; Five More Starsigns.

20081122

Tom Service presents a concert of new jazz played by Arve Henriksen (trumpet) and ensemble

Tom Service presents a concert from the London Jazz Festival featuring Arve Henriksen (trumpet) and Ian Ballamy (saxophone) with the London Sinfonietta, including compositions by Ballamy and Peter Tornquist as well as improvisations.

20081129

Ivan Hewett presents recordings by Liverpool-based Ensemble 10/10 and talks to their director Clark Rundell.

Plus Tom Service on the role of awards in new music ahead of the 2008 British Academy of Composers Awards ceremony in London.

Mark Simpson: Nur Musik, for oboe and ensemble

Jonathan Small (oboe)

William Marshall: The River Is the Unconscious Thief and Destroyer of Its Surroundings

Gary Carpenter: Closing Time, for tenor and ensemble

Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (tenor)

John Casken: The Dream of the Rood, for four voices and ensemble

Hilliard Ensemble

Ensemble 10/10

Clark Rundell (conductor).

20090124

In a performance given at London's Barbican as part of the Stockhausen Composer Day, Robert Worby presents the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Stockhausen's meditative work Inori.

Written in 1973-74, Inori is based on prayer-like gestures interpreted on stage by a mime and a dancer.

The expressive movements, performed by the two silent soloists and drawn from a variety of religious practices, are mirrored in the response of two orchestral groups.

Robert is also joined by Stockhausen authority Robin Maconie to discuss the piece.

Kathinka Pasveer (dancer-mime)

  • David Robertson (conductor)

    stockhausen: inori.

    the bbc symphony orchestra perform Karlheinz Stockhausen's meditative work inori

  • alain louafi (dancer-mime)
  • bbc symphony orchestra

  • 20091010

    Tom Service presents highlights from Shuffle, the first of three events recorded for Hear and Now at London's King's Place.

    Peter Wiegold and his improvising group 'notes inegales' perform works by Christian Marclay and Wiegold himself, as well as a collaborative performance incorporating musical 'postcards' by young composers selected by the UK network Sound and Music.

    Peter Wiegold: La Belle Epoque 7:24

    Martin Butler (piano)

    Peter Wiegold (electric piano)

    excerpts from 'Shuffle I: Postcards' 9:41

    musical ‘postcards', around the theme of 'shuffle' or 'swing', submitted by Six Sound and Music shortlist composers.

    Peter Wiegold: Earth and Stars (UK premiere) 19:14

    notes inegales/Peter Wiegold

    Christian Marclay: Shuffle (excerpt) 20:12

    Tom Service presents works by Peter Wiegold and Christian Marclay.

    20100731

    Does music have to be composed, or can it be made up on the spot? Ed McKeon introduces new works that combine both approaches, recorded at festivals in Huddersfield and Sligo:

    Richard Barrett and fORCH: part of fOKT 6

    Morla: This May Not Have Happened

    Morla and the Smith Quartet

    And from the Bangor New Music Festival, a fully-composed orchestral work that travels from Mozart's Requiem to an imagined Utopia:

    Pwyll ap-Sian: Gwales

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Grant Llewellyn.

    Ed McKeon presents new music by fORCH, Morla and Pwyll ap-Sian.

    20100904

    Ivan Hewett presents a rare chance to hear the unmistakable music of Berlin-based British composer and singer Chris Newman.

    Recorded at a concert at this summer's Spitalfields Festival, with pianist Michael Finnissy and the Kurbis Ensemble, directed by James Weeks, who curated the concert.

    With contributions from James Weeks and the composer himself.

    Scenes From Old Age (world premiere)

    Michael Finnissy (piano)

    Abstract

    Kurbis Ensemble, James Weeks (director)

    Four Students

    Kurbis Ensemble

    Format (world premiere)

    Chris Newman (voice)

    Ivan Hewett presents the music of Berlin-based British composer and singer Chris Newman.

    20110423

    Ivan Hewett presents a concert of contemporary British chamber music, including 3 world premieres, in conversation with the composers.

    Simon Holt: The Torturer's Horse

    Michael Berkeley: Three Rilke sonnets

    David Matthews: Horn Quintet

    Mark-Anthony Turnage: A Constant Obsession

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Mark Padmore (tenor)

    Richard Watkins (horn)

    Nash Ensemble

    Lionel Friend (conductor)

    Recorded at Wigmore Hall, London on 23rd March.

    The Nash Ensemble perform new music by Holt, Berkeley, Matthews and Turnage.

    20110611

    Ivan Hewett presents some recent music from two generations of Danish composers recorded at this year's "BALTIC+" Canterbury Sounds New Festival.

    Bent Sørensen: Deserted Churchyards

    Per Nørgård: Momentum

    Simon Steen-Andersen: Praesens

    Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen: Tonkraftwerk

    Jakob Kullberg (cello)

    Århus Sinfonietta

    Søren K.

    Hansen (conductor).

    Ivan Hewett presents recent Danish music from the 2011 Sounds New festival in Canterbury.

    20110910

    Robert Worby presents a concert of new British music, in conversation with the curators of the event, Richard Baker and Andrew Burke.

    Philip Cashian: Bone Machine

    Laurence Crane: Movement for Ten Musicians

    Martin Suckling: Candlebird

    Christopher Fox: KK

    Bryn Harrison: Six Symmetries

    Colin Matthews : Night Rides

    Leigh Melrose (baritone)

    London Sinfonietta

    conducted by Nicholas Collon

    Plus, Christopher Fox considers the use of the humble cowbell in contemporary music, from Boulez to the Rolling Stones.

    This concert was part of the South Bank Centre's Festival Of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations in May 2011.

    In the adventurous spirit of the orginal 1951 festival, it looks to the future with several world premieres (by Colin Matthews, Martin Suckling and Philip Cashian).

    Christopher Fox's piece KK is scored for saxophone and five cowbells, which prompts his talk for this programme about the use of this simple percussion instrument in some of the most subtle and complex contemporary music, such as the work of Pierre Boulez, as well as it's simultaneous employment to drive a hard beat in rock classics like the Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Woman.

    Robert Worby presents a concert of new British music.

    20110924

    Ivan Hewett introduces two major works using recorded human voices as source material, and the next in our Hear And Now Fifty series.

    Steve Reich: City Life

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Sound Intermedia

    conducted by Jean-Michaël Lavoie

    Voices recorded on the streets of New York City are woven into an extended instrumental piece, with verbal phrases giving rise to melodic and rhythmic shapes.

    'Hear and Now Fifty': featuring signal works from the second half of the last century.

    Film-maker Sophie Fiennes explains why she chose György Ligeti's Atmosphères for the soundtrack of a film about artist Anselm Kiefer, and Paul Griffiths explains its significance in Ligeti's development of cloud-like musical structures.

    Followed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of the work, conducted by Jonathan Nott.

    Trevor Wishart: Globalalia

    This multi-channel electronic piece uses syllables taken from 26 different languages, to create a series of elaborate variations on the sounds of language itself.

    Producer PHILIP TAGNEY.

    Ivan Hewett introduces music by Steve Reich, Ligeti and Trevor Wishart.

    20111001

    Tom Service presents music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Debut Sounds project by young Korean composer Mihyun Woo, in a piece that takes its cues from the work of Dutch artist M.C.

    Escher.

    There is also a performance of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's rarely performed work for two conductors and orchestra Theseus Game.

    In the next in our Hear And Now Fifty series, featuring signal works from the second half of the last century, novelist and poet Mark Haddon explains what it is about Elliott Carter's String Quartet No.3 that reminds him of an argumentative family meal, and Paul Griffiths explains Carter's use of metric modulation, followed by the Arditti Quartet's full performance of the work.

    Mihyun Woo - Metamorphose

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Clement Power (conductor)

    Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Theseus Game

    Clement Power and Thomas Blunt (conductors)

    Elliott Carter

    String Quartet No.3

    Arditti Quartet.

    Tom Service presents music by Mihyun Woo, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Elliott Carter.

    20120317

    Tom Service presents highlights of a concert from Psappha, with music including the UK Premiere of Sally Beamish's The Sins and Anthony Payne's A Day in the Life of a Mayfly. And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, writer and critic Paul Driver nominates Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs For A Mad King, a piece that inspired him to compose as a schoolboy in Manchester; and composer/chansonnier HK Gruber describes the extreme experience of performing the part of the King.

    Anthony Payne - A Day in the Life of a Mayfly

    Sally Beamish - The Sins *

    Peter Maxwell Davies - Eight Songs for a Mad King **

    Jonathan Best, actor*

    Kelvin Thomas, baritone**

    Psappha.

    Psappha perform music by Sally Beamish, Anthony Payne and Peter Maxwell Davies.

    20120707

    Ivan Hewett presents the first complete broadcast of Hans Abrahamsen's shimmering chamber work Schnee, performed by Ensemble Recherche and recorded at the 2010 Huddersfield Festival. And in this week's Hear and Now Fifty, violinist Alexander Balanescu recounts his part in Michael Nyman's groundbreaking score for Peter Greenaway's 1982 feature film The Draughtsman's Contract. With commentary from Gillian Moore.

    20120721

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces the premieres of new choral works by Judith Bingham, Hugh Wood and Lauri Supponen, performed at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival by the BBC Singers conducted by David Hill

    Plus the latest instalment of new compositions from the PRS/Music Foundation's 20x12 project for Olympic year, commissioning 20 12-minute works from around the UK. This week's works are Technophonia by Oliver Searle (working with Drake Music Scotland), Our Day by Conor Mitchell (working with Opera Northern Ireland) and TAT-1 by fiddler and composer Aidan O'Rourke (working with Creative Scotland)

    Hugh Wood: From the Pisan Cantos LXXXI (BBC commission, world premiere)

    Giles Swayne: Magnificat

    Judith Bingham: London Haiku (BBC commission, world premiere)

    Lauri Supponen: The Dordrecht Humaphone (BBC commission, world premiere)

    BBC Singers

    David Hill (conductor)

    20 x 12 commissions:

    Aidan O'Rourke: TAT-1

    Adrian Searle: Technophonia

    Conor Mitchell: Our Day.

    20120804

    Music by Richard Ayres, Laurence Crane, and Marko Nikodijevic. Plus Scelsi's Ygghur.

    Ilan Volkov conducts a concert curated by Richard Ayres whose music, at once playful and serious, unashamedly juggles a mélange of accessible musical styles. Presented by Robert Worby, with contributions from Ayres, Laurence Crane, and Ilan Volkov.

    Marko Nikodijevic: GHB/Tanzaggregat

    Laurence Crane: West Sussex Folk Material

    Richard Ayres: No. 9 MacGowan

    Richard Ayres: No. 46

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov, conductor

    And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, cellist Frances-Marie Uitti champions the music of Giacinto Scelsi, the Italian composer from an aristocratic background whose music looks to the east for inspiration. Uitti plays the 1960s 'Ygghur', Sanskrit for 'catharsis', the final part of Scelsi's autobiographical 'La Trilogia'. With commentary from Paul Griffiths.

    Giacinto Scelsi: Ygghur

    Frances-Marie Uitti, cello.

    20120811

    Radio 3's flagship contemporary music programme, featuring live performances and sessions.

    Iceland is a country of extremes. The scale of its economic crash was impressive, to say the least, and its unpronounceable volcano grounded air traffic around the world. In the summer, the sun never sets and in winter it never rises. But in the permanent darkness of January, as Icelanders eat rams' testicles to appease Thorri, the god of midwinter, there is an exceptional new music festival. Reykjavik's Dark Music Days takes place in one of the most exciting modern buildings of recent years, the multi-venue Harpa concert hall and cultural centre. Harpa has helped Dark Music Days transform from being a local affair promoting Icelandic music, into a major international festival with composers from around the world vying to get their music performed there.

    And Ilan Volkov, the new Chief Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, has also propelled the festival to the front rank, and expanded its scope to include large-scale compositions. In this programme, Robert Worby talks to critic and long-time Icelando-phile, Hilary Finch to find out more about the thriving Dark Music Days and Icelandic music, including works recorded at this year's festival.

    Plus, in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden explains why Silver Apples of the Moon by the American composer Morton Subotnick stands out for him as a classic of early electronic music. Wire magazine's Rob Young provides some background to the work, which was created on a Buchla synthesizer at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, and the first piece of music to be composed for two sides of an LP.

    Giacinto Scelsi: Hymnos

    Iceland Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov, conductor

    Atli Ingólfsson: Mani

    Hugi Gudmundsson: Orkestur

    Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon (part A).

    20120818

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch with highlights from New Music 20x12 - part of the Cultural Olympiad.

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents five new pieces written for the Cultural Olympiad as part of the 20x12 festival celebrating some of the UK's most exciting composing talent. The music by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Aaron Cassidy, Julian Joseph, Gavin Higgins and Liz Liew and Andy Leung was recorded across the UK in Edinburgh, Nottinghamshire and London and is introduced by each of the composers. With performers including the vocal ensemble Exaudi, the Rambert Orchestra and prisoners and staff at HMP Lowdham Grange.

    Aaron Cassidy: A Painter of Figures in Rooms

    Exaudi

    James Weeks (conductor)

    Julian Joseph: The Brown Bomber

    Ross Anderson (Trombone)

    Jackson Mathod (Trumpet)

    Patrick Clahar (Clarinet)

    Mark Hodgson (Bass)

    Mark Mondesir (Drums)

    Julian Joseph (Piano)

    Gavin Higgins: What Wild Ecstasy

    The Rambert Orchestra

    Paul Hoskins (conductor)

    Liz Liew and Andy Leung: XX/XY

    Liz Chi Yen Liew (violin)

    Andy Leung (electronics)

    Fran Bartlett (cello)

    Dennis Kwong Thye Lee (xiao)

    Bernie Gardner (drums)

    Urban Youth Junk Band (percussion)

    Mark-Anthony Turnage: Beyond This

    Prisoners and staff from HMP Lowdham Grange.

    20120825

    Ivan Hewett with commissions from Sheema Mukherjee and Richard Causton, plus Gavin Bryars.

    Ivan Hewett introduces the last two of the 20x12 series of commissions for the Cultural Olympiad, from Sheema Mukherjee and Richard Causton. The first - Bending the Dark - brings together Eastern and Western instruments in a celebration of heroic aspiration and the second, for the substantial forces of the European Youth Orchestra, hymns the work of William Blake, whose epic poem 'Twenty seven Heavens' graphs the trials and tribulations of the soul as it aspires heavenwards. It also celebrates the unsung quarters of East London, now placed centrestage as Olympic aspirations and ideals are put to the test. Plus, in the Hear and Now Fifty, Gavin Bryars' mould-breaking 1971 score 'Jesus Blood Never Failed me Yet' - a work which came about almost accidentally, when Bryars alighted on a recording of an elderly homeless man singing a few lines of a Victorian hymn. Robert Hewison puts the case for why the work is important and David Toop puts it in its cutlural and historical context.

    20120922

    Robert Worby introduces a rare broadcast of a late work by John Cage, Music for Thirteen, performed by Ilan Volkov with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and recorded as part of the Tectonics Festival in Reykjavik. And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, sound artist Kaffe Matthews and writer David Toop celebrate the work of another pioneering American experimentalist, Alvin Lucier. I Am Sitting in a Room explores the complexities of the human voice and the acoustic properties of enclosed spaces.

    John Cage: Music for Thirteen

    Frank Denyer, Maya Dunietz (piano)

    Iceland Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Alvin Lucier: I Am Sitting in a Room (original recording).

    20121013

    Ivan Hewett presents music recorded at this year's Vale of Glamorgan Festival which has been committed to celebrating work by living composers for over four decades.

    Qigang Chen: Yuan

    Philip Glass: Violin Concerto

    Chloe Hanslip, violin

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Clark Rundell, conductor

    And this week's Hear and Now Fifty, novelist and critic Philip Hensher makes the case for Per Norgard's Symphony No.2, one of the first works in which the Danish composer used his own 'infinity series' to determine melody and form. With commentary from Paul Griffiths.

    Per Norgard: Symphony No. 2

    20121027

    Tom Service introduces three orchestral works written by leading continental composers within the last six years and played by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Matthias Pintscher. With their inspiration as varied as the "the bloodline of a murderer," and the acoustic states of being that take the imagination to its very limits," these three works call for forces ranging from the one-to-a-part world of the sinfonietta to the full panoply of the modern symphony orchestra. Behind at least two of them lies the influential figure of Gérard Grisey whose Partiels of 1975 is cited as one of the defining works for three generations of spectralist composers. In this week's Hear and Now Fifty, British composer Julian Anderson casts the spotlight on Partiels with commentary from writer Paul Griffiths.

    Magnus Lindberg: Souvenir for ensemble (2010)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Matthias Pintscher (conductor)

    Kaija Saariaho: Adrianna Songs (2006) (UK premiere)

    Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

    Gerard Grisey: Partiels, for 18 musicians (1975)

    Ensemble Court-Circuit, Pierre-André Valade (conductor)

    Mark Andre:...hij...1 (2008/10) (UK premiere) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Matthias Pintscher (conductor).

    20121103

    Ivan Hewett introduces a recording of Wolfgang Rihm's opera Jakob Lenz, based on the Buchner play about a celebrated 18th century poet who descends into insanity. And in this week's Hear and Now Fifty, Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Graham McKenzie celebrate German composer Heiner Goebbels, and his Suite for Sampler and Orchestra, part of Surrogate Cities, a cycle of works from 1994.

    Heiner Goebbels: Suite for Sampler and Orchestra

    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

    Peter Rundel (conductor)

    From approximately 10.40pm:

    Wolfgang Rihm: Jakob Lenz

    Jakob Lenz: Andrew Shore (baritone)

    Pastor Oberlin: Jonathan Best (bass-baritone)

    Christoph Kaufman: Richard Roberts (tenor)

    ENO Orchestra conducted by Alex Ingram

    Directed by Sam Brown

    English National Opera's production at Hampstead Theatre, recorded last April.

    20130608

    Tom Service presents new music by Brian Ferneyhough and Benedict Mason as part of Radio 3's celebration of British Music, in recordings made at last year's Festival d'Automne in Paris. And in the first of four interviews with British composers turning 70 this year, Ferneyhough talks to Robert Worby about his early landmark score Sonatas for String Quartet and the ways in which it pointed to his later works.

    And we pay tribute to the great French composer, Henri Dutilleux who died towards the end of last month at the age of ninety seven. His haunting orchestral work Timbres, espace, movement is inspired by a Van Gogh's "The Starry Night." As the artist wrote at the time of painting it: "I have a terrible need for religion. And so I go outside at night and paint the stars."

    Benedict Mason: the neurons, the tongue, the cochlea...the breath, the resonance

    Musikfabrik, Emilio Pomarico (conductor)

    Brian Ferneyhough: Finis Terrae for 6 voices and ensemble (world premiere performance)

    Exaudi, James Weeks (director) with Musikfabrik, Emilio Pomarico (conductor)

    Brian Ferneyhough: Sonatas for String Quartet (excerpt)

    Arditti String Quartet

    Benedict Mason: The Hinterstoisser Traverse for ensemble

    Henri Dutilleux: Le temps l'horloge

    Renée Fleming (soprano), Orchestre National de France, Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

    Henri Dutilleux: Timbres, espace, movement

    BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor).

    20130622

    Ivan Hewett introduces music by two female British composers of the 20th-century: 12-tone pioneer Elisabeth Lutyens' operatic journey through the literary islands of Sophocles, Shelley, Rabelais and Robert Louis Stevenson; and South African-born Priaulx Rainier's setting of Edith Sitwell's poem The Bee-Keeper, first performed by Peter Pears at the 1969 Aldeburgh Festival. And continuing our series of interviews with British composers turning 70 this year, Robin Holloway reflects on his early career in conversation with Robert Worby, focusing on his orchestral work Scenes from Schumann.

    Priaulx Rainier: The Bee Oracles

    James Oxley (tenor)

    Psappha

    Mark Heron (conductor)

    Robin Holloway: Scenes from Schumann (excerpt)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

    Elisabeth Lutyens: Islands

    Gillian Keith (soprano)

    Richard Suart (narrator)

    Arlene Sierra: Moler (UK Premiere)

    20130706

    Music by Arne Gieshoff, Alasdair Nicolson, Andrew Simpson and Stuart MacRae.

    Ivan Hewett presents music by Arne Gieshoff, Alasdair Nicolson, including two world premiere performances from Andrew Simpson, and Stuart MacRae, played by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Baker.

    Arne Gieshoff: Stanza

    Alasdair Nicolson: The Last Meeting

    Andrew Simpson: Phantasmagoria (World Premiere)

    Stuart MacRae: Earth (World Premiere)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Richard Baker, conductor

    Joseph Davies: Byzantium

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Grant Llewellyn, conductor.

    20130803

    Robert Worby introduces music by Karlheinz Stockhausen recorded at the BBC's Total Immersion event in 2009 including a selection from the Klavierstucke, and the Kontra-Punkte for ten instruments, both from the early 1950s; plus studio guest Paul Griffiths reviews a new box-set of the complete works of Pierre Boulez.

    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstucke I-IV; Kontra-Punkte; Klavierstuck VII

    Nicolas Hodges (piano)

    Guildhall New Music Ensemble

    Richard Baker (conductor).

    20130928

    Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces a recording of a concert given in Eindhoven earlier this year by Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with artists from Iceland's Bedroom Community label, including works by Valgeir Sigurdsson and Daniel Bjarnason, plus Nico Muhly's Cello Concerto with soloist Oliver Coates. The South Bank Centre's Gillian Moore gives us a preview some of the new music events to be featured this autumn as part of the year-long The Rest is Noise season, and we hear works for piano by American composers Philip Glass and Missy Mazzoli performed by Bruce Brubaker in a concert recorded at London's King's Place in May.

    Missy Mazzoli: Orizzonte

    Bruce Brubaker (piano)

    Daniel Bjarnason: Bow to String

    Nico Muhly: Cello Concerto

    Valgeir Sigurdsson: Dreamland

    Oliver Coates (cello)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Philip Glass: Mad Rush

    20131012

    Tom Service is joined by Andrew McGregor for a round-up of the latest new-music releases. There's something for everyone as they weigh up the merits of Kaija Saariaho's Nymphéa for string quartet and electronics, concertos by Morton Feldman, Wofgang Rihm, and Timo Andres, and orchestral works by Stephen Gardner and Brett Dean.

    20141101

    Peter Maxwell Davies talks to Tom Service about his long and prolific career.

    20150328

    Continuing Radio 3's celebration of the 90th birthday of the doyen of French composers, Pierre Boulez. Matthias Pintscher, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Artist-in-Association, conducts the orchestra in Boulez's classic...explosante-fixe..., with flute players Roy Amotz, Michael Cox and Yvonne Paterson. Before the Boulez, Pintscher conducts two UK premieres, Herbstmusik/Sinfonischer Satz by Manfred Trojahn and the new horn concerto Hawk-eye by Vito Zuraj with soloist Saar Berger. Their concert begins with the Scottish premiere of Cvetic, Kucica.../La Lugubre Gondola (Funeral Music after Franz Liszt) by Marko Nikodijevic. And in this week's episode of Composers' Rooms, Sara Mohr-pietsch visits the workspace of Spanish composer Hector Parra.

    *20080405

    Ivan Hewett introduces excerpts from a concert given last year by the London Sinfonietta.

    The programme includes UK premieres of works by Francisco Lara and Hans Abrahamsen and the world premiere of Simon Holt's Suenos, with settings of late poems by Antonio Machado and featuring the baritone Roderick Williams.

    Plus an interview with the South Bank Centre's Head of Contemporary Culture Gillian Moore about the increasing use of visuals at new music events.

    Roderick Williams (baritone)

    London Sinfonietta

    Thierry Fischer (conductor)

    Lara: Kammerkonzert

    Abrahamsen: Schnee

    Holt: Suenos.

    *20080412

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents new music for a classic medium, with a concert given by the Arditti Quartet and a report from recent workshops they have held to discuss the practicalities of writing for quartet.

    Archbold: Impacts and Fractures

    Daverson: Microscopic Negatives

    Graubart: String Quartet (world premiere)

    Redgate: String Quartet No 3 (BBC commission)

    Plein: Seven White Flowers (world premiere)

    Ferneyhough: Third String Quartet.

    *20080426

    In a programme of music specially recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ivan Hewett attempts to trace the lines between two generations of British composers, and in discussion with Paul Driver, asks whether a shared cultural identity still exists, or is even relevant.

    Wigglesworth: Sternenfall (world premiere)

    Hesketh: Shimmerwords and Idle Songs for soprano and piano

    Bennett: Ausland (London premiere)

    Woolrich: The Street of Crocodiles

    Knussen: Songs and Sea Interlude (Where the Wild Things Are)

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor).

    *20080531

    Alwynne Pritchard introduces new music from Germany, in conversation with the featured composers.

    Charlotte Seither: Music for Orchestra

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Andre de Ridder (conductor)

    Enno Poppe: Thema mit 840 Variations

    Mark Knoop (piano)

    Seither: All'aperto

    BBC Singers

    Celso Antunes (conductor)

    Poppe: Obst

    Andre de Ridder

    Seither: Gran Passo

    Iris Ter Schiphorst: Zerstoren II.

    *20080607

    Tom Service is joined by Philip Clark for a selection of new music releases on CD, and introduces concert recordings of recent chamber works by English composers Colin Matthews and Alexander Goehr.

    Colin Matthews: The Island (world premiere)

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Nash Ensemble

    Paul Watkins (conductor)

    Alexander Goehr: Clarinet Quintet (world premiere, BBC commission)

    Michael Collins (clarinet).

    *20080809

    Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces highlights of two concerts from last year's BMIC Cutting Edge Series.

    Larry Goves: My Name is Peter Stillman.

    That is not my real name

    Jonathan Green: Into Movements

    Michael Clarke: Emmeshed II

    Sarah Nicholls (piano)

    Sam Hayden: Schismatics

    Yannis Kyriakides: Hyperamplified

    Anne La Berge (flute)

    Mieko Kanno (violin)

    Claire Edwardes (percussion)

    Plus an interview with Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid.

    Tom Service talks to Miller about his new book Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture.

    *20080816

    Robert Worby presents music from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's recent week of collaboration with IRCAM, the Paris centre for composition and research in electro-acoustic music.

    Music taken from across the week includes both acoustic and electro-acoustic compositions from Boulez, Xenakis, Harvey and Maresz.

    Ivan Hewett also reports on David Byrne's New York City sound-art installation Playing the Building.

    With music including:

    Boulez: Dialogue de l'ombre double

    Alain Billard (clarinet)

    Andrew Gerzso (Ircam computer music design)

    Gilbert Nouno, Jeremie Henrot (Ircam sound realisation)

    Xenakis: Aroura

    Scottish Ensemble

    Laurent Quenelle (guest director)

    Maresz: Metallics

    Laurent Bomont (trumpet)

    Xavier Chabot (Ircam computer music design)

    Harvey: Wagner Dream (excerpts and 2 Interludes)

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    lan Volkov (conductor)

    Gilvert Nouno (Ircam computer music design)

    Jeremie Henrot (Sound engineer).

    *20080823

    Ivan Hewett presents a concert given at Glasgow's City Halls in March featuring two new concertos pitting piano (or pianos) against the orchestra.

    Julian Anderson: Stations of the Sun

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    Rolf Hind: Maya-Sesha (world premiere)

    Rolf Hind (piano)

    Detlev Glanert: Concerto for two pianos (world premiere)

    Philip Moore, Simon Crawford-Phillips (pianos).

    *20080830

    Ivan Hewett introduces music by Korean composer Unsuk Chin, who talks about the medieval influences behind her work Miroir des temps.

    Plus a recording of Chris Dench's piece for solo piano Passing bells: night, performed by Philip Mead at last year's Spitalfields Festival in London.

    Unsuk Chin: Concerto for violin and strings

    Hae-Sun Kang (violin)

    BBC Philharmonic

    James MacMillan (conductor)

    Unsuk Chin: Miroirs des temps (BBC Commission)

    Hilliard Ensemble

    Chris Dench: Passing bells: night

    Philip Mead (piano).

    *20080927

    Robert Worby presents a tribute to the late composer Mauricio Kagel, who died last week.

    In a previously unheard interview, Kagel discusses his early days, being self-taught and surrealism.

    Composer Christopher Fox joins Robert to discuss Kagel's legacy.

    And there's another chance to hear Acustica, Kagel's epic late 1960's work for experimental sound producers and loudspeakers, performed by Apartment House and recorded at the 2005 Cut and Splice festival.

    Plus sound artist Bill Fontana talking about his new installation Speeds of Time 2008, currently at Tate Britain.

    *20081018

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a concert given earlier this month at St Giles' Church, Cripplegate, as part of the London Festival of American Music.

    The programme celebrates the seventieth birthday of John Harbison, one of the senior figures in contemporary American music, and also includes works by younger American composers.

    Peter Child: Pantomime

    Harbison: Emerson

    Kay Rhie: Tears for Te Wano; Moromoto ni/Cherry Tree

    Harbison: Chorale Cantata; The Flower-Fed Buffaloes

    BBC Singers

    Lontano

    Odaline de la Martinez (conductor).

    *20090404

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents works by David Fennessy, Gwyn Pritchard and Matthew Taylor, and looks at how they explore different perspectives on time.

    Fennessy: Dead End

  • auska hatanaka (percussion)
  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • garry walker (conductor)

    fennessy: big lung

  • kevin bowyer (organ)
  • pritchard: the firmament of time (world premiere; bbc commission)
  • taylor: symphony no 2
  • tom de cock (percussion)

  • *20090711

    Sara Mohr-pietsch heads to Suffolk for the 2009 Aldeburgh Festival.

    She speaks with new artistic director Pierre-Laurent Aimard as he presents his first festival, and introduces a selection of musical highlights.

    Centenarian American composer Elliott Carter's Fifth String Quartet is performed by the Quatour Diotima, and Carter is recorded in conversation with Laurent-Aimard, who premieres two short piano works.

    Semper Dowland, semper Dolens - the first of two premieres from this year's other featured composer, Harrison Birtwistle - is a reflection on the work of John Dowland, sung by tenor Mark Padmore.

    Oliver Knussen: Coursing (5:15)

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    Elliott Carter: String Quartet No 5 (18:22)

    Quatour Diotima

    Carter: Fratribute (2:54) and Sistribute (1:01)

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

    Birtwistle: Semper Dowland, semper dolens (45:16)

    Mark Padmore (tenor)

    London Sinfonietta

    Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor).

    Aldeburgh Festival: Music by Oliver Knussen, Elliott Carter and Harrison Birtwistle.

    *20090912

    Ivan Hewett is joined by Julian Anderson to discuss music by Denys Bouliane, Philippe Leroux and Gyorgy Ligeti.

    Donatienne Michel-Dansac (soprano)

    Rolf Hind (piano)

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    Denys Bouliane: Du fouet et du plaisir (for piano and ensemble) 17:24

    Philippe Leroux: Voi(rex) - for voice, six instruments and electronics 24:35

    Gyorgy Ligeti: Concerto for piano and orchestra.

    25:56

    Ivan Hewett is joined by Julian Anderson to discuss music by Bouliane, Leroux and Ligeti.

    *20100227

    New music by Ed Bennett, Luke Bedford, Thomas Larcher, Olga Neuwirth and Rebecca Saunders.

    * *20081004

    Ivan Hewett presents a concert focusing on new music by Middle-Eastern composers given in June at Cadogan Hall, London.

    Hiba Al Kawas (soprano)

    Wafaa Safar (ney)

    Bassem Alkhouri (qanun)

    Nieuw Ensemble

    Garry Walker (conductor)

    Franco Donatoni: Refrain 1

    Nouri Iskandar: Mawal Kurdeli

    Rachida Ibrahim: Music for Ney and Chamber Orchestra

    Saed Haddad: On Love 1

    Tan Dun: Circle with four trios, conductor and audience

    Rasheed Al-Bougaily: Deewaan

    Hiba Al Kawas: Araftu Beirut.

    * * *20090718

    From the Aldeburgh Festival, Sara Mohr-pietsch presents world premieres of works by Helen Grime, Elliott Carter and Harrison Birtwistle and talks to the composers.

    Helen Grime: A Cold Spring (world premiere) 9:56

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    Elliott Carter: On Conversing with Paradise (world premiere) 11:46

    Leigh Melrose (baritone)

    Harrison Birtwistle: The Corridor (world premiere) 48:27

    Euridice....Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

    Orpheus....Mark Padmore (tenor)

    London Sinfonietta

    Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor).

    Aldeburgh Festival: World premieres by Helen Grime, Elliott Carter and Harrison Birtwistle.

    * * Kevin Volans And Jill Richards20080308

    Tom Service introduces a concert recently given by South African composer Kevin Volans and his long-term duo partner Jill Richards, who perform a selection of the composer's music for two pianos, including two world premieres.

    Featuring interviews with Volans and choreographer Siobhan Davies.

    Kevin Volans, Jill Richards (piano duo)

    Volans: Nine Beginnings; Cicada; Mr Handel's Return (world premiere); Shiva Dances (world premiere).

    * Edward Rushton's The Shops20080209

    Ivan Hewett introduces a performance of a new chamber opera The Shops, a humorous exploration of kleptomania and compulsive shopping by composer Edward Rushton and librettist Dagny Gioulami.

    Rushton: The Shops

    Darren Abrahams (tenor)

    Richard Burkhard (baritone)

    Phyllis Cannan (alto)

    Anna Dennis (soprano)

    Louise Mott (mezzo-soprano)

    Paul Reeves (bass)

    The Opera Group

    Patrick Bailey (conductor).

    * Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007 - 420080126

    Featuring music from Ensemble Mosaik and highlights of Ensemble MAE's concert focusing on the work of the pioneering American composer Robert Ashley.

    Robert Ashley: Hidden Similarities; Outcome Inevitable.

    Ensemble MAE

    Robert Ashley (conductor)

    Sandoval: Mosaicos

    Ensemble Mosaik

    Carlos Sandoval (conductor)

    Finnendahl: Schnitt/Stelle (version 4)

    Orm Finnendahl (conductor)

    Wertmueller: DECORPOREAL

    Michael Wertmueller (conductor)

    Robert Ashley: Love is a Good Example

    Robert Ashley.

    * Louis Andriessen Portrait20080329

    Ivan Hewett discusses the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen with his former student, composer Steve Martland, and introduces a concert featuring the music of both.

    Andriessen: Dances

    Martland: Hard Times

    Andriessen: M is for Man, Music, Mozart

    Ella Kirkpatrick (soprano)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Clark Rundell (conductor).

    * New Music Players20080503

    Alwynne Pritchard is joined by composer Ed Hughes to introduce a concert of four world premieres performed by his ensemble New Music Players, followed by another world premiere performed by pianist Stephen Gutman.

    Stoneham: Triage (world premiere)

    Hughes: Strike Sketches (world premiere)

    Sierra: Cicada Shell (world premiere)

    Kay: Flux (world premiere)

    New Music Players

    Roger Montgomery (conductor)

    Stoneham: Mercury In Retrograde (world premiere)

    Stephen Gutman (piano).

    2012 Witten Days For New Chamber Music20130316

    Robert Worby presents highlights from last year's Witten Days for New Chamber Music, the long-running annual event which takes place in western Germany. Tonight we hear new works from Italy, Denmark, Germany and England, two for double string quartet and two for piano and ensemble. Plus a recording of last Saturday's London premiere of Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen's String Quartet No.3.

    Hans Abrahamsen: String Quartet No.3

    Vertavo Quartet

    Recorded at the Barbican, London, last Saturday

    Marko Nikodijevic: gesualdo dub / raum mit geloschter figur

    Pauline Post (piano)

    Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble

    Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor)

    Mauro Lanza: Der Kampf zwischen Karneval und Fasten

    Arditti Quartet

    JACK Quartet

    James Clarke: 2012-S

    Hans Abrahamsen: Piano Concerto

    Brigitta Muntendorf: Sweetheart, Goodbye!

    Nicola Grundel, vocals

    2013 British Composer Awards20131207

    For the last decade, the British Composer Awards have provided a platform for the best in new music from the UK. Andrew McGregor and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present a selection of highlights from the Awards ceremony held last Tuesday at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London and talk to some of the winning composers and hear their music.

    2013 Vale Of Glamorgan Festival - 120130713

    Tom Service presents the first of two programmes from the 2013 Vale of Glamorgan Festival. Tonight the music ranges from a frantically paced ten minute symphony by the American, Sebastian Currier to Chinese-born Qigan Chen's Enchantements oubliés in which he seeks to capture something of the powerful beauty of the natural world. Also on the bill is the concert premiere of a captivating percussion concerto by Mark Bowden, the BBC NOW's composer in residence.

    Sebastian Currier: Microsymph (UK premiere)

    Mark Bowden: Heartland Concerto (Concert world premiere)

    Julian Warburton (percussion)

    Sebastian Currier: Quanta (European premiere)

    Qigang Chen: Enchantements oubliés

    BBC National orchestra of Wales

    Richard Baker (conductor).

    2013 Vale Of Glamorgan Festival - 220130720

    Music by Graham Fitkin and Juste Janulyte recorded at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. Fitkin's extrovert ballet 'Mindset', with its 'hints of Shakespearean ribaldry and Ealing comedy brawl' is paired with his more quiet and controlled Cello Concerto. Sandwiched between the two is Lithuanian composer Juste Janulyte's 'Elongation of Nights', whose sound, she says, is 'like a utopian 84-string instrument'. Presented by Ivan Hewett in conversation with Graham Fitkin.

    Graham Fitkin: Mindset

    Juste Janulyte: Elongation of Nights

    Graham Fitkin: Cello Concerto

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Raphael Wallfisch, cello

    Garry Walker, conductor.

    2014 British Composer Awards20141206

    For over ten years the British Composer Awards have provided a platform for the best in new music from the UK. In this special edition of Hear and Now, Andrew McGregor and Sara Mohr-pietsch present highlights from the 2014 Awards ceremony held last Tuesday at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London. They'll be talking to some of the winning composers, and offering a chance to hear some of their music.

    2015 British Composer Awards20151212

    For over ten years the British Composer Awards have provided a platform for the best in new music from the UK. In this special edition of Hear and Now, Andrew McGregor and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present highlights from the 2015 Awards ceremony held last Wednesday at BFI Southbank in London. They'll be talking to some of the winning composers, and offering a chance to hear some of their music.

    60th Birthdays: Nyman And Tavener20041002

    Marking the 60th birthdays of both Michael Nyman and John Tavener, Robert Worby introduces Christian Lindberg's performance of Nyman's Trombone Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, and Self-laudatory hymn of Inanna and her Omnipotence performed by Fretwork and countertenor James Bowman.

    Robert also talks to Nyman about his life and career.

    Later, the Schubert Ensemble and soprano Patricia Rozario give the world premiere of a major new work by Tavener, Schuon Lieder, in a recording from this year's Cheltenham Festival.

    A Better Place20010825

    Verity Sharp presents a portrait of British composer Martin Butler, who joins her in the studio to discuss his music and the figures he admires.

    Including a recording of his new chamber opera `A Better Place', staged last month by the English National Opera.

    A Concert For Cornelius20070120

    Robert Worby introduces a concert by Apartment House, directed by Anton Lukoszevieze, devoted to Cornelius Cardew and talks to composers and performers who knew him.

    Cornelius Cardew: Piano Sonata No 1

    (Tania Chen, soloist)

    Octet '59 (world premiere)

    Autumn '60

    John White: Piano Sonatas Nos 81, 29, 111

    Dave Smith (piano)

    Michael Parsons: Apartment House Suite 1

    Cardew: Octet '61; A Law of History; The Croppy Boy; Father Murphy

    Dave Smith: Cornelius; In Support of the Intifada.

    A John Casken Tribute20060715

    A musical portrait of one of Britain's most respected composers, born in Barnsley on this day in 1949.

    John Casken talks to fellow Barnsleyite Sarah Walker and presents four of his major works - all with extra-musical associations, from the Russia of Tolstoy to the mines of his native northern England.

    Casken: Violin Concerto; Piano Trio; Still Mine; Sortilège

    Daniel Hope (violin)

    Roderick Williams (baritone)

    Florestan Trio

    BBC Philharmonic

    James MacMillan (conductor).

    A Portrait Of H K Gruber20040904

    As part of 'Resonances', a three day festival last February celebrating the music of Viennese composer HK Gruber, the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Gruber himself, performed a series of his works.

    Charivari, an Austrian journal, is based on the Johann Strauss II polka Perpetuum Mobile, and in his trumpet concerto Aerial, Gruber demands much of the soloist (here Swedish virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger) including singing down the instrument, sliding the valves in and out, and employing a wide variety of mutes.

    Gruber's early 1960s work Manhattan Broadcasts for chamber orchestra precedes his most famous composition, Frankenstein!! - a pan-demonium for baritone and orchestra with the composer as soloist.

    A Portrait Of Salvatore Sciarrino20070804

    Ivan Hewett talks to the Italian master of new sonorities and introduces a concert of ensemble works from the Sonorities festival, and piano music recorded in the studio.

    Sciarrino: Trio; Notturni Nos 1 and 2; Lo spazio inverso; Notturni Nos 3 and 4; Codex purpureus; Piano Sonata No 5; Muro d'orizzonte

    Nicolas Hodges (piano)

    Ensemble Recherche.

    A Scottish Edition20020323

    , including a concert featuring composers associated with Edinburgh University given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Garry Walker.

    A Scream And An Outrage, Bruce Brubaker20130921

    In conversation with composer Nico Muhly, Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a concert recorded at the Barbican in London in May, plus part of a piano and electronics recital given at London's Kings Place in May.

    Nico Muhly: Outrage (World Premiere)

    BBC Singers

    David Lang: David: "man-made" (World Premiere)

    SOPercussion, BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Paola Prestini: Oceanic Verses (European Premiere)

    Hila Plitman (soprano), Christopher Burchett (baritone), Helga Davis (vocalist), Claudio Prima (vocalist), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Jayce Ogren (conductor)

    Nico Muhly: Drones and Piano (UK Premiere)

    Bruce Brubaker (piano and electronics)

    Philip Glass: Etude No.5

    Bruce Brubaker (piano).

    After Cage20040124

    Following on from Cage Weekend, a presentation of music by students and followers of John Cage from both the UK and the USA.

    Gavin Bryars: The Squirrel And The Rickety Rackety Bridge (and other early experimental works) Seth Josel and Anton Lukoszevieze (electric guitars) Ulrich Krieger (saxophone) From Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Stephen Montague: Rim Fire; Chew Chow Chatterbox Howard Skempton: Slipstream Ensemble Bash From Spitalfields Festival Philip Glass: Ik-ook David Lang: Cheating, Lying, Stealing Crash Ensemble.

    Aftonland20011201

    A concert celebrating Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim, given by the BIT-20 Ensemble.

    Works include `Aftonland', `Tractatus', `Magic Island' and a reworking of `Tenebrae'.

    Aldeburgh And Edinburgh Festivals 201120110716

    Tom Service presents contemporary music recorded last month at the 2011 Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals, and talks to composer Charlotte Bray, who has works premiered at both festivals

    Including:

    Elliott Carter: Conversations (world premiere)

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    Charlotte Bray: Caught in Treetops

    Charlotte Bray: Replay (world premiere)

    Cheltenham Festival Academy Soloists

    Robert Saxton: A Yardstick to the Stars

    Tom Service presents contemporary music from the 2011 Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals.

    Aldeburgh Festival20040814

    As a coda to Hear and Now's recent coverage of this Summer's festivals, Hear and Now looks at a concert given at the Aldeburgh Festival by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, including music by John Woolrich, Tansy Davies, Bryn Harrison and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

    And later, there's more music played by BCMG from a concert called Workers Union, when the group combined forces with amateur groups from the Birmingham area to play Gerald Barry, David Sawer and Colin Matthews.

    Presented by Robert Worby

    Aldeburgh Festival - 1 *20080628

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents the first of two programmes from the Aldeburgh Festival.

    With The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performing Kurtag and Ligeti.

    Aldeburgh Festival - 2 *20080705

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents the second of two programmes featuring music from this year's Aldeburgh Festival.

    With a new work by Harrison Birtwistle, performed by the Arditti Quartet, as well as Thomas Ades and video artist Tal Rosner's concerto for piano and moving image, In Seven Days.

    Including Rosner in conversation with Sara, discussing the collaborative compositional process.

    Cage: String Quartet in Four Parts

    Birtwistle: Tree of Strings (UK premiere)

    Arditti Quartet

    Ades: In Seven Days (Piano Concerto with Moving Image)

    Nicolas Hodges (piano)

    Tal Rosner (video artist)

    London Sinfonietta

    Thomas Ades (conductor).

    Aldeburgh Festival 201420140628

    Ivan Hewett presents highlights from Klangforum Wien's concert at the Britten Studio in Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival, with a special focus on composer Tristan Murail, alongside music by Giacinto Scelsi and Georg Friedrich Haas.

    Experience a thrilling history of spectral music presented by one of its leading exponents, Tristan Murail. When the reclusive Italian composer and mystic Giacinto Scelsi died in 1988, he left a body of work and a notational method so remarkable and unique that a quarter of a century later its impact on the musical world is being felt more strongly each year. His violin concerto Anahit is a stunning large-scale piece revolving around a single pitch but achieving a hugely expressive canvas through Scelsi's deep exploration of the anatomy of sound, allowing the ears to hear every tiny nuance.

    For its Scelsi Revisited project, one of Europe's leading contemporary music ensembles Klangforum Wien has enabled spectral composer Tristan Murail to gain unprecedented access to Scelsi's archives in Rome and write a new works based on his findings.

    And in Composers' Rooms, this week Sara Mohr-pietsch visits Roxanna Panufnik.

    Aldo Clementi, Hans Abrahamsen20100717

    Ivan Hewett discusses the ancient and modern technique of the musical canon with composer Christopher Fox, and introduces pieces by two composers using canonic procedures today.

    Aldo Clementi: BLUES (Fantasie su Frammenti di Thelonius Monk)

    Mark Knoop (piano)

    Aldo Clementi: Texture

    Benjamin Marks (trombone)

    Aldo Clementi: Fantasia su frammenti di Michelangelo Galilei

    Anders Forisdal (guitar)

    at Spitalfields Festival.

    Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee

    London Sinfonietta conducted by Andre de Ridder at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

    Aldo Clementi: Lento

    Segue

    Aldo Clementi: B.A.C.H.

    Aldo Clementi: Dodici Variazioni

    Aldo Clementi: Dedica

    Anders Forisdal (guitar), Severine Ballon (cello), Richard Haynes (clarinet) of Elision at Spitalfields Festival.

    Ivan Hewett presents new music by Aldo Clementi and Hans Abrahamsen.

    Alexander Goehr20100821

    Sara Mohr-pietsch speaks to British composer Alexander Goehr about his life and work.

    A founder member of the 'New Music Manchester' Group, Alexander Goehr is a unique voice in British music, and an influential teacher.

    Features music from the BBC Philharmonic's recent composer profile.

    Alexander Goehr

    3 pieces from Arden Must Die

    Adagio (Self-portrait)

    Fugue on the notes of the fourth psalm

    Tower Music (BBC Commission, world premiere)

    BBC Philharmonic

    Nigel Robson, baritone

    HK Gruber, conductor.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch profiles British composer Alexander Goehr.

    Almost New York20130427

    'Almost New York' is the playful title for this concert curated by London-based composer Dai Fujikura. Fujikura has long been a frequent visitor to New York to collaborate with its International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) - so much so, that they describe him as 'almost a New Yorker'. And 'Almost New York' is also the title for Alvin Lucier's 2001 work - one of several by actual New Yorkers.

    Also in tonight's programme is a recording of Toru Takemitsu's Tree Line, a work for chamber orchestra from 1988 inspired by a row of acacias that were visible from the composer's study window.

    Presented by Tom Service in conversation with Dai Fujikura

    Americans In Wales20060812

    A second airing of a concert from the 2004 Vale of Glamorgan Festival in which the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is conducted by Grant Llewellyn.

    Pianist Andrew Zolinsky is the soloist in David Lang's Radio 3 commission, FUR, and David Cowley is the soloist in Elliott Carter's Oboe Concerto.

    Michael Daugherty's Sunset Strip and Michael Torke's Ecstatic Orange ballet complete this all-American sequence.

    Plus music by David Lang performed by percussionist Colin Currie at the 2004 Spitalfields Festival in London: his Anvil Chorus brings the programme home with a bang.

    Introduced by Sarah Walker

    Anders Hillborg At 6020150221

    Anders Hillborg at 60. Ivan Hewett talks to the leading Swedish composer and introduces recordings made at a sell out Composer Festival of his music held in Stockholm last November. Bridging the gap between pop and the classical world, Hillborg's music is an intoxicating encounter with sound, sometimes intimidating, sometimes sweet. The music tonight spans nearly a quarter of a century from Hillborg's first concerto of 1991 to his fantastical Beast Sampler. And in the middle comes Vaporised Tivoli, loosely inspired by a Ray Bradbury story of a nightmarish funfair that comes to town.

    Plus, Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits Errollyn Wallen for the latest edition of Composers' Rooms.

    Anders Hillborg

    Beast sampler (World premiere)

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm, Sakari Oramo (conductor)

    The Strand settings

    Agneta Eichenholz (soprano)

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm

    Sakari Oramo (conductor)

    Vaporised Tivolo

    members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm

    Violin Concerto

    Carolin Widmann (violin)

    O dessa ogon

    Hannah Holgersson (soprano),

    Strings of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm

    Anthony Gilbert - A Retrospective20040911

    Ivan Hewett introduces a concert marking Anthony Gilbert's 70th birthday in July, given by the Endymion ensemble.

    They explored his highly individual chamber works including Elegy for piano (1967); Long White Moonlight (1980) for soprano and electric double bass; O'Grady Music (1971) for clarinet, cello and toy instruments; Spell Respell (1968) for electric bassett clarinet and piano; and the world premiere of Tinos for soprano, bass clarinet and vibraphone.

    The programme also features short tributes to Gilbert by some of his friends and former students including Martin Butler and Simon Holt.

    Anthony Payne At 7020061104

    Ivan Hewett presents a portrait edition celebrating this senior figure in English music, with a recent studio concert of orchestral works.

    Anthony Payne: Half Heard in the Stillness; Orchestral Variations - The Seeds Long Hidden; The Spirit?s Harvest

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    Plus two chamber works:

    Anthony Payne: Paraphrases and Cadenzas; A Day in the Life of a Mayfly

    Jane's Minstrels

    Roger Montgomery (conductor).

    Anthony Payne At 7520110806

    : Ivan Hewett talks to one of the UK's most distinguished composers about his life, influences and music.

    Including specially recorded performances of his two String Quartets.

    Adlestrop

    Jane Manning (Soprano)

    Jane's Minstrels

    String Quartet No.

    1

    Tippett String Quartet

    Time's Arrow

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Andrew Davis (conductor)

    2

    Allegri String Quartet.

    Ivan Hewett talks to composer Anthony Payne about his distinguished career.

    Antipodean Composers20130413

    Music from Down Under showcasing both established and younger composers from New Zealand and Australia whose inspiration ranges from a raucous celebration in Java, to the death of a close friend. Presented by Ivan Hewett in conversation with Lyell Cresswell.

    Helen Bowater: New Year Fanfare

    Lyell Cresswell: Piano Concerto

    Samuel Holloway: FAULT

    Jack Body: Little Elegies

    Liza Lim: Pearl, Ochre, Hair String

    Stephen de Pledge, piano

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Otto Tausk, conductor.

    Apartment House At 2020150815

    Hear and Now: Apartment House at 20

    Robert Worby presents a birthday concert given last month at Café Oto in East London by the award-winning group, hailed as, 'one of the most innovative and exciting chamber ensembles in Europe.' Robert talks to the cellist, Anton Lukoszevieze, Apartment House's founder and director, about the ensemble and its innovative programming. Tonight's concert is a typically eclectic mix: there's music from the 1960s by the Lithuanian-born New Yorker George Maciunas which explores the boundaries of music and performance art, a 20-minute work of proto-minialism by the Dane Henning Christiansen, and a seminal score from the 1950s avant-garde by John Cage.

    Jennifer Walshe: This is Why People OD on Pills

    Luiz Henrique Yudo: CHINESE WALL PAPER Version I

    George Maciunas: Solo for Balloons; Music for Everyman

    Luiz Henrique Yudo: CHINESE WALL PAPER Version II

    Laurence Crane: 20th Century Music

    Henning Christiansen: fluxorum organum Part II

    George Maciunas: Solo for Violin (Gordon Mackay - violin)

    John Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra - Aria

    (Philip Thomas - piano, Lore Lienberg, mezzo).

    Apartment House Studio Concert20041023

    Sarah Walker presents a studio concert of British works given by the chamber ensemble Apartment House led by virtuoso cellist Anton Lukoszevieze.

    Christopher Fox is the featured composer with two UK premieres and the world premiere of his recent BBC commission.

    Later, Robert Worby, in conversation with the composer, introduces Alvin Lucier's electronic piece Bird and Person Dyning, with tonight's performance coming from this year's CMN Feedback tour.

    Christopher Fox: Blank (UK premiere)

    Joanna Bailie: Charh (UK premiere)

    Christopher Fox: Komposition mit schwarz, rot und gelb [Composition in black, red and yellow] (UK Premiere)

    Laurence Crane: John White in Berlin (UK premiere)

    James Tenney: Harmonium #2 (UK premiere)

    Christopher Fox: ZONE (world premiere of BBC Commission)

    Alvin Lucier: Bird and Person Dyning.

    Arditti Quartet - Sounds New Festival 201220120602

    Ivan Hewett introduces a recording of the Arditti Quartet live in concert at the Sounds New festival of contemporary music in Canterbury. And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty - celebrating modern classics from the late 20th-century - pianist Joanna MacGregor nominates Harrison Birtwistle's 1972 orchestral score The Triumph of Time, with commentary from writer Paul Griffiths.

    Brian Ferneyhough: Exordium

    Phillip Neil Martin: An Outburst of Time (part of the RPS/BBC Radio 3 Encore project)

    Arditti Quartet

    Harrison Birtwistle: The Triumph of Time

    Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Elgar Howarth

    Paul Max Edlin: Frida Sketches (World premiere)

    The Encore project is a collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3 designed to give repeat performances and broadcasts of works by living British Composers which otherwise might be lost from view.

    Ars Musica20030531

    Alwynne Pritchard presents music from the Ars Musica Festival in Brussels, and interviews composers about their work.

    The festival director, Tino Haenen, has stated that he wants the whole range of music from the 20th and 21st centuries to be on stage, and so alongside featured composers George Benjamin and Toshio Hosokawa there's music from the older generation, including Giacinto Scelsi and Pauline Oliveros.

    Arvo Part20150912

    To mark the 80th birthday of Arvo Pärt, Ivan Hewett talks to composer and conductor Antony Pitts about the fundamentals of Pärt's technique drawing on a range of Pärt recordings, including:

    Annum per annum (1980)

    Lorenzo Ghielmi (organ)

    The Deer's Cry (2007)

    Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier

    Collage on the theme B-A-C-H / III: Ricercare (1964)

    Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow (conductor)

    Solfeggio (1963)

    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste (conductor)

    Passio (1982) (excerpt: Dicit eis Pilatus "Regem vestrum....Quod scripsi, scripsi")

    Tonus Peregrinus, Antony Pitts (conductor)

    Orient and Occident (2000)

    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste (conductor)

    The Lord's Prayer (1997)

    Nunc dimittis (2001)

    Wiltener Sängerknaben, Johannes Stecher.

    Arvo Part And Dobrinka Tabakova20150919

    Ivan Hewett features music by Arvo Pärt and Dobrinka Tabakova including the UK premiere of her Cello Concerto.

    Dobrinka Tabakova: Centuries of Meditations

    Arvo Pärt: Adam's Lament

    Dobrinka Tabakova: Concerto for Cello and Strings (UK premiere)

    Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater

    Tallinn Chamber Orchestra with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber

    Choir conducted by Kristian Järvi

    soloists: Kristina Blaumane (cello) and Ceri Wynne Jones (harp).

    Bangor New Music Festival 201020100515

    The Bangor New Music Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary this March.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces new works performed at a concert in this year's Festival by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and talks to two of the composers involved - Guto Puw (the Festival's Artistic Director) and Andrew Lewis.

    Andrew Lewis: Danses acousmatiques - Torquetum (pas de cinq) (extract)

    From the album 'Miroirs obscurs' (empreintes DIGITALes IMED 0789)

    Guto Pryderi Puw: Hologram (R3 commission: world premiere)

    Andrew Lewis: Number Nine Dream (world premiere)

    Adrian Williams: Cello Concerto (R3 commission: world premiere)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    conducted by Grant Llewellyn

    Continung the Welsh theme, Sara also joins composer and harpist Rhodri Davies for a tour of his installation 'Room Harp', part of the exhibition 'all art is, is rhythm' at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle's Great Northern Museum.

    John Butcher/Rhodri Davies: Scrogg (extract)

    From the album 'CARLIOL' (ftarri-220)

    Works by Guto Puw, Andrew Lewis, Adrian Williams, from 2010's Bangor New Music Festival.

    Baroque Spring20130323

    As part of Baroque Spring, Sara Mohr-Pietch introduces works by Kevin Volans, Alexander Goehr, Gerald Barry and Poul Ruders, and talks to the composers themselves about how they have taken inspiration from Baroque music.

    Kevin Volans: White Man Sleeps (excerpt)

    Kevin Volans and Robert Hill (harpsichords), Margriet Tindemans (viola da gamba), Robyn Schulkowski (percussion)

    Alexander Goehr:... a musical offering (J.S.B. 1985)...

    London Sinfonietta

    Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    Gerald Barry: The Intelligence Park (excerpt)

    Almeida Ensemble

    Robert Houlihan (conductor)

    Poul Ruders: Concerto in Pieces

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Andrew Davis (conductor).

    Bath Festival20040626

    Alwynne Pritchard introduces two young ensembles recorded at this year's Bath Festival.

    In an innovative venture, the Tate Ensemble led by clarinettist Vicky Wright has been working closely with various video artists and composers such as Donnacha Dennehy, Guy Harries, Matthew Shlomowitz, Gabriel Prokofiev and Gijs Kramers to create a series of pieces for quintet and DJ.

    And later, percussion quartet 4-Mality led by Adrian Spillett performs high energy works by Benjamin Wallfisch, Jan Bradley, Russell du Plessis and Brian Irvine.

    Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales: Henze, Holt And Hoddinott20090228

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at BBC Hoddinott Hall, featuring orchestral works inspired by a trio of poets - Shakespeare, Goethe and Gwyn Thomas.

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Jac Van Steen (conductor)

    henze: symphony no 8 26:39

  • hoddinott: lizard 25:28

    Jac Van Steen conducts the bbc national orchestra of wales in henze, holt and hoddinott

  • holt: troubled light 22:12

  • Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales: Resonances Of Dutilleux20160312

    Ivan Hewett presents works inspired by Henri Dutilleux recorded in a centenary concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Pascal Rophe at Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff last month. The programme looks at the lasting legacy of Dutilleux's music through the composers that he inspired and influenced, from Eric Tanguy to Julian Anderson and Thierry Pecou and Kenneth Hesketh. In the final work, soprano Elizabeth Atherton joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a performance of Dutilleux's final work, Le temps l'horloge.

    Eric Tanguy: Affettuoso in memoriam Henri Dutilleux

    Julian Anderson: Shir Hashirim

    Thierry Pecou: Les liaisons magnétiques

    Kenneth Hesketh: Graven Image

    Dutilleux: Le temps l'horloge

    Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Pascal Rophé (conductor).

    Bbc Now - Simon Bainbridge20070512

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a concert by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales alongside the London premiere of a Simon Bainbridge work inspired by the architecture of Daniel Libeskind.

    Harrison Birtwistle: Endless Parade

    Philippe Schartz (trumpet)

    Michael Berkeley: Gethsemane Fragment

    Simon Holt: Icarus Lamentations

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Thierry Fischer (conductor)

    Simon Bainbridge: Music, Space, Reflection

    Sound Intermedia

    London Sinfonietta

    Diego Masson (conductor).

    Bbc Philharmonic/macmillan *20090815

    Robert Worby presents the BBC Philharmonic conducted by James MacMillan in works by young composers selected by the Society for the Promotion of New Music, as well as one of MacMillan's own pieces.

    Oliver Waespi: Viaduct (13:54)

    BBC Philharmonic

    James MacMillan (conductor)

    Elizabeth Winters: The Serious Side of Madness (12:00)

    MacMillan: A Deep but Dazzling Darkness for violin and orchestra (22:36)

    Chantal Juillet (violin)

    Louis Johnson: Swinside Study (11:16)

    Maxim Bendall: The Circumference of the Ocean (12:38)

    The BBC Philharmonic performs music by young composers and James MacMillan.

    Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20160116

    Presented by Tom Service

    Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the first UK performances of works by Rebecca Saunders, Johannes Schollhorn, Franck Bedrossian and Ann Cleare, including Rebecca Saunders 'Alba' with trumpeter Marco Blaauw. Recorded at Glasgow's City Halls in November 2014

    Plus a new recording of Rebecca Saunders's Solitude for solo cello, performed by Severine Ballon

    Johannes Schollhorn: Dämmerung-Schmetterlinge (UK Premiere)

    Rebecca Saunders: Traces

    Franck Bedrossian: Itself (UK premiere)

    Ann Cleare: phôsphors (...of ether) (UK premiere)

    Rebecca Saunders: Alba (for trumpet and orchestra)* (UK premiere)

    *Marco Blaauw (trumpet)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Rebecca Saunders: Solitude (for solo cello)

    Séverine Ballon (cello).

    Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20160123

    Presented by Tom Service.

    Matthias Pintscher conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a concert recorded at Glasgow's City Halls.

    Joan Magrané Figuera's...secreta desolación... references Wagner's Parsifal, while another German musical revolutionary, Helmut Lachenmann, uses silences and large orchestral forces in Tableau, a work described as "mesmerising, startling and occasionally forbidding". Jay Schwartz's Delta combines "physics with the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of sound" and Salvatore Sciarrino's flute concerto, with soloist Matteo Cesari, offers a fragile soundworld on the edge of silence.

    Plus, the latest of Hear and Now's series Modern Muses, features the composer Liza Lim and cellist Severine Ballon.

    Joan Magrane Figuera:...secreta desolación... (UK premiere)

    Salvatore Sciarrino: Libro notturno delle voci* (UK premiere)

    Jay Schwartz: Delta - Music for Orchestra IV

    Helmut Lachenmann: Tableau

    *Matteo Cesari (flute)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Matthias Pintscher (conductor).

    Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20160227

    Ivan Hewett presents a concert recorded earlier this evening at Glasgow's City Halls by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with conductor Martyn Brabbins. And ahead of next weekend's Festival of Contemporary Music for All (CoMA) which takes place across the whole of the UK, Robert Worby reflects on the work of this organisation and its legacy.

    John McCabe: Joybox

    Sally Beamish: Cello Concerto No.2: The Song Gatherer

    Robert Cohen (cello)

    James MacMillan: Hodie Puer Nascitur

    Glasgow Chamber Choir

    Anthony Payne: Time's Arrow

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

    Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra At Hcmf 2012 - 120130119

    Ivan Hewett presents the first of two concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher at the 2012 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Each of the three works has a soloist, with music by Pintscher himself alongside UK premieres by Wolfgang Rihm and the Festival's featured composer Maja Ratkje. Plus a bonus piece celebrating Witold Lutoslawski's centenary next Friday with a performance from the last concert he ever conducted, in 1993.

    Maja Ratkje: Concerto for Voice and Orchestra (UK premiere)

    with Maja Ratkje (voice)

    Wolfgang Rihm: Versuchung (UK premiere)

    with Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

    Matthias Pintscher: Songs from Solomon's Garden

    with Leigh Melrose (baritone)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

    Matthias Pintscher (conductor).

    Lutoslawski: Chain 1

    New Music Concerts Ensemble,

    Witold Lutoslawski (conductor).

    Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra At Hcmf 2012 - 220130126

    Ivan Hewett presents the second of two concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher at the 2012 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Two recent works, by Pintscher himself and Dai Fujikura - the UK premiere of a piece written for Gustavo Dudamel and his Venezuelan Simon Bolivar orchestra - are complemented by two contemporary classics: a concertante work with solo accordion by Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim, who died in 2010, and one of Luigi Nono's greatest explorations of the border between sound and silence. Plus, during the interval, another UK premiere - from featured composer at the festival, Irishman Donnacha Dennehy.

    Dai Fujikura: Tocar y luchar (UK premiere)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

    Matthias Pintscher (conductor).

    Matthias Pintscher: Mar'eh

    Erik Schumann (violin),

    Donnacha Dennehy: As An Nós (UK premiere)

    Crash Ensemble,

    Alan Pierson (conductor)

    Arne Nordheim: Spur

    Frode Haltli (accordion),

    Luigi Nono: No hay caminos hay que caminar

    Bbc So: 60th Birthdays20031108

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 60th birthdays of Gavin Bryars and Stephen Montague earlier this year, along with British and American works by '40-somethings' Graham Fitkin and Michael Gordon.

    David Porcelijn conducts and Robert Worby presents.

    Graham Fitkin: Fervent Gavin Bryars: The Bulls Of Bashan.

    Violin Concerto Isabelle van Keulen (violin) Michael Gordon: Romeo Stephen Montague: From The White Edge Of Phrygia And around midnight, more music by Gavin Bryars, performed by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble at The Arena Festival in Latvia earlier this month.

    / "BBC SO: 60th Birthdays The BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 60th birthdays of Gavin Bryars and Stephen Montague earlier this year, along with British and American works by '40-somethings' Graham Fitkin and Michael Gordon.

    Bbc Sso In Music By Michel Van Der Aa *20090418

    Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing recent works by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa at a concert given in February 2009 at City Halls, Glasgow.

    Elizabeth Layton (violin)

  • bbc scottish symphony orchestra
  • franck ollu (conductor)

    michel van der aa: here (enclosed) for chamber orchestra and soundtrack (2003); imprint for baroque orchestra (2005); memo for solo violin and portable cassette recorder (2003); second self for orchestra and soundtrack (2004).

    the bbc scottish symphony orchestra perform works by dutch composer michel van der aa

  • Bbc Sso, Skempton, Cardew, Wolff, Feldman20100522

    Robert Worby presents a concert from Glasgow featuring four composers who rose to prominence in the 1960s: Feldman and Wolff in the New York School", while in England, Cardew and Skempton founded the Scratch Orchestra.

    Howard Skempton: Lento

    Cornelius Cardew: Bun no.

    1

    Christian Wolff: Spring

    Morton Feldman: Piano and Orchestra

    John Tilbury (piano)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

    Also in this programme, a review of recent CD releases of New Music.

    Album: Sounding Music

    Artists: AMM

    CD: Matchless Recordings MRCD77

    Album: Old School/John Cage

    Artists: Zeitkratzer

    CD: zeitkratzer records zkr 0009

    Album: Music for Piano and Strings by Morton Feldman

    Artists: The Smith Quartet with John Tilbury

    DVD: Matchless Recordings MRDVD-01

    The BBC SSO and John Tilbury (piano) in music by Skempton, Cardew, Wolff and Feldman.".

    Bbc Symphony Orchestra: 'from Sweden With Storgårds'20050226

    Ivan Hewett introduces a concert given by the BBC SO conducted by John Storgårds from a special recording for Hear and Now.

    Anders Hillborg: Liquid Marble

    Rolf Martinsson: Bridge - Trumpet Concerto

    Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

    Karin Rehnqvist: Light of Light

    Trinity Boys' Choir

    Anders Hultqvist: Time and the Bell

    Plus a second chance to hear the BBC Singers conducted by Stefan Parkman sing three Swedish works:

    Sven-David Sandstrøm: Lobet den Herrn

    Anders Hillborg: Muoaiyouum

    Hans Gefors: Botanistens tilfredsstalleelse.

    Bcmg - Uk Firsts20150404

    Franck Ollu conducts the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in a concert packed with world and UK premieres. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch, who also visits Chris Watson for the latest episode of Composers' Rooms.

    Ivo Nilsson: Rapidità (world premiere)

    Marc-André Dalbavie: Palimpseste

    Pascal Dusapin: Jetzt genau! (UK premiere)

    Frédéric Durieux: Etude en alternance No 3 (world premiere)

    Ivo Nilsson: Doppler Wobbler - concerto for viola, bassoon and ensemble (UK premiere)

    Allain Gaussin: Mosaïque céleste (UK premiere)

    Nicolas Hodges (piano)

    Christopher Yates (viola)

    Gretha Tuls (bassoon)

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Franck Ollu (conductor).

    Bcmg And Sheffield Sound Junction20050702

    Robert Worby introduces the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group conducted by Oliver Knussen in performances of Julian Anderson's Book of Hours and Elliott Carter's Dialogues.

    With Jonty Harrison and Lamberto Coccioli (live electronics).

    Later, Robert reports from the Sheffield Sound Junction Festival, which focussed on the French/Canadian acousmatic pioneer Francis Dhomont, including his piece AvAtArsSon.

    Beat Furrer, Naomi Pinnock, Dai Fujikura20110312

    Swiss-born Beat Furrer is established as one of the leading lights of Austrian new music, and Naomi Pinnock and Dai Fujikura are from the younger generation of British composers.

    Tom Service talks to them all about their work, including one world premiere.

    Beat Furrer: Xenos

    London Sinfonietta

    Beat Furrer (conductor)

    Beat Furrer: Presto

    Michael Cox (flute)

    John Constable (piano)

    Naomi Pinnock: Words (world premiere)

    Omar Ebrahim (baritone)

    Dai Fujikura: Recorder Concerto

    Jeremias Schwarzer (recorder)

    Ensemble Resonanz

    Peter Rundel (conductor)

    Beat Furrer: enigma

    BBC Singers

    Nicholas Kok (conductor)

    Beat Furrer: Nuun

    Rolf Hind and Zubin Kanga (pianos)

    Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble

    Tom Service presents music by Beat Furrer, Naomi Pinnock and Dai Fujikura.

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    Verity Sharp introduces a concert performance of an opera with a characteristically terse text by Samuel Beckett, as part of the Radio 3 Beckett season.

    Sarah Leonard (soprano), BBC Scottish SO/Richard Bernas.

    Morton Feldman: neither.

    Verity Sharp introduces a concert performance of an opera based on Samuel Beckett's play `Krapp's Last Tape', composed in collaboration with the author.

    Marcel Mihalovici: Krapp, or The Last Tape.

    David Barrell (baritone), BBC SO/Diego Mason.

    Bedroom Community20151017

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents highlights of a showcase concert of music for organ from the Iceland-based Bedroom Community collective performed by James McVinnnie. Including works by composer and Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson and the world premiere of a new piece by composer, and guitarist in The National, Bryce Dessner.

    Also in tonight's programme composer HK Gruber and trumpeter HÃ¥ken Hardenberger compare notes in our ongoing series Modern Muses, specially recorded piano music by Henry Cowell performed by Joel Sachs, and we mark the 80th birthday this month of another American pioneer La Monte Young

    Belfast Sonorities 201320130511

    Ivan Hewett introduces four recent works by Irish composers and specially recorded at Belfast's Sonorities 2013 festival of contemporary music, Beyond Soundscape. Donal Sarsfield's work for solo violin and strings explores the natural space between water and wood: an amplified violin weaves its way through taped sounds of an old chair squeeking and the night rain falling. Ryan Molloy recalls the old ways of Irish music and culture as if in a dream. Donnacha Dennehy's concerto for amplified violin and orchestra Elastic Harmonic places the violin like a "floating body over the orchestra, " and David Fennessy's inspiration was an image he had of a microscopic orchestra all seated in the swirl of a fingerprint: at the point of contact between a bowed open string and a violinist's finger an entire orchestral sound was seeps out from beneath it.

    Recorded at an Ulster Orchestra BBC Radio 3 Invitation Concert for Hear and Now

    Donal Sarsfield: Between Wood and Water for string orchestra and tape

    with Darragh Morgan (violin), Ulster Orchestra, David Brophy (conductor)

    Ryan Molloy: Third Epistle to Timothy

    Ulster Orchestra, David Brophy (conductor)

    Donnacha Dennehy: Elastic Harmonic

    with Darragh Morgan (amplified violin), Ulster Orchestra, David Brophy (conductor)

    David Fennessy: This is how it feels (Another Bolero)

    Berlin New Music Scene *20091107

    1989: Twentieth Anniversary

    As part of BBC Radio 3's season of programmes marking the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ivan Hewett reports on the city's vibrant new music scene today.

    He speaks to musicians from the old East, composer Helmut Oehring and ensemble director Thomas Bruns; and from the old West side, composers Enno Poppe and Reinhold Friedl, and festival director Matthias Osterwold.

    British composer Rebecca Saunders, who has settled in the city, proves that Berlin is still a magnet for foreign musicians.

    And from the new Noise scene, Sudden Infant explains why, in Berlin, noise is beautiful.

    Interviews with:

    Matthias Osterwold (artistic director, Maerzmusik)

    Thomas Bruns (artistic director, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin)

    Helmut Oehring (composer)

    Rebecca Saunders (composer)

    Enno Poppe (composer)

    Reinhold Friedl (composer and director of Zeitkratzer)

    Music:

    Zeitkratzer/Nicolai: 5 Min (8:09)

    Zeitkratzer and Carsten Nicolai

    CD: Electronics (3-CD set, Zeitkratzer Records ZKR0004 Track 2)

    Rebecca Saunders: Blaauw (9.40)

    Marco Blaauw (double-bell trumpet).

    Bernard Rands At 8020141018

    Ivan Hewett presents an 80th birthday tribute to one of today's leading composers, Bernard Rands. Once described as, 'a composer with a poet's sensibility and a painterly love of colour and line', Rands has for many years been resident in the USA. However, he was born in the UK in Sheffield so it is especially appropriate that tonight's recordings were made at the Royal Northern College of Music's celebration of his music held in June.

    Rands has held teaching positions at many leading universities and music schools across the US and is himself a onetime pupil of Dallapiccola, Berio and Boulez. His brand of post-Impressionist elegance combined with rhythmic vigour has resulted in residencies with many of the United States' top orchestras. Rands says that he writes his music 'to be as honest and as deeply personal as I can', and this is evident in his 'Chains like the sea'. The work is inspired by a poem by Dylan Thomas, as Rands uses the sounds of bells to map out life, from birth to death.

    And in Composers' Rooms, Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores the urban workspace which the composer Emily Hall shares with a community of other musicians and visual artists.

    Bernard Rands: Danza petrificada

    BBC Philharmonic, Clark Rundell (conductor)

    Bernard Rands: Cello Concerto

    Johannes Moser (cello)

    Composers' Rooms: Emily Hall and her urban workspace

    Hans Werne Henze: Heliogabalus Imperator

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    Bernard Rands: Chains like the sea

    Big Noise20031129

    As part of BBC Radio 3's coverage of the London Jazz Festival, Sarah Walker presents Big Noise, a collaboration between UK-based Icebreaker and Dutch ensemble Orkest de Volharding as they embark on their Contemporary Music Network tour.

    The programme includes four world premieres including two BBC Radio 3 commissions by Joe Cutler (Jack The Diamond's Jamming Station) and Yannis Kyriakides (Lab Fly Dreams), as well as new works by Dutch composers Cornelis de Bondt and Diderik Wagenaar.

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group20040828

    Sarah Walker introduces music from two concerts given by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

    The first, conducted by Alexander Briger, features the British premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's song-cycle of war poems for baritone and ensemble The Torn Fields with Gerald Finley as the soloist; the world premiere of Three Pieces by Philip Cashian and Julian Anderson's Khorovod.

    Plus, music from a concert given by the BCMG in March entitled 'Workers Union' focussing on works written for a whole range of performers, from professional to amateur.

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group20110319

    Robert Worby presents a concert from Birmingham, and talks to featured composer Jo Kondo.

    Jo Kondo: Standing

    Stefan Wolpe: Piece in Two Parts for Six Players

    Oliver Knussen: Requiem - Songs for Sue

    Jo Kondo: Three Songs Tennyson Sung (world premiere)

    Morton Feldman: The Viola in My Life II

    Harrison Birtwistle: Silbury Air

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Christopher Yates (viola)

    BCMG, conductor Oliver Knussen

    This concert was recorded last weekend in Brimingham, home of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group- bcmg.

    It includes two works by leading Japanese composer Jo Kondo, who is celebrated for his delicately minimal soundworld.

    Oliver Knussen's conducting and composing career has often taken him to the US and to Japan, fuelling an interest in the composers living and working in those countries.

    He is a long-standing champion of the music of Jo Kondo, whose new Sound Investment commission, Three Songs Tennyson Sung, for soprano and 7 instruments is unveiled in this concert.

    Kondo's music has been compared to the pointillist painting technique of Georges Seurat.

    He pays great attention to the colour and sonority of individual notes and instruments.

    Knussen's Requiem - Songs for Sue, is a memorial piece for his wife Sue Knussen, which sets poetry by Rilke, Emily Dickinson, Machado and W H Auden.

    The American Morton Feldman's quiet, slowly unfolding music has a kinship with Jo Kondo.

    Harrison Birtwistle's classic piece Silbury Air was inspired by the mysterious earthwork called Silbury Hill.

    The BCMG perform Jo Kondo, Morton Feldman, Stefan Wolpe and Oliver Knussen.

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group *20091031

    Tom Service presents music from the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group's opening concert of the 2009-10 by Simon Holt, Richard Causton, Vic Hoyland, and Bruno Maderna, including three premieres.

    Nicholas Daniel (oboe, oboe d'amore, cor anglais)

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Diego Masson (conductor)

    Simon Holt: Capriccio Spettrale (revised version: premiere) (12:08)

    Richard Causton: Chamber Symphony (world premiere) (22:27)

    Bruno Maderna: Oboe Concerto No 1 (19:09)

    Vic Hoyland: Hey Presto!...

    moon - flower - bat (world premiere) (17:11).

    Birtwistle And Maxwell Davies20040214

    Sarah Walker introduces the BBC Philharmonic performing three works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Bach Measures (conducted by the composer), The Cry Of Anubis and Exody (both conducted by James MacMillan).

    Also tonight, the Maggini Quartet performs the World Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Naxos Quartet No 3.

    Birtwistle: The Corridor And The Cure20150718

    Classical myth's archetypes, elemental symbolism and pitiless laying bare of the human condition have long spurred Harrison Birtwistle to produce some of his greatest music, at once multi-layered and direct, violent and tender.

    In Birwistle's two recent chamber operas, the tragic moment when Orpheus turns to look at Euridice is the subject of The Corridor (2009), while in The Cure (2015) Jason implores his sorceress lover Medea to help his ailing father, Aeson.

    Behind the production are some of Birtwistle's most trusted collaborators: librettist David Harsent, designer Alison Chitty, soprano Elizabeth Atherton and tenor Mark Padmore.

    Recorded at the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden and presented by Tom Service in conversation with Harrison Birtwistle.

    Harrison Birtwistle: The Corridor; The Cure

    Eurydice/Medea....Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

    Orpheus/Jason/Aeson....Mark Padmore (tenor)

    London Sinfonietta

    Geoffrey Paterson (conductor).

    Bit20 Percussion And Nordic Voices20130420

    Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces some highlights of a recent concert given as part of the London Ear Festival and featuring two of Norway's leading new music ensembles. BIT20 Percussion (Bergen) and Nordic Voices (Oslo) take us on an hour long journey from Nordic sunrise and the sounds of nature to a performance piece whose course is determined by the roll of a dice. And before that Sara is joined by CD Review's Andrew McGregor for a round-up of some recent new music releases.

    Lasse Thoresen: Solbon (sunrise)

    Nordic Voices

    Craig Farr: Music for an(y) occasion

    BIT20 and Nordic Voices

    Rolf Wallin: Twine

    BIT 20

    Peter Ablinger: Studien nach der Natur

    Bmic Cutting Edge20031115

    From this year's bmic Cutting Edge series, the Royal Northern College of Music's Brass and Wind Ensemble directed by James Gourlay joins forces with pianist Philip Mead for a concert of works by British composers: Meld....Nicholas Sackman Arenas....Simon Emmerson Gold....Diana Burrell Lucifer....Geoffrey Poole And following on from Lucifer, Sarah Walker introduces more works by Geoffrey Poole in conversation with the composer.

    String Quartet No 3 Lindsay Quartet Septembral Gemini.

    Bmic Cutting Edge: Continuum Ensemble20051203

    Making their second appearance in a British Music Information Centre Cutting Edge series, the Continuum Ensemble under the direction of Philip Headlam performs a mainly British programme.

    The set finishes with a major work from the senior British composer now based in Australia, Roger Smalley; his Quintet receives its UK premiere.

    Presented by Alwynne Pritchard.

    Luke Bedford: Through Mazes Running

    Larry Goves: turning aperture slowly clockwise spinning (world premiere)

    Judith Weir: The Voice of Desire

    Margaret Cameron (mezzo soprano)

    Mark Anthony Turnage: A Fast Stomp

    Kenneth Hesketh: Gabos Opus (world premiere)

    Lisa Nelsen (flute)

    Roger Smalley: Quintet.

    Bmic: Plus-minus20040228

    From the BMIC's Cutting Edge series, the ensemble Plus-Minus - a collective with bases in both London and Brussels - performs a concert of new works, juxtaposed with core modern repertoire.

    Presented by Alwynne Pritchard, in conversation with Matthew Shlomowitz.

    Bryn Harrison: Rise Matthew Shlomowitz: Thought Rhythms Michael Finnissy: WAM Stefan Van Eycken: A feeling of something happening Richard Ayres: No 19 Richard Barrett: von hinter dem Schmerz Stockhausen/Erik Ulman: Plus-Minus Plus, music by Chris Dench performed by guitarist Geoffrey Morris.

    Bmic's Cutting Edge - Plus Minus20070414

    Robert Worby presents a concert of experimental British and American works performed by the by Anglo-Belgian group Plus Minus; recorded at the BMIC Cutting Edge concert at the Warehouse London on November 30th 2007.


    Richard BARRETT : Lost (excerpt) (00'24") : Roderick Chadwick (piano)


    Chris DENCH : Rushes (7'10") : Mark Knoop, Roderick Chadwick (piano)


    Joanna BAILIE : Double (18'19") : Plus Minus


    Robert ASHLEY : Tract (excerpt) (2'42") : Thomas Buckner (baritone) + midi sounds : New World Records 804602 (CD)


    Robert ASHLEY : In Memoriam..Esteban Gomez (6'49") : Plus Minus


    Richard BARRETT : Lost (11'32") : Roderick Chadwick (piano)


    Cornelius CARDEW : Treatise (22'40") : Plus Minus.

    Borealis Festival20100220

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents an eclectic programme from Norway's Borealis Fesitval, recorded at Kings Place and talks to festival director, Alwynne Pritchard

    Gerhard Stäbler: Von Branntwein und Finsternissen

    Gerhard Stäbler: Internet 1.9

    Mark Knoop (piano)

    Baltazar and Habbestad: Unruhischer Räume

    Bjørnar Habbestad (elecroacoustic Flute)

    Pascal Baltazar (computer)

    Jennifer Walshe: This is why people O.D.

    on pills

    Rolf Borch (clarinet)

    Watch Tor Kristian Liseth's accompanying film (link below)

    Kunsu Shim: 33 things

    MoHa!

    Anders Hana (guitar/keyboard):

    Morten J.

    Olsen (drums/laptop).

    Sara Mohr-pietsch with music from Norway's Borealis Fesitval, from Kings Place, London.

    Boulez - Pli Selon Pli20131102

    Pierre Boulez's Pli selon pli a classic of French modernism recorded in a concert given last month at City Halls, Glasgow by the soprano Marisol Montalvo and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthias Pintscher

    Ivan Hewett talk to Matthias Pintscher about a work which encompassed more than 30 years of Boulez's composing life.

    Although based on a text by Stephan Mallarmé, as Matthias Pintscher says: "Mallarmé's words in Pli selon pli don't really tell stories. Instead they offer abstract images that allow our imaginations to create our own experiences and associations.... Boulez takes us by the hand and leads us into this astonishingly beautiful garden and we are free to walk around it in any direction we choose."

    Also in the programme, Une page d'éphéméride, pour piano, one of Boulez's latest compositions is played by Hideki Nagano (piano)

    Presented by Ivan Hewett

    Boulez: Pli selon pli (Portrait de Mallarmé) for soprano and orchestra

    Marisol Montsalvo (soprano)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Matthias Pintscher conductor (and Artist-in-Association).

    BBC SSO under Matthias Pintscher in Boulez's Pli selon pli for soprano and orchestra.

    Also in the programme, Une page d'éphéméride, pour piano, one of Boulez's latest compositions is played by Hieki Nahano (piano)

    Bozzini Quartet - Arnold, Trunk, Vivier And Skempton20070331

    Ivan Hewett presents a Studio Concert recorded at Maida Vale Studio 1, featuring the Bozzini Quartet from Montreal playing an Anglo-Canadian programme.

    Martin Arnold: Aberrare (Casting)

    Markus Trunk: twin/double (World Premiere)

    Claude Vivier: Pulau Dewata, arr.

    M Oesterle

    Howard Skempton: Catch; Tendrils (BBC Commission).

    Brett Dean And Philip Glass20120407

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces recordings from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's recent Total Immersion event focusing on the work of Australian composer Brett Dean, including Carlo, a piece inspired by the life and work of 16th-century madrigal composer Gesualdo, and Fire Music, a response to the Black Saturday bushfires that struck the state of Victoria in 2009. Plus in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, American composer Nico Muhly nominates Philip Glass's Music in Twelve Parts, with commentary from Gillian Moore.

    Brett Dean: Carlo (New version, UK Premiere)

    BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra

    David Robertson (conductor)

    Philip Glass: Music in Twelve Parts (Excerpt)

    The Philip Glass Ensemble; Michael Riesman (director)

    Brett Dean: Fire Music (BBC co-commission, UK Premiere)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces music by Brett Dean and Philip Glass.

    Brett Dean: Bliss20110416

    Tom Service presents the broadcast premiere of Brett Dean's three act opera Bliss, based on the novel by Peter Carey.

    Peter Coleman-Wright stars as Harry Joy the advertising executive with a dysfunctional family, who sees his life for what it really is following a heart attack.

    Between the acts Tom talks to the composer, to the opera's librettist Amanda Holden and to the critic Anna Picard.

    Plus, a recording of Dean's 2006 orchestral work Komarov's Fall, commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic and inspired by the story of Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov's ill-fated mission at the height of the space race in 1967.

    Brett Dean and Amanda Holden: Bliss

    Harry Joy - Peter Coleman-Wright

    Betty Joy - Merlyn Quaife

    Honey B - Lorina Gore

    Alex Duval - Barry Ryan

    David....David Corcoran

    Lucy - Taryn Fiebig

    Johnny Davis - Kanen Breen

    Reverend Des/Police Officer/Nurse - Shane Lowrencev

    Aldo/Nigel Clunes - Henry Choo

    Mrs Dalton - Milijana Nikolic

    Nurses - Sharon Olde, Jane Parkin

    Police Officer/Betty's Doctor - Stephen Smith

    Neighbour/Asylum Doctor - Malcolm Ede

    Managing Directors - Malcolm Ede, Christopher Hillier, David Lewis, Sam Roberts-Smith, Sam Sakker

    Opera Australia

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Elgar Howarth - conductor

    Recorded at the Edinburgh International Festival in September 2010.

    11.50pm

    Brett Dean: Komarov's Fall

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Andre de Ridder - Brett Dean's opera Bliss, performed at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival.

    Brian Ferneyhough - Total Immersion20110226

    A concert given earlier today at the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion day devoted to the music of Brian Ferneyhough. Presenter Ivan Hewett is joined by Tom Service, who reports on the day's events.

    Ferneyhough: Second String Quartet

    Quatuor Diotima

    Ferneyhough: Plötzlichkeit (UK premiere)

    BBC SO, BBC Singers,

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    Ferneyhough: Carceri d'Invenzione III

    BBC SO

    Ferneyhough: Missa Brevis

    BBC Singers, James Morgan (conductor)

    Ferneyhough: La Terre est un Homme

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    This concert spans the broad gamut of

    Ferneyhough's fertile invention, from the Missa Brevis for 12 solo singers of 1969 to the UK premiere of Plötzlichkeit , a 20-minute masterpiece for large orchestra. The programme also includes a rare chance to hear the third part of his Carceri d'Invenzione cycle, a seminal work of the 1980s inspired by Piranesi's etchings of imagined dungeons and infernal places of imprisonment. Discover the multiform artistic influences and ideas behind the work of a composer who represents the antithesis of the predictable, the enemy of the routine.

    A concert given earlier today at the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion day devoted to the music of Brian Ferneyhough.

    Presenter Ivan Hewett is joined by Tom Service, who reports on the day's events.

    Ferneyhough: Plötzlichkeit (UK premiere)

    conducted by Martyn Brabbins

    BBC Singers

    conducted by James Morgan

    This concert spans the broad gamut of Ferneyhough's fertile invention, from the Missa Brevis for 12 solo singers of 1969 to the UK premiere of Plötzlichkeit , a 20-minute masterpiece for large orchestra.

    The programme also includes a rare chance to hear the third part of his Carceri d'Invenzione cycle, a seminal work of the 1980s inspired by Piranesi's etchings of imagined dungeons and infernal places of imprisonment.

    Discover the multiform artistic influences and ideas behind the work of a composer who represents the antithesis of the predictable, the enemy of the routine.

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins performs music by Brian Ferneyhough.

    Brian Ferneyhough Portrait20060722

    Ivan Hewett talks to one of the leading composers of our time.

    And from this year's Aldeburgh Festival, two spellbinding concerts of Ferneyhough's music, new and old, alongside some of the composers who have influenced him.

    Jacob Obrecht: Salve regina à 6

    Ferneyhough: Unsichtbare Farben for solo violin (1997-99)

    Jean de Ockeghem: Agnus Dei from Missa Caput

    Ferneyhough: Intermedio alla Ciaconna for solo violin (1986)

    Jean de Ockeghem: Alma redemptoris mater

    Ferneyhough: String Quartet No 5, 2006 UK premiere, BBC-WDR co-commission

    Ferneyhough: Missa Brevis (1968-9)

    Schoenberg: String Quartet, No 3, Op 30 (1927)

    Irvine Arditti (solo violin)

    Arditti Quartet

    Exaudi Vocal Ensemble

    James Weeks (conductor).

    Brighton Festival20030524

    Sarah Walker reports from the Brighton Festival and introduces Ixion in a concert of UK and world premieres by young European composers, alongside music by more familiar names: Sonni Petrovski (Macedonia), Michael Blake (UK), Filippo Perocco (Italy), Dominik Karski (Poland), Michael Finnissy (UK), Jonathan Harvey (UK), Morgan Hayes (UK), Andrew Hamilton (Ireland) and the group's director Andrew Toovey (UK).

    British Chamber And Orchestral Music20140301

    Clark Rundell takes Robert Worby through a programme of specially recorded colourful orchestral and chamber music from a range of British composers, played by the BBC Philharmonic and Psappha. Plus, from a recent concert featuring 'New Experimentalists', work from Japanese-born artist Rie Nakajima who explains how her installations blur the boundaries between sculpture and sound.

    David Horne: Daedelus in Flight

    Clark Rundell (conductor)

    Joe Duddell: Nightswimming

    Psappha

    Rie Nakajima: new work

    Gordon Crosse: L'Enfant Sauvage

    Dov Goldberg (clarinet)

    Tim Williams (cimbalom)

    Philip Grange: Focus and Fade

    BBC Philharmonic

    British Composer Awards 201020101127

    Tom Service is joined by composer Christopher Fox to discuss the music and composers nominated for this year's British Composer Awards.

    Playlist:

    Howard Skempton - Only The Sound Remains (extract)

    Christopher Yates (viola)

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Rolf Hind - A Single hair, a jasmine petal, seven mattresses, a pea…

    Rolf Hind (piano) Ryan Wigglesworth – Augenlieder

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

    Chris Watson - Longshore Drift (extract)

    Shiva Feshareki - TTKonzert (A Concerto for 4 Turntables, sax quartet and Orchestra) (extract)

    London Contemporary Orchestra

    Shiva Feshareki (turntables)

    Hugh Brunt (conductor)

    Recorded live at the Roundhouse, Saturday 23 January 2010

    John Wynne - Installation for 300 Speakers Pianola and Vacuum Cleaner (extract)

    James Redwood and Jack Ross - Audio Lens (opening extract)

    Sinfonia Viva + young people from Derby

    Stuart Stratford (conductor)

    Eriks Esenvalds - Légende de la Femme Emmurée

    Latvian Radio Choir

    Sigvards Klava

    From CD GB Records BCGBCD09 Track 5

    Tom Service focuses on the nominations for the 2010 British Composer Awards.

    British Composer Awards 2011, Howard Skempton's Lento20111126

    Tom Service sifts through the music and composers nominated for this year's British Composer Awards, which takes place in London this Wednesday.

    Plus, in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now 50, artist Tom Phillips and Gillian Moore celebrate Lento, by the English experimentalist Howard Skempton.

    A preview of the 2011 British Composer Awards.

    Hear and Now 50: Howard Skempton's Lento.

    British Composer Awards 201220121201

    The British Composer Awards celebrate their tenth anniversary this year. In the runup to Monday's awards ceremony, Ivan Hewett and guest critics Helen Wallace and Guy Damann choose their personal favourites from the pieces on the 2012 shortlist.

    British Composers20100703

    Introduced by Tom Service.

    André de Ridder conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert of premieres by four British-based composers, recorded in March at the Maida Vale studios.

    Plus the latest in our series of diary pieces from composers Mira Calix and Larry Goves on the progress of their year long compositional project, "Exchange and Return".

    Ian Vine: Writing on Water (Jennifer George [flute] / Ian Vine [piano, guitars, and electronics])

    Lloyd Moore: Diabolus in Musica (world premiere)

    Michael Langemann: Five Movements for Orchestra (world premiere)

    Ian Vine: violet (world premiere)

    Ian Vine: alizarin sun (London premiere)

    Gavin Higgins: Dancing at the Edge of Hell (world premiere)

    Ligeti: Ramifications (London Sinfonietta / André de Ridder [conductor])

    BBC SO/Andre de Ridder perform Lloyd Moore, Michael Langemann, Ian Vine and Gavin Higgins.

    British Concertos...20040306

    Sarah Walker introduces music by British composers from two recent concerts, including several concertos.

    Firstly, a Hear and Now invitation concert given by the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Richard Hickox in January at the BBC's Maida Vale studios; all four pieces are receiving their first broadcast tonight.

    Alasdair Nicolson: Ghosts at the Water's Edge Nigel Osborne: Oboe Concerto Nicholas Daniel (oboe) William Attwood: Colour Down the Side Giles Swayne: Mancanza Guitar Concerto Craig Ogden (guitar) Later, music by John Woolrich to celebrate his 50th birthday, played by the Orchestra of St John's Smith Square conducted by John Lubbock.

    Also tonight, Robert Worby talks to Gavin Bryars about his website diary of his current work in progress.

    British String Quartets At The Cheltenham Festival20120714

    Robert Worby presents a trio of British string quartets recorded at the Cheltenham Festival.

    Giles Swayne: String Quartet No. 3

    Hugh Wood: String Quartet No. 2

    Michael Nyman: String Quartet No. 2

    Castalian String Quartet

    And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard champions the music of maverick German composer Helmut Lachenmann and his 1980s work for ensemble Mouvement (- vor der Erstarrung); conductor Richard Bernas explains how the use of unconventional playing techniques created a rich and highly crafted soundworld the composer has described as "musique concrète instrumentale".

    Helmut Lachenmann: Mouvement (- vor der Erstarrung)

    Ensemble Modern

    Franck Ollu (conductor)

    Recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival last month.

    Brits - 120050305

    In the first of four programmes focusing on the work of British composers, Alwynne Pritchard introduces two concerts from the bmic's 2004 Cutting Edge series.

    The Norwegian quintet asamisimasa performs works by James Saunders, Roger Redgate, Ian Willcock and the UK premiere of Michael Finnissy's L'Herbe.

    Finnissy is also featured in the concert given by Ensemble Exposé with the London premiere of his Greatest Hits of All Time.

    The concert also included pieces by James Dillon, Ross Lorraine and Joanna Bailie.

    Brits - 220050312

    Presented by Sarah Walker.

    The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov, presents a portrait concert of its Composer in Association, Jonathan Harvey, alongside pieces by Giacinto Scelsi and the orchestra's recently appointed Resident Composer Anna Meredith.

    Jonathan Harvey: Ricercare una Melodia

    Mark O'Keeffe (trumpet)

    Giacinto Scelsi: I Presagi

    Jonathan Harvey: Wheel of Emptiness

    Anna Meredith: Torque

    Jonathan Harvey: Cello Concerto

    Arne Deforce (cello)

    Plus, more music from last year's Cutting Edge Series, from a concert given by Noszferatu including the world premiere of Hilary Robinson's Blue Icarus and the London premiere of More Matter Less by Andrew Poppy.

    Brits - 320050319

    Robert Worby introduces a Hear and Now Studio Concert, recorded at LSO St Luke?s, featuring music by five of the UK?s most exciting young composing talents.

    The London Sinfonietta is conducted by Nicholas Kok.

    William Attwood: Iwwer Tiermen

    Phillip Neil Martin: Shifting Mirrors

    Ben Foskett: Violin Concerto

    Clio Gould (violin)

    Emily Hall: Think About Space

    Sam Hayden: Relative Autonomy, UK premiere of London Sinfonietta commission

    In the last of the concerts recorded at the 2004 BMIC?s Cutting Edge Series, the Juice Vocal Trio presents 'rockrainwindfire', a selection of pieces for unaccompanied female voices, including works by Morag Galloway, Paul Robinson, Paul Mealor and David Breslin, as well as pieces by Juice?s three performers, Anna Molyneux, Kerry Andrew and Sarah Dacey.

    Brits - 4 Last20050326

    The Nash Ensemble, conducted by Lionel Friend, give the world premieres of new works by British composers Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews as well as a new piece by American composer Elliott Carter, alongside music by Oliver Knussen and Julian Anderson.

    The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group plays music by Gerald Barry, Simon Holt, Colin Matthews and Philip Cashian.

    Presented by Sarah Walker

    Bryn Harrison20150822

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to the composer Bryn Harrison about how he plays with time in his music, and she introduces a recording of his mesmerising new work for violin and piano, 'Receiving the Approaching Memory'. She also talks to the violinist Aisha Orazbayeva and the pianist Mark Knoop who both premiered the work and perform it on this recording made at the BBC Maida Vale studios earlier this year specially for Hear and Now.

    Bryn Harrison: Repetitions in Extended Time (opening extract)

    Plus Minus

    Interview with Bryn Harrison, Aisha Orazbayeva and Mark Knoop

    Bryn Harrison: Approaching the Receiving Memory

    Aisha Orazbayeva (violin)

    Mark Knoop (piano)

    Elizabeth Arno (producer).

    Cage Weekend20040117

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual January Composer Weekend turns the attention on the American radical, John Cage.

    Ivan Hewett presents two concerts recorded earlier today: firstly, a lunchtime concert recorded in the church of St Giles Cripplegate, with the Duke Quartet playing Cage's String Quartet in 4 parts (1949-50) a simple work influenced by Indian philosophy, and Four (1989).

    And later, percussionist Richard Benjafield is joined by Sound Intermedia and students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for a percussion extravaganza, 'Constructions In Metal'.

    John Cage First Construction (in Metal) John Cage Living room music John Cage Credo in US John Cage Child of tree Peter Garland The Three Strange Angels Henry Cowell Ostinato pianissimo John Cage Third Construction.

    Camberwell Composers' Collective20130302

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces a concert of works by members of the Camberwell Composers' Collective, a group which began life as a club in a South London basement and whose work is now being showcased by some of the UK's leading orchestras. She's joined in the studio by two of the Collective's composers, Emily Hall and Mark Bowden.

    Chris Mayo: The Llano Curve

    Mark Bowden: Sudden Light

    Anna Meredith: Barchan (Donal Bannister, trombone)

    Emily Hall: Love Songs (Mara Carlyle, vocal)

    Charlie Piper: Kick up the Fire

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Andrew Gourlay (conductor).

    Canon Of Repentance19981211

    More from the annual festival of new music in Huddersfield.

    Tonight, one of Arvo Part's most sustained and fervent choral works: the `Canon of Repentance', performed by the voices for whom it was written - the Estoian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tonu Kaljuste.

    Presented by Verity Sharp.

    Canterbury Sounds New Festival 2009 - 120090613

    Ivan Hewett explores the mainly Polish theme of the 2009 Canterbury Sounds New Festival with British composer Joe Cutler, who has close links with Poland.

    Marta Ptaszynska: Space Model for percussion and tape

    Nicholas Reed (percussion)

    Samantha Fernando: Frozen Reflections (after Szymanowski's Piano Etude No 3) - world premiere

    Aurora Orchestra

    Nicholas Collon (conductor)

    Agata Zubel: Obciazenie for percussion and computer

    Ligeti: Chamber Concerto

    Lutoslawski: Chain 1

    Ivan Hewett with music from the 2009 Canterbury Sounds New Festival.

    With Zubel and Ligeti.

    Canterbury Sounds New Festival 2009 - 220090620

    Ivan Hewett explores the mainly Polish theme of the 2009 Canterbury Sounds New Festival with British composer Joe Cutler, who has close links with Poland.

    Joe Cutler: Buckley's Hot Licks

    Rolf Hind (piano, voice)

    Tadeusz Wielecki: Collage Tango (UK premiere)

    Rolf Hind (piano)

    Gorecki: Concerto, Op 11

    Aurora Orchestra

    Nicholas Collon (conductor)

    Zygmunt Krauze: Five Unistic Pieces.

    Canterbury Sounds New Festival 2010 - 120100619

    Ivan Hewett presents the first of two programmes from the Canterbury Sounds New Festival and talks to festival director Paul Max Edlin.

    Including performances from two of Europe's leading contemporary groups, Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain and two world premieres.

    Enno Poppe: Gelöschte Lieder 1999

    Ensemble Modern

    Roderick Watkins: Trace (world premiere)

    Ensemble Intercontemporain

    Basil Athanasiadis: Dance of the Seven Veils (world premiere)

    Julian Warburton, Simon Limbrick, Adrian Spillett (percussion)

    York Höller: Klangzeichen

    Gerard Grisey: Talea

    Music from the Canterbury New Sounds festival 2010: Poppe, Watkins, Athanasiadis, Holler.

    Canterbury Sounds New Festival 2010 - 220100626

    Ivan Hewett presents the second of two programmes from the Canterbury Sounds New Festival and talks to festival director Paul Max Edlin.

    Including one of the great percussion works of the 20th century, Xenakis's Pleiades, and music from the 1940s by Cage and Boulez.

    Iannis Xenakis: Okho for 3 Djémbe Players

    Julian Warburton, Simon Limbrick, Adrian Spillett (djémbes)

    John Cage: Amores

    Simon Limbrick, Adrian Spillett, Sophie Hastings (percussion)

    Julian Warburton (prepared piano and conductor)

    Pierre Boulez: Sonatine

    Sophie Cherrier (flute)

    Dimitri Vassilakis (piano)

    Iannis Xenakis: Pleiades

    Richard Benjafield, Sophie Hastings, Simon Limbrick,

    Mark Norman, Adrian Spillett, Scott Wilson (percussion)

    Julian Warburton (conductor).

    Music from the Canterbury New Sounds festival 2010, by Xenakis, Cage and Boulez.

    Cd Review, Michael Finnissy's Beat Generation Ballads20150425

    Ivan Hewett reviews recent releases of new music with the composer Zoe Martlew and guitarist Tom McKinney, including music by Hans Abrahamsen and Christopher Fox. Michael Finnissy introduces his piano work, Beat Generation Ballads, which was commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and premiered there in November last year.

    Plus the latest in the series Modern Muses which looks behind some of the key composer-performer partnerships of our times. Jazz drummer Peter Erskine was one of Mark-Anthony Turnage's musical heroes who he'd first heard as the drummer in Weather Report in the late 70s. They talk about meeting in the 1990s and how and why Turnage re-wrote the drum part in his ground-breaking Blood on the Floor with Erskine's input. Ever since, a close musical friendship has flourished, resulting in further Erskine-inspired music.

    Modern Muses: Peter Erskine and Mark-Anthony Turnage

    Michael Finnissy

    Beat Generation Ballads

    Philip Thomas (piano).

    Chaplin Operas20070714

    Featuring three hyperactive scores written by Benedict Mason to accompany Chaplin films.

    Mason's surreal brand of humour creates a post-modern commentary on Chaplin's slapstick routines and bathos.

    Mason: Chaplin Operas (Easy Street, The Adventurer, The Immigrant)

    Hilary Summers (mezzo-soprano)

    Omar Ebrahim (baritone)

    London Sinfonietta

    Franck Ollu (conductor).

    Cheltenham And Brighton Festivals20030719

    Robert Worby reports from this year's Cheltenham Music Festival and takes in a lunchtime concert given by Noszferatu.

    The quintet performs an eclectic mix of music including three world premieres.

    Joe Cutler: Strikin' Out Andrew Poppy: More Less Matter (world premiere) Jonathan Powell: Drempel (world premiere) Laurence Crane: Four Minitures (world premiere) Frank Lyons: Dazed by the Haze Luke Stoneham: Left by Silver Lake Yannis Kyriakides: Chaoids And to Mark Stephen Montague's 60th birthday, music from the Brighton Festival for piano and tape, performed by Philip Mead.

    Choral Works, Peter Maxwell Davis20100925

    Tom Service introduces choral works by Gabriel Jackson, Michael Zev Gordon and Gyorgy Ligeti, together with a great renaissance masterpiece, from a concert given at this summer''s Cheltenham Festival; and Paul Driver explores what makes modern-day composers continue to look to medieval and renaissance models and vocal textures for inspiration.

    Gabriel Jackson: Sanctum est verum lumen

    Ligeti: Lux aeterna

    Michael Zev Gordon: Allele

    Tallis: Spem in alium

    New London Chamber Choir

    Conducted by James Weeks

    Plus Sir Peter Maxwell Davies conducts the BBC Philharmonic in his own imaginative and witty mix of old and new, his foxtrot for orchestra on a pavan by John Bull, 'St Thomas Wake'.

    Playlist:

    Peter Maxwell Davies: In Nomine II (excerpt)

    London Sinfonietta / David Atherton

    Decca 475 6166.

    Disc 1 Track 10

    Peter Maxwell Davies: In Nomine V (excerpt)

    Disc 1 Track 12

    Concert items:

    Recorded at the Cheltenham Festival on the 10 July 2010

    Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E minor Op.

    90, 1st movt (excerpt)

    Andras Schiff (piano)

    ECM 476 6189.

    Track 1

    Goehr: String Quartet No.

    3 (excerpt)

    Lindsay String Quartet

    Wergo WER 60093 (LP) S2/1

    Tye: Dum transisset II (excerpt)

    Hesperion XX

    Astree E8708.

    Track 15

    Brian Ferneyhough: Dum transisset I-IV (excerpt)

    Arditti String Quartet

    BBC Recording

    Peter Maxwell Davies: St Thomas Wake

    BBC Philharmonic / Peter Maxwell Davies

    Collins Classics 13082.

    Track 7

    Choral works by Gabriel Jackson, Gyorgy Ligeti, Michael Zev Gordon - and Thomas Tallis

    Chroma At The Spitalfields Festival20110813

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents music inspired by Buddhism and Eastern philosophy, played by the ensemble Chroma at London's Spitalfields Festival in June.

    Rolf Hind: Horse Sacrifice

    Param Vir: Hayagriva

    Rolf Hind: Sit, Stand, Walk (world premiere)

    Jonathan Harvey: Sringara Chaconne

    Also tonight, Sara reports on Rolf Hind's meditation course for musicians at the Guildhall School.

    Music inspired by Eastern philosophy, by Rolf Hind, Param Vir and Jonathan Harvey

    City Of London And St Magnus Festivals20050903

    Sarah Walker introduces the ensemble Psappha in a concert recorded at the recent City of London Festival.

    Katalin Karolyi is the mezzo-soprano soloist in Luciano Berio's ever popular Folksongs.

    In Peter Maxwell Davies' iconic music-theatre piece Eight Songs for a Mad King, baritone Kelvin Thomas takes the central role.

    Staying with Davies, there's also a performance of his Missa Super L'Homme Armé, paired with Nigel Osborne's Sarajevo, performed by the Paragon Ensemble, conducted by Garry Walker, recorded at this year's St Magnus Festival.

    Plus pianist Nicolas Hodges plays 5 Piano Pieces by Cornelius Cardew.

    City Of London Festival20050813

    Recorded on 4th July as part of this year's City of London Festival, pianist Joanna MacGregor gives a recital celebrating American music ranging from a selection of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano to arrangements of gospel and jazz standards by James Booker, Nina Simone and Thelonious Monk.

    City Of London Festival 2011: Australian Composers20110820

    Hear and Now goes "Down Under" with a concert from this year's Antipodean-themed City of London Festival featuring the Australian-based Goldner Quartet.

    Their programme, recorded last month at the elegant Goldsmiths' Hall near St Paul's Cathedral, includes works by some of Australia's leading composers, many of which feature a guest appearance by didgeridoo player William Barton.

    There's also the first of two reports from Australian broadcaster Julian Day on cutting-edge Australian composers and new-music performers who are living and working in Europe.

    Ivan Hewett presents.

    Peter Sculthorpe: Earth Cry

    Nigel Westlake: String Quartet No.2

    William Barton: Hypersonic

    Matthew Hindson: Didgeribluegrass

    Goldner String Quartet

    William Barton (didgeridoo)

    Nigel Westlake: Entomology

    Tall Poppies Ensemble.

    The Goldner String Quartet plays music by leading Australian composers.

    Cityscapes20100807

    Robert Worby presents cityscapes in music, from orchestral evocations to soundscape recording.

    HK Gruber: Manhattan Broadcasts

    Jennifer Higdon: river sings a song to trees (from CityScape)

    John Woolrich: Whitel's Ey

    Richard Rijnvos: NYConcerto

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Garry Walker, conductor

    John Snijders, piano

    Also, Robert takes part in a London Soundwalk, led by soundscape composer Hildegard Westerkamp.

    Claude Vivier20080315

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces a concert given in February as part of the Lancaster International Concert Series, to celebrate the work of Claude Vivier, the highly regarded but little-known Canadian composer who was murdered in 1983 at the age of 34.

    With contributions from music writer Paul Griffiths.

    BBC Singers

    Psappha

    Nicholas Kok (conductor)

    Vivier: Et je reverrai cette villa etranger; Glaubst du und die Unsterblichkeit der Seele; Journal.

    Composer Portraits - 120070505
    Composer Portraits - 320090627
    Composer Portraits 1 - Simon Holt *20091205

    As part of a series of composer profiles, Ivan Hewett interviews composer Simon Holt about his musical career and introduces a concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales playing works spanning two decades.

    Chloe Hanslip (violin)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Thierry Fischer (conductor)

    Holt: Witness to a Snow Miracle; Syrensong (revised version); Sharp End of Night; Minotaur Games.

    Ivan Hewett presents a profile of composer Simon Holt.

    Composer Portraits 2 - Christian Jost20091212

    As part of a series of composer profiles, Ivan Hewett travels to Berlin to interview German composer Christian Jost.

    Featuring music from a concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

    Including:

    Christian Jost:

    Code 9 (18:07)

    Adagio 12 (13:55)

    eingefroren...in der Erinnerung (11:55)

    Odyssee fur Klarinette in B und Orchester: Heart of Darkness (24:40)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Jac Van Steen (conductor)

    Ivan Hewett presents a profile of composer Christian Jost.

    Composer Portraits 3 - Bruno Mantovani *20091219

    Concluding a series of composer profiles, Ivan Hewett interviews young French composer Bruno Mantovani at his home in Paris.

    Featuring music from a concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, recorded at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff.

    Mantovani: Time Stretch (On Gesualdo); Cello Concerto; L'ere de rien; Finale

    Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello)

    Andrew Nicholson (flute)

    Robert Plane (clarinet)

    Catherine Roe-Williams (piano)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Pascal Rophe (conductor).

    Ivan Hewett interviews young French composer Bruno Mantovani at his home in Paris.

    Concert Of Works By British Composers20070428

    Tom Service presents a concert of works by British composers, including a tribute to George Grove by Michael Zev Gordon and a pair of orchestral studies by Rupert Bawden.

    Also in the concert is the first broadcast of Alwynne Pritchard's BBC commission Map of the Moon, prefaced by extracts from the working audio diary she recorded as she composed.

    Nicolas Hodges (piano)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Zsolt Nagy (conductor)

    Michael Zev Gordon: Plain Hunting

    Rupert Bawden: Two Studies for Orchestra

    Alwynne Pritchard: Map of the Moon, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

    Alexander Goehr: Symphony in One Movement, Op 29.

    Contemporary German Orchestral Music20121020

    Tom Service introduces contemporary German orchestral music: Aribert Reimann's Neun Stücke and Matthias Pintscher's cello concerto entitled Reflections on Narcissus. Matthias Pintscher conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with cellist Joshua Roman. And in this week's Hear and Now Fifty, composer John Woolrich nominates Igor Stravinsky's last completed work with orchestra, Requiem Canticles. Commentator Paul Griffiths explains how this sparsely scored "pocket requiem", written in 1966 in a modern serial style, contains many of the hallmarks of his very earliest pieces.

    Contemporary Harp Music20110507

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents a concert of contemporary music featuring the harp.

    Luciano Berio: Chamber Music

    Per Nørgård: Harp Concerto No.

    2: Through Thorns (UK premiere)

    Thomas Adès: The Origin of the Harp

    Gerald Barry: Feldman's Sixpenny Editions (World Premiere)

    Tunde Jegede (kora)

    Allison Bell (soprano)

    Helen Tunstall (harp)

    London Sinfonietta

    conductor Thomas Adès

    The works are interspersed with traditional kora music played by Tunde Jegede.

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch with music by Luciano Berio, Per Norgard, Thomas Ades and Gerald Barry.

    Contemporary Lithuanian Music20091017

    Zoe Martlew presents a concert of contemporary Lithuanian music recorded at Kings Place in London.

    Curated by cellist Anton Lukoszevieze, the concert, entitled 'Twittering Machines and Sutartines', showcases works by both young Lithuanian composers and older figures from the Lithuanian new music scene, including the maverick Fluxus king George Maciunas.

    Anton Lukoszevieze (cello)

    Chordos String Quartet

    Egidija Medeksaite: Oscillum (cello and live-electronics) 12:23

    Extract from 'El Rue Rue' (Four voiced Sutartine)

    Performed by A Gurskiene, G Rimsaite, Daudytes, A Fokas

    1993 CD Lituanus JACD065 Track 3

    Ricardas Kabelis: Invariations (string quartet) UK premiere 16:03

    Arturas Bumsteinas: Heap of Language (after Robert Smithson - solo cello, string quartet and live electronics) - world premiere 10:08

    George Maciunas: In Memoriam to Adriano Olivetti (string quartet and cello) 5:09

    Rytis Mazulis: 14 Canons (solo cello and live electronics) - world premiere 13:57

    Bronius Kutavicius: Anno cum tettigonia (string quartet and electronics) - UK premiere 16:17

    Zoe Martlew with a concert of contemporary Lithuanian music from Kings Place in London.

    Cowie's Inhabitat20080322

    As part of Radio 3's Rites of Spring season, Robert Worby introduces the world premiere of Edward Cowie's BBC commission INhabitAT, inspired by sounds from the natural world.

    Plus a closer look at the art of soundscape composition with contributions from Peter Cusack, Isobel Clouter and John Drever.

    Cowie: INhabitAT

    BBC Singers

    Psappha

    Nicholas Kok (conductor).

    Crash Ensemble20060415

    In a concert from the 2005 Cutting Edge series, the Crash Ensemble from Dublin perform a series of UK premieres, as well as music by Tom Johnson and Philip Glass.

    Plus, the Kronos Quartet plays Glass' Music for Company (String Quartet 2), which was written for a stage adaptation of Beckett's novella, Company.

    Donnacha Dennehy: Streetwalker (UKP)

    Kevin Volans: 1000 Bars (UKP)

    Roger Doyle: Passade No 6 (UKP)

    Tom Johnson: Naryana's Cows

    Andrew Hamilton: I Like Things (UKP)

    John Godfrey: Aria 51 (UKP)

    Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion.

    Crash Ensemble20100612

    Robert Worby presents a concert by the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, recorded at London's King's Place.

    American minimalists Terry Riley and David Lang are programmed alongside young Irish composers, and the concert ends with an extended work for traditional Irish singer and ensemble by Donnacha Dennehy.

    David Lang: Forced March

    Linda Buckley: Do You Remember the Planets

    Terry Riley: Ancient Giant Hairy Nude Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle

    Jonathan Nangle: our headlights blew softly into the black

    Donnacha Dennehy: Grá Agus Bás

    Iarla O'Lionáird (sean nós singer).

    Cut And Splice 2003 - 120030823

    Robert Worby presents highlights from the Cut and Splice festival of electronic music held in London last Spring, including musique concrète, soundscapes, plunderphonics and turntablism.

    Bernard Parmegiani: La Mémoire des sons Chris Watson: Vatnajökull Trevor Wishart: Fabulous Paris Plus performances by Marie Goyette, Janek Schaefer and Quartet Electronische.

    Cut And Splice 2005 - 3 Last20050611

    Robert Worby introduces the last programme from the recent Cut and Splice Festival in London, including music by German laptop generation composers associated with the Raster-Noton CD label: Frank Bretschneider, Olaf Bender (aka Byetone) and Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto).

    Their music is a minimalist abstraction of dance music, while veteran Japanese composer Yasunao Tone comes from the Fluxus movement, and has long used indeterminate methods.

    He premieres Paramedia Music, a new work in which sound is sculpted by the movement of a calligraphy brush.

    And John Cage is featured with a pioneering early 4-channel tape collage piece, Williams Mix.

    Cut And Splice 2006 - 120060513

    Robert Worby introduces the first of two programmes featuring the music recorded at this year's Cut and Splice Festival of electronic music from the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, including Field by Zbigniew Karkowski, Michel Chion's Requiem and music by Christian Zanesi and John Wall.

    Cut And Splice 2006 - 220060520

    The music of Eliane Radigue, Florian Hecker, François Bayle and Carl Michael von Hausswolff is featured in this second programme from this year's Cut and Splice Festival of electronic music from the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, presented by Robert Worby

    Cut And Splice 200820080223

    Robert Worby presents Hear and Now's annual electronic music event, co-curated with the Sonic Arts Network.

    This year the theme is Food, with the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra amplifying raw vegetables, Charles Amirkhanian weaving concrete poetry from favourite food names and Parkinson Saunders playing a quartet for plastic cups.

    Lee Patterson and Helena Gough create soundscapes from frying eggs and roasting seeds.

    Plus noise/body art by Randy Hy Yau and Sudden Infant

    Cut And Splice 2009 - Living Rooms 120090627

    Robert Worby reports from 2009's Cut and Splice: Living Rooms festival, from Wilton's Music Hall in London.

    This festival of electronic music and sound art, co-promoted by Hear and Now and the Sound and Music organisation, features work inspired by and utilising the domestic environment.

    Veteran American composer Alvin Lucier brings music which works on the resonant character of a room space, Aki Onda mixes soundscapes recorded on portable cassette and Tape That present their catalogue of sound objects.

    Domestic Appliance Audio Research Society (DAARS)

    Tape That: Catalogue

    Catalogue Number 033 Shake spray and ring too

    Catalogue Number 009 Ventilator and feedback

    Catalogue Number 078 Mikes on and mikes off

    Catalogue Number 106 Mike hits and feedbacks

    Catalogue Number 107 Mike in hand with sliding arc

    Catalogue Number 037 Dog feedback

    Catalogue Number 049 Shellac versus the youth

    Catalogue Number 047 Breeze on street

    Catalogue Number 54b Doing the rag II

    Catalogue Number 112 Street panning

    Catalogue Number 099 In the basement

    Catalogue Number 088 Walking the bike

    Catalogue Number 093 Japanese soup

    Christophe Meierhans (samples, mixer, microphones)

    Koen Nutters (objects, minidiscs, cds, microphones, mixer)

    Package: Robert Worby explores sound installations by Mark Vernon, Brandon LaBelle and Erik Belgum

    Aki Onda

    Alvin Lucier: Still Lives

    1.

    Sunlight Diamond

    2.

    Hammock

    3.

    Barbecue Grill

    4.

    Lamp Shade

    5.

    Two Floor Tiles

    6.

    Ferns

    7.

    Bread Knife

    8.

    Chop Sticks

    Performed by Anthony Burr (piano)

    With Alvin Lucier (electronics).

    Cut And Splice 2009 - Living Rooms 220090704

    Robert Worby presents the programme from 2009's Cut and Splice: Living Rooms festival, from Wilton's Music Hall in London.

    This festival of electronic music and sound art, co-promoted by Hear and Now and the Sound and Music organisation, features work inspired by and utilising the domestic environment.

    Brandon LaBelle examines the small pastimes of the home, Jason Lescalleet creates a new work using recordings made in Wilton's, and the duo of Carl Michael von Hausswolff and John Duncan create an intense electroacoustic climax to the festival.

    Alvin Lucier: In Memoriam Jon Higgins (19:50)

    Anthony Burr (clarinet)

    Alvin Lucier (electronics)

    Jason Lescalleet: Meditation for a Room (extract) (14:00)

    Jason Lescalleet (tape loops and electronics)

    Artists Discussion with Alvin Lucier, Brandon LaBelle, Bob Lavene and Robert Worby

    Brandon LaBelle: Cloudy (extract) (13:10)

    Matthew Lee Knowles (piano)

    Brandon LaBelle (film)

    Carl Michael von Hausswolff and John Duncan: Nocturnal Denizens (extract) (15:08)

    Carl Michael von Hausswolff (electronics)

    John Duncan (electronics)

    Robert Worby presents music inspired by the domestic environment from Brandon LaBelle.

    Cut And Splice 2010 - Transmission 120101106

    Robert Worby presents the first of three nights of Cut and Splice, the electronic music festival co-produced by Hear And Now with Sound And Music.

    This year's theme is "Transmission": the use of radio in avant garde music and sound-art.

    Performances will include Nicolas Collins live-sampling radio in his Devil's Music; Resonance Radio Orchestra's new dramatic work called Spiral, inspired by radio phone-ins; and Keith Rowe and ensemble playing Earle Brown's seminal graphic composition 4 Systems, using radio sounds.

    (Recorded on Thursday at Wilton's Music Hall, London).

    Cut And Splice 2010 - Transmission 220101113

    Robert Worby presents the second of three programmes from Cut and Splice, the electronic music festival co-produced by Hear And Now with Sound And Music.

    This year's theme is "Transmission": the use of radio in avant garde music and sound-art.

    Performances will include Blood Stereo and The Bohman Brothersplaying amplified objects, tapes, and radios;

    a classic early John Cage piece, Radio Music, played by Apartment House;

    and a solo performance by Danish sound-artist Jacob Kirkegaard.

    (Recorded last week at Wilton's Music Hall, London).

    Blood Stereo and The Bohman Brothers

    Dylan Nyoukis, Karen Constance (Blood Stereo)

    Jonathan and Adam Bohman (The Bohman Brothers)

    (amplified objects, tapes, vocals, shortwave radios)

    Report on Installation: ‘Beating Tones and Flapping Wings’ by John Wynne and Denise Hawrysio

    John Cage: Radio Music

    Simon Limbrick, Anton Lukoszevieze, Philip Thomas, Kerry Yong, Richard Whitelaw, Frank Gratkowski, Tim Steiner, Andrew Sparling (radios)

    Programme Note:

    John Cage didn't like radios.

    He owned a small pocket transistor that he used for listening to the news each morning.

    And that was the entirety of his wireless listening.

    His response to his dislike of radios was to write pieces for them.

    The first of these was Imaginary Landscape No.4 for 12 radios and 24 performers, composed in 1951, although he had included a radio in Credo in Us, in 1948, the first piece to use a radio as a musical instrument.

    Radio Music was composed in 1956.

    It is scored for one to eight performers.

    Cage gives 'time brackets' and numbers that refer to 'tunings' – an appropriate musical term – he doesn't mention frequency or wavelengths.

    ©2010 Robert Worby

    Report on Installation: ‘Analogue Kingdom’ by Esther Johnson

    Jacob Kirkegaard: Celestial Road

    Jacob Kirkegaard (laptop)

    Ma la Pert (excerpt)

    Jennifer Walshe (voice, electonics)

    Tony Conrad (violin, electronics)

    Music from 2010's Cut and Splice festival: Blood Stereo and the Bohman Brothers.

    Cut And Splice 2010 - Transmission 3 Last20101120

    Robert Worby presents the last of three programmes from Cut and Splice, the electronic music festival co-produced by Hear And Now with Sound And Music.

    This year's theme is "Transmission": the use of radio in avant garde music and sound-art.

    Performances will include Stockhausen's classic works for radios and instruments, Kurzwellen and Poles For 2, played by Apartment House; a new 4-channel electronic piece, "Like Radio", by Robert Normandeau; and the improvising duo of Ma la Pert (vocalist Jennifer Walshe and violinist Tony Conrad)

    (Recorded at Wilton's Music Hall, London).

    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kurzwellen

    Simon Limbrick (tam-tam, shortwave radio)

    Andrew Sparling (microphone)

    Philip Thomas (piano, shortwave radio)

    Kerry Yong (synth, shortwave radio)

    Anton Lukoszevieze (cello, shortwave radio)

    Tim Steiner (sound diffusion)

    Programme Note:

    Kurzwellen (Shortwaves) was composed in 1968.

    It is scored for four instrumentalists (each of whom has a shortwave radio), one assistant (the tam tam player's 'microphonist') and a 'sound director'.

    Shortwave 'events' are culled from the airwaves, emulated by the instrumentalists and then 'processed' according to the score.

    These processes, performed by the players, are entirely musical and acoustic.

    Pitches are transposed, durations are elongated, dynamics are shifted and 'segments' (number of attacks in an event) are multiplied and divided.

    When asked why he was attracted to shortwave radio, Stockhausen shrugged his shoulders and answered "Instant electronic music."

    ©2010 Robert Worby

    Robert Normandeau: Like Radio

    Robert Normandeau (4 channel electronic sound)

    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Poles For 2

    Frank Gratkowski (sax, shortwave radio)

    In 1970 Stockhausen represented Germany, performing in the German pavilion, at the Expo world fair in Osaka.

    This was a huge event involving several performances a day for several weeks.

    So, he needed pieces to perform.

    Poles for 2 was one of the pieces he composed for that occasion.

    Using similar principles to Kurzwellen, this piece is scored for two players with shortwave radios and a 'sound director' whose part is very detailed compared with Kurzwellen and the other pieces composed for Osaka.

    Stockhausen referred to these pieces, composed around this time, as 'process' pieces (not to be confused with Steve Reich's idea of process) because the scores notate musical activity rather than precisely what is heard.

    Ma la Pert (excerpt)

    Jennifer Walshe (voice, electonics)

    Tony Conrad (violin, electronics)

    Music from 2010's Cut and Splice festival: Apartment House, Robert Normandeau, Mal la Pert.

    Cut And Splice 201120111105

    Robert Worby presents performances from this year's Cut and Splice Festival, co-curated by Hear And Now and Sound And Music at the ICA in London this week.

    This year's theme is Collectives, and features performances by Jennifer Walshe's Grupat collective, and the Wandelweiser collective, which includes composer/performers Michael Pisaro, Eva-Maria Houben and Antoine Beuger.

    Wandelweiser music is about "the evaluation and integration of silence rather than an ongoing carpet of never-ending sounds." John Cage is a figure of central importance to them, especially the work featured in this week's instalment of the Hear and Now 50: Cage's legendary "silent" piece, 4'33".

    Artist Tacita Dean describes filming Cage's partner Merce Cunningham performing a new dance solo to the work; Richard Bernas puts the piece into the context of the 1950s New York art scene; plus an archive recording of Cage himself explaining some of the ideas that led him to compose a piece for a performer who makes no sound.

    Robert Worby presents Jennifer Walshe and Wandelweiser playing at Cut and Splice 2011.

    Cut And Splice, Varese Poeme Electronique20111112

    Robert Worby presents more performances from this year's Cut and Splice Festival, co-curated by Hear And Now and Sound And Music at the ICA in London last week.

    This year's theme is Collectives, and features performances by Jennifer Walshe's Grupat collective, and the Wandelweiser collective.

    Grupat has a playful and wide-ranging approach that encompasses film, sonic sculpture and interventions alongside concert music.

    Wandelweiser music is about "the evaluation and integration of silence rather than an ongoing carpet of never-ending sounds", inspired by the ideas of John Cage.

    And in the Hear And Now 50 series, composer and rock musician Tyondai Braxton explains why he is so inspired by the Poème électronique by Edgard Varèse, while Gillian Moore tells the story of Varèse's long struggle to create a futuristic music that he finally achieved in this work, composed for an array of hundreds of loudspeakers at the 1958 Brussels World Fair.

    Robert Worby presents music by Jennifer Walshe and Wandelweiser from Cut and Splice 2011.

    Cutler, Oswald20070324

    Robert Worby and Robert Sandall introduce excerpts from a concert given last November by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with percussionist and improviser Chris Cutler, and featuring works by the Canadian plunderphonics producer John Oswald.

    John Oswald: Concerto for Conductor and Orchestra; Debizet; Ariature; Idylilly

    Chris Cutler: P53-3

    Chris Cutler (percussion)

    John Oswald (electronics)

    Zeena Parkins (harp)

    Jon Rose (violin)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor).

    Dai Fujikura, Larry Goves, Aldo Clementi20100710

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents two works new to the UK, plus a Modernist classic, played by the London Sinfonietta conducted by André de Ridder

    Dai Fujikura: Secret Forest (UK premiere)

    Larry Goves: Things that are blue, things that are white and things that are black (World Premiere)

    Aldo Clementi Triplum

    Also a report on the exhibition of John Cage's artworks at the Baltic in Gateshead, and a preview of this year's Soundwaves Festival in Brighton (please scroll down for a link to more info).

    In the report on the John Cage exhibition excerpts of the following can be heard...

    John Cage: 10'40.3'' from 26'1.1499'' for a string player version for violoncello solo

    John Cage: etudes boreales for percussionist using a piano

    John Cage: harmony XXIV for violoncello and piano

    John Cage: harmony XIII for violoncello and piano

    Performed by Friedrich Gauwerky (violoncello) and Mark Knoop (piano)

    Taken from the new CD on Wergo (WER 6718 2)

    John Cage: Fontana Mix

    Eberhard Blum (flute)

    CD: Hat Hut (hat ART CD 6125)

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents music by Dai Fujikura, Larry Goves and Aldo Clementi.

    David Sawer, Robin Walker, Stephen Elcock, Emily Howard20100529

    Ivan Hewett explores music by David Sawer, Robin Walker, Stephen Elcock and Emily Howard with the composers.

    Plus a look at small-scale music theatre in the UK, from 1945 until today.

    Stephen Elcock: Hammering

    Robin Walker: The Stone King

    David Sawer: the greatest happiness principle

    David Sawer: Piano Concerto

    Emily Howard: Magnetite

    Rolf Hind, piano

    BBC Philharmonic

    James MacMillan, conductor.

    Ivan Hewett presents music by David Sawer, Robin Walker, Stephen Elcock and Emily Howard.

    Donaueschingen 2014 And Borealis Music Festivals20150620

    Tom Service presents three premiere's from Germany's Donaueschingen Festival 2014 and a work for 'crazy sampler and instruments' from Norway's Borealis Contemporary Music Festival.

    Chiyoko Szlavnics

    Inner Voicings (2014) (Première)

    SWR Experimental Studio, Klangforum Wien, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Wolfgang Rihm

    Sound as Will, for trumpet and ensemble (2014) (Première)

    Marco Blaauw (trumpet)

    Klangforum Wien, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Peter Ablinger

    POINTS AND VIEWS (2014) (Première)

    1. Tintelstrahldruck, 6,40 x 6,40m, 16 parts

    2. Ensemble, 2 Pianos, 2 Loudspeakers, 16 parts (2014)

    Ensemble Modern, Jonathan Stockhammer (director)

    approx 11.10pm

    Modern Muses, Hear and Now's downloadable series exploring some of the key composer performer partnerships of our time. This week, as part of Radio 3's Classical Voice season, David Lang and vocalist Shara* Worden talk about their collaboration on death speaks; Lang's 21st-century take on Schubert song was inspired by Shara Worden's voice, at once rooted in classical and indie pop music.

    Johannes Kreidler: Living in a Box für grosses Ensemble und Sampler

    BIT20Ensemble, Jessica Cottis (director)

    (recorded at the 2015 Borealis Festival, Bergen).

    Donaueschingen Music Days20050402

    Ivan Hewett presents highlights from last year?s Donaueschingen Music Days, and talks to the featured composers.

    Andreas Dohmen: Lautung

    Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

    SWR Symphony Orchestra

    Roland Kluttig (conductor)

    Alwynne Pritchard: Decoy

    Ensemble Recherche

    Pier-Luigi Billone: MANI.

    De Leonardis

    Christian Dierstein (percussion)

    Rebecca Saunders: Miniata

    Teodoro Anzellotti (accordion)

    Nicolas Hodges (piano)

    Hans Zender (conductor)

    And the winning work from last year?s International Rostrum of Composers:

    Helena Tulve: Sula

    Tommy Mansikka-Aho (didgeridoo)

    Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

    Toomas Vavilov (conductor).

    Donaueschingen Musiktage 201520160305

    Famous both for its brewery and as the source of the Danube, since 1921 the Black Forest town of Donaueschingen has also been the source of first performances of some of the seminal masterpieces of the last nine decades. Pushing the boundaries at Donaueschingen Musiktage has been a veritable Who's Who of new music from Schoenberg to Ligeti, Cage to Stockhausen, Xenakis to Wolfgang Rihm.

    Tom Service presents a handful of last year's Festival highlights including the microtonal adventures of a trombone octet by Georg Friedrich Haas, Orm Finnendahl's intriguing mix of the human, electronic and mechanical, and an epic for electronics and ensemble from Olga Neuwirth inspired by Herman Melville, Venice and Luigi Nono.

    Georg Friedrich Haas: Trombone Octet

    Hanover Trombone Unit

    Orm Finnendahl: AST

    Mosaik Ensemble

    Enno Poppe (director)

    Olga Neuwirth: Le Encantadas o le avventure nel mare delle meraviglie

    Ensemble intercontemporain

    Matthias Pintscher (director).

    Duncan Ward, Tarik O'regan, Huw Watkins, Jennifer Walshe20140927

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents a performance from the Vale of Glamorgan Festival staged at Wales Millennium Centre in May featuring music by Duncan Ward, Tarik O'Regan and Huw Watkins played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

    Plus, composer Jennifer Walshe's set from The New Experimentalists concert from earlier this year at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    And, in Composers' Rooms, Sara is at the Cambridgeshire home of Alexander Goehr.

    Duncan Ward

    Fumes

    Huw Watkins

    Flute concerto

    Adam Walker (flute)

    Tarik O'Regan

    Heart of Darkness - suite

    with Simon Callow (narrator)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Duncan Ward (conductor).

    Edinburgh International Festival 200320030830

    Brian Morton talks to the Nieuw Ensemble's artistic director Joel Bons about their long-standing relationships with Chinese composers, and presents a concert given by Scotland's Paragon Ensemble featuring three generations of Japanese chamber music.

    Mo Wuping: Fan II Chen Qigang: Poeme lyrique II Guo Wenjing: She Huo Qu Xiaosong Ji #1 Xu Shuya: L'Ame de hamu Shi Kelong (baritone) Nieuw Ensemble David Procelijn (conductor) Toru Takemitsu: Rain Spell Toshio Hosokawa: Voyage I; Slow Dance Yoritsune Matsudaira 3 Airs by Genji Monogatari (exc) Yumi Nara (soprano) Paragon Ensemble Garry Walker (conductor).

    Electronic May 120050507

    Throughout May, Hear and Now will be featuring electronic music from around the country.

    In this first programme, Ivan Hewett introduces the Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust's co-promotion with the SPNM - the Society for the Promotion of New Music.

    ECAT

    Deirdre Gribbin: How to Make the Water Sound, for piano trio

    Mark Henry: Play Act for oboe, percussion and electronics

    Rob Wright: ARCO for cello and tape

    Paul Keenan: Palimpsest for ensemble and electronics

    John Kenny (director)

    And later, Ensemble Exposé directed by Roger Redgate performs Brian Ferneyhough's Etudes Transcendentales.

    Electronic May 2 - Durham Electroacoustic Music Festival20050514

    Throughout May, Hear and Now will be featuring electronic music from around the country.

    Alwynne Pritchard presents two classic works using multi-channel surround-sound which were paired with two new works at the Durham concerts in March.

    Martyn Harry: Restraint (world premiere)

    Stockhausen: Kontakte

    performed by Psappha

    Iannis Xenakis: Polytope de Cluny (UK premiere)

    Furt: OMNIVM (Part II) (world premiere).

    Electronic May 3 - Cut And Splice 120050521

    Robert Worby introduces the first of three programmes featuring music from this year's festival of electronic music and digital sound art.

    Jaap Blonk performs Kurt Schwitter's seminal surreal concrete poem Ur-sonata.

    That's followed by a discussion of the exhibition of avant-garde scores at the Jerwood Space reflecting the festival's theme, Dots and Lines.

    And later, a concert by the Ulster Orchestra featuring the senior French electronic music composer Luc Ferrari, recorded at the recent Sonorities Festival in Belfast.

    Ed Bennett: All of This Used to be Trees (World Premiere)

    Luc Ferrari: En un tournament d'amour.

    Electronic May 4 - Cut And Splice 220050528

    Robert Worby presents the second programme from the recent Cut and Splice Festival of Electronic Music, featuring classic works using taped sounds from the 1960s by Robert Ashley and Mauricio Kagel, and a new work from Austria which uses live electronic manipulations of instrumental music.

    Robert Ashley: Wolfman

    Keir Neuringer (vocals) and Joel Ryan (live electronics)

    Peter Ablinger Für Johannes Michael Fischer (UK Premiere)

    Mauricio Kagel: Acustica

    Apartment House, led by Anton Lukoszevieze.

    Elektronic20011020

    Sarah Walker presents highlights of the `Elektronic' festival at London's Barbican celebrating the music and influence of Karlheinz Stockhausen.

    Includes a talk by the composer.

    Elision Ensemble At The 2011 City Of London Festival20110827

    Hear and Now goes "Down Under" with a concert from this year's Antipodean-themed City of London Festival featuring the Australian-based Elision Ensemble.

    Their programme, recorded last month, includes works by some of Australia's leading composers.

    There's also the second of two reports from Australian broadcaster Julian Day on cutting-edge Australian composers and new-music performers who are living and working in Europe.

    Presenter Ivan Hewett is joined in the studio by Daryl Buckley, artistic director of Elision Ensemble.

    Michael Finnissy: Aijal

    Liza Lim: Invisibility

    David Lumsdaine: Kangaroo Hunt

    John Rodgers: Amor (from Inferno)

    Percy Grainger: Random Round

    Elision Ensemble

    Michael Finnissy: Red Earth

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

    Ivan Hewett presents the Elision Ensemble in new music by Australian composers.

    Elliott Carter *20081206

    Composer Elliott Carter, who celebrates his centenary year in 2008, talks to Ivan Hewett about his long life and career, including his apprentice years with Nadia Boulanger, the emergence of the individual style that has marked him as one of the most influential figures on the modernist scene and his fascination with jazz.

    The Harmony of Morning (excerpt)

  • Oliver Knussen (conductor)
  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • charles rosen (piano)

    penthode

  • ensemble intercontemporain
  • piano sonata
  • pierre boulez (conductor)

    adagio tenebroso

  • Elliott Carter And Stuart Macrae20040207

    A focus on two composers tonight: the senior American Elliott Carter and young Scot Stuart MacRae.

    Stuart MacRae: Stirling Choruses Elliott Carter: Boston Concerto Xenakis: Voile Xenakis: Keren BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Ilan Volkov (conductor) Elliott Carter: Dialogues (World Premiere) London Sinfonietta Oliver Knussen (conductor) Nicolas Hodges (piano) (Recorded 23 January at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London) Stuart MacRae: Violin Concerto Stuart MacRae: Portrait II BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Ilan Volkov (conductor_ Teddi Papavrami (violin) (Recorded 22 November 2003 at Glasgow Tramway).

    Elliott Carter In Glasgow20140830

    Tom Service presents performances from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's two-concert celebration of the American composer Elliott Carter, staged at City Halls in Glasgow in May this year and featuring several Scottish premieres. Conductors Ryan Wigglesworth and Diego Masson direct a wide range of Carter's orchestral music, with a particular focus on his works for piano and orchestra - played by Nicolas Hodges, who worked closely with Carter in the later years of his long life. Hodges also plays solo and chamber pieces by Carter.

    And in this week's episode in the Hear and Now Composers' Rooms series, Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits the new Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir.

    Elliott Carter, Ian Wilson, Liza Lim20141115

    Poetry is the spur for music written towards the end of Elliott Carter's long life, recorded at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Carter retrospective earlier this year.

    Carter's 'Symphonia sum fluxae pretium spei' is a product of his ninth decade. It's a three-movement, forty-five minute orchestral tour de force inspired by seventeenth-century English poet Richard Crawshaw's conceit of observing human life from a bubble floating in the air. An image from William Carlos Williams's 'Rain' permeates Carter's 2002 'Boston Concerto'. 'As the rain falls so does your love bathe every open object of the world' provokes shimmering orchestration from Carter and a dedication to his wife, Helen.

    Next month Ian Wilson celebrates reaching a mere half century. 'Causeway' is the final part of a trilogy reflecting aspects of Wilson's native Northern Ireland. Here, Northern Ireland's geology is the starting point and Wilson uses electronically-generated samples to evoke shifting tectonic plates, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions which pervade the orchestral texture, including a concertante group of flute, oboe, horn and trumpet.

    And in Composers' Rooms, Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits Liza Lim's Manchester home.

    Presented by Ivan Hewett

    Elliott Carter: Boston Concerto

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Diego Masson, conductor

    Elliott Carter: Symphonia sum fluxae pretium spei

    Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor

    Liza Lim: Diabolical Birds

    Zurich New Music Ensemble

    Jürg Henneberger, conductor

    Ian Wilson: Causeway

    Ulster Orchestra

    JoAnn Falletta, conductor.

    Embedded 120120505

    Ivan Hewett presents the first of two programmes featuring new orchestral works developed through "Embedded" residencies with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

    Jack White: Digital Dust (world premiere)

    Linda Buckley: Chiyo (UK Premiere)

    Richard Causton: Between Two Waves of the Sea

    BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker

    And in this week's Hear And Now Fifty, composer George Benjamin advocates the "exuberant, thrilling and virtuosic" orchestral piece Chronochromie by his former teacher, Olivier Messiaen; while Paul Griffiths describes the significance of the work in the European avant-garde scene of the 1960s.

    Emulsion Festival 201420140621

    Ed McKeon presents highlights from the 2014 Emulsion Festival at Village Underground in London. The festival, curated by Trish Clowes and Luke Styles, explores the boundaries between notated and improvised music. Tonight's programme features Ensemble Amorpha premiering a new version of Chris Mayo's Birchfield Close, the vocal trio Juice singing Anna Meredith and Gabriel Jackson, and the Emulsion Sinfonietta - a mix of jazz and classical players, playing music by Luke Styles and a new Trish Clowes commission. Plus Composers' Rooms: this week Sara Mohr-pietsch visits Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin at home - in Kent!

    Ensemble Exposé20051112

    From the British Music Information Centre's annual Cutting Edge series, Roger Redgate directs Ensemble Exposé in a programme that focuses on different aspects of spectral music, including a world premiere by John Croft.

    Presented by Alwynne Pritchard.

    Mary Bellamy: Constellations

    Sam Hayden: Recoil

    Michael Finnissy: Jiseï

    Robert Keeley: Oboe Quintet

    Tristan Murail: C'est un jardin secret

    John Croft: serenata al cielo afflitto (World Premiere)

    Tristan Murail: Treize Couleurs du Soleil Couchant

    Brice Pauset: Huit Canons (UK Premiere).

    Estonian Piano Orchestra20110618

    Ivan Hewett presents a programme of new music from Estonia, featuring the eight-piece Estonian Piano Orchestra live in concert at this year's Eeste Fest in London.

    Jaan Raats: Concerto for Eight Pianists on Four Pianos op.126 (2005)

    Ulo Krigul: Aquaspherics (2010)

    Estonian Piano Orchestra

    Erkki-Sven Tuur: Crystallisatio for 3 flutes, glockenspiel, strings and live electronics (1995)

    Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/Tonu Kaljuste

    Urmas Sisask: Voices of the Universe op.88 (2002)

    Arvo Part: Fur Alina (1976)

    Lauri Vainmaa (piano).

    The Estonian Piano Orchestra in concert at the 2011 Eeste Fest in London.

    Ether Festival20050625

    Now in its third year, the LONDON Sinfonietta's collaboration with cutting edge electronic artists continues to fill concert halls with its juxtaposition of contemporary classical, electronic and newly commissioned arrangements.

    This year, the focus was on the music of Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, with the world premiere of Piano for Children and the LONDON premiere of smear, and new arrangements of the music of his band with singer Thom YORKe.

    Movements from Henri Dutilleux's Ainsi la Nuit were woven in alongside music by György Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Mohammed Abdel-Wahab and Krystof Penderecki.

    Presented by Sarah Walker

    European Festivals20140405

    Tom Service presents works from two of Europe's longest established new music Festivals. Holland's Gaudeamus Muziekweek began in 1945 and aims to be 'a platform and accelerator for developments within contemporary music'. But the granddaddy of them all is Donaueschingen, the festival set in a small Black Forest town which since 1921 has attracted many of the great names of new music.

    Plus "Composers' Rooms": in the first of a major new series of conversations with composers in their workspaces, Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits Oliver Knussen at his home in Suffolk, talking to him about the objects which surround him in his kitchen-cum-study, from miniature owls to posters of Berg and Stravinsky, and how they influence the music he writes.

    Thomas Bensdorp: For the amusement of all good children who can neither read nor run

    Curious Chamber Players

    Martjin Padding: HOP

    Ereprijs

    Composers' Rooms: Oliver Knussen

    Philippe Manoury: In situ

    Ensemble Modern

    Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

    Peter Adriaansz: Phrase

    Ensemble Klang.

    Exchange And Return: Mira Calix, Larry Goves, Tansy Davies20110903

    Sara Mohr Pietsch presents music from Mira Calix, Larry Goves and Tansy Davies, and discusses their year long compositional project, Exchange and Return.

    Exchange and Return involved Mira Calix sharing and exchanging her artistic experiences, practices and background, rooted in dance music and experimental electronic music, with two composers who come from a more formal classical background.

    Larry Goves and Tansy Davies in return, taught Mira Calix the fundamentals of writing for and orchestrating real instruments.

    Hear and Now has been following the project across the year, and was present at the Britten Studios in Aldeburgh for the final concert, where the music composed across the year was performed.

    Performers:

    Peter Sparks (Clarinet)

    Catrin Win Morgan (Violin)

    Haruko Motohashi (Violin)

    David Aspin (Viola)

    Oliver Coates (Cello)

    Sarah Nicholls (Piano)

    Sarah Cresswell (Percussion)

    Mira Calix and Larry Goves (Live Electronics).

    Sara Mohr Pietsch presents music from Mira Calix, Larry Goves and Tansy Davies.

    Experimental Composers *20090307

    Sara Mohr-pietsch is joined in the studio by experimental composer Christopher Fox to introduce the first performance of comme ses paroles, his major work for voices and cello.

    It was recorded at the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and performed by Exaudi conducted by James Weeks, with cellist Anton Lukoszevieze.

    Fox says of the musicians who play his music regularly: 'it is they who challenge me - nothing less than the extraordinary will satisfy them'.

    They also discuss the influence of American maverick John Cage, and introduce two of his early works - Six Short Inventions and Imaginary Landscape No 1, played by Apartment House.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents experimental music by John Cage and Christopher Fox.

    Ferneyhough Portrait20031206

    From a BBC Invitation Concert in August the music of Brian Ferneyhough is celebrated by the BBC Singers and Lontano, directed by Odaline de la Martinez.

    Ferneyhough Portrait20040131

    Further to last month's celebration of Ferneyhough's music given by Lontano, Ensemble Exposé directed by Roger Redgate juxtaposes Ferneyhough's music with that of his contemporaries, recorded as part of the BMICs recent Cutting Edge series.

    Brian Ferneyhough: Funerailles 1 Roger Redgate: Oboe Quintet Brian Ferneyhough: Funerailles II James Gardner: Grauschlieren Brian Ferneyhough: Allgebrah Then Mieko Kanno and the New Music Players pay their own tribute to Ferneyhough in a concert given as part of the composers 60th birthday celebrations in January 2003.

    Festivals Round-up20030913

    In the second edition looking at recent festivals, Robert Worby presents a round-up of electronic music festivals including Bourges, where British composers Ambrose Field and Adrian Moore won prizes, and he reports from last weekend's Ars Electronica, Linz, which featured music by Hecker, Sachiko M and a sound-park installation by Antye Greie-Fuchs.

    Finnish Focus20050910

    Ivan Hewett introduces the BBC Philharmonic conducted by James MacMillan in a portrait of Magnus Lindberg.

    Amongst the orchestral works, Jonathan Powell plays a selection of recent piano music by other Finnish composers.

    Magnus Lindberg: Concerto for orchestra

    Clarinet Concerto

    Michael Collins (clarinet)

    Parada

    Carl Armfelt: Transformations (Muodonmuutoksia)

    Harri Suilamo: Tétradactyle

    Mikko Heiniö: Uneen, Into Sleep

    Uljas Pulkkis: Flash

    Esa-Pekka Salonen: Dichotomie.

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    The first of four editions featuring the CBSO's contemporary concert series devised and directed by Sakari Oramo last May in Birmingham.

    Tom Service was there to find out more and to talk to the composers represented about their music and their ideas.

    Magnus Lindberg: Gran Duo Jonathan Harvey: White As Jasmine Julian Anderson: The Crazed Moon Esa-Pekka Salonen: LA Variations Anu Komsi (soprano) CBSO/Sakari Oramo and Esa-Pekka Salonen Plus, at about 11.45pm, the first of four weekly supplements about the phenomenon that is IRCAM (the Institute for Acousitcal and Musical Research and Co-ordination).

    Tom Service talks to Georgina Born about the French social and artistic milieu that gave rise to the now famous electronic music institution, founded by Pierre Boulez in 1977.

    And each week there's music by some of the composers who have worked there over the years: this week two works by Jonathan Harvey - Ritual Melodies for quadraphonic tape and Bhakti, played by nouvel ensemble moderne, directed by Lorraine Vaillancourt.

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    Franco Donatoni Esa - In Cauda Magnus Lindberg Piano Concerto Esa-Pekka Salonen Lachen Verlernt, Foreign Bodies Magnus Lindberg (piano) Sakari Oramo (violin) CBSO Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor) Plus another work from the archives at IRCAM, the electronic music and technology research centre in Paris.

    This week, music by another Finn, now resident in Paris, Kaija Saariaho.

    Tom Service introduces Lonh, for soprano and electronics, in a CD recording by Dawn Upshaw.

    Floof! 320031018

    Julian Anderson....Alhambra Fantasy Magnus Lindberg....Twine Esa-Pekka Salonen....Floof! Simon Holt....eco-pavan Mauricio Kagel....Double Sextet Birmingham Contemporary Music Group conducted by Sakari Oramo and Esa-Pekka Salonen with Anu Komsi (soprano) and Rolf Hind (piano) Plus, at about 12.20am, another work from the archives at IRCAM, the electronic music and technology research centre in Paris.

    This week, more music by Magnus Lindberg: Joy, performed by Avanti! conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

    Next week's programme starts at 11:00pm.

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    Gyorgy Ligeti: Lontano Philippe Schoeller: Totems Julian Anderson: Shir Hashirim Jonathan Harvey: Tranquil Abiding Hanspeter Kyburz: Noesis Anu Komsi (soprano) CBSO Sakari Oramo (conductor) Plus, an archive recording from 1985 of Pierre Boulez talking about the IRCAM mission as the organisation neared its tenth anniversary, and Magnus Lindberg's Joy, made at IRCAM and performed by Avanti!/Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

    Four International Composers20100206

    Ed McKeon introduces a concert programme of works by four composers hailing from Europe, the UK and America, played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

    Jac Van Steen conducts David Sawer's Byrnan Wood - now a modern classic which marked the composer's rise to major public recognition when it was premiered at the BBC Proms in 1992.

    Arlene Sierra - an American-born composer now resident in the UK - is represented by her more recent work, Aquilo, which won Sierra the Takemitsu Prize in 2001.

    Huw Watkins, a pianist/composer still in his early thirties performs his own Piano Concerto, which was commissioned by the BBC for this orchestra in 2002.

    And German composer Christian Jost, whose music the BBCNOW has warmly espoused recently, is represented by his 2003 composition CocoonSymphonie: Five Gateways of a Journey into the Interior.

    David Sawer: Byrnan Wood (20:46)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Jac Van Steen (conductor)

    Arlene Sierra: Aquilo (10:30)

    Huw Watkins: Piano Concerto (21:47)

    Huw Watkins (piano)

    Christian Jost: Cocoonsymphonie (23:56)

    The BBC NOW performs music by four international composers: Sawer, Sierra, Watkins, Jost.

    Francesconi's Quartett, Composers' Rooms: Harrison Birtwistle20140705

    Tom Service presents the eagerly anticipated UK premiere of Luca Francesconi's Quartett and Sara Mohr Pietsch meets Sir Harrison Birtwiste in Composers' Rooms.

    Premiered at La Scala in Milan in 2011, Francesconi's chamber opera is a setting of Heiner Müller's sensational play, Quartett from 1980, which was in turn inspired by the famous epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) by Pierre-Ambroise-François Choderlos de Laclos. In Müller's radical reworking only two roles have remained: the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont. But the Quartett of the title still exists as, in a succession of perverse role playing, Merteuil and Valmont play out their doubles. Set in a 'Salon before the French Revolution/Bunker after the Third World War,' Francesconi exposes the abyss of base human instincts in an endgame of fear and greed.

    Presented by Tom Service

    Composers' Rooms Sara Mohr Pietsch visits the Wiltshire home and studio of Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Birtwistle Three Latin Motets from The Last Supper

    BBC Singers, Nicholas Kok (conductor)

    at 10.25pm

    Luca Francesconi Quartett

    Marquise de Merteuil....Kirsten Chavez....(mezzo-soprano)

    Vicomte de Valmont....Leigh Melrose....(baritone)

    London Sinfonietta

    with the projected sound of the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan

    Andrew Gourlay (conductor)

    Recorded on 24th June at Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre.

    Francisco Lopez, Live At Cafe Oto20150314

    Robert Worby presents a live broadcast of a performance by the Spanish electronic composer and sound artist Francisco Lopez. Appearing at London's Café Oto for the first time, Lopez will perform two forty-minute pieces, specially created for Hear and Now, mixed and diffused in quadraphonic sound through speakers placed in the four corners of the room. Lopez is recognized as one of the foremost artists working with sound today, and has developed a highly original and uncompromising sonic language that utilizes his own recordings made in some of the harshest natural and industrial environments around the world. This broadcast will be made available as 4.0 surround sound, both live and for 30 days after transmission.

    Frank Zappa's 200 Motels20131109

    Tom Service presents the UK premiere of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels, a suite from the orchestral soundtrack to the American composer's surrealist documentary film about life on the road as a rock musician. Containing very strong language thoughout, it was banned from live performance in the UK in 1971 on grounds of obscenity, but was finally staged in London last month as part of the Rest is Noise festival, the South Bank's ongoing survey of music from the twentieth century. Tom Service is joined by author Ben Watson, who makes the case for this work as Zappa's misunderstood masterpiece.

    Frank Zappa: 200 Motels

    Claron McFadden, soprano

    Tony Guilfoyle (Frank)

    Richard Strange (Narrator, Rance)

    Ian Shaw (Mark)

    Brendan Reilly (Howard, Cowboy Burt)

    Sophia Brous (Groupie 1, Larry the Dwarf)

    Diva Zappa (Groupie 2, Lucy)

    Jessica Hynes (Good Conscience)

    Jay Rayner (Bad Conscience, Ginger)

    Scott Thunes (Jeff)

    London Voices

    Southbank Sinfonia

    BBC Concert Orchestra

    Jurjen Hempel, conductor.

    Tom Service presents the UK premiere of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels.

    Tom Service presents the UK premiere of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels, a suite from the orchestral soundtrack to the American composer's surrealist documentary film about life on the road as a rock musician. Banned from live performance in the UK in 1971 on grounds of obscenity, it was finally staged in London last month as part of the Rest is Noise festival, the South Bank's ongoing survey of music from twentieth century. Tom Service is joined by author Ben Watson, who makes the case for this work as Zappa's misunderstood masterpiece.

    Free Thinking: Tearing Up The Rule Book20151107

    As part of Free Thinking, Tom Service talks to one of the most visionary and rule-breaking contemporary composers, Helmut Lachenmann, who turns 80 on 27th November. The programme includes a selection of works chosen by Helmut Lachenmann. Tom Service also pays tribute to the British-Australian composer Roger Smalley, who died in August this year and was one of the most distinctive composers of the post-Second World War generation. Plus, Kerry Andrew visits Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, where Free Thinking is taking place this weekend, to report on Peter J Evans's new sound-installation, Broken Telephone.

    French Music20140315

    Ivan Hewett introduces a recent concert of contemporary music from France performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with conductor Otto Tausk, bringing together the work of elder statesman Pierre Boulez with two composers from the younger generation, Eric Tanguy and Pascal Dusapin. Alongside Dusapin's orchestral study Extenso we hear his large-scale choral work based on the Greek myth of Niobe. Also in tonight's programme, Lucy Railton and Sam Mackay discuss the work of the late Bernard Parmegiani, a key figure in electronic music from the 1960s onwards and the focus of a London Contemporary Music Festival event next weekend.

    Pierre Boulez: Domaines

    Robert Plane (clarinet)

    Eric Tanguy: Eclipse

    Pascal Dusapin Extenso

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Otto Tausk (conductor)

    Pascal Dusapin: Niobe

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Philharmonia Voices

    Philharmonia

    Franck Ollu (conductor).

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    In the first of two programmes, Tom Service and Julian Anderson discuss music from two recent generations of leading French composers.

    Plus a report from Lille on Meredith Monk's role in The Adventurous Music for Children project.

    Christophe Bertrand: Aus

    Ensemble Intégrales

    Yan Maresz: Recto

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Pierre André Valade

    Jérôme Combier: Bois sombre; Essere neve; Essere pietra; Respirer l'ombre (from Vies silencieuses)

    Ensemble Cairn, director Guiiaume Bourgogne

    Marc-André Dalbavie La source d'un regard

    Tom Service on music by French composers - Bertrand, Maresz, Combier and Dalbavie.

    From The Grammar Of Dreams20011229

    Sarah Walker introduces `From the Grammar of Dreams' - a collaboration between composer Kaija Saariaho and visual artist Raija Malka.

    Plus works by Rolf Wallin and Alejandro Vinao.

    Frontiers Festival 201420140426

    Robert Worby presents highlights from the recent Frontiers Festival in Birmingham which brought together the experimental sounds of downtown New York with those of Birmingham's own vibrant new music scene. As well as pieces by Earle Brown, Elliott Sharp and the late Robert Ashley, Robert visits a graphic score exhibition at Birmingham's new library and meets its curator Joe Scarffe.

    In the fourth of our new series Composers' Rooms, Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits Dai Fujikura at his London studio inside a converted fire station.

    And to mark the 50th birthday this year of the American Nonesuch label, a look back at one of its pioneering early electronic albums, Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon, in a feature that includes contributions from Four Tet's Kieran Hebden and writer Rob Young.

    Elliott Sharp: Occam's Razor for double string quartet

    Elysian Quartet and Nuntempa

    Robert Ashley String Quartet Describing the Motion of Large Real Bodies for string quartet and electronics

    Elysian Quartet and 42 electronic artists directed by James Dooley

    Earle Brown: December 1952

    Thallein Ensemble directed by Howard Skempton

    Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon (Part B).

    Robert Worby presents from the recent 2014 Frontiers Festival in Birmingham which brought together the experimental sounds of downtown New York with those of Birmingham's own vibrant experimental scene.

    Plus the fourth in the series Composers' Rooms - Sara Mohr-Pietsch in conversation with composers in their workshops.

    (Elysium Quartet and Nuntempa)

    (Elysium Quartet and 42 electronic artists with electronics devised by James Dooley)

    Robert visits the Frontiers' Graphic Score Exhibition with curator Joe Scarffe at Birmingham's new library

    (Thallein Ensemble/Howard Skempton)

    And the first in a new series of short features celebrated the pioneering Nonesuch label:

    Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon Part 2.

    Fuse Festival20040313

    As part of BBC Radio 3's coverage of the new Leeds festival Fuse, Robert Worby introduces music for string quartet from concerts by the Mondriaan Quartet of Amsterdam and the Smith Quartet, including works by John Zorn and Django Bates.

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    Sarah Walker and Sara Mohr-pietsch introduce two concerts from this month's alternative music festival in Leeds.

    Plus, as part of a Contemporary Music Network Tour, the Michael Gordon Band play tracks from their new album Light is Calling.

    Michael Nyman: Revisiting the Don (BBC commission); In Re Don Giovanni

    John Adams: Scratch Band

    Hanif Kureishi/Michael Nyman: I Was a Total Virgin (World Premiere)

    The London Sinfonietta

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

    G F Haas's In Vain20140118

    Tom Service presents two masterworks of the last quarter century performed recently at the Sounth Bank Centre's The Rest is Noise Festival. Ligeti's Violin Concerto has taken its place as a classic of the late twentieth century whilst Georg Friedrich Haas's in vain is, according to Sir Simon Rattle: "A staggering experience and one of the first great masterpieces of the twenty-first century." Tom talks to the Austrian composer about this colourful, emotively charged score which was receiving here its eagerly anticipated London premiere in front of a capacity audience at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Georg Friedrich Haas: in vain

    London Sinfonietta, Emilio Pomarico (conductor)

    Ligeti: Violin Concerto

    Ilya Gringolts (violin),

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor).

    Gallic Virtuosity20051210

    Sarah Walker presents a concert given by Ensemble 10/10, celebrating the British composer Simon Bainbridge.

    Plus, a performance of Rode with Darkness by Luke Bedford, played by the German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, conducted by George Benjamin; and pianist Nicolas Hodges playing modern takes on the works of JS Bach.

    Gary Carpenter: Da Capo

    Luciano Berio: Sequenza XII

    Pascal Gallois (bassoon)

    Simon Bainbridge: Guitar Concerto

    Craig Ogden (guitar)

    Emily Howard: Dualities (world premiere)

    Simon Bainbridge: For Miles

    Simon Bainbridge: Voiles (world premiere).

    Gary Carpenter Birthday, Takemitsu20120225

    Ivan Hewett introduces highlights from a concert given in Liverpool by Ensemble 10/10, conducted by Clark Rundell, celebrating Gary Carpenter's 60th birthday. His "One Million Tiny Operas About Britain" appears alongside "Azaleas" - the fourth work to be performed in the Encore series - an initiative

    by the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3 that offers performances of works that have

    been unjustly neglected from the concert stage.

    Ensemble 10/10's concert also featured world premieres from Liverpool associated composers, Stephen Pratt and Graham Warner.

    And Ivan introduces the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, musician and writer David Toop celebrates Toru Takemitsu's soundtrack for Masaki Kobayashi's 1964 chiller Kwaidan, based on Lefcadio Hearn's retelling of Japananese ghost stories; film scholar Peter Grilli describes how the composer worked closely with the director and recording technicians to create a soundworld that was integral to the drama of the film.

    Programme details:

    Stephen Pratt On Reflection (wp)

    Graham Warner Viroconium Cornoviorum (wp)

    Gary Carpenter Azaleas (An "RPS/BBC Radio 3 "ENCORE" work)

    "Hear and Now Fifty" Toru Takemitsu's soundtrack for Masaki Kobayashi's 1964 chiller "Kwaidan"

    Gary Carpenter One Million Tiny Operas About Britain

    Hans Abrahamsen Herbstlied

    Rebecca-Jane Lea (soprano)

    Louise Ashcroft (mezzo-soprano)

    Ensemble 10/10 conducted by Clark Rundell

    Recorded at The Cornerstone, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, in November 2011.

    Ensemble 10/10 marks Gary Carpenter's 60th birthday. Plus Hear and Now 50: Takemitsu.

    Gavin Bryars, Thierry Pecou, Francois Narboni20120901

    Ivan Hewett introduces works by Gavin Bryars, Thierry Pecou and Francois Narboni recorded at a concert last May in King's Place, London, by Percussions Claviers de Lyon. And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now 50 Robert Worby advocates V of IV, an early electronic work by American pioneer Pauline Oliveros, with commentary from author and journalist Rob Young.

    Gavin Bryars: At Portage and Main

    Thierry Pecou: L'Arbre aux fleurs

    Francois Narboni: Rigodon

    Percussions Claviers de Lyon

    (recorded at King's Place, London, on 14 May 2012)

    Hugues Dufourt: Hommage a Charles Negre

    Guildhall New Music Ensemble, conducted by Pierre-Andre Valade.

    French music from Percussions Claviers de Lyon, and Pauline Oliveros in Hear and Now 50.

    Gavin Bryars: From Egil's Saga20041120

    Robert Worby introduces the London Sinfonietta, joined by Faroese bass Rúni Brattaberg, Chris Ekers and Sound Intermedia and conducted by Olari Elts, in a concert taken from the orchestra's Eastern Orchestral Board Tour with a programme devised by Gavin Bryars.

    In addition to his classic piece The Sinking of the Titanic, Arvo Pärt's If Bach had been a Beekeeper and Erkki-Sven Tüür's Passion and Illusion, the climax of the concert is the world premiere of a new work by Bryars: From Egil's Saga - a BBC commission - which explores the relationship between the Nordic Sagas and the connected history of the East of England.

    Georg Friedrich Haas20140920

    Robert Worby presents a focus on the music of Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, with performances recorded earlier this year. Haas is a leading exponent of spectral music, whose use of micropolyphony, microintervals and overtones follows in the tradition of Ligeti.

    In Composers' Rooms, Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits the home of Claudia Molitor on the Sussex coast.

    Haas - Introduktion und Transsonation

    Klangforum Wien

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Haas - Saxophone Concerto

    Marcus Weiss (saxophone)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Haas - String Quartet No.2

    Arditti Quartet.

    George Benjamin20100213

    Tom Service presents a 50th birthday celebration for George Benjamin, one of the UK's finest musicians, recorded at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall last weekend.

    In a concert showcasing his talents as composer, conductor, coach, performer and collaborator he will direct works including Palimpsests, and play the solo piece Piano Figures.

    Watch Viola, Viola" (link below)

    George Benjamin: Piano Figures

    George Benjamin: Viola Viola

    George Benjamin: At First Light

    George Benjamin: A Mind of Winter

    George Benjamin: Palilmpsests

    Claire Booth soprano

    Paul Silverthorne viola

    Eniko Magyar viola

    Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble

    London Sinfonietta

    George Benjamin (conductor/piano)

    Written for London Sinfonietta, At First Light is a classic illustration of Benjamin's dazzling sonic landscapes.

    The world of Turner's painting 'Norham Castle, Sunrise' is stunningly evoked through musical colours, textures and inventive harmonies.

    A Mind of Winter illustrates a different side to Benjamin's musical flair, of setting voice with orchestral ensemble, as the soprano blends with the crystalline world of Wallace Stevens' poem The Snow Man.

    This performance of A Mind of Winter also highlights Benjamin's skills as a distinguished coach.

    The next generation of performers from the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble will take their place on stage alongside London Sinfonietta.

    The concert ends with the explosive orchestral Palimpsests, a gripping and dynamic work fusing violent brass against translucent wind and strings.

    Tom Service interviews composer George Benjamin and introduces a concert of his music.".

    George Crumb *20091226

    Tom Service talks to American composer George Crumb in his eightieth birthday year.

    Including music recorded in December 2009 at the Barbican's Total Immersion: George Crumb festival.

    George Crumb: Haunted Landscape (17:04)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    George Crumb: Makrokosmos Volume 1 (12 fantasy pieces after the Zodiac for amplified piano) (27:43)

    Joanna McGregor (piano)

    George Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children (22:31)

    Louis Watkins (soprano)

    Anna Patalong (mezzo-soprano)

    Guildhall New Music Ensemble

    Richard Baker (conductor).

    Tom Service talks to and introduces music by American composer George Crumb.

    Gerald Barry And Laurence Crane20060408

    Two very different approaches to contemporary music - with the manic rhythmic intensity of Gerald Barry, played by the Composers' Ensemble, juxtaposed with the deceptively simple tonality of Laurence Crane, played by Apartment House.

    Gerard Brophy At 6020030510

    The first of two editions spotlighting recent Australian music.

    Sarah Walker presents a concert given by the BBC Philharmonic marking Gerard Brophy's 60th birthday.

    It includes the world premiere of his 'Guitar Concerto in Blue', a BBC co-commission with Symphony Australia, conducted by Clark Rundell and featuring soloist Craig Ogden.

    Also on the bill are Brophy's 'Mâtho' and 'Colour red...your mouth...heart', and the UK premiere of Mary Finsterer's 'Sequi', played by the Arditti Quartet.

    Plus in the final report from Hear and Now's Cut and Splice Festival in London, Robert Worby introduces 'Soundscapes' created by Francisco Lopez, Gregg Wagstaff, and Chris Watson.

    German Connections20070127

    Hans Werner Henze: Kammerkonzert 05 (new version of First Symphony) (UK premiere)

    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Five Star Signs (UK premiere)

    Mauricio Kagel: Kammersymphonie (UK premiere)

    London Sinfonietta

    Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    Stockhausen: Zyklus for percussion solo

    Berio: from Cries of London (rev version for 8 solo vv, 1975)

    Cage: In a landscape for harp solo

    BBC Singers

    Nicholas Kok (conductor)

    Julian Warburton (percussion)

    Sioned Williams (harp).

    German Music20110219

    Ivan Hewett presents a German programme, which features piano music from the 1980s and two more recent orchestral pieces, including a world premiere. With contributions from German music specialist Jean Martin and composer Torsten Rasch.

    Wolfgang Rihm: Brahmsliebewalzer

    Edward Pick (piano)

    Benjamin Schweitzer: Lichtspielszene

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    André de Ridder (conductor)

    Barbara Heller: Anschlüsse

    Torsten Rasch: Le Serpent Rouge (BBC Commission - wp)

    Yeree Suh (soprano)

    Ivan Hewett presents a German programme, which features piano music from the 1980s and two more recent orchestral pieces, including a world premiere.

    With contributions from German music specialist Jean Martin and composer Torsten Rasch.

    André de Ridder (conductor)

    Barbara Heller: Anschlüsse

    Ivan Hewett focuses on German music, including Benjamin Schweitzer and Torsten Rasch.

    Germans And Austrians20040424

    Sarah Walker presents a concert given by the BBC SO conducted by Johannes Kalitzke, featuring the UK Premieres of music by four leading German and Austrian composers.

    Johannes Kalitzke: Chasse Royal Charlotte Seither: Paires d'alternances Beat Furrer: Orpheus' Bücher With the BBC Singers Elizabeth Poole (soprano) Simon Birchall (bass) Stephen Bryant (violin) Dawn Neller (violin) Norbert Blume (viola) Graham Bradshaw (cello) Donald Walker (double bass) Tobias PM Schneid: Einklang, Op 1 Plus, from last year's Huddersfield Festival, pianist Nicolas Hodges gives the world premiere of Peter Ablinger's Voices and Piano.

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    Glasgow Tectonics Festival 2013 - 120130518

    Robert Worby introduces the first of three extended editions from the Tectonics festival in Glasgow, an event curated by conductor Ilan Volkov in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Among the composers featured are the American sound experimentalist Alvin Lucier and Romanian spectralist Iancu Dumitrescu.

    Ana Maria Avram: Metalstorm (II)

    Iancu Dumitrescu (prepared piano)

    Stephen O'Malley (electric guitar)

    Hildur Gudnadottir (cello)

    Charles Ross (viola)

    Fritz Welch (percussion)

    Ana Maria Avram (computer, conductor)

    Morton Feldman: Cello and Orchestra

    Alvin Lucier: Exploration of the House (UK premiere)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Anton Lukoszevieze (cello)

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Iancu Dumitrescu: Hazard and Tectonics

    Ana Maria Avram (prepared piano)

    Oren Ambarchi (percussion)

    Iancu Dumitrescu (computer, conductor)

    Alvin Lucier: Criss Cross

    Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley (electric guitars).

    Glasgow Tectonics Festival 2013 - 220130525

    Robert Worby with highlights from the Tectonics festival in Glasgow, an event curated by conductor Ilan Volkov in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Music includes a new work from Canadian composer and sound artist Chiyoko Szlavnics and the World Premiere of Iancu Dumitrescu's electric guitar concerto, performed by Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley.

    Glasgow Tectonics Festival 2013 - 320130601

    Robert Worby presents the final instalment of highlights from Ilan Volkov's Tectonics festival, this week highlighting the work of British composers as part of this month's celebration of British Music, and including several World Premieres of BBC Commissions.

    Glasgow Tectonics Festival 2014 - 120140524

    Robert Worby introduces the first of three programmes from this year's Tectonics festival in Glasgow, an event now in its second year, co-curated by Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campbell, and staged in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Among the featured composers this year are two elder statesmen of American music David Behrman and Christian Wolff, and tonight we hear orchestral and small group works by both. Plus the world premiere of a BBC Commission by Canadian 'plunderphonicist' John Oswald and a collaboration between Japanese composer Takehisa Kosugi and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.

    David Behrman: How We Got Here (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Christian Wolff: For One, Two or Three People

    Christian Wolff, David Behrman, Takehisa Kosugi

    John Oswald: I'd love to turn (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

    David Behrman: Wavetrain

    Christian Wolff, David Behrman, Takehisa Kosugi, Ilan Volkov (piano and electronics)

    Christian Wolff: Ordinary Matter for two orchestras

    Ilan Volkov, James Weeks (conductors)

    Takehisa Kosugi and Thurston Moore: Improvisation.

    Glasgow Tectonics Festival 2014 - 220140531

    Robert Worby introduces the second of three programmes from this year's Tectonics festival in Glasgow, an event co-curated by Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campbell, and staged in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Vocal group Exaudi perform works by Christopher Fox, Amber Priestley and one of the festival's featured composers, Christian Wolff. We also hear Wolff's Metal and Breath, plus the world premiere of a BBC Commission by Austrian spectralist Georg Friedrich Haas.

    Christian Wolff: Metal and Breath

    SLATUR

    Christopher Fox: Preluding

    Christian Wolff: Evening Shade Wake Up

    Exaudi

    James Weeks (conductor)

    Georg Friedrich Haas: Concerto Grosso No.2

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    David Behrman: Pile of Fourths with Pitchbends

    Members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Catherine Lamb, Marcus Weiss, Bill Wells, Aby Vulliamy

    Amber Priestley: Floors are Flowers, take a few

    Christian Wolff: Ashbery Madrigals

    Michael Finnissy: Favourite Poets

    Glasgow Tectonics Festival 2014 - 320140607

    Robert Worby introduces a final programme of recordings from this year's Tectonics festival in Glasgow, an event co-curated by Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campbell, and staged in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A European focus this week sees world premieres of works by James Clapperton, Catherine Lamb and Klaus Lang. Plus an excerpt from a set by Japanese experimentalist Takehisa Kosugi.

    James Clapperton: Tomnaverie

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Catherine Lamb: portions transparent/opaque (portion one: Expand; portion two: Saturate)

    Takehisa Kosugi: Improvisation

    Klaus Lang: the thin tree (BBC Commission)

    Goehr Evening19950922

    Producer: A.

    KUROWSKI

    Next in series: MUSIC IS FOR THE PEOPLE

    Previous in series: 15 September 1995

    Broadcast history

    22 Sep 1995 21:45-23:35 (RADIO 3)

    Recorded on 1995-09-08.

    Goehr, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies20130810

    Ivan Hewett is joined in he studio by writer and broadcaster Paul Griffiths to introduce one of the most celebrated British compositions of the 1960s, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King, in a performance given last month at the Buxton Festival by baritone Kelvin Thomas and the Music Theatre Wales Ensemble, conducted by Michael Rafferty.

    The programme also includes two other important British works from the '60s, Alexander Goehr's Pastorals (performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra) and Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Tragoedia (performed by the Melos Ensemble).

    Goehr, Ferneyhough, Christopher Fox20130223

    Ivan Hewett introduces the world premiere of Alexander Goehr's To These Dark Steps/The Fathers are Watching and talks to the composer. Plus Prometheus by Brian Ferneyhough (70 this year) and, to mark Tate Britain's 'Schwitters in Britain' exhibition, Three Constructions after Kurt Schwitters by Christopher Fox, originally composed for Radio 3's Between the Ears in 1993.

    Brian Ferneyhough: Prometheus

    Northern Sinfonia Wind

    Alexander Goehr: To These Dark Steps/The Fathers are Watching

    BCMG Sound Investment commission (world premiere)

    Christopher Gillett (tenor)

    Members of CBSO Youth Chorus

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    Christopher Fox

    Three Constructions after Kurt Schwitters.

    Goehr, Maxwell Davies, Vivier20120623

    Tom Service introduces Alexander Goehr's Clarinet Quintet and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's The Last Island performed by the Nash Ensemble, and in this week's instalment of the Hear and Now 50, soprano Barbara Hannigan celebrates Claude Vivier's profoundly moving work for soprano and orchestra, Lonely Child. Vivier conceived the piece as one single melody, with the entire orchestra "transformed into a timbre", to create "great beams of colour". Writer Paul Griffiths puts the piece in context, noting the influence of Stockhausen but stressing the unique soundworld of Vivier.

    FULL PROGRAMME

    Alexander Goehr: Clarinet Quintet

    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: The Last Island

    Nash Ensemble

    Lionel Friend (conductor)

    The Hear and Now 50

    Claude Vivier: Lonely Child

    Marie-Danielle Parent (soprano)

    Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal

    Serge Garant (conductor).

    Goehr: Promised End20101218

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents Alexander Goehr's new opera Promised End, in a production by James Conway, recorded at the Linbury Theatre in Covent Garden, London.

    A meditation on Shakespeare's King Lear, presented by English Touring Opera, the production features Roderick Earle as Lear, Nigel Robson as Gloucester and Lina Markeby as Cordelia, with contemporary ensemble Aurora conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.

    The text for the opera is selected, distilled and re-arranged from Shakespeare's King Lear by the composer and the late Shakespeare scholar Sir Frank Kermode who passed away earlier this year.

    It emphasises one aspect of the great play: King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester, men who in their prime committed errors of judgment, bringing upon themselves their own tragic destinies.

    Promised End

    by Alexander Goehr

    Lear (King of Britain) - Roderick Earle

    Goneril (Lear's eldest daughter) - Jacqueline Varsey

    Regan (Lear's second daughter) - Julia Sporsen

    Cordelia/Fool (Lear's youngest daughter/fool) - Lina Markeby

    Earl of Gloucester (Lear's vassal) - Nigel Robson

    Edgar (Gloucester's son) - Adrian Dwyer

    Edmund (Gloucester's bastard) - Nicholas Garrett

    Knight/Servant (Lear's retainer) - Jeffrey Stewart

    Servant/Captain - Adam Tunnicliffe

    Aurora Orchestra

    Ryan Wigglesworth - Conductor

    James Conway - Director.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents Alexander Goehr's new opera Promised End.

    Graham Fitkin Band20100410

    Zoe Martlew introduces a recording of the Graham Fitkin Band, live at Kings Place in London last February, and interviews the composer during the interval.

    Totti (7:17)

    MFV (5:16)

    Danse Real (5:07)

    Compress (3:43)

    Touching Seen (8:15)

    Mistaken Identity (4:40)

    (Interval)

    Soft Wac (3:00)

    Torn Edge (8:39)

    The Cone Gatherers (9:37)

    Close Hold (6:54)

    Vamp (4:25)

    Loudish (1:03).

    Grisey's Les Espaces Acoustiques *20090214

    Tom Service presents a concert given at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, featuring the first complete UK performance of French composer Gerard Grisey's Les espaces acoustiques, a cycle of six works written between 1974 and 1985.

    Described by the composer as a 'great laboratory', the works explore the very essence of sound itself.

    Including conversation with composer Julian Anderson and writer Paul Griffiths.

    Paul Silverthorne (viola)

  • george benjamin (conductor)

    gerard grisey: les espaces acoustiques.

    Tom Service presents a complete performance of gerard grisey's les espaces acoustiques

  • london sinfonietta
  • royal academy of music manson ensemble

  • Hans Abrahamsen20150228

    Presented by Robert Worby

    Recorded at Glasgow's City Halls, Andre de Ridder conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their invited guests, the Danish String Quartet, in works by the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen.

    The concert features the Danish String Quartet, currently members of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme, in Abrahamen's First String Quartet, 10 Preludes, written in 1973 and featuring the full range of human expression, from violence to peaceful resolution, as well as his beautifully crafted 2010 orchestral re-working of the same piece, Ten Sinfonias. In between, a performance of his poignant Double Concerto with the violinist Baiba Skride and her sister, the pianist Lauma Skride, for whom the piece was written.

    Also in the programme, the next in a series of pieces commissioned from previous winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Competition, performed by members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. This week, a piece for clarinet and ensemble by Thomas Gibbs, who won the senior category in 2013.

    Abrahamsen: String Quartet No.1

    Danish String Quartet

    Abrahamsen: Double Concerto (UK Premiere)

    Baiba Skride (violin)

    Lauma Skride (piano)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Andre de Ridder (conductor)

    Gibbs: Verwandlung (World Premiere)

    Members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Abrahamsen: Ten Sinfonias (UK Premiere)

    Hans Werner Henze20140329

    Recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in February, a concert celebrating the music of the late Hans Werner Henze, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Oliver Knussen. The programme includes one of the German composer's very last works, Ouverture zu einem Theater, his poetry-inspired Liebeslieder featuring cellist Anssi Karttunen as soloist, his orchestral fantasy Los Caprichos, named after Goya's etchings of the same name, and a set of pieces for two pianos by four younger composers, written in tribute to Henze on the occasion of his 75th birthday in 2001. Presented by Tom Service in conversation with Oliver Knussen.

    Hans Werner Henze: Lucy Escott Variations

    Jan Philip Schulze (piano)

    Hans Werner Henze: Los Caprichos

    Mark-Anthony Turnage: Two Portraits

    Kenneth Hesketh: Netsuke Fragments

    Detlev Glanert: Enigmatic Landscape

    Robert Zuidam: Music for Two Pianos

    Richard Utley, Huw Watkins (pianos)

    Hans Werner Henze: Liebeslieder

    Anssi Karttunen (cello)

    Hans Werner Henze: Overture zu einem Theater

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Oliver Knussen (conductor).

    Harrison Birtwistle20120609

    Tom Service, in conversation with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, presents this Birtwistle Portrait concert, specially recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta conducted by David Atherton

    Harrison Birtwistle: Cortege

    London Sinfonietta

    Harrison Birtwistle: Five Distances for 5 Instruments

    Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum

    David Atherton, conductor

    Harrison Birtwistle: In Broken Images (UK premiere)

    And in the Hear and Now 50, composer, writer and Russophile Gerard McBurney nominates the austere and uncompormising Octet by Galina Ustvolskaya, which changed his ideas of twentieth-century Russian music. And Gillian Moore, Head of Classical Music at the Souhtbank Centre puts the work into the context of the mid-twentieth century Soviet Union.

    Galina Unstvolskaya: Octet

    Lyn Fletcher, Susie Meszaros, Christopher Tombling, Maya Iwabuchi (violins)

    Sue Bohling and Margaret Tindale (oboes)

    William Stephenson (piano)

    Graham Cole (timpani).

    Harrison Birtwistle20140719

    Tom Service introduces an 80th birthday concert for Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

    Oliver Knussen conducts the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in an all-Birtwistle programme, including early works Tragoedia, Cantata and Silbury Air, plus Four Poems by Jaan Kaplinski and the more recent Fantasia upon all the Notes.

    And Sara Mohr-pietsch continues her Composers' Rooms series with a visit to the home of Mark-Anthony Turnage.

    Harrison Birtwistle Celebration20100605

    Tom Service celebrates the forty-five year career of one of Britain's most distinguished composers, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, in a concert recorded at the Wigmore Hall in March.

    Plus a UK premiere from centenarian, Elliott Carter

    Birtwistle: Five Distances for Five Instruments

    Birtwistle: Oboe Quartet

    Birtwistle: Duets for Storab

    Carter: Poems of Louis Zukofsky (UK première)

    Birtwistle: Tragoedia

    Nash Ensemble

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Lionel Friend (conductor).

    Tom Service celebrates the composing career of Harrison Birtwistle.

    Hear And Now Invitation Concert: Bradyworks20040221

    Sarah Walker introduces Canadian composer/electric guitarist Tim Brady, who is known for his innovative guitar work, but also for radiant orchestrations and dramatic structures.

    He has created music in a wide range of musical genres, from electronic sound through relative abstraction and Andreissen-esque minimalism to rock riffs.

    In this Hear and Now Invitation Concert recorded in November 2003, the ensemble performs some of Brady's works alongside those of British contemporaries Laurence Crane and Joe Cutler.

    And later, music taken from a recital given by organist Michael Bonaventure in October 2003 from the McEwen Hall at the University of Edinburgh, including the soloist's own arrangement of Laurence Crane's Sparling.

    Heiner Goebbels20121110

    Robert Worby introduces a recording of Heiner Goebbels's Walden, inspired by the American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau's account of his two year woodland retreat in a cabin near to Walden Pond in Massachusetts. This is a new version of the work created for Ensemble Klang and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with Keir Neuringer as the narrator. And in this week's Hear and Now Fifty, author and journalist Rob Young nominates French composer Eliane Radigue's Songs of Milarepa, which combines drone-like electronics with the voices of Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Robert Ashley singing and reading the words of the 11th-century Tibetan Buddhist poet Milarepa. With commentary from Richard Whitelaw, Head of Programmes at Sound and Music.

    Heiner Goebbels: Walden

    Ensemble Klang; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Keir Neuringer (narrator)

    Recorded at Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, in June.

    Eliane Radigue: Mila's Song in the Rain from Songs of Milarepa (1983)

    Lama Kunga Rinpoche (voice); Robert Ashley (voice); Eliane Radigue (electronics).

    Heiner Goebbels, Alexander Goehr20130216

    Robert Worby introduces a recording of Heiner Goebbels' Walden, inspired by the American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau's account of his two year woodland retreat in a cabin near to Walden Pond in Massachusetts. This is a new version of the work created for Ensemble Klang and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with Keir Neuringer as the narrator. Plus Alexander Goehr's Duos, for two violins, performed by members of the BCMG.

    Alexander Goehr: Duos

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Heiner Goebbels: Walden

    Ensemble Klang; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Keir Neuringer (narrator).

    Helmut Lachenmann20120630

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces Helmut Lachenmann's Zwei Gefuhle and Accanto in performances by Ensemble Modern at this month's Aldeburgh Festival, and in the Hear and Now 50 writer Paul Griffiths is the advocate for Hans Abrahamsen's Winternacht, with further support from Gillian Moore.

    FULL PROGRAMME

    Lachenmann: Zwei Gefuhle

    Lachenmann: Accanto

    Ensemble Modern

    Franck Ollu (conductor)

    The Hear and Now 50

    Hans Abrahamsen: Winternacht

    London Sinfonietta

    Oliver Knussen (conductor).

    Helmut Lachenmann Tribute20101030

    Tom Service introduces performances of two orchestral works by Helmut Lachenmann, given last weekend in London at Southbank Centre's celebration of the composer's 75th birthday.

    Lachenmann: Schreiben (23:02)

    Lachenmann : Ausklang for piano and orchestra (50:42)

    London Sinfonietta

    Brad Lubman (conductor)

    Rolf Hind (piano)

    Tom Service introduces two orchestral works by German composer Helmut Lachenmann.

    Highlighting The Music Of German Composer Heiner Goebbels20061007

    Ivan Hewett talks to Goebbels about his unique blend of music, text and politics.

    Including Goebbels' Suite for Sampler and Orchestra, and his recent reworking of an opera as a radio piece - Landscape with distant relatives - which uses texts by Gertrude Stein and Ts Eliot.

    Goebbels: Suite for Sampler and Orchestra

    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

    Peter Rundel (conductor)

    Goebbels: Landscape with distant relatives

    David Bennent (narrator)

    Deutschen Kammerchor

    Ensemble Modern

    Franck Ollu (conductor)

    Goebbels: D and C for Orchestra

    Goebbels: Paradise and Hell

    Alfred Hart (saxophone)

    Heiner Goebbels (piano).

    Hildegard20050917

    On this, the 826th anniversary of Hildegard of Bingen's death, Alwynne Pritchard introduces a performance of James Wood's new opera Hildegard conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer and David Lawrence (assistant) and performed by Sarah Leonard (soprano); Omar Ebrahim (baritone); the New London Chamber Choir; the Critical Band, and Percussion Group the Hague.

    And later, the New Music Players perform Wood's Crying Bird, Echoing Star, a piece which brings together the composer's fascinations with birdsong and star constellations.

    House Of Bedlam *20090411

    Robert Worby explores the spoken word in new music and sound art, with a concert which brings together a poet with musicians.

    Larry Goves: sinew

  • (recorded at a cutting edge concert in the warehouse, london)

    plus anne-hilde neset reviewing the book playing with words: the spoken word in artistic practice.

    Robert Worby explores the spoken word in new music and sound art

  • goves: talking microtonal blues

    performed by the ensemble 'house of bedlam' and poet matthew welton

  • ian vine: x
  • larry goves/matthew welton: poppy
  • larry goves: deaf john's dark house
  • larry goves: riviniana and the vermilion border
  • matthew sergeant: this was not a film about a drowning man (world premiere)
  • matthew welton: writing 21
  • simon holt: brief candles

  • Howard Skempton20100424

    Ivan Hewett talks to to British composer Howard Skempton and introduces a concert of his works including the world premiere of a new piece for viola and chamber ensemble.

    Howard Skempton: Only the Sound Remains for viola and chamber ensemble (world premiere); Roundels of the Year for choir; Two Cello Interludes; The Voice of the Spirits for choir; Two Guitar Interludes; Rise Up, my Love for choir

    Charlie Usher: Slow Pan for piano and chamber ensemble

    Christopher Yates (viola); Ulrich Heinen (cello); James Woodrow (guitar); Malcolm Wilson (piano)

    EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    James Weeks (conductor)

    Recorded at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham, last February.

    New music by Howard Skempton performed by the BCMG and EXAUDI.

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    Presented by Robert Worby in conversation with the composer Howard Skempton

    This edition of Hear and Now features music by Howard Skempton in recent recordings from the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Clark Rundell, including the song cycle The Moon is Flashing featuring tenor James Gilchrist, and from the new-music ensemble Psappha.

    Howard Skempton is also the subject of this week's Composers' Rooms with Sara Mohr-Pietsch, as she talks with him in his workspace at his home in the West Midlands.

    And the cellist Anton Lukoszevieze plays music for multi-tracked cellos by the Lithuanian experimental composer Joseph Kudirka.

    Howard Skempton:

    The Light Fantastic; Lento; The Moon is Flashing*

    James Gilchrist (tenor)*

    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

    Clark Rundell (conductor)

    Gleams and Fragments; Gemini Dances; Winter Sunrise

    Psappha

    Joseph Kudirka:

    Wyoming Snow

    Anton Lukoszevieze (cello).

    Huddersfield 2006 - 120061202

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-pietsch present a series of broadcasts from the 2006 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    The programme includes a profile of featured festival composer Barry Guy and an extensive piece from Lithuanian-born composer Rytis Mazulis.

    Plus an interview with the festival's new Artistic Director Graham McKenzie.

    Barry Guy: Bird Gong Game 1; Celebration; Five Fizzles; Bird Gong Game 2.

    Gemini, Maya Homburger (baroque violin), Beatrice Zawodnik (oboe), Evan Parker (saxophone), Agusti Fernandez (piano).

    Mazulis: ajapajapam.

    Exaudi, Apartment House.

    Huddersfield 2006 - 220061209

    2/5.

    Robert Worby presents a series of broadcasts from the 2006 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    The programme features music from an eclectic mix of composers including Morton Feldman, Christopher Fox and Richard Barrett.

    The two performing ensembles featured are Australia's leading New Music Ensemble Elision and British contemporary music champions the Smith Quartet.

    Elision

    Timothy O'Dwyer: Gravity

    Maurizio Pisati: Habergeiss

    John Rodgers: L'aura eternal; ciacco; ma fiuo

    Richard Barrett: Codex 1

    Smith Quartet

    Christopher Fox: 1,2,3 (World Premiere)

    Chantale Laplante: Study of a Room

    Morton Feldman: Spring of Chrosoes.

    Huddersfield 2006 - 320061216

    The programme features music from John Cage alongside works from James Tenney and John Lely.

    Zeitkratzer

    Tenney: Critical Band

    Phil Thomas (piano), James Saunders (electronics)

    John Cage: Electronic Music for Piano

    Alvin Lucier: Still Lives

    John Lely: All about the piano (World Premiere).

    Huddersfield 2006 - 420061223

    Robert Worby presents a series of broadcasts from the 2006 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    The programme features the World Premiere of Michael Finnissy's 60-minute song cycle Whitman, a BBC/HCMF commission performed by Kirsten Blaise with pianist Nicholas Hodges.

    Plus music from the Australian ensemble Elision.

    Huddersfield 2006 - 5 Last20061230
    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - 2005-1
    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - 2005-220060114

    The music of James Dillon is the central focus of this edition with a rare complete performance of his Book of Elements, played by Noriko Kawai.

    From Norway, the Cikada Quartet play his third String Quartet.

    Plus, rare jewels from Giacinto Scelsi in his Three Latin Prayers, performed by the New London Chamber Choir.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - 2005-320060121

    Highly individual and contrasted approaches to music, sound and colour are the central theme of this programme.

    Featuring choral and instrumental music by Giacinto Scelsi, performed by the New London Chamber Choir and Mieko Kanno; alongside the salty anger of Xenakis in his piano quintet Akea.

    To balm all this, the delicate, poised sound-world of Jo Kondo.

    Plus James Dillon's fourth quartet, in a performance by France's Diotima Quartet.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - 2005-420060128

    The elusive choral and instrumental music of Giacinto Scelsi, whose centenary fell in 2005, forms a thread through this programme.

    Plus, equally individual voices from successive generations - Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Helmut Lachenmann, who was 70 in November 2005.

    Featuring performances by Mieko Kanno, the New London Chamber Choir and Ensemble Modern.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - 2005-520060204

    Featuring the music of Helmut Lachenmann with two substantial pieces for large ensembles, Mouvement (vor der Erstarrung) and Concertini, played by Germany's Ensemble Modern.

    Plus vocal works by Georg Friedrich Haas and Friedrich Zeller, performed by the Neue Vocalsolisten, Stuttgart.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007 - 120080105

    Sara Mohr Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce highlights from the festival.

    The programme includes music from two Dutch ensembles, and festival director Graham McKenzie talks about the year's Dutch theme and the opening event of the festival, The Night of the Unexpected.

    Misato Mochizuki: Silent Circle

    Mayke Nas: La Belle ChocolatiÃre

    Nieuw Ensemble

    Ed Spanjaard (conductor)

    Brice Pauset: Vita Nova (sÃrÃnades)

    Irvine Arditti (violin)

    Thomas Simaku: Insomnio

    James Wood: De telarum mechanicae (On the mechanics of weaving)

    Insomnio

    Ulrich PÃhl.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007 - 320080119

    This programme features two German ensembles, Musikfabrik and Ensemble Mosaik, playing the music of four British composers, while the German artist Christina Kubisch talks us through her 'Electrical Walk'.

    Saunders: Stirrings Still (world premiere)

    Musikfabrik

    Etienne Siebens (conductor)

    Birtwistle: Orpheus Elegies

    Andrew Watts (countertenor)

    Harvey: Sprechgesang

    Peter Veale (oboe)

    Hayden: Die Modularitaten (Modularities)

    Ensemble Mosaik

    Sam Hayden (conductor).

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007 - 5 Last20080202

    Featuring music from Fred Frith performed by the composer with the Arditti Quartet, Dutch ensemble Insomnio playing music by Tim Hodgkinson and Martijn Padding, and sound artist Janek Schaeffer demonstrating his installation Extended Play.

    Frith: Lelekovice

    Arditti Quartet

    Frith: Fell; Allegory

    Fred Frith (guitar)

    Frith: Cold (working title)

    Hodgkinson: Nomos-Yozu

    Padding: Eight Metal Strings

    Insomnio

    Ulrich Pohl (conductor).

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007- 220080112

    This programme focuses on the 2007 festival's composer-in-residence Yannis Kyriakides, in his roles as concert hall composer, creator of extended and more theatrical works, and artistic director of the ensemble MAE.

    Kyriakides: Leger Demain

    Reinier van Houdt

    Yannis Kyriakides (conductor)

    Kyriakides: Zeimbekiko 1918; Dreams of the Blind

    Ensemble MAE

    Robert Ashley: Tap Dancing in the Sand

    Robert Ashley (conductor).

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2008 - 120081220

    Highlights from the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch and Robert Worby present a programme of highlights from the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Including music by Sun-Ra, Chris Dench and five new John Cage-inspired compositions.

    Sun Ra - Pleiades.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2008 - 320090103

    Highlights from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2008

    Sara Mohr-pietsch continues Hear and Now's coverage of the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    This evening's programme features John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra, part of the John Cage: Concert Reclaimed at this year's festival.

    Richard Barrett is joined by Arne Deforce and Yutaka Oya for the UK Premiere of his Nacht und Traume and there's music by Markus Trunk and a visit to the Huddersfield Art Gallery to take a look at an exhibition focussing on the work of the father of Dutch electroacoustic music" Dick Raaijmakers.

    Including:

    Markus Trunk - Parhelion (10:54)

  • apartment house
  • arne deforce (cello)
  • basta 3091412 cd1 track 20

    John Cage - concert for piano and orchestra (45:19)

  • basta 3091412 cd1 track 9
  • ensemble plus-minus
  • kid baltan - colonel bogey (excerpts)
  • kid baltan - mechanical motions (excerpts)
  • philip thomas (piano)
  • richard barrett (electronics)
  • saturday 29 november, studio 2

    markus trunk - raw rows (8:02)

  • sunday 23 november, st paul's hall

    dick raaijmakers

  • sunday 30 november, town hall
  • sunday 30 november, town hall

    richard barrett - nacht und traume (26:12)

  • yutaka oya (piano)"

  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2008 - 420090110

    Sara Mohr-pietsch and Robert Worby present music by James Tenney and Enno Poppe.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch and Robert Worby present highlights from the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with a look at Quatour Bozzini's focus on James Tenney.

    Robert also talks to featured composer Enno Poppe and there are the UK premieres of his work Salz and of Salvatore Sciarrino's 12 Madrigali.

    James Tenney - Large Open Spaces (excerpt) (3:33)

  • enno poppe (conductor)
  • eve egoyan (piano)
  • klangforum wien
  • miriam shalinsky (double bass)
  • monday 24 november, bates mill

    James Tenney - diaphonic study (ukp) (18:22)

  • neue vocalsolisten stuttgart
  • quatuor bozzini and friends
  • saturday 22 november, town hall

    salvatore sciarrino - 12 madrigali (40:28)

  • thursday 27 november
  • wednesday 26 november, st paul's hall

    enno poppe - salz (15:16)

  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2008 - 520090117

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-pietsch introduce coverage of the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    The programme features the UK premiere of Hope - the 9th hour of Stockhausen's KLANG and Outer Nothingness by Sun Ra, alongside music from John Cage: Concert Reclaimed which closed the 2008 festival.

    Plus the UK premiere of Knochen by Enno Poppe, who also discusses the work.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2008 highligts.

    Music by Sun Ra and John Cage

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2008, Highlights From The 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - 220081227

    Highlights from the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch and Robert Worby presents highlights from the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Bryn Harrison's substantial new work for the festival Repetitions in Extended Time takes centre stage alongside Peter Adriaansz's Prana and the Matthew Adkins-curated [60] Project.

    Peter Adriaansz - Prana (17:24) excerpts

  • catch
  • curated, mixed and performed by mathew adkins
  • ensemble plus-minus
  • friday 28 november, north light gallery

    bryn harrison - repetitions in extended time (46:48)

  • percussion group the hague
  • sunday 23 november, st paul's hall
  • the netherlands vocal laboratory
  • tuesday 25 november, bates mill project (world premiere) excerpts

  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009 - 120100102

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce highlights of the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK's largest festival of new music.

    Featuring music from James Dillon, Musica Elettronica Viva, and James Clarke, as the Arditti Quartet give the world premiere of his Second String Quartet. Sara talks with festival director Graham McKenzie about the 2009 event and Robert goes to meet founder Richard Steinitz to take a look at the festival archive which was launched in the same year.

    James Dillon: Charm (world premiere); Dragon-fly (World Premiere)

    Noriko kawai (piano)

    Thomas Simaku: String Quartet No 2 (Radius)

    Quatuor Diotima

    Musica Elettronica Viva: Gran Raccordo Anulare (excerpt) - world premiere

    MEV

    Anthony Braxton: Composition No 10 (UK premiere)

    Genevieve Foccroulle (piano)

    le grain de la voix (interview / excerpt)

    James Clarke: String Quartet No 2 (world premiere)

    Arditti Quartet.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009 - 1 *20100102

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce highlights of the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK's largest festival of new music.

    Featuring music from James Dillon, Musica Elettronica Viva, and James Clarke, as the Arditti Quartet give the world premiere of his Second String Quartet.

    Sara talks with festival director Graham McKenzie about the 2009 event and Robert goes to meet founder Richard Steinitz to take a look at the festival archive which was launched in the same year.

    James Dillon: Charm (world premiere); Butterfly (world premiere)

    Noriko kawai (piano)

    Thomas Simaku: String Quartet No 2 (Radius)

    Quatuor Diotima

    Musica Elettronica Viva: Gran Raccordo Anulare (excerpt) - world premiere

    MEV

    Anthony Braxton: Composition No 10 (UK premiere)

    Genevieve Foccroulle (piano)

    James Clarke: String Quartet No 2 (world premiere)

    Arditti Quartet.

    Music from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009: James Dillon, Thomas Simaku.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009 - 220100109

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce further highlights of the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK's largest festival of new music.

    Featuring two BBC Radio 3 commissions: the Ictus Ensemble in the UK premiere of The Leuven Triptych, by one of the festival's featured composer; and James Dillon and Quatour Diotima in the world premiere of Theme Street Parade by the Australian composer Matthew Shlomowitz.

    Robert also drops in to hear Bill Thompson's Shifting Currents; there is music from another of the festival's featured composers as Noriko Kawai gives the UK premiere of piano music by Emmanuel Nunes; and Philip Thomas talks us through his week-long performance of a piece by Michael Pisaro which explores the number Pi.

    Matthew Shlomowitz: Theme Street Parade (BBC Radio 3 commission; world premiere)

    Quatour Diotima

    Emmanuel Nunes: Litanies du feu et de la mer I

    Noriko Kawai

    Bill Thompson: Shifting Currents (excerpt)

    James Dillon: The Leuven Triptych (BBC Radio 3 commission: UK premiere)

    Ictus Ensemble.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009 - 2 * *20100109

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce further highlights of the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK's largest festival of new music.

    Featuring two BBC Radio 3 commissions: the Ictus Ensemble in the UK premiere of The Leuven Triptych, by one of the festival's featured composer; and James Dillon and Quatour Diotima in the world premiere of Theme Street Parade by the Australian composer Matthew Shlomowitz.

    Robert also drops in to hear Bill Thompson's Shifting Currents; there is music from another of the festival's featured composers as Noriko Kawai gives the UK premiere of piano music by Emmanuel Nunes; and Philip Thomas talks us through his week-long performance of a piece by Michael Pisaro which explores the number Pi.

    Matthew Shlomowitz: Theme Street Parade (BBC Radio 3 commission; world premiere)

    Quatour Diotima

    Emmanuel Nunes: Litanies du feu et de la mer I

    Noriko Kawai

    Bill Thompson: Shifting Currents (excerpt)

    James Dillon: The Leuven Triptych (BBC Radio 3 commission: UK premiere)

    Ictus Ensemble.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009: Music by Matthew Shlomowitz, James Dillon.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009 - 320100116

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce the third of Hear and Now's four programmes featuring highlights of the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK's largest festival of new music. Tonight's programme includes music from a concert given by Portugal's Remix Ensemble.

    Antonia Augusto Aguiar: Pandora (UKP)

    Remix Ensemble

    Luis Tinoco: O curso das aguas

    Rebecca Saunders: Fury

    Emmanuel Nunes: Improvisation IV - l'electricite de la pensee humaine (UKP)

    Quatour Diotima

    Emmanuel Nunes: Rubato, registres et resonances (UKP)

    Sarah Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce the third of Hear and Now's four programmes featuring highlights of the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK's largest festival of new music.

    Tonight's programme includes music from a concert given by Portugal's Remix Ensemble.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009: Music by Tinoco, Saunders and Nunes.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009 - 420100123

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce the final instalment of Hear and Now's highlights of the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK's largest festival of new music. Tonight, the ensemble ELISION give the UK Premiere of a major piece by one of the festival's featured composers: Richard Barrett's The Opening of the Mouth. Pianist Genevieve Foccroulle performs music by Anthony Braxton, and Robert Worby drops in at the rehearsal of an extraordinary new piece by Kristoffer Zegers - Piano Phasing, for 25 pianos and 50 pianists!

    Anthony Braxton: Composition No 1 (UK Premiere)

    Geneviève Foccroulle (piano)

    Richard Barrett: Opening of the Mouth (UK Premiere)

    Richard Barrett and the ELISION ensemble

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009 - 4 *20100123

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce the final instalment of Hear and Now's highlights of the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK's largest festival of new music.

    Tonight, the ensemble ELISION give the UK Premiere of a major piece by one of the festival's featured composers: Richard Barrett's The Opening of the Mouth.

    Pianist Genevieve Foccroulle performs music by Anthony Braxton, and Robert Worby drops in at the rehearsal of an extraordinary new piece by Kristoffer Zegers - Piano Phasing, for 25 pianos and 50 pianists!

    Anthony Braxton: Composition No 1 (UK Premiere)

    Geneviève Foccroulle (piano)

    Richard Barrett: Opening of the Mouth (UK Premiere)

    Richard Barrett and the ELISION ensemble

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009: Music by Richard Barrett, Anthony Braxton.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2009 *20091128

    Sara Mohr-pietsch reports from the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the UK's largest, and presents highlights of a concert given earlier by the London Sinfonietta celebrating two composer anniversaries.

    Richard Barrett's fiftieth year is commemorated with the world premiere of his new work Mesopotamia; and Jonathan Harvey - composer in residence at this year's festival - has his seventieth year marked with a performance of Bhakti, his reflective and spiritual exploration of Sanskrit hymns widely recognised as one of the most influential works of the 1980s.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch with highlights from 2009's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2010 - 120110115

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is the largest festival of its type in the UK, a truly international focus on the best in contemporary and new music.

    Founded in 1978, in the thirty plus years since, it has hosted numerous luminaries in the world of contemporary composition, including John Cage, Steve Reich, Harrison Birtwistle and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

    Over the next five weeks, Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby will be bringing you highlights from the 2010 festival, including World Premieres from Richard Barrett and Brian Ferneyhough and UK Premieres from Karlheinz Stockhausen, Peter Adriaansz and the festival's composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders, alongside a host of other concert performances.

    Plus reports on some of the more unusual events at the festival, including a concert on a train, a musical powerpoint presentation from composer Trond Reinholdsten and a 12 hour performance of John Cage.

    In tonight's programme, string music features heavily, with Mauricio Kagel's String Quartet II, the UK Premiere of a new work by Enno Poppe for four string quartets, and Martijn Padding's violin concerto 'White Eagle'.

    Robert Worby will also be talking to Michael Finnissy about the UK Premiere of his new work 'Gedachtnis-Hymne' and Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores noise art from the Low Frequency Orchestra.

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present works from Poppe, Kagel and Finnissy.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2010 - 220110122

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduce the second of five programmes of highlights from the 2010 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival which took place last November.

    Tonight's programme focusses heavily on the theatre with strange performance art from Trond Reinholdsten, a concert of duos and quartets for dancers and musicians, music from composers Jennifer Walshe and Tom Johnson alongside a performance of Mauricio Kagel's pastorale Kantrimiusik given by the Nieuw Ensemble.

    Music focusing on theatre, performed at 2010's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2010 - 320110129

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce a third programme of highlights of last November's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Tonight's programme includes music from Peter Adriaansz, Timothy McCormack, Peter Ablinger and Graham Fitkin and Robert Worby reports on pianist Philip Thomas' twelve hour performance of John Cage's Electronic Music for Piano in Huddersfield's Art Gallery.

    Music by Adriaansz and Fitkin played at 2010's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2010 - 420110205

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present the fourth programme of highlights from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2010 with a full concert given by the Cologne based ensemble musikFabrik featuring the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen alongside works by the festival's composer in residence Rebecca Saunders.

    Music by Stockhausen and Rebecca Saunders performed at 2010's Huddersfield Festival.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2010 - 520110212

    highlights from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2010, the UK's largest festival of contemporary music.

    Tonight's programme includes music from the festival's composer in residence Rebecca Saunders, new music from Richard Barrett and the World Premiere of Brian Ferneyhough's 6th String Quartet.

    Robert also reports on the various John Cage events featured at the 2010 festival including Alvin Curran's "Take the Cage Train".

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch with music from Rebecca Saunders and Richard Barrett.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2011 - 120111203

    Sarah Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present the first of four programmes showcasing highlights from this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Mauricio Kagel: Prima Vista

    Apartment House

    Thomas Simaku: String Quartet (world premiere)

    Quatuor Diotima

    Bent Sørensen and Anna Berit Asp Christensen: Saudades Inocentes

    Oscar Henning-Jensen (boy soprano)

    Gert Henning-Jensen (tenor)

    Guido Paevatalu (baritone)

    And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, percussionist Steven Schick recalls how a chance meeting with Brian Ferneyhough led to the commission of Bone Alphabet, his only piece for non-pitched instruments; while commentator Paul Griffiths describes the work's physicality and rhythmic complexity.

    Brian Ferneyhough: Bone Alphabet

    Steven Schick (percussion).

    Music by Mauricio Kagel, Thomas Simaku.

    Plus Hear and Now 50: Ferneyhough's Bone Alphabet.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2011 - 220111210

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduce more highlights from this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Ensemble Linea from Strasbourg play three UK premieres, including a major work by the leading British composer Brian Ferneyhough.

    Fabien Levy: Qwerwüchsig

    Francesco Filidei: Finito ogni gesto

    Brian Ferneyhough: Chronos Aion

    Plus, in the latest instalment of the Hear And Now 50, Stephen Fry describes his delight and bewilderment at first hearing Conlon Nancarrow's Study 21 "Canon X" for player piano.

    Nancarrow devoted his composing life to writing virtuosic canonic studies for this mechanical piano, often "unspeakably fast" music, as pianist Joanna MacGregor puts it.

    With music by Fabien Levy and Brian Ferneyhough.

    Plus Hear And Now 50 with Stephen Fry.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2011 - 320111217

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduce further highlights from this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including the UK premiere of James Dillon's String Quartet No.6.

    Apartment House perform Christian Marclay's Graffiti Composition, the result of posting thousands of sheets of blank manuscript paper on the streets of Berlin in 1996; and Switzerland's basel sinfonietta perform Tim Parkinson's Orchestra Piece, part of a concert programme inspired by the work of Cornelius Cardew's Scratch Orchestra of the early 1970s.

    And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, original Scratch Orchestra member Howard Skempton recalls his moment of epiphany on encountering Morton Feldman's Extensions 3 for piano.

    With commentary from music writer Paul Griffiths and excerpts from an archive interview with the composer himself.

    Christian Marclay: Graffiti Composition

    Apartment House

    James Dillon: String Quartet No.6

    Quatuor Diotima

    Morton Feldman: Extensions 3

    John Tilbury (piano)

    Tim Parkinson: Orchestra Piece

    basel sinfonietta.

    With music by Christian Marclay, James Dillon, Tim Parkinson and Morton Feldman.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2011 - 420111224

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce performances from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    The Basel Sinfonietta plays three UK premieres influenced by the Scratch Orchestra:

    Michael Parsons: Parapahrase

    James Saunders: things whole and not whole

    Christian Wolff: Spring Two

    And in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, composer Roxanna Panufnik nominates Arvo Pärt's Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten, with commentary from music writer Paul Griffiths.

    Pärt's piece has become a minimalist classic, with its tolling funeral bell and descending string patterns expressing his sorrow at the death of a composer he greatly admired.

    With music by Michael Parsons, James Saunders, Christian Wolff and Arvo Part.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2011 - Richard Barrett20111119

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces a live show from Huddersfield Town Hall as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2011.

    The programme features the world premiere of a major new work by Richard Barrett - Construction - a two-hour piece which explores ideas about urban living, both through promised utopias and harsh realities.

    The performers are ELISION with vocalists Deborah Kayser, Ute Wassermann and Carl Rosman, conducted by Eugene Ughetti.

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces a new work by Richard Barrett, performed at the HCMF 2011.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012 - 120121117

    Hear and Now returns to the north for the opening weekend of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//). Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents as Hamburg string group Ensemble Resonanz present the world premieres of works by Rebecca Saunders and Claudia Molitor along with music from the Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin. And in the Hear and Now 50, composer Matthew Schlomowitz makes the case for the music of Bernhard Lang, while hcmf director Graham McKenzie puts Lang's music in context.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012 - 220121208

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce the first of four programmes of highlights from the 2012 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Tonight's programme includes music from Crash Ensemble's concert profiling the work of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy together with highlights from two events which featured the work of John Cage

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012 - 320121215

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce highlights from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012. Tonight's programme focuses on the String Quartet with new music from Rebecca Saunders, Naomi Pinnock and Christopher Fox performed by the Arditti and Bozzini Quartets. Also featuring a report on John Tilbury's four-and-a-half-hour performance of Morton Feldman's "For Philip Guston".

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012 - 420121222

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present more highlights of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012. Tonight's programme explores music from this year's festival's composer in residence - the Norwegian composer and musician Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje.

    Maja S K Ratkje - Gagaku Variations

    BOZZINI QUARTET

    Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje - Crepuscular Hour (UK premiere)

    The 24

    RNCM Chamber Choir

    University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir

    James Weeks conductor

    Nils Henrik Asheim organ

    Antoine Chessex electronics / noise

    Lasse Marhaug electronics / noise

    Stian Westerhus electronics / noise.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012 - 5 Last20121229

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduce the final programme of highlights from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012. The last of five editions of Hear and Now featuring music from hcmf// 2012 focuses on the festival's truly international scope, contrasting works by Scandinavian composers Hans Abrahamsen and Maja Ratkje and music from the Irish Crash Ensemble including American composer Glenn Branca.

    Hans Abrahamsen String Quartet No. 4 (UK premiere) (2012)

    ARDITTI QUARTET

    Maja S K Ratkje And Sing While Thou On Pressed Flowers Dost Sleep (2012) (World premiere)

    ENSEMBLE CIKADA

    Donnacha Dennehy Streetwalker

    CRASH ENSEMBLE

    Gerard Pesson Cassation

    Sam Hayden surface / tension (2012) (World premiere)

    Glenn Branca Thought (hcmf// co-commission) UK Premiere

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2013 - 120131116

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces live music from the 2013 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival courtesy of the Strasburg based Ensemble Linea and Irvine Arditti. Their programme includes the UK Premiere of Brian Ferneyhough's liber scintillarum in the composer's 70th birthday year together with the World Premiere of a new hcmf// and BBC Radio 3 commission from James Clarke.

    Sara also reports on another hcmf// and BBC Radio 3 commission from Cecilie Ore performed earlier today at the festival by the BBC Singers.

    Cecilie Ore: Come to the Edge (World Premiere)

    BBC Singers

    James Clarke: 2013 - V (World Premiere)

    Brian Ferneyhough: liber scintillarum (UK Premiere)

    Raphaël Cendo: Rokh I (UK Premiere)

    Ensemble Linea, Irvine Arditti - violin

    Jean-Philippe Wurtz - conductor.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch with live music from the 2013 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2013 - 220131130

    Music by Ferneyhough, Parra and Georg Friedrich Haas from the 2013 Huddersfield Festival.

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduce highlights of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2013. Today's programme includes music by Brian Ferneyhough, featured at the festival in his 70th birthday year, a UK Premiere from Georg Friedrich Haas and works by hcmf// 2013's Catalonian composer in residence Hector Parra.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2013 - 320131214

    Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-pietsch introduce further highlights of hcmf// 2013, including the first complete performance of Michael Finnissy's new madrigal cycle Sesto Libro di Carlo Gesualdo, and the UK Premiere of a new work by the French composer Gérard Pesson performed by the Diotima Quartet.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2013 - 420131221

    Robert Worby introduces a third programme of highlights from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2013. Featuring music by Dai Fujikura, Laurence Crane, Brian Ferneyhough and the festival's composer in residence Hector Parra.

    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2013 - 520131228

    Sara Mohr-pietsch and Robert Worby introduce a final programme of highlights from the 2013 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Featuring music from Thomalla, Ruben Sverre Gjertsen and Barry Guy.

    Huddersfield Festival 2003 - Part 320031227

    A Berio Tribute From Huddersfield

    Sarah Walker presents further highlights from the 26th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, this week featuring the Venetian based Ex Novo Ensemble who pay a tribute to their fellow countryman Luciano Berio who died earlier in the year.

    Berio's masterpiece A-Ronne is the main work in a concert given by one of the foremost contemporary vocal groups the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart.

    Ex Novo Ensemble Donatoni: Spice (Ronda No 2) Berio: Sequenza I Emanuele Casale: Composizione per cinque strumenti Berio: Sequenza IV Donatoni: Ciglio Claudio Ambrosini: De vulgari eloquentia Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Berio: Sequenza III Salvatore Sciarrino: L'Alibi della parola George Aperghis: Petrrohl (UK Premiere) Berio: A-Ronne / Huddersfield Festival III A Berio tribute from Huddersfield Sarah Walker presents further highlights from the 26th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, this week featuring the Venetian based Ex Novo Ensemble who pay a tribute to their fellow countryman Luciano Berio who died earlier in the year.

    Ex Novo Ensemble Donatoni: Spice (Ronda No 2) Berio: Sequenza I Emanuele Casale: Composizione per cinque strumenti Berio: Sequenza IV Donatoni: Ciglio Claudio Ambrosini: De vulgari eloquentia Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Berio: Sequenza III Salvatore Sciarrino: L'Alibi della parola George Aperghis: Petrrohl (UK Premiere) Berio: A-Ronne.

    Huddersfield Festival 2003 - Part 120031213

    In the first of three programmes dedicated to this year's festival, tonight the BBC Singers give the UK premiere of James Dillon's '...residue' and the world premiere of One-and-a-Half Truths, a Huddersfield Festival commission from young British composer Bernard Hughes.

    The Arditti Quartet give the world premiere of James Clarke's own Huddersfield Festival commission, his String Quartet; and the UK premieres of James Dillon's Soadie Waste and String Quartet no.4 by Jonathan Harvey.

    Huddersfield Festival 2003 - Part 220031220

    In tonight's programme, Helmut Oehring is the composer in focus for Apartment House's appearance at the festival: the concert performance includes electronics, masks and lighting effects, and features the world premiere of Oehring's String Quartet no 2 Marie B (Seven Chambers).

    Other pieces include Sexton A, Foxfire Zwei, Locked-In and ER.eine.She.

    Not to be confused with their British namesakes, the Continuum Ensemble from Toronto perform UK premieres by Canadian composers Michael Oesterle, Linda C.

    Smith, Scott Wilson and Claude Vivier, and the UK premiere of British composer Richard Ayres' No 34b Two Pieces for Cello and Ensemble.

    Presented by Alwynne Pritchard and Sarah Walker

    Huddersfield Festival 2004 - Part 120041204

    Sarah Walker presents the first of a series of H&Ns recorded at this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    One of Britain's foremost contemporary ensembles The Smith Quartet feature music by Kevin Volans including his celebrated African inspired 2nd Quartet, Hunter:Gathering and the world premiere of his 9th String Quartet commissioned by the BBC.

    The programme also features music for two pianos performed by Nicolas Hodges and Rolf Hinds.

    Graham Fitkin: Servant

    Michael Finnisy: Wild Flowers

    Kevin Volans: String Quartet No 9

    Howard Skempton: Catch

    Per Norgard: Unendlicher Empfang

    Kevin Volans: String Quartet No 2 - Hunter: Gathering.

    Huddersfield Festival 2004 - Part 220041211

    Sarah Walker is at this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for the world premiere of a new BBC commission from Howard Skempton, performed by the Smith Quartet, and the UK debut appearance of the 'Avant-Funk' Norwegian based Poing Trio, who present new works by Maja Ratkje and Danish born Karsten Fundal.

    Kevin Volans: String Quartet No 1 - White Man Sleeps

    Maja Ratkje: Essential Extensions

    Howard Skempton: New work

    Maja Ratkje: New work

    Arvo Part: Summa

    Karsten Fundal: New work

    Steve Reich: Different Trains.

    Huddersfield Festival 2004 - Part 320041218

    In this, the third programme from this years' Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, Sarah Walker presents the premiere of a new work by Rebecca Saunders performed by Rolf Hind and Nicholas Hodges (pianos) and the UK premiere of works by the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas performed by Ensemble Recherche.

    Rebecca Saunders: New Work

    James Dillon: Black/Nebulae

    Beat Furrer: Und irgendwo fern, sehr fern

    Rolf Hind, Nicholas Hodges (pianos)

    Georg Friedrich Haas: Nach-Ruf...

    ent-gleitend

    Rebecca Saunders: Duo 3

    Rebecca Saunders: The Under-side of Green

    Georg Friedrich Haas: tria ex uno (nach Josquin des Prés)

    Ensemble Recherche.

    Huddersfield Festival 2004 - Part 420041225

    Sarah Walker presents a programme of music from this year's Huddersfield festival, including the world premiere of a Hudderfield commission by English composer Joanna Bailie and UK premieres of works by Rolf Wallin, Michel van der Aa and Klas Torstensson.

    Rebecca Saunders: dichroic seventeen

    Musikfabrik

    Marco Blaauw (trumpet)

    Richard Baker (conductor)

    Rolf Wallin: Phonotope II

    Poing Trio

    Michel van der Aa: Here

    Klas Torstensson: Lantern Lectures III

    Asko Ensemble.

    Huddersfield Festival 2004 - Part 520050108

    Sarah Walker's profiles featured composers Rebecca Saunders and the iconoclastic Richard Ayres.

    Musikfabrik perform Saunders' Quartet and are joined by conductor Richard Baker and trumpeter Marco Blaauw for Ayres' No 31, and the Asko Ensemble and the Exaudi Vocal Ensemble conducted by Roland Kluttig perform No 33, the cantata "Valentine Tragashian Considers..." and No 36, the Noncerto for horn.

    Huddersfield Festival 2004 - Part 620050115

    In the last of the programmes featuring music from this year's Huddersfield Festival, Sarah Walker presents works by Dutch composer Richard Rijnvos performed by the Asko Ensemble and the Ives Ensemble, from whom he acts as Artistic advisor.

    Rijnvos: Mappamondo; Block Beuys.

    Hugh Wood20120616

    Robert Worby presents composer Hugh Wood's 80th birthday concert recorded recently at the Bath Festival. Also includes 20x12 commissions by Emily Howard, Michael Wolters and David Bruce.

    Hugh Wood

    b 27 June 1932

    Horn Trio

    Pirani Trio

    String Quartet No 2

    Piatti Quartet

    New Work for solo piano (BBC Commission - world premiere)

    Joanna MacGregor (piano)

    20x12

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    Emily Howard - Zatopek!

    commissioned by Second Movement

    Michael Wolters - The Voyage

    commissioned by Stan's Cafe

    David Bruce - Fire

    commissioned by The Opera Group.

    If Festival 200620060318

    Alwynne Pritchard presents a concert from the IF Festival in London.

    It's a showcase for interactive electronics using MAX software, with new works by John Croft and Peter Wiegold for cellist Matthew Barley.

    Plus, a major work by Philippe Manoury, one of the world's leading authorities on electronic music.

    His piece En Echo will be sung by soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac.

    Improvisation In Modern Classical Music20080301

    Alwynne Pritchard explores the world of improvisation and its role in contemporary classical music, in a discussion with composer Richard Barrett and writer John L Walters.

    The programme includes a recorded studio session by Elliott Sharp and Christian Marclay.

    Sharp/Marclay: Improvisation

    Elliott Sharp (guitar, soprano saxophone, electronics)

    Christian Marclay (turntables, electronics)

    Barrett: Adrift

    Sarah Nicolls (piano)

    Richard Barrett (electronics)

    Tchaikovsky, arr.

    Oswald: Violin Concerto

    Jon Rose (violin)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Bailey, arr.

    Burn: Three

    Rhodri Davies (harp)

    Angharad Davies (violin)

    Nikos Veliotis (cello).

    International Electroacoustic Survey20070825

    Robert Worby reports from the EMS Network conference of electroacoustic music in Leicester, talks to visiting composers and introduces highlights from the concerts, including established masters Francois Bayle, Denis Smalley and Katherine Norman, and newer names Diana Simpson and composer collective nerve8.

    International Rostrum Of Composers20030906

    In the first of two editions looking at recent festivals, Ivan Hewett and Philip Tagney discuss the International Rostrum of Composers held in Vienna last May, and introduce some of the best pieces submitted by radio stations from around the world, including pieces by Gyula Bankovi, Damian Barbeler, Deirdre Gribbin, Perttu Haapanen, Johannes-Maria Staud and this year's Selected Work, Hanna Kulenty: Trumpet Concerto.

    International Women's Day20150307

    On the eve of this year's International Women's Day, Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces an all-female edition featuring a concert by rarescale, the ensemble founded by alto flute player Carla Rees and which specializes in contemporary repertoire for low flutes. Tonight's programme also includes works by two of the young composers selected for the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Inspire competition; and in this week's Composers' Rooms, we visit the home studio of Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music.

    Kaja Bjorntvedt: Skye Light

    Sungji Hong: Black Arrow

    Elizabeth Winters: Image Unfolding

    Karen Gourlay: Dreamscape

    Shiva Feshareki: she cried

    Eve Beglarian: Until It Blazes

    Kaija Saariaho: Spins and Spells

    Pauline Oliveros: Bye Bye Butterfly

    Sophie Viney: Sonatina in 7 and 5 (World Premiere)

    rarescale

    Recorded at The Forge, London, last October

    Grace Mason: The Bitter Cut for viola and ensemble

    Matthias Wiesner (viola)

    Members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Michael Seal (conductor)

    Lucinda Rimmer: Felucca on the Nile for cello and ensemble

    Clare Hinton (cello)

    Duncan Ward (conductor)

    @bbcradio3 #womensday.

    Inventions Day - 120050416

    Alwynne Pritchard presents the first of two programmes recorded at the recent Inventions Day at London's South Bank Centre.

    The London Sinfonietta conducted by David Porcelijn and the BBC Singers conducted by James Morgan perform works by young British composers mixed with three pieces by one of the UK's leading middle-generation figures, David Sawer; Cats Eye, Sounds, and the UK premiere of Rebus.

    Plus, Peter Maxwell Davies introduces and conducts the BBC Philharmonic in his Cross Lane Fair.

    Inventions Day - 220050423

    Alwynne Pritchard presents the second of two programmes recorded at the recent Inventions Day at London's South Bank Centre.

    The London Sinfonietta performs works by young British composers, mixed with three pieces by one of the UK's leading middle-generation figures.

    Simon Holt: Brief Candles, The Coroner's Report and Eco-pavan.

    Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)

    Rolf Hind (piano)

    Anssi Karttunen (cello)

    David Porcelijn (conductor)

    Plus, a performance from last year's Inventions Day of Symphonia by Brian Herrington, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, performed by the London Sinfonietta conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

    Inventions: Ferneyhough In Focus20040403

    Alwynne Pritchard reports from the London Sinfonietta's 'Inventions: Ferneyhough in Focus' day from February.

    Martyn Brabbins conducts three of Brian Ferneyhough's scores covering some twenty years: Carceri d'Invenzione I, Incipits and the UK premiere of Seven Tableaux Vivants Representing the Angel of History as Melancholia (with Roderick Williams as narrator).

    There's also music by Richard Barrett and a world premiere by SPNM shortlisted composer Tazul Tajuddin whose inspiration came from the same Piranesi etchings which inspired Ferneyhough's Carceri cycle.

    Italians - Part One20041009

    Ivan Hewett presents the first of two weeks focusing on Italian music.

    Tonight, abstract Modernist works of the 1960s are contrasted with the younger generation.

    Aldo Clementi: Ideogrammi 1

    Mauro Cardi: Effetto Notte

    Aldo Clementi: Ideogrammi 2

    Luciano Berio: Serenata 1

    Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales

    Kenneth Woods (conductor)

    Paolo Furlani: Il Raconto di Calliope

    Ensemble Freon

    Jacopo Baboni Schilingi: Il Colore del Blu

    Arditti Quartet.

    Italians - Part Two20041016

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zsolt Nagy complete Hear and Now's look at Italian composers with a Studio Concert of Sciarrino and those who have come after him, featuring three UK premieres.

    Presented by Alwynne Pritchard.

    Ivan Fedele: Epos (UKP)

    Fausto Romitelli: Audiodrome (UKP)

    Salvatore Sciarrino: Caprices for solo violin (selection) Mieko Kanno (violin)

    Luca Francesconi: Wanderer (UKP).

    Italians And French20070811

    Ivan Hewett presents a studio concert of French and Italian works performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Pascal Rophe.

    They share the bill with two of Marco Stroppa's delicate piano miniatures performed by Rolf Hind.

    Pascal Dusapin: Exeo (Solo No 5 for Orchestra)

    Bruno Mantovani: Time stretch (on Gesualdo)

    BBC SO

    Pascal Rophé (conductor)

    Marco Stroppa: Innige Cavatina; Tangata Manu (Miniature Estrosse Book 1)

    Rolf Hind (piano)

    Luca Francesconi: Cobalt, Scarlet: Two Colours of Dawn

    Pascal Rophé.

    James Dillon Birthday Concert20100501

    The 60th birthday of one of Scotland's most important composers, James Dillon, is celebrated in this concert, specially recorded at City Halls, Glasgow and presented by Ivan Hewett.

    Claude Viver: Orion

    Elliott Carter: Adagio tenebroso

    James Dillon: Siorram

    Scott Dickinson (viola)

    James Dillon: Via Sacra

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

    Ivan Hewett presents orchestral music by Claude Vivier, Elliott Carter and James Dillon.

    James Dillon, Hector Parra, Morton Feldman - 2014 Huddersfield Festival20150124

    Presented by Robert Worby, featuring music by James Dillon, including a World Premiere of his new work Physis, and works by Hector Parra and Morton Feldman, all recorded at the 2014 Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music.

    Plus the Arditti Quartet play Brian Ferneyhough's 3rd String Quartet, and in Composers' Rooms Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits the Berlin home of the young German composer Tom Rojo Poller.

    James Dillon: Andromeda

    Noriko Kawai (piano); BBC SSO; Steve Schick (conductor)

    Hector Parra: L'absencia (UK Premiere recording)

    BBC SSO; Steve Schick (conductor)

    James Dillon: Physis (World Premiere recording)

    Brian Ferneyhough: String Quartet No 3

    Arditti Quartet

    Morton Feldman: Piano Four Hands

    John Tilbury, Philip Thomas (piano).

    James Dillon/jonathan Harvey20100130

    Robert Worby introduces new music for violin and for string quartet, in conversation with virtuoso violinist Irvine Arditti of the Arditti Quartet.

    The string quartet is often said to be one of the most challenging mediums to write for, and anyone attempting it today is standing on the shoulders of giants, going back to Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn.

    But James Dillon and Jonathan Harvey can certainly claim authority in this medium, each of them having written several substantial string quartets, and their latest quartets are featured in this programme, with Dillon's new quartet recorded here in its very first performance, from the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Harvey's fourth quartet, recorded at the same event, extends the medium with a virtuosic electronic part, transforming the string sounds and projecting them to all corners of the concert hall. As the composer describes it, "All sorts of psychic metamorphoses are undergone by the string sound; it seems to enter into spaces like the centre of the earth..."

    The programme also includes Harvey's Scena for violin and orchestra, in which the solo violin takes on a dramatic role like an operatic singer; and Hilda Paredes' violin solo in memory of another violinist, Thomas Kakuska.

    Hilda Paredes: In Memoriam Thomas Kakuska

    Irvine Arditti (violin)

    James Dillon: String Quartet no.5 (World Premiere)

    the Arditti Quartet

    Jonathan Harvey: Scena

    Elizabeth Layton (violin)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

    Jonathan Harvey: String Quartet no.4

    James Dillon/jonathan Harvey *20100130

    Robert Worby introduces new music for violin and for string quartet, in conversation with virtuoso violinist Irvine Arditti of the Arditti Quartet.

    The string quartet is often said to be one of the most challenging mediums to write for, and anyone attempting it today is standing on the shoulders of giants, going back to Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn.

    But James Dillon and Jonathan Harvey can certainly claim authority in this medium, each of them having written several substantial string quartets, and their latest quartets are featured in this programme, with Dillon's new quartet recorded here in its very first performance, from the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Harvey's fourth quartet, recorded at the same event, extends the medium with a virtuosic electronic part, transforming the string sounds and projecting them to all corners of the concert hall.

    As the composer describes it, All sorts of psychic metamorphoses are undergone by the string sound; it seems to enter into spaces like the centre of the earth..."

    The programme also includes Harvey's Scena for violin and orchestra, in which the solo violin takes on a dramatic role like an operatic singer; and Hilda Paredes' violin solo in memory of another violinist, Thomas Kakuska.

    Hilda Paredes: In Memoriam Thomas Kakuska

    Irvine Arditti (violin)

    James Dillon: String Quartet no.5 (World Premiere)

    the Arditti Quartet

    Jonathan Harvey: Scena

    Elizabeth Layton (violin)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

    Jonathan Harvey: String Quartet no.4

    New music by James Dillon and Jonathan Harvey played by the Arditti Quartet.".

    James Dillon's Nine Rivers20101211

    In this very special edition of Hear and Now celebrating the 60th birthday of influential Scottish composer James Dillon, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Steven Schick and BBC Singers perform the world premiere of James Dillon's seminal cycle, Nine Rivers.

    Conducted by Jessica Cottis, Simon Joly, and Steven Schick, with sound projection by Carl Faia, Ian Dearden and William Brent, and video projection by Ross Karre.

    It is scored for a mix of forces and electronics, and lasts over 3 hours.

    It was written between 1982 and 1999 and the cycle of nine works draw on a web of many different influences and connections to form an ever-changing flow of musical consciousness.

    It is divided into three parts, and performed in the City Halls in Glasgow; Part One in the Grand Hall, Part Two for solo percussion, in the Fruit Market, and Part Three in the Grand Hall again.

    The nine works in order are: Part 1: East 11th St NY 10003 (1982), L'ECRAN parfum (1988), Viriditas (1994), La femme invisible (1989); Part 2: La coupure (1989-2000); Part 3: L'ouvre au noir (1990), Eileadh squaibe (1990), Introitus (1989-1990), Oceanos (1985-1996).

    Presented by Tom Service.

    Tom Service presents the world premiere of James Dillon's epic cycle Nine Rivers.

    James Macmillan20140222

    Sara Mohr-pietsch introduces a recent concert of works by James MacMillan, in conversation with the composer at his home in Glasgow. MacMillan himself conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a programme which includes world premieres of two recently rediscovered early orchestral works, Symphonic Study and The Keening, and the concert's centrepiece is his violin concerto, A Deep but Dazzling Darkness, featuring the BBC SSO's leader Laura Samuel.

    Symphonic Study (World Premiere)

    For Sonny (World Premiere of new arrangement)

    A Deep but Dazzling Darkness for solo violin, ensemble and tape (Scottish Premiere)

    Exsultet for brass quintet

    The Keening (World Premiere)

    Laura Samuel - violin

    James MacMillan - conductor

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Recorded at City Halls, Glasgow.

    Jane Manning *20100306

    From the sixties to the present day, Jane Manning continues to be an inspiration for successive generations of composers and performers.

    With the help of forty years of recordings and contributions from those who have written for and worked with the iconic soprano, Ivan Hewett talks to Manning about her achievement.

    Including music recorded with her group Jane's Minstrels at the Purcell Room last month.

    Brian Elias

    Peroration (conclusion) (2:42)

    Jane Manning

    CD: NMC D025, tr.

    7

    Elizabeth Lutyens

    The Valley of Hatsu-Se (Op.

    62) (beginning) (4:45)

    Jane Manning (soprano)

    Jane's Minstrels

    Robert Manasse (flute)

    Dov Goldberg (clarinet)

    Adrian Bradbury (cello)

    Dominic Saunders (piano)

    Roger Montgomery (conductor)

    Harrison Birtwistle

    Nenia: The Death of Orpheus (excerpt) (2:14)

    The Matrix

    Alan Hacker (director)

    CD: SRCD.306, tr.

    3

    Judith Weir

    King Harald's Saga, Act 3 (exceprt) (1:38)

    CD: Novello Records NVLCD109, tr.

    18

    Anthony Payne

    Scenes from the Woodlanders (excerpt) (3:00)

    Jane's Minstrels/Roger Montgomery

    CD: NMC D130, tr.

    2

    Horn Trio (broadcast premiere) (16:25)

    Roger Montgomery (horn)

    Susanne Stanzeleit (violin)

    Dai Fujikura

    Love Excerpt (world premiere) (3:34)

    David Sawer

    Caravan (world premiere) (3:31)

    Dov Goldberg (bass clarinet)

    Philip Neil Martin

    Window (world premiere) (2:14)

    Marina Gillam (violin)

    James MacMillan

    The Beneficiaries (world premiere) (0:57)

    Deirdre Gribbin

    Are you the Dream Catcher? (world premiere) (8:00)

    Colin Matthews

    Marginalia (world premiere) (3:27)

    Jane Manning and Marina Gillam (voices)

    Robert Manasse (alto flute)

    Cheryl Frances-Hoad

    Don't ! (world premiere) (2:46)

    Robert Manasse (piccolo)

    Personal Stereo (excerpt) (1:45)

    Jane Manning (soprano) + tape

    Richard Rodney Bennett

    Nightpiece (excerpt) (3:25)

    Arnold Schoenberg

    Der Kranke Mond (from Pierrot Lunaire) (2:14)

    Vesuvius Ensemble

    CD: Forum FRC 9016 tr.

    Olivier Messiaen

    L'amour de Piroutcha (from Harawi) (3:28)

    David Miller (piano)

    CD: Unicorn-Kanchana DPK(CD)9034

    Ivan Hewett talks to iconic soprano Jane Manning about her inspirational career.

    (BBC archive, rec.

    1972)

    1996)

    (rec.

    Purcell Room 25.02.10)

    (text: Les Murray)

    (text: Rainer Maria Rilke)

    (text: Blanche Ebbutt “Don't for Wives”)

    (text: Harry Ross)

    (text: Hugo Ball)

    (text: Sir Joshua Reynold's “Discourses” with annotations by William Blake).

    Jelly Rolls Up20050122

    Alwynne Pritchard presents a concert recorded last November as part of the London Jazz Festival.

    The genius of legendary jazz pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton is the impetus for new compositions and improvisations by Matthew Bourne, Frederic Rzewski, Michael Finnissy and Philip Clark, all performed by Alex Ward (clarinets), Mary Oliver (violin), Ian Pace (piano) and Han Bennink (percussion).

    Jeremy Dale Roberts20130907

    Ivan Hewett talks to Jeremy Dale Roberts about his music before introducing the world premiere performance of his new String Quintet. It was written in homage to his teacher Priaulx Rainier and inspired by, amongst other things, the Frieze of Life paintings by Edvard Munch and Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.

    Jeremy Dale Roberts: The Dancer on the Shore

    Kreutzer Quartet

    Bridget MacRae (cello)

    Recorded at Wilton's Music Hall in London in May

    Also in the programme are Jeremy Dale Roberts's Winter Music and his Oggetti - Ommaggio a Morandi.

    John Buller Tribute20041113

    In the wake of John Buller's death in September, Ivan Hewett revisits an archive portrait of the composer originally broadcast in 1976 in which John Buller talks about his fascination with literary themes, notably the work of James Joyce and Dante.

    Around it, two other works based on classical literature.

    Of Three Shakespeare Sonnets

    Sarah Walker (soprano)

    Nash Ensemble

    Lionel Friend (conductor)

    Finnegan's Floras

    Poor Jenny

    Scribenery

    Le Terrazze

    London Sinfonietta

    Thames Chamber Choir

    Louis Halsey and Gilbert Amy (conductors)

    Proença

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Mark Elder (conductor).

    John Cage20120915

    Robert Worby introduces music by John Cage, performed by Ilan Volkov with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, recorded as part of Glasgow's Merchant City Festival in July. And from the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Philip Thomas and Lore Lixenberg are the soloists in She Is Asleep, an early Cage work for voice, prepared piano and percussion. Plus in the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, Ivan Hewett nominates Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag's Officium Breve in memoriam Andreae Szervanszky for string quartet. With commentary from writer Paul Griffiths.

    John Cage: ear for EAR (Antiphonies); Concerto for Prepared Piano; Improvisation III

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and guest musicians

    Ilan Volkov (conductor); John Tilbury (piano)

    Gyorgy Kurtag: Officium Breve in memoriam Andreae Szervanszky

    Keller Quartet

    John Cage: She Is Asleep

    Lore Lixenberg (voice); Philip Thomas (piano)

    University of Huddersfield Percussion Ensemble.

    John Corigliano, Stephen Mcneff, Colin Matthews, Brett Dean20131026

    Ivan Hewett introduces a Beethoven-themed programme from the Royal Northern College of Music's 21st-Century Beethoven festival, with works by Stephen McNeff, John Corigliano, Colin Matthews and Brett Dean (performed by the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Clark Rundell). Plus a recorded performance of Clarence Barlow's Variazioni e un pianoforte meccanico for pianist and player piano, played by John Snijders.

    John Corigliano: Fantasia on an ostinato

    Stephen McNeff: Heiligenstadt

    Colin Matthews: Grand Barcarolle

    Brett Dean: Testament

    BBC Philharmonic

    Clark Rundell (conductor)

    Clarence Barlow: Variazioni e un pianoforte meccanico

    John Snijders (player piano).

    Ivan Hewett with music by John Corigliano, Stephen McNeff, Colin Matthews and Brett Dean.

    John Tavener20140104

    At the Manchester International Festival in July 2013, the BBC Philharmonic gave a concert of music by John Tavener, including three world premieres - some of the last music he composed before his death in November at the age of 69. In tonight's Hear and Now the concert is presented by Tom Service in conversation with Judith Weir - as an aspiring teenage composer in the early 1970s, Weir had lessons from Tavener, who lived nearby. And we'll also hear from Tavener himself, in archive interviews.

    John Tavener: Love Duet from The Play of Krishna (World Premiere)

    Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano),

    John Mark Ainsley (tenor).

    Mahámátar

    Abida Parveen (voice),

    Manchester International Festival Sacred Sounds Choir.

    If Ye Love Me (World Premiere)

    MIF Sacred Sounds Choir.

    In Alium

    The Death of Ivan Ilyich (World Premiere)

    Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone),

    Steven Isserlis (cello).

    BBC Philharmonic

    Tecwyn Evans (conductor).

    John Tilbury At 7020060422

    To celebrate pianist John Tilbury's 70th birthday, Robert Worby talks to Tilbury about his long career in New Music, improvisation and more recently in Samuel Beckett's theatrical works.

    The programme includes John's recordings of music by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Cornelius Cardew and Howard Skempton, as well as an improvisation with drummer Eddie Prevost, and Beckett's Rough For Radio 1.

    John Zorn Birthday Concert20130112

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Tom Service introduce a concert given earlier this evening in Glasgow by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra celebrating the 60th birthday of the American composer John Zorn, including the world premiere of a BBC Commission, Suppôts et Suppliciations.

    John Zorn: Orchestral Variations

    John Zorn: La Machine de l'être (Allison Bell, soprano)

    John Zorn: Suppôts et Suppliciations (BBC Commission, world premiere)

    John Zorn: Kol Nidre

    John Zorn: Aporias (Stephen Drury piano; members of the Choristers of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov.

    John Zorn Weekend - 200620060916

    Tom Service introduces a concert from the Barbican's recent John Zorn weekend, and talks to Robert Sandall about Zorn's interest in the dark writings of Aleister Crowley.

    Zorn: Evocation of a Neophyte and How the Secrets of the Black Arts were Revealed unto Her by the Demon Baphomet (BBC commission; first performance)

    Synergy Vocals

    London Sinfonietta

    Brad Lubman (conductor)

    Iannis Xenakis: Metastasis

    Morton Feldman: In Search of an Orchestration

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Nicholas Kok (conductor)

    Zorn: Moonchild

    Mike Patton (vocalist)

    Trevor Dunn (bass)

    Joey Baron (drums).

    Jonathan Harvey - 120120128

    The first of two programmes celebrating one of Britain's greatest living composers, Jonathan Harvey whose haunting, spiritual and ecstatic music embraces the ideas of both East and West. Recorded at the Barbican's 'Total Immersion' event and presented by Tom Service in conversation with Jonathan Cross

    Calling Across Time

    Guildhall Symphony Orchestra

    Richard Baker, conductor

    Marahi

    Forms of Emptiness

    BBC Singers

    David Hill, conductor

    Madonna of Winter and Spring

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Martyn Brabbins, conductor.

    Jonathan Harvey - 220120204

    The second of two programmes celebrating one of Britain's greatest living composers, Jonathan Harvey. In music ranging from unaccompanied voices to full orchestra, Harvey explores his deep interest in different spiritual traditions, devising ever-new soundworlds that are yet rooted in ancient fundamentals. Recorded last week at the BBC's 'Total Immersion' weekend at the Barbican and presented by Tom Service in conversation with Richard Baker.

    Tranquil Abiding

    Songs of Li Po

    Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano)

    Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Baker

    Come Holy Ghost

    BBC Singers conducted by David Hill

    Body Mandala

    Messages

    BBC Symphony Chorus

    BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins

    Sound Intermedia (sound projection).

    Tom Service celebrates the music of Jonathan Harvey. Including Tranquil Abiding.

    Jonathan Harvey, Walter Murch20120428

    Tom Service introduces two contrasting vocal works by one of the UK's leading composers.

    Jonathan Harvey: Song Offerings

    Claire Booth, soprano

    Nash Ensemble

    Lionel Friend, conductor

    Jonathan Harvey: Summer Clouds Awakening

    Latvian Radio Choir/James Wood

    Jonathan Harvey (electronics), Carl Faia (electronics), Clive Williamson (synthesizer), Ilona Meija (flute) and Arne Deforce (cello)

    And in the latest instalment of the 'Hear and Now Fifty', the American film editor and sound designer Walter Murch nominates 'Symphonie pour un homme seul' by Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, music he first heard on the radio as a schoolboy and which influenced his subsequent work in the field of film sound. Author and journalist Rob Young puts the work in context of post-war Paris and Schaeffer's early experiments at French Radio which led to the birth of musique concrete.

    Tom Service presents Jonathan Harvey's Song Offerings and Summer Clouds Awakening.

    Jonathan Harvey's Glasgow Trilogy20140503

    Featuring a celebration of the English composer Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012), who would have been 75 today. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch in conversation with Professor Jonathan Cross of Oxford University.

    Harvey: Body Mandala; Speakings;... towards a pure land

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

    Conductor Ilan Volkov.

    Hear and Now Fifty

    Harvey: Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco

    Composers' Rooms: Tansy Davies

    Nonesuch at Fifty

    Wuorinen: Time's Encomium

    In 2005-8, as Composer in Association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Harvey composed a trilogy of works for the orchestra and their then Chief Conductor Ilan Volkov. This Glasgow Trilogy was first heard together in the planned order of performance at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival, and it's a recording of that performance that you can hear tonight, There's also a second chance to hear the Hear and Now Fifty feature on Harvey's most famous work - Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco.

    Continuing her series of visits to Composers' Rooms, Sara Mohr-Pietsch travels to Kent, and the Georgian home studio of Tansy Davies.

    And the second work in Hear and Now's series celebrating the fiftieth birthday of the Nonesuch record label is another electronic classic: Time's Encomium (1968-69) by Charles Wuorinen, commissioned by Nonesuch especially for LP, which in 1970 became the first electronic work to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

    Kagel - The Pieces Of The Compass Rose20130824

    Robert Worby presents a rare performance of one of the most remarkable works by the Argentinian-born German composer Mauricio Kagel, The Pieces of the Compass Rose, a set of eight pieces scored for salon orchestra and named after the points of the compass: North, South, East, West, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. The performance by the London Sinfonietta - including an array of approximately 45 percussion instruments, including cushions, branches and a log and axe - took place at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in June, with conductor Thierry Fischer, who also talks about the pieces. And throughout the programme you can also hear the ever-stimulating thoughts of Kagel himself, from various BBC interviews recorded before his death in 2008.

    Kaiku - A Celebration Of Finnish Music20040612

    As part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's celebratory weekend of all things Finnish, John Storgårds conducts Avanti! plus soprano Anu Komsi and accordionist Veli Kujala in a programme of chamber music.

    Jouni Kaipainen: Two Arias from The Miracle of Constanze

    Aarre Merikanto: 'Schott' Concerto

    Tapio Tuomela: Virvatulia (Feux Follets)

    Paavo Heininen: Musique d'eté

    Esa-Pekka Salonen: Floof (Songs of a Homeostatic Homer)

    Later, Hear and Now visits a piano recital given by Tuija Hakkila, featuring Sonata No 4 'Epyllion II' by Usko Meriläinen.

    Kammer Klang20160319

    Presented by Robert Worby, featuring performances of new, experimental and improvised music, recorded at an event curated by Kammer Klang at London's Cafe OTO in February. The new music ensemble Distractfold perform music by Rebecca Saunders, Lee Fraser and Michelle Lou, and the improvising trio Oscilanz interpret the music of 12th century mystic Hildegard Von Bingen.

    Louis d?Heudieres: Laughter Studies

    Juliet Fraser, Jennifer Walshe (vocalists)

    Rebecca Saunders: Vermilion

    Distractfold - Roc�o Bola�os (clarinet), Alice Purton (cello), Daniel Brew (electric guitar)

    Lee Fraser: Stheno (electroacoustic work)

    Distractfold

    Michelle Lou: Untitled three part construction

    Distractfold - Alice Purton (amplified cello), Linda Jankowska, Emma Richards (objects)

    Improvisation: Zinzia - Parts I, II and III

    Oscilanz - Laura Cannell (fiddle and recorders), Ralph Cumbers (trombone and electronics), Charles Hayward (drums).

    Kammer Klang20160416

    Tom McKinney presents the latest Kammer Klang-curated night of contemporary music at London's Cafe Oto, showcasing the work of Michael Finnissy and electronic composer John Wall. Also tonight, more from last month's London EAR Festival, and another chance to hear Sarah Walker's Essay on English experimental composer John White who turned 80 earlier this month.

    John Wall Cphon (2005)

    Ruaidhrí Mannion and Antoine Françoise - Hommage without permission (2016), for piano and electronics

    Michael Finnissy: Above Earth's Shadow (1985) for solo violin and ensemble

    Oscar Perks (solo violin)

    Perks Ensemble

    Mark Knoop (conductor)

    John Wall: Untitled

    John Wall (live electronics)

    Hannes Dufek: band/linie/horizont lb (UK premiere)

    Jaime Wolfson (piano, radio, dictaphones).

    Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)20071215

    Robert Worby presents a special programme in memory of Karlheinz Stockhausen, who died on the 5th December, and introduces a selection of music from his earliest to his most recent works.

    Kathryn Tickell20110723

    Traditional musician Kathryn Tickell performs world premieres of new music based on Northumbrian folk tunes by composers Howard Skempton, Peter Maxwell Davies and Michael Finnissy.

    Recorded at the 2011 Bath Festival, the programme features world premiere performances of three BBC commissions, inspired by the traditional music of the North East of England, and each taken in new directions by some of the UKs most respected composers.

    Kathryn Tickell is a traditional Northumbrian piper, and as well as performing the new works, plays traditional tunes and her own compositions on the Northumbrian pipes and fiddle.

    Sara Mohr Pietsch travels to Kathryn's rural home in Northumbria to meet her and find out what inspired this melding of traditional tunes and contemporary composition.

    Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes and fiddle)

    Joanna MacGregor (piano)

    Navarra Quartet

    Traditional repertoire from Northumbria and the Highlands, alongside:

    Howard Skempton - Here's the Tender Coming (world premiere / BBC commission)

    Peter Maxwell Davies - Hadrian's Villa, Hadrian's Wall (world premiere / BBC commission)

    Michael Finnissy - A-lang Felton Lonnen (world premiere / BBC commission)

    Alasdair Nicolson: Songs and Drones for the Harp Tree.

    Traditional musician Kathryn Tickell performs new works based on Northumbrian folk tunes.

    Knussen And Ryan Wigglesworth From The Bbc Sso20151024

    Ivan Hewett presents a programme which juxtaposes contemporary 'classics' by Oliver Knussen with more recent works by Ryan Wigglesworth. The works tonight were inspired by, amongst many other things, the mysterious puzzle canons of a sixteenth century composer, Frederick Leighton's picture Orpheus and Eurydice, a libretto by Maurice Sendak and the lyric capabilities of the violin.

    Oliver Knussen

    Flourish with Fireworks

    Music for a Puppet Court (Puzzle pieces for 2 chamber orchestras)

    Songs and a Sea Interlude from Where the Wild Things Are

    Ryan Wigglesworth

    Violin Concerto

    Augenlieder

    Etudes-Tableaux

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Laura Samuel (violin)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

    recorded at City Halls Glasgow earlier this month.

    Knussen, Bedford, Turnage *20090919

    Zoe Martlew presents a concert of all-British music, which also includes a dramatic monologue.

    Dietmar Wiesner (flute)

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Knussen: Music for a Puppet Court

    Luke Bedford: Outblaze the Sky

    Mark-Anthony Turnage: From All Sides

    Samuel Beckett: Not I (performed by Fiona Shaw)

    Mark Anthony Turnage: Five Views of a Mouth (BBC Commission - first performance)

    Plus a report on John Wynne's new sound installation at Beaconsfield Gallery, featuring an old pianola and 300 abandoned hi-fi speakers.

    Zoe Martlew presents the BBC SSO performing music by Knussen, Bedford and Turnage.

    Kurt Schwertsik20100403

    Ivan Hewett interviews Viennese composer Kurt Schwertsik, a man who studied under Kagel and Stockhausen but turned his back on the astringent modernism of Darmstadt to follow his own musical path, with a belief in the inherent validity of tonality and a firm desire to discover new musical textures.

    Kurt Schwertsik:

    in keltischer Manier...

    Concerto for Alphorn and Small Orchestra op.

    27 (12:40)

    Nury Guarnaschelli (alphorn)

    Deutsche Radiophilharmonie

    Michael Sanderling (conductor)

    Kurt Schwertsik: Irdische Klange cycle

    Irdische Klange Symphony op.37 (17:00)

    Uluru op.64 (17:36)

    Funf Naturstucke op.45 (15:36)

    Mit den Riesenstiefeln op.60 (5:21)

    BBC Philharmonic

    H.K.

    Gruber (conductor).

    Ivan Hewett presents the music of Viennese composer Kurt Schwertsik.

    Lachenmann And Rihm20070106

    Tom Service introduces recent music by two of Germany's leading composers, recorded in concert last Autumn, and talks to Helmut Lachenmann about the developments in his music between the 1980s and today.

    Lachenmann: Mouvement (vor der Erstarrung); Concertini

    London Sinfonietta

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    Rihm: Two Other Movements

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor).

    Laurence Crane, Off The Page20110326

    Ed McKeon presents a concert celebrating the 50th birthday of one of England's most distinctive composers.

    Laurence Crane Weirdi

    Laurence Crane Piano Piece no.23 'Ethiopian Distance Runners'

    Laurence Crane Octet

    Ensemble Plus-Minus

    Plus a report from Off The Page, the UK's first literary festival for music, held in Whitstable last month.

    Laurence Crane's music is minimal but also drolly humorous.

    His early piece Weirdi is a set of five songs, to his own surreal and anecdotal texts, for soprano, with clarinet, cello and piano.

    It includes a song about a "new music weirdo" who "likes Donatoni", and another about seeing the violinist Alexander Balanescu in Safeways buying organic broccoli.

    Piano Piece No.23, 'Ethiopian Distance Runners' is his first long work for his own instrument.

    It is a slow, quiet work with an intense concentration that might suggest the mental state of the long-distance runner.

    The Octet is scored for the intriguing line-up of violin, cello, electric guitar, clarinet and bass clarinet, accordion, electric organ, piano and homemade percussion, creating a richly harmonic sound-world.

    This concert by Anglo-Belgian ensemble Plus-Minus was recorded at Kings Place in London last month.

    Writing about music is notoriously difficult, because music is often abstract and operates beyond words.

    But good writers can illuminate the experience of listening to music, and this was explored by Off The Page, the UK's first literary festival for music, held in Whitstable last month.

    Ed McKeon attended and discussed ways of writing about music with participants, including editor of The Wire magazine, Rob Young, writer and conceptual artist Kodwo Eshun, and composer, performer and writer David Toop.

    Ed McKeon presents a concert of Laurence Crane's music, featuring Ensemble Plus-Minus.

    Laurence Tompkins, Toshio Hosokawa, Charles Amirkhanian20150117

    Ivan Hewett presents a recording of a concert given last month as part of the Manchester-based ddmmyy series and including brand new music by Laurence Tompkins. And we celebrate the 70th birthday of electro-acoustic composer and sound poet Charles Amirkhanian.

    Larry Goves: A glimpse of the sea in a fold of the hills

    Laurence Tompkins: Dear Dope/Meeting Point (world premiere)

    Laurence Crane: Octet

    Sam Ridout: Tackte: II and III

    Jack Bailey (cello)

    Dave Bainbridge (banjo, electric guitar)

    Aaron Breeze (piano, organ, sampler)

    Emily Mowbray (violin)

    Marcus Norman (clarinet, bass clarinet)

    Tim Rathbone (viola)

    Tom Rose (electronics)

    Jack Sheen (percussion, conductor)

    Harry Fausing Smith (accordion)

    Jack Stone (percussion)

    Kathryn Williams (alto flute, bass flute)

    Recorded at the RNCM Carole Nash Recital Room, Manchester

    Charles Amirkhanian: Walking Tune - A Room-Music for Percy Grainger (1986-7)

    Charles Amirkhanian (electronics, synthesizer)

    Elizabeth Baker (violin).

    Ldnsnf_40 *20081213

    From the Royal Festival Hall's Spirit Level, Ivan Hewett introduces an event to mark the fortieth anniversary of the London Sinfonietta, LDNSNF_40, featuring performances of specially-commissioned 'Sinfonietta Short' - solo and duo chamber pieces from Dai Fujikura, Mira Calix, Anna Meredith, Harrison Birtwistle and John Woolrich.

    Plus a chance to hear new works by Christian Mason, Larry Goves and Claudia Molitor from a concert given earlier this month at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Ligeti Remembered20070421

    Ivan Hewett presents Ligeti Remembered, a concert given by the London Sinfonietta in memory of the Hungarian-born composer who died last year.

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

    London Sinfonietta

    George Benjamin (conductor)

    Gyorgy Ligeti: Ramifications; Melodien

    Oliver Knussen: Requiem (Songs for Sue)

    Alexander Goehr: Behold the Sun

    Gyorgy Ligeti: Piano Concerto.

    Live At Southbank Centre: Max De Wardener Live Set20140322

    Live at Southbank Centre: Robert Worby presents a live set of new music by Max de Wardener, featuring percussionists Joby Burgess and Genevieve Wilkins and sho player Robin Thompson.

    Plus music by Frank Zappa and the first-ever UK performance using the amazing musical instruments invented by visionary American composer Harry Partch - a recording of a concert given in Bristol a couple of weeks ago by the Cologne-based ensemble MusikFabrik.

    Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, join us in the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

    London Contemporary Music Festival20160109

    Ivan Hewett introduces recordings from last month's London Contemporary Music Festival, in conversation with two of the event's directors Igor Toronyi-Lalic and Sam Mackay. And in a recording made specially for Hear and Now, pianist John Snijders performs the world premiere of The Red Studio by Christopher Fox, a work which explores the lost art of "preluding", when pianists would improvise introductions to, and in between, the different works in a concert.

    Dieter Schnebel: Maulwerke (2015 solo version)

    Christian Kesten (vocal)

    Andrew Hamilton: music for people who like art

    A genuine coming together

    Hanna Hartman: Mezcal No.8 (UK premiere)

    Hanna Hartman (amplified objects)

    Oyvind Torvund: Untitled School/Mud Jam/Campfire Tunes (UK premiere)

    Plus-Minus Ensemble:

    Mark Knoop (piano)

    Roderick Chadwick (piano)

    Serge Vuille (percussion)

    Elsa Bradley (percussion)

    Christopher Fox: The Red Studio (world premiere)

    John Snijders (piano)

    Recorded at Ambika P3, University of Westminster.

    London Ear20160402

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents recordings from the London EAR festival of contemporary music, in conversation with its co-director Gwyn Pritchard. Artists featured include violinist Mieko Kanno, percussion group DeciBells XXL and the Platypus Ensemble. And in Modern Muses, the series which looks at some of the key composer-performer partnerships of our times, Steve Reich and percussionist Russell Hartenberger talk about a friendship and musical collaboration which began forty-five years ago with the creation of Reich's seminal masterpiece, Drumming.

    London Jazz Festival 2010, Matthew Herbert20101225

    Ivan Hewett introduces highlights from composer Matthew Herbert's concert at last month's London Jazz Festival.

    Working with the London Sinfonietta and The Guardian newspaper, Herbert constructed a musical score based on a single edition of a national newspaper - content ranging from international news to recipes, and incorporating the recorded sound of journalists' interviews and the printing of the papers themselves.

    List of pieces and articles used:

    (click on Guardian link below to read stories in full)

    Printing Press

    Aluminium printing press plates played by Tim Palmer

    Auction

    Main section p.33 "Lehman art sale expected to raise £1m from mementos and masterpieces"

    Eddie Fisher

    Main section p.37 "Eddie Fisher Obituary"

    The Guide p.33 "This week's new games: Dead Rising 2"

    Brick

    Weekend p.29 "We were looking for a nice, peaceful place near Jerusalem"

    Weekend p.93 "Let's move to Budleigh Salterton, Devon"

    Night Drive

    Review p.20 "The Saturday Poem: Night Drive by Lydia Fulleylove"

    Family p.4 "Why can't I remember Mum?"

    Recorded piano introduction by John Taylor

    The Mirror

    Travel p.7 "Charleroi: Wish you were here?"

    Weekend p.24: "The Yangtze: A river wild

    Looking for a Rhythm

    Weekend p.15 "Jonathan Franzen: I must be near the end of my career - people are starting to approve"

    Oil/We're in Love

    Review p.11 "Oil on water by Helon Habila"

    Weekend p.99 "On the road: Mitsubishi Shogun Elegance 3.2"

    Simple Mind

    Performed by Eska accompanied on paper by the audience

    Performers:

    Baldur Brönnimann (conductor)

    Matthew Herbert (live electronics)

    Finn Peters (flute/saxophone)

    Robin Mullarkey (bass)

    Nick Ram (piano)

    Tom Skinner (drums)

    Eska (vocalist)

    yeastCulture (visuals)

    Sound Intermedia (sound projection)

    Rosie Sykes (cooking)

    Alys Fowler (gardening)

    Barnaby Smyth (foley artist)

    Recorded on the 20th November 2010 at the Royal Festival Hall

    Matthew Herbert's new work One Day, recorded at the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

    London Sinfonietta20150411

    Robert Worby presents 20th- and 21st-century music for strings with the London Sinfonietta conducted by André de Ridder, from Xenakis's 1971 exploration of texture and timbre 'Aroura', to a world premiere from Mica Levi, BAFTA-nominated for her recent 'Under the Skin' film score.

    Plus Modern Muses, a new, downloadable series looking behind some of the key composer-performer partnerships of our times. Down the centuries, individual performers have frequently played a part in inspiring composers and shaping their music. Think of Handel's operas as a vehicle for the castrato Farinelli, or Mozart's late, great Clarinet Concerto for Anton Stadler, through to Britten's outpouring of songs and operatic roles for Peter Pears. Today's composers, too, often find themselves drawn to particular performers and develop a close and fruitful working relationship. To begin Modern Muses is just such a partnership: Gerald Barry and soprano Barbara Hannigan. Together they discuss past and future collaborations, including the role of Cecily in Barry's 2010 comic opera The Importance of Being Earnest.

    And from January's Total Immersion event, Mauricio Kagel's 'Rrrrrrr...': a playful sequence of duos, drawing at once on standard percussion and every day sounds, noises, and objects.

    Iannis Xenakis: Aroura

    ClaudeVivier: Zipangu

    London Sinfonietta

    André de Ridder (conductor)

    Modern Muses:

    Gerald Barry and Barbara Hannigan

    Gerald Barry: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Act 4, excerpt)

    Barbara Hannigan....Gabi (soprano)

    Stephanie Friede....Petra (soprano)

    Orchestra of English National Opera

    Mica Levi: Greezy

    Georg Friedrich Haas: Open Spaces

    Mauricio Kagel: Rrrrrrr...

    Merlin Jones and Sam Wilson (percussion).

    London Sinfonietta - Adams, Cage, Dresher, Lang20091003

    b00n13n7

    Robert Worby presents an all-American concert, given at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

    The works range from the driving rhythms of Adams and Lang, to the experimental sounds of Cage.

    Clio Gould (violin)

    Sound Intermedia (sound design)

    London Sinfonietta

    John Adams (conductor)

    John Cage: Credo in US 13:38

    Paul Dresher: Concerto for violin and electroacoustic band 19:23

    David Lang: Cheating Lying Stealing 11:07

    John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony 23:48

    An all-American concert by the London Sinfonietta.

    Music by Adams, Cage, Dresher and Lang.

    London Sinfonietta - Ether Festival20040619

    The London Sinfonietta's 2003 collaboration with Warp Records was such a success that they have once again joined forces with leading figures of contemporary electronic music to create this concert, recorded in March 2004 at the QEH.

    As well as special arrangements of pieces by Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, and an appearance by Jamie Liddell, the Sinfonietta, conducted by Jurjen Hempel, performed works by Edgard Varèse, George Antheil, John Cage and Steve Reich.

    Presented by Sarah Walker

    London Sinfonietta - Laurence Crane, Marisol Jimenez, Morton Feldman20151114

    Ivan Hewett introduces a recording by the London Sinfonietta featuring two world premieres and a rare performance of Morton Feldman's 1987 swansong For Samuel Beckett, from a concert given in the round at St John's Smith Square last month. And continuing our series Modern Muses, composer Michael Oliva and alto flautist Carla Rees compare notes on the creative process.

    Laurence Crane: Chamber Symphony No.2 "The Australian" (world premiere)

    Marisol Jíménez: XLIII Memoriam Vivere (world premiere)

    Morton Feldman: For Samuel Beckett

    London Sinfonietta

    Garry Walker (conductor).

    London Sinfonietta - Marco Stroppa, Peter Eotvos20110709

    Tom Service presents a concert from the 2011 Aldeburgh Festival, recorded last month, which explores the movement of sound in space, featuring three composers connected with IRCAM, the Parisian centre of avant-garde music and research.

    Marco Stroppa

    From Needle's Eye (UK premiere)

    Peter Eotvos

    SCHILLER: energische Schonheit (UK premiere)

    Pierre Boulez

    explosante-fixe...

    London Sinfonietta

    Peter Eötvös conductor

    Michael Cox solo flute

    Byron Fulcher solo trombone

    EXAUDI vocal ensemble

    Sound Intermedia

    Andrew Gerzso IRCAM computer music designer

    Jérémie Henrot IRCAM Sound engineer.

    Tom Service presents the London Sinfonietta in works by Marco Stroppa and Peter Eotvos.

    London Sinfonietta - New Chamber Music20120121

    Ivan Hewett introduces three new chamber-orchestral works by British-based composers:

    Charlie Piper: Insomniac

    Francisco Coll: Piedras

    Dai Fujikura: Double Bass Concerto

    Enno Senft (double bass)

    Sound Intermedia

    London Sinfonietta conducted by Martyn Brabbins

    (Recorded on 5th November 2011 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)

    And in this week's installment of the Hear and Now Fifty, film director Barrie Gavin and South Bank Centre's Gillian Moore champion Jonathan Harvey's electronic work Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco.

    New chamber music played by London Sinfonietta, and Jonathan Harvey's Mortuos Plango.

    London Sinfonietta, George Benjamin20140215

    Tom Service introduces a concert of new music performed by the London Sinfoneitta as part of the Southbank Centre's Rest is Noise festival last December. Plus an excerpt from a conversation between Tom Service and composer George Benjamin about the future of composition.

    Marko Nikodijevic: music box / self portrait with Ligeti and Stravinsky (and Messiaen is also present)

    Simon Steen-Anderson: Chambered Music

    Mark Simpson: Straw Dogs

    Rebecca Saunders: Stirrings

    Edmund Finnis: Seeing is Flux

    Francisco Coll: Ad Marginem

    London Sinfonietta

    Baldur Bronnimann (conductor).

    Lontano Double-portrait Concert20041106

    Sarah Walker introduces a special edition from the Warehouse in London.

    Lontano, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez, focuses on the music of Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin and her German contemporary Heiner Goebbels.

    The concert includes a new arrangement of Kats-Chernin's Torque written especially for this performance.

    Elena Kats-Chernin: Skeletons in the cupboard; Vitalia's Steps; Torque

    with Clélia Iruzun (piano solo)

    Heiner Goebbels: Red Run; La Jalousie

    with Neil MacKenzie (speaker).

    Lontano's Festival Of American Music20061111

    Sarah Walker introduces a concert recorded at the festival last May in London, in conversation with conductor Odaline de la Martinez.

    John Harbison: Il Saliscendi Bianco

    Dorothy Chang: Miniatures

    Augusta Read Thomas: Love Songs

    Evan Ziporyn: Tsmindao Ghmerto for solo bass clarinet

    Virgil Thomson: Tiger, Tiger; Saints Procession; Medea Choruses

    David Rakowski: Hyperblue

    Peter Child: Sing Song Merry Diggle

    Evan Ziporyn (bass clarinet)

    BBC Singers

    Lontano

    Odaline de la Martinez (conductor).

    Lore Lixenberg And David Alberman20090530

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a concert of virtuoso music for voice, violin and electronics, talks to the performers and gets a preview of the 2009 Spitalfields Festival from artistic director Diana Burrell.

    Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano)

    David Alberman (violin)

    Mark Webber (sound projection)

    Georges Aperghis: Recitation No 8

    Cage: Aria; Fontana Mix

    Gyorgy Kurtag: SK Remembrance Noise, Op 12

    Bent Sorensen: Vocalise

    Per Norgard: Zwei Saiten eine Stimme; The Secret Melody.

    Lou Harrison20030920

    Ivan Hewett presents a portrait of the American composer Lou Harrison, including a performance from this year's Spitalfields Festival of his Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra by the Continuum Ensemble, who also give the UK premiere of Jose Evangelista's Merapi.

    Louis Andriessen20090606

    To mark the 70th birthday of Louis Andriessen, Zoe Martlew interviews the Dutch composer at his home in Amsterdam to discover the driving forces behind his music and the background to works featured in the programme, De Stijl and De Staat.

    Louis Andriessen: De Stijl (1984-5)

    Gertrude Thoma (voice)

    Schoenberg Ensemble with Asko Ensemble

    Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor)

    Andriessen: De Staat (1973-76)

    Schoenberg Ensemble

    Zoe Martlew interviews composer Louis Andriessen and presents recordings of two key works.

    Louis Andriessen's La Commedia20160220

    The UK premiere of Louis Andriessen's most recent music theatre work La Commedia, inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy. Presented by Tom Service in conversation with the composer.

    Louis Andriessen: La Commedia

    Claron McFadden (soprano),

    Cristina Zavalloni (voice),

    Andrew Sauvageau (voice),

    BBC Symphony Orchestra,

    Conductor Martyn Brabbins.

    Luigi Nono *20080216

    As the South Bank's Luigi Nono restropective Fragments of Venice draws to a close, Tom Service, in discussion with Christopher Fox, looks back at the life and work of the Italian composer.

    They concentrate on how his work developed and how it has taught us how to re-approach the musical experience.

    The programme features music recorded at the festival performed by the London Sinfonietta under Diego Masson, as well as a look forward to the UK premiere of Nono's ground-breaking opera Prometeo.

    Nono: Variazione canoniche sulla serie dell'op 41 di Arnold Schoenberg; Incontri; No hay caminos, hay que caminar...Andrej Tarkowskij; Prometeo (excerpt)

    London Sinfonietta

    Diego Masson (conductor).

    Luigi Nono, Olga Neuwirth, George Crumb20120310

    Robert Worby presents two vocal works by the great Italian Modernist Luigi Nono, and Olga Neuwirth's homage to cult singer Klaus Nomi; and a classic 20th Century quartet by Crumb is this week's focus in the Hear And Now Fifty.

    Nono: Donde estas Hermano?

    Nono: La fabbrica Illuminata

    Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

    In the latest instalment of the Hear and Now Fifty, David Harrington celebrates George Crumb's groundbreaking 1970 work for electric string quartet, Black Angels - the work which inspired him to form the Kronos Quartet. And Gillian Moore puts the piece in context, as a work full of dark foreboding and extreme sounds, in direct reaction to the Vietnam War.

    George Crumb: Black Angels

    Kronos Quartet

    Olga Neuwirth: songs from Hommage à Klaus Nomi

    Andrew Watts (counter-tenor)

    Sound Intermedia

    London Sinfonietta conducted by Gerry Cornelius.

    Robert Worby presents music by Luigi Nono, Olga Neuwirth and George Crumb.

    Luke Bedford - Seven Angels20120414

    Tom Service presents a performance of young British composer Luke Bedford's 2011 chamber opera "Seven Angels". Commissioned and given its premiere by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Opera Group, it tells the story of seven angels who have fallen through space and time for so long, they have forgotten why. Coming to rest on a desert landscape, they imagine the creation of a legendary garden that once flourished there and its destruction from greed and neglect. Bedford's first opera, it has a libretto by the poet Glyn Maxwell, and was inspired by Milton's Paradise Lost.

    Also features a profile of Luke Bedford and his music.

    Seven Angels by Luke Bedford

    Libretto - Glyn Maxwell

    Cast includes:

    Owen Gilhooly,

    Christopher Lemmings,

    Rhona McKail,

    Louise Mott,

    Emma Selway,

    Joseph Shovelton,

    Keel Watson

    Aurora Orchestra

    Musical Director - Nicholas Collon

    Director - John Fulljames.

    Tom Service presents a performance of Luke Bedford's 2011 chamber opera Seven Angels.

    Luke Bedford, Gavin Bryars20130615

    Tom Service introduces music by Luke Bedford and Gavin Bryars.

    Continuing Radio 3's celebration of British music, Tom Service introduces a concert of works by Luke Bedford, performed by the London Sinfonietta at the South Bank Centre last month. And in the second of four interviews with British composers celebrating their 70th birthday this year, Gavin Bryars reflects on his early career in conversation with Robert Worby, focusing on the experimental piece 1, 2, 1-2-3-4, in which musicians perform independently of each other to pre-recorded music on cassette.

    Luke Bedford: The Wonderful No-Headed Nightingale (UK Premiere of ensemble version)

    Gerard Grisey: Periodes from Les Espaces Acoustiques

    Luke Bedford: Renewal (World Premiere)

    London Sinfonietta

    Sian Edwards (conductor)

    Gavin Bryars: 1, 2, 1-2-3-4

    Gavin Bryars (double bass)

    Christopher Hobbs (piano)

    Cornelius Cardew (cello)

    Derek Bailey (guitar)

    Mike Nicolls (drums)

    Celia Gollin and Brian Eno (vocals)

    Andy Mackay (oboe)

    Stuart Deeks (violin)

    Paul Nieman (trombone).

    Lyell Cresswell At 6020050212

    The BBC SSO conducted by Henrik Schaefer pays tribute to New Zealand composer Lyell Cresswell, now based in Scotland.

    And later, Sarah Walker introduces Australian ensemble Elision with music by fellow antipodeans.

    Canadian guitarist/composer Tim Brady rounds this programme off with a musical evocation of one of Glasgow's most famous thoroughfares.

    Luciano Berio: Requies

    Lyell Cresswell: Kaea - Trombone Concerto

    Simon Johnson (trombone)

    Lyell Cresswell: Rev Norman McLeod's Dance (from Shadows without Sun)

    Lyell Cresswell: Of Smoke and Bickering Flame

    Liza Lim: inguz

    Richard Hames: memorabilia

    Elision

    Tim Brady: Sauchiehall Street

    Tim Brady (electric guitar) and tape.

    Macmillan, Gruber20100814

    Ivan Hewett presents a concert of music by the previous and current Composer/Conductors of the BBC Philharmonic.

    James MacMillan: Exsultet

    James MacMillan: Tryst

    HK Gruber: Zeitstimmung

    James MacMillan (conductor)

    HK Gruber (conductor and chansonnier)

    BBC Philharmonic.

    Ivan Hewett presents music by James MacMillan and HK Gruber.

    Manchester Portraits, 1 - Portrait Of Brett Dean *20090425

    A programme exploring the work of Australian composer Brett Dean, winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer award in 2009.

    Including the premiere of the orchestral suite from Dean's opera based on Peter Carey's novel Bliss, evoking an erotic hotel room encounter, a convulsive heart attack and a visit to Hell, incorporating samples of street noise, television adverts and all the hellish racket of modern life, before ending with a broad, dark elegy.

    And Dean - formerly a violist with the Berlin Philharmonic - gives a performance of his own Viola Concerto.

    Amphitheatre (UK premiere) (9:57)

    Viola Concerto (27:20)

    Moments of Bliss (UK premiere) (29:49)

    Brett Dean (viola)

  • bbc philharmonic
  • james macmillan (conductor)

    recorded on 14 june 2007 at nbh studio 7 in manchester.

    the bbc philharmonic perform the music of brett dean

  • Manchester Portraits, 2 - Detlev Glanert *20090502

    An exploration of the work of one of Germany's leading composers, Detlev Glanert.

    Tom Service talks to Glanert and German music expert Jean Martin both about the composer's works and the influences behind today's German music.

    Glanert: Symphony No 3 (22:43)

    BBC Philharmonic

    Clark Rundell (conductor)

    Glanert: Parergon (The Mirror of the Great Emperor) (UK premiere) (13:32)

    Glanert: Thee pieces for clarinet and piano (11:15)

    Ronald van Spaendonck (clarinet)

    Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)

    Glanert: Nine Caricatures for orchestra (UK premiere) (11:19)

    Argentum et Aurum (UK premiere) (11:20)

    Tom Service present music by Detlev Glanert and conversation with the composer.

    Glanert: Symphony No 3 (22:43)

  • bbc philharmonic
  • clark rundell (conductor)

    Tom Service present music by detlev glanert and conversation with the composer

  • clark rundell (conductor)

    argentum et aurum (uk premiere) (11:20)

  • clark rundell (conductor)

    glanert: parergon (the mirror of the great emperor) (uk premiere) (13:32)

  • clark rundell (conductor)

    glanert: thee pieces for clarinet and piano (11:15)

  • ronald van spaendonck (clarinet)
  • simon crawford-phillips (piano)

  • Manchester Portraits, 3 - Steven Mackey20090509

    In a programme recorded at Studio 7 in Manchester, Robert Worby explores the work of American composer Steven Mackey, who talks about his music and introduces four orchestral works.

    Steven began his surprising career path playing electric guitar in rock bands in Northern California.

    Describing a formative early influence, he went to a gig by prog rock band Yes in 1973, and heard beautiful orchestral music playing over the PA - he found out that it was Stravinsky's Firebird, and wanted to explore this music further.

    Now a professor of music at Princeton, he continues to play electric guitar, and has written two concertos for the instrument.

    As a composer he is noted for his highly individual style, a multi-layered play of rhythm and sonority which incorporates and plays with references to classical and popular music.

    Fred Sherry (cello)

    BBC Philharmonic

    Clark Rundell (conductor)

    Steven Mackey: Lost and Found; Banana/Dump Truck; Turn the Key; Eating Greens.

    Robert Worby explores the work of American composer Steven Mackey.

    Manchester Portraits, 4 - Kalevi Aho *20090516

    Ivan Hewett explores the work of Finnish symphonist Kalevi Aho, who talks to about his music and introduces three orchestral pieces.

    Featuring Aho's Tenth Symphony, which as been described as one of his most significant achievements.

    It pays homage to the great Romantic tradition, quoting from Mozart's Symphony No 39 and, unusually for a contemporary symphonic work, it ends in a mood of optimism.

    Frans Helmerson, Li Wei Qin (cellos)

    BBC Philharmonic

    James MacMillan (conductor)

    Kalevi Aho: The Rejoicing of the Deep Waters; Concerto for two cellos and orchestra; Symphony No 10.

    Ivan Hewett explores the music of Finnish symphonist Kalevi Aho.

    Many Hands20060624

    Sarah Walker introduces Many Hands, a concert organised by the SPNM at the Fuse festival in Leeds.

    Six players at six keyboards play works by established and new composers - among them John Adams, Rolf Hind, Janet Davey, Richard Glover, Yumi Hara Cawkwell and Jeremy Thurlow.Plus choral music from the BBC Singers, reflecting two generations of British composers from John Tavener and Judith Weir to Tarik O'Regan and Philip Neil Martin.

    Mark Simpson And Pleasure20160611

    Tom McKinney introduces a programme of music by Mark Simpson, including his new opera "Pleasure", recorded last month at Opera North in Leeds. The one-act opera is set in a gay nightclub "somewhere in England" and explores ideas of pleasure as an escape from reality, rejection and reconciliation.

    The production is a joint venture between Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and The Royal Opera and features a libretto by poet Melanie Challenger.

    Nathan.... Timothy Nelson

    Val - Lesley Garrett

    Anna Fewmore - Steven Page

    Matthew - Nick Pritchard

    Band: Psappha, conducted by Nicholas Kok

    The programme also features a selection of chamber music from Mark Simpson's recently released album "Night Music".

    Mark Simpson, Gerald Barry20150711

    Ivan Hewett presents recent recordings by the BBC Philharmonic, including the world premiere of Mark Simpson's oratorio The Immortal, performed at the Manchester International Festival last week. The work explores the obsession with death that lies at the heart of the human experience and is inspired by John Gray's book, The Immortalization Commission. We hear a concert of works by the Irish composer Gerald Barry, a musical maverick whose witty compositions both surprise and delight. And in Modern Muses, Harrison Birtwistle and bass John Tomlinson talk about the creation of Tomlinson's roles in Birtwistle's landmark operas, 'Gawain' and 'The Minotaur'.

    Gerald Barry: La jalousie taciturne; Wiener Blut; Kitty Lie Over Across From the Wall; Day; From The Intelligence Park

    Nicolas Hodges (piano)

    BBC Philharmonic

    Clark Rundell (conductor)

    Recorded at MediaCityUK, Salford, in January

    Mark Simpson: The Immoral (world premiere)

    Mark Stone (baritone)

    EXAUDI

    Manchester Chamber Choir

    Juanjo Mena (conductor)

    Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, last week.

    Matthias Pintscher Focus20100918

    Robert Worby presents a concert conducted by the German composer Matthias Pintscher, which features his own music alongside two of his favourite composers.

    Edgard Varese: Octandre

    Matthias Pintscher: Celestial Object No.1 *

    Wolfgang Rihm: Verwandlung No.3

    Matthias Pintscher: Transir**

    Edgard Varese: Integrales

    Mark O'Keeffe, trumpet*

    Sebastian Wittiber, flute**

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthias Pintscher

    Plus a chamber work recorded at last year's Cheltenham Festival.

    Matthias Pintscher: Study IV for Treatise on the Veil

    Diotima Quartet.

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra plays Matthias Pintscher, Edgard Varese and Wolfgang Rihm.

    Matthias Pintscher: Treatise on the Veil.

    Max Richter's Memoryhouse20140517

    Tom Service introduces the first ever concert performance of Memoryhouse, Max Richter's post-rock influenced first album. A set of eighteen variations, the album's eighteen tracks take us on a musical journey from 'Europe, After the Rain' to 'Last Days' with memories of a love story played out during the Bosnian war, the sound objects of John Cage and an ode to the Netherlands' composer Jan Sweelinck among the many references. That's followed by a meeting with the Glasgow-based composer and visual artist Hanna Tuulikki in Hear and Now's ongoing series of Composers' Rooms, and a last look at some of the pioneering recordings released on the American Nonesuch label. Tonight the spotlight falls on John Cage's HPSCHD, a work conceived in 1967 in collaboration with the University of Illinois department of computer science.

    Max Richter: Memoryhouse

    Max Richter (piano, celeste, keyboards)

    Katherine Manley (soprano)

    Eva Thorarinsdottir (violin)

    Paul Grennan (cello)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra,

    André de Ridder (conductor)

    Max Richter: On the Nature of Daylight

    c. 11.20pm

    Composers' Rooms: Hanna Tuulikki

    with Sara Mohr-Pietsch

    c. 11.35pm

    Concluding our survey of early electronic releases by the American Nonesuch label:

    John Cage: HPSCHD for harpsichord and computer-generated sound tapes.

    Michael Finnissy *20090822

    Ivan Hewett presents the world premiere performance of a work by Michael Finnissy given at the 2009 Spitalfields Festival, as well as conversation with the composer.

    Between the two halves of the piece, composer Alwynne Pritchard gives an appreciation of this work in relation to Finnissy's substantial oeuvre.

    The Transgressive Gospel follows the story of Christ's Passion, using passages from Tyndale's English translation of the Gospel of St Mark, interspersed with blues-inflected settings of George Herbert's metaphysical poems and texts by Rimbaud and others.

    Michael Finnissy: The Transgressive Gospel (world premiere)

    Kate Westbrook and Richard Jackson (vocals)

    Ixion

    Kirsten LeStrange (violin)

    Daniel Palmizio (viola)

    Michael Finnissy (conductor)

    Michael Finnissy's The Transgressive Gospel performed at the 2009 Spitalfields Festival.

    Michael Finnissy At 60 - 120061021

    To celebrate the composer's sixtieth birthday, Sarah Walker introduces a concert of chamber works from the recent Finnissy Weekend at The Warehouse in London, given by the ensemble Ixion.

    Traum des Sangers; Cantet nunc aula caelestium; White Rain; Casual Nudity; Giant Abstract Samba

    Plus a recording of the substantial orchestral work Red Earth, with Martyn Brabbins conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

    Michael Finnissy At 60 - 220061028

    In the second of two programmes celebrating the composer's 60th birthday, Sarah Walker introduces a concert of chamber works from the recent Finnissy Weekend at The Warehouse in London.

    Seterjentens Fridag

    Wild Flowers

    n

    Mississippi Hornpipes

    Back on Earth (world premiere)

    Plus-Minus Ensemble

    English Country-Tunes

    Michael Finnissy (piano).

    Michael Van Der Aa: Sunken Garden20130504

    Sunken Garden, the latest stage-work by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, sets a libretto by prize-winning novelist David Mitchell about a film-maker whose search for two missing persons leads him to a liminal place between life and death. Mixing live performance with pre-recorded film and holograms, it has been described by its creators as an 'occult mystery film-opera'.

    Tom Service introduces a performance from the world-premiere run, given in April by English National Opera at the Barbican Theatre in London.

    Cast

    Toby Kramer - Roderick Williams

    Zenna Briggs - Katherine Manley

    Iris Marinus - Claron McFadden

    Simon Vines - Jonathan McGovern

    Amber Jacquemain - Kate Miller-Heidke

    ENO Orchestra

    Andre de Ridder (conductor).

    Michel Van Der Aa, Blai Soler And Pierre Boulez20111008

    Ivan Hewett introduces the UK premiere of Michel van der Aa's orchestral song-cycle Spaces of Blank, performed at this summer's Spitalfields Festival by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Marshall and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Renes, and the premiere of Plain-Chant by Blai Soler, one of the young composers working on the London Philharmonic's Foyle Future Firsts scheme.

    And in Part 4 of the Hear and Now Fifty, Sir Harrison Birtwistle tells why he thinks that if Pierre Boulez had never written any other piece than his 1950s cycle for voice and six instruments Le Marteau sans maitre, 'he would still be a very famous composer', and Paul Griffiths explains how its use of 'total serialism' illuminates the fleeting, surrealist poetry of Rene Char

    Full programme:

    Michel van der Aa: Spaces of Blank (UK premiere)

    Stephanie Marshall (mezzo-soprano)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Lawrence Renes (conductor)

    Blai Soler: Plain-Chant (world premiere)

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Clement Power (conductor)

    The Hear and Now Fifty:

    Pierre Boulez: Le Marteau sans maitre

    Elizabeth Laurence (mezzo)

    Ensemble InterContemporain

    Pierre Boulez (conductor).

    Ivan Hewett introduces Michel van der Aa's Spaces of Blank.

    Plus The Hear and Now Fifty.

    Milton Babbitt And Moondog20160507

    Ivan Hewett celebrates the centenaries this month of two American mavericks who continue to inspire today: Milton Babbitt and Moondog. From a concert given at St Nicholas Church in Brighton in February, we hear rarely performed chamber works of Babbitt including two European premieres, alongside his masterpiece Philomel, performed by soprano Juliet Fraser to a newly restored tape part. Jazz pianist Ethan Iverson and writer Paul Griffiths discuss Philomel in a feature which includes archive interviews with the composer. And tonight's studio guest is writer, producer and musician John L. Walters who assesses the legacy and influence of Moondog, another extraordinary figure in American music, often to be found busking on the streets of New York dressed as a viking, and whose playful compositions, invented instruments and poetry won admirers in Igor Stravinsky and Philip Glass.

    Milton Babbitt: Reflections, for piano and tape (1975)

    Mark Knoop (piano)

    Milton Babbitt: Homily (1987)

    Adam Bushell (snare drum)

    Milton Babbitt: None but the Lonely Flute (1987)

    Helen Whittaker (flute)

    Milton Babbitt: Philomel, for soprano and tape (1964)

    Juliet Fraser (soprano)

    Milton Babbitt: Autobiography of the Eye (2004; European premiere)

    Sarah Gabriel (soprano)

    Rohan de Saram (cello)

    Milton Babbitt: An Encore (2006; European premiere)

    Mandhira de Saram (violin)

    Julian Trevelyan (piano)

    Milton Babbitt: Accompanied Recitative (1994)

    Huw Wiggin (soprano saxophone)

    Milton Babbitt: Soli e Duettini (1989)

    Jon Rattenbury, Brian Ashworth (guitars).

    Modern Europeans - 1 - Arvo Part20101002

    Sarah Mohr-Pietsch presents a programme dedicated to the distinguished Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in his 75th birthday year, recorded last month at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

    Plus a report from the Southbank Centre's Pärt Symposium.

    Arvo Part: In Spe (world premiere)

    Arvo Part: Cecilia, vergine romana

    Arvo Part: Symphony No.

    4 "Los Angeles"

    Arlene Sierra: Piano Concerto "The Art of War" (world premiere)

    Huw Watkins (piano)

    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor.

    Excerpts of Arvo Part's music...

    Spiegel im Spiegel

    Tasmin Little (violin)

    Martin Roscoe (piano)

    From the CD: EMI 7243 5 75805 2 6

    Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

    Moscow Virtuosi

    Vladimir Spivakov (conductor)

    From the CD: RCA 09026 68061 2

    Summa

    Hilliard Ensemble

    From the CD: ECM 1325 831 959-2

    Choral and orchestral music by Arvo Pärt recorded at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

    Modern Europeans - 2 - Arne Nordheim20101009

    In the second of five programmes dedicated to modern European figures, Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents a portrait of Norway's Arne Nordheim, who died earlier this year.

    With contributions from those who knew and worked with him.

    Music includes: Epitaffio, Eco, Aurora, and Partita I.

    Playlist:

    Aurora for 4 voices and electronics (excerpt) 1:57

    Electric Phoenix

    Judith Rees (soprano)

    Linda Hirst (mezzo soprano)

    Daryl Rundwick (tenor)

    Terry Edwards (bass)

    From the CD: Arne Nordheim - Wirklicher Wald and Aurora NCD 4910 (1986)

    Eco for soprano, chorus and orchestra 18:34

    Taru Valjakka (soprano)

    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

    From the CD: Listen - the Art of Arne Nordheim ACD 5070 (2002)

    Solitaire for tape 12:01

    From the CD: arne nordheim - electric RCD 2002

    Aurora for 4 voices and electronics 21:05

    Partita for viola, cembalo and percussion 7:05

    Bit 20

    From the CD: arne nordheim magic island and other chamber works ACD 4990

    Epitaffio for orchestra and magnetic tape (10:08)

    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch with a portrait of Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim.

    Modern Europeans - 3 - New Music In Germany20101016

    Ivan Hewett is joined by composer James Clarke to debate why composers who are highly regarded in Germany don't always have the same exposure in the UK.

    They discuss the works of Dieter Schnebel, Hans-Joachim Hespos and Mathias Spahlinger, as well as a trio of younger composers whose work has been featured at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music.

    Playlist:

    Johannes Kreidler: product placements (2008) (00:33)

    prerecorded sounds

    Private Tape

    http://www.kreidler-net.de/

    Matthias Spahlinger: Doppelt bejaht (extract) (9:54)

    SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg

    Hans-Joachim Hespos: Seiltanz (extract) (10:42)

    Ensemble 13

    Manfred Reichert (conductor)

    CPO 999 245-2

    http://www.hespos.info/

    Dieter Schnebel: Museumsstücke 1 (6:15)

    Die Maulwerker

    RCA 74321736502 Track 6

    Bernhard Lang: Differenz/Wiederholung 2 (extract) (8:58)

    Klangforum Wien

    Sylvain Cambreling (conductor)

    Kairos CD 0012112KAI

    Johannes Kreidler: windowed 1 version 1 (2008) (5:05)

    for percussion and prerecorded sounds

    Max Riefer (perc)

    Johannes Kreidler: cache surrealism (2008) (6:55)

    for accordian, cello, baritone saxophone and prerecorded sounds

    Ensemble Z-Kontinuum

    Stefan Prins: Fremdkörper #1 (2008) (12:15)

    Nadar Ensemble

    Daan Janssens (condictor)

    Stefan Prins (live-electronics)

    http://www.stefanprins.be/eng/index.html

    Ivan Hewett and James Clarke discuss new music in Germany.

    Modern Europeans - 4 - Michael Jarrell20101023

    The latest in this month's mini-series celebrating major figures of European contemporary music focuses on Swiss composer Michael Jarrell.

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces three works recorded in concert earlier this month by the BBC National Orchestra Wales conducted by Thierry Fischer, and also examines his wider output with studio guest Julian Anderson.

    Playlist:

    Un long fracas somptueux de rapide céleste...

    (18:25)

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Thierry Fischer (conductor)

    Florent Jodelet (perc)

    Leslie Hatfield (violin)

    prisme / incidences...

    (15:02)

    Orchestra de la Suisse Romande

    Pascal Rophe (conductor)

    Hae-Sun Kang (violin)

    From the CD: AEON AECD 0752 Track 1

    Prisme (15:00)

    Le ciel, tout à l'heure encore si limpide, soudain se trouble horriblement...

    (17:46)

    Concert recorded on the 13th October 2010

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents a portrait of Swiss composer Michael Jarrell.

    Morton Subotnick At Cafe Oto20150704

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces a rare UK performance by the American composer Morton Subotnick, best known for his pioneering electronic work Silver Apples of the Moon. As part of the ongoing series Modern Muses, Korean composer Unsuk Chin discusses her collaboration with Chinese sheng player Wu Wei. And we hear the world premiere of pianist-composer Rolf Hind's Himalayan-inspired Tiger's Nest, recorded at the Cheltenham Festival earlier today.

    Rolf Hind: Tiger's Nest

    Joby Burgess (percussion)

    Zubin Kanga, Richard Uttley (pianos)

    Robert Campion, Isabelle Carré (solo gamelan)

    Cheltenham Community Gamelan Players, directed by Jonathan Roberts

    Morton Subotnick: From Silver Apples of the Moon to A Sky of Cloudless Sulfur: V

    Morton Subotnick (live electronics)

    Recorded at Cafe Oto, London, in June.

    Muhly, Riley, Adams20110604

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents minimalist and post-minimalist music by three generations of American composers.

    Nico Muhly: Seeing Is Believing

    Thomas Gould (electric violin)

    Aurora Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon

    Terry Riley: ArchAngels

    Cello Octet Amsterdam

    John Adams: Chamber Symphony

    Nico Muhly is a rising star in contemporary composition - his new opera Two Boys opens in London on 24th June.

    He worked as an assistant to Philip Glass, one of the first generation of American Minimalists, and his music might be called "post-minimalist", as it employs the repeating patterns of minimalism but adds rich harmonies and complex textures, as in this concerto for electric violin.

    Terry Riley is another Minimalist pioneer, and his cello octet ArchAngels uses different string tunings to create a darkly resonant soundworld.

    John Adams' Chamber Symphony combines the unlikely influences of Arnold Schoenberg and classic American cartoon music (one movement is called Roadrunner) to make an action-packed rollercoaster-ride of manic virtuosity.

    (Music recorded in recent concert performances at King's Place, London and at the Sounds New Festival, Canterbury.).

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents minimalist music by Nico Muhly, Terry Riley and John Adams.

    Music For Spaces20030621

    As Radio 3 embarks on a week-long survey of ideas about architecture, Alwynne Pritchard presents a focus on music's relationship with buildings, starting with Chroma by Rebecca Saunders, a new site-specific work performed by Music Projects London with conductor Richard Bernas in the galleries and recesses of Tate Modern in London.

    This is the composer's own mix of a work that can only otherwise be heard ambiently.

    Plus, Music For Spaces: Composers including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Lamont Young and Alvin Lucier describe how they write music which exploits or transforms the performing space.

    Then a concert co-promoted with Hear And Now at the Bath Festival.

    The London Sinfonietta is conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

    Graham Fitkin: Ardent Rebecca Saunders: Quartet with Mark van de Wiel (clarinet) Morgan Hayes: Dark Room Richard Barrett: Stirrings Laurence Crane: Estonia Sam Hayden: Collateral Damage.

    Music From Ireland And Iceland20100508

    Sara Mohr Pietsch looks West tonight with music from two Irish New Music festivals, and an investigation of the new music scene in Iceland, as well as a composer diary entry from Mira Calix and Tansy Davies.

    Frank Lyons: Crosstalk for improvising electric guitarist and string quartet

    Simon Jermyn (electric guitar) and Smith Quartet

    Daníel Bjarnason: Processions

    Halflidi Hallgrimsson: Narratives From The Deep North

    Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

    Ulster Orchestra

    Daníel Bjarnason, conductor

    Music from Ireland and Iceland that crosses the stylistic boundaries.

    Frank Lyons' new piece features a part for improvising electric guitarist alongside the traditional classical ensemble of a string quartet.

    Lyons says: Jazz, rock, pop, avant-garde, minimalism: elements from all of these inform my style.

    I also want my music to convey a sense of fun, a quality that is too often lost in the oh-so-serious world of contemporary music."

    30-year-old Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason is no stranger to rock music, having scored strings for Icelandic artrockers Hjaltalin, and conducted Abbey Road sessions for Sigur Ros.

    Bjarnason's piano concerto Processions has the intensity of contemporary rock music, though it's scored for an orchestra and a grand piano - and he conducts the performance himself.

    The Lyons was recorded at the Sligo New music Festival in Eire, and the Ulster Orchestra concert conducted by Daniel Bjarnason was recorded at the Sonorities Festival in Belfast.

    Also in this programme, an audio diary from composer Tansy Davies and electronica artist Mira Calix, about their current collaboration.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents new music from Ireland and Iceland.".

    Music Is For The People19950929

    Producer: G.

    L.

    WILLIAMS

    Next in series: 06 October 1995

    Previous in series: GOEHR EVENING

    Broadcast history

    29 Sep 1995 22:20-00:00 (RADIO 3)

    Recorded on 1995-09-26.

    Music Nation: Heiner Goebbels20120303

    A BBC-led weekend of over 100 live music events across the UK - from Cornwall to the Shetland Isles and Belfast to Birmingham - launching the nationwide countdown to the London 2012 Festival.

    Radio 3 celebrates live music-making all weekend, handing on the baton from concert to concert, featuring a wide range of professional and amateur events and talking to the people who've made it all happen. Presented by Andrew McGregor and Suzy Klein.

    Tom Service introduces a complete performance of Surrogate Cities by German composer Heiner Goebbels, recorded earlier this evening at London's South Bank Centre. Surrogate Cities is a Goebbels' masterpiece, a large-scale work which incorporates a wide range of musical styles, sampled sounds and texts to create an atmospheric and multi-layered portrait of a city. This Music Nation performance is a collaboration between some of the UK's finest young musicians.

    Heiner Goebbels: Surrogate Cities

    Including: D&C; In the Country of Last Things; Die Faust im Wappen; Suite for Sampler and Orchestra; The Horatian - Three Songs; Die Stadte und die Toten 4 / Argia; Surrogate

    David Moss (voice)

    Jocelyn B. Smith (mezzo-soprano)

    Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra

    London Philharmonic Orchestra's Foyle Future Firsts

    National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

    Jonathan Stockhammer (conductor)

    Plus, in this week's Hear and Now Fifty, British composer Anna Meredith nominates Gerald Barry's "bold and daring" Piano Quartet no. 1, with commentary from an established interpreter of Barry's music, conductor Richard Baker.

    Gerald Barry: Piano Quartet no. 1

    Noriko Kawai (piano)

    Nua Nos.

    Tom Service presents young musicians performing Heiner Goebbels Surrogate Cities.

    Music On The Brink20140111

    As part of Radio 3's Music on the Brink season featuring music on the eve of the First World War, Robert Worby interviews Italian musicologist and producer Luciano Chessa about his research into the Futurist movement of the pre-war years and his reconstructions of Luigi Russolo's noise intoners, for which he has commissioned new works by a wide range of composers including Pauline Oliveros, Ellen Fullman and Blixa Bargeld. And Christopher Fox assesses the profound impact on experimental music today of the early 20th-century composer Erik Satie.

    Also tonight, Ivan Hewett introduces works by three composers selected for Sound and Music's artist development scheme Embedded. They were given the opportunity to work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra over several months in a project which culminated in a concert given last November at the BBC's Maida Vale studios. Alongside these works the orchestra performed a recent composition by Robin Holloway, commissioned by the National Centre for the Performing Arts in China, and inspired by that country's vast landscapes.

    The programme concludes with a recording from the BBC archive and another work by Robin Holloway: Men Marching, the first of a diptych for brass band whose title comes from verse by Scottish war poet Charles Sorley.

    Tom Coult: Codex

    Benjamin Oliver: Lullaby for Joni

    Aaron Holloway-Nahum: The Deeper Breath to Follow

    Robin Holloway: In China

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Garry Walker (conductor)

    Robin Holloway: Men Marching

    Britannia Building Society Brass Band

    Howard Snell (conductor)

    Recorded in 1990 as part of the BBC's Festival of Brass.

    Music We'd Like To Hear20150808

    Robert Worby presents a concert recorded recently at St Mary-at-Hill church in the City of London, part of an annual series of events curated by Music We'd Like to Hear, led by the composers John Lely and Tim Parkinson. The concert features new chamber works written and performed by some of today's leading voices in experimental music: Joanna Bailie, Stephen Chase, Sarah Hughes, Dominic Lash, Amber Priestley and Paul Whitty.

    Plus the latest edition of Modern Muses, Hear and Now's series in which composers and performers reflect on their collaborations, featuring the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and the Italian experimental singer Cristina Zavalloni.

    Joanna Bailie: On and Off 2 (2008) for 3 radios, 3 boomboxes, laptop

    Dominic Lash: A Wilderness of Harmony (2015) for 5 players

    Stephen Chase: harmoniphon vexed (2009) for 6 melodicas

    Sarah Hughes: Collapsed Points For Living In (2015) for solo double bass

    Paul Whitty: This is what happens when nothing happens (2015) for 5 players

    Amber Priestly: Did not feel very well at skool (31/1/1977) (2015) for 5 players

    Ensemble We'd Like To Hear.

    Musica Viva20141108

    In October 1945, a few months after the end of the Second World War, Karl Amadeus Hartmann - one of the few German composers untarnished by Nazi associations - founded a contemporary music series called Musica Viva in his native city of Munich. Almost seven decades later, the series is still going strong under the auspices of Bavarian Radio.

    In Hear and Now this week, Ivan Hewett presents a focus on Musica Viva in conversation with its current Artistic Director Winrich Hopp, featuring four world premiere performances from recent Musica Viva concerts, including the first concert of the new season just two weeks ago.

    Plus Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits Larry Goves for this week's episode of Composers' Rooms.

    Arnulf Herrmann: Three Songs at the Open Window

    Anja Petersen (soprano),

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,

    Stefan Asbury (conductor).

    Gerald Barry: Piano Concerto (2012/13)

    Nicolas Hodges (piano),

    Peter Rundel (conductor).

    Composers' Rooms: Larry Goves

    Tom Johnson: Munich Rhythms

    Johannes Kalitzke (conductor).

    Harrison Birtwistle: Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano),

    Musical Modernism20080419

    Ivan Hewett presents musical modernism new and old, with classic works of the 1960s alongside new pieces by Downie and Jarrell.

    Downie: Fragments for cello and piano

    Mefano: Interferences

    Downie: Piano Piece 3

    Brown: Novara

    Downie: Forms 7: Non-mediated forms for 24 instrumentalists

    Xenakis: Aktrata

    John Senter (cello)

    Ian Pace (piano)

    Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales

    Kenneth Woods (conductor)

    (Concert recorded last month at BBC Wales in Cardiff)

    Jarrell: Abschied

    Marino Formenti (piano)

    Suisse Romande Orchestra

    Pascal Rophe (conductor).

    Nancarrow's Children20040918

    Conlon Nancarrow's legendary studies for player-piano took rhythmic and contrapuntal complexity to new extremes.

    Alejandro Vinao explores his legacy.

    Nash Ensemble *20090328

    Ivan Hewett presents a concert given at the Wigmore Hall, London, by the Nash Ensemble, a group considered to have been one of the UK's foremost commissioners of new music in the past 40 years, and who have premiered over 150 new works.

    Mark Padmore (tenor)

  • Michael Berkeley: piano quintet (world premiere)
  • huw watkins: trio (world premiere)
  • julian anderson: prayer (world premiere)
  • martyn brabbins (conductor)

    julian anderson: poetry nearing silence

  • nash ensemble
  • turnage: a constant obsession (world premiere).

    the nash ensemble premieres music by berkeley, watkins, anderson and turnage

  • Nash Ensemble: Nash Inventions20150613

    Ivan Hewett presents Nash Inventions, a showcase of world premieres and Nash commissions recorded at Wigmore Hall in London in March this year. It is the final concert of the Nash Ensemble's 50th Anniversary Season and includes music by Richard Causton, Elliott Carter, Peter Maxwell Davies, Simon Holt and Julian Anderson. Plus the fifth in the series on Modern Muses explores the creative partnership between fellow Finns Magnus Lindberg and clarinettist Kari Kriikku, who first met as students.

    Richard Causton

    Piano Quintet (World Première)

    Tim Horton (piano)

    David Adams (violin)

    Michael Gurevich (violin)

    James Boyd (viola)

    Bjorg Lewis (cello)

    Elliott Carter

    Poems of Louis Zukofsky for soprano and clarinet

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Richard Hosford (clarinet)

    Peter Maxwell Davies

    String Quintet (World Première)

    Lawrence Power (viola)

    Adrian Brendel (cello)

    MODERN MUSES 5: Magnus Lindberg and Kari Kriikku

    Simon Holt

    Shadow Realm

    Lucy Wakeford (harp)

    Julian Anderson

    Poetry Nearing Silence

    Philippa Davies (flute)

    Elizabeth Arno (producer).

    New British Chamber Music20090221

    Ivan Hewett presents a programme of new British chamber music with electronics.

    Jonathan Harvey: Ricercare una melodia (5:07)

  • (from the complete set of 4 harvey string quartets on the aeon label
  • arditti string quartet
  • christopher redgate (oboe)
  • due for uk release via harmonia mundi later in the year)

    christopher fox: broadway boogie (8.00)

  • from the cd/dvd ‘recovery / discovery' (sam 0801)

    edwin roxburgh: at the still point of the turning world (15:05)

  • harrison britwistle / peter zinovieff
  • paul archbold (electronics)

    Jonathan Harvey: string quartet no.1 (18:15)

  • paul archbold (electronics)

    package - rediscovery of birtwistle's chronometer (interviews with lieven bertels, who tracked down the only surviving 4-track tape of chronometer and got it remastered for cd/dvd; and with peter zinovieff, one of the pioneers of british electronic music, who 'realised' this piece according to birtwistle's instructions)

    harrison birtwistle: chronometer (extracts)

  • paul archbold (electronics)

    redgate and archbold: improvisation (8:29)

  • redarch duo

  • New French Composers 120040320

    Alwynne Pritchard presents the first of two programmes dedicated to new music in France.

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Pierre-Andre Valade.

    Apex....Pascal Dusapin

    Athanor....Joel-François Durand

    Sound and Fury....Philippe Manoury.

    New French Composers 220040327

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Sarah Walker presents the second programme looking at contemporary French music, including works from the older generation, recorded in January at a BBC invitation Concert.

    The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Jurjen Hempel.

    Hugues Dufourt: La Gondole sur la lagune

    Marc-André Dalbavie: Concertino pour orchestre

    Henri Dutilleux: Sur le même accord (Nocturne)

    Elizabeth Layton (violin)

    Hugues Dufourt: Les Chasseurs dans la neige

    Henri Dutilleux: Mystère de L'instant.

    New French Music20110430

    Tom Service is joined by British composer Julian Anderson to discuss a selection of twenty-first century French music

    Philippe Hurel: Flashback

    Gilbert Amy: L'espace du souffle

    Yves Chauris:.solitude, récif, étoile.

    Jérôme Combier: Gris Cendre

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

    Gérard Pesson: Cassation

    Ensemble Modern.

    Tom Service is joined by British composer Julian Anderson to discuss recent French music.

    New From Finland * *20080712

    Sara Mohr-pietsch presents a concert recorded at Maida Vale Studios in October 2007, featuring new music for orchestra and solo piano by Finnish composers.

    Jaakko Kuusisto (violin)

    Paavali Jumppanen (piano)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Susanna Malkki (conductor)

    Veli-Matti Puumala: Chains of Camenae

    Uljas Pulkkis: Enchanted Garden

    Lauri Kilpio: Strata

    Jukka Tiensuu: Soma

    Kimmo Hakola: Maro.

    New Irish Music - 0120110625

    Ed McKeon introduces the first of two programmes of new Irish music, this week featuring a concert given by the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Jurjen Hempel

    Christopher Norby: A Tale of Fractured Minds (BBC Radio 3 Commission, world premiere)

    Ian Wilson: Rise

    David Morris: Jump

    Frank Lyons: Unbreakable

    Brian Irvine: My cow's not pretty but it's pretty to me (world premiere)

    Plus composer Donnacha Dennehy talks about his new CD, Gra agus Bas.

    Recent Irish orchestral works, including premieres by Christopher Norby and Brian Irvine.

    New Irish Music - 02 Last20110702

    Ed McKeon introduces the second of two programmes of recent music from Ireland, this week featuring works by Ian Wilson (including the world premiere of The Book of Ways) recorded at the 2011 Sligo New Music Festival.

    Plus electronic improvisations by one of the festival's guest artists, Australian soundscapist Oren Ambarchi.

    Ian Wilson: The Book of Ways (world premiere)

    Cathal Roche (saxophones), RTE Vanbrugh Quartet

    Ian Wilson: Across a clear blue sky, for string quartet, radio and drumming toys

    RTE Vanbrugh Quartet

    Ian Wilson: re:play

    Cathal Roche (saxophones), RTE Vanburgh Quartet, Malachy Robinson (double bass), Matthew Schellhorn (piano)

    Improvised set

    Oren Ambarchi (electric guitar and electronics).

    Music by Ian Wilson and improvisation by Oren Ambarchi, from the Sligo New Music Festival.

    New Italian Music * *20090801

    Tom Service explores new Italian music with Ed McKeon, featuring recent performances of Gervasoni, Sciarrino and Casale by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Nono and Castiglioni by vocal ensemble Exaudi.

    Music includes:

    Gervasoni: Sensibile

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Tito Ceccherini (conductor)

    Nono: Sara dolce tacere

    Exaudi

    James Weeks (director)

    Casale: A Victor Hugo Daza

    Castiglioni: Hymne

    Sciarrino: I fuochi oltre la ragione

    Tom Service explores new Italian music with Ed McKeon.

    New Music 20x1220120421

    Robert Worby introduces a world premiere by Birtwistle, and three new pieces commissioned for New Music 20X12, inspired by the Olympics, and performed as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

    Harrison Birtwistle: Fantasia Upon All The Notes

    Nash Ensemble conducted by Lionel Friend

    Anna Meredith: HandsFree

    National Youth Orchestra

    Sally Beamish: Spinal Chords

    Juliet Stevenson (narrator)

    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Matthew Truscott

    Luke Carver Goss: Pure Gold: a 4X4 Relay Race

    Ian McMillan (narrator)

    Manchester Chorale

    Black Dyke Band

    Colin Matthews: The Island

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Robert Worby with new music by Birtwistle, Matthews, Meredith, Beamish and Carver Goss.

    New Music By Young Composers20120512

    Ivan Hewett presents new music for orchestra by young composers, including works developed through "Embedded" residencies with the BBC Symphony Orchestra:

    Yuko Ohara: Kaleidoscope

    Laura Bowler: Irresistible Demands Of The Flesh

    BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker

    and from an LPO Debut Sounds concert:

    Emily Wright: Incantation

    Erik Flores: Foliage

    London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Clement Power

    Plus in this week's Hear And Now Fifty, Gillian Moore advocates George Benjamin's At First Light, a chamber orchestral score of "extraordinary detail and skill"; while Paul Griffiths describes the significance of the work as a benchmark for British composing.

    New Music From Iceland20150103

    A survey of some of the exciting new work emanating from Reykjavík and the far north, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is conducted by principal guest conductor Ilan Volkov, who is also chief conductor and music director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

    Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson

    Sporgýla

    (World Premiere)

    Anna Thorvaldsdóttir

    Aeriality

    (UK Premiere)

    David Brynjar Franzson

    "on Matter and Materiality" for cello and orchestra

    Charles Ross

    His Master?s Voice

    Thráinn Hjálmarsson

    As heard across a room

    Hlynur Adils Vilmarsson

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    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Severine Ballon (cello)

    Ilan Volkov (conductor).

    New Music From Japan20130202

    Robert Worby introduces a programme of new music from Japan, highlights from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's event Total Immersion: Sounds from Japan, which took place in London at the Barbican Centre and LSO St Luke's earlier in the day. He's joined by the composer Dai Fujikura whose work Atom receives its UK premiere.

    Akira Nishimura: Bird Heterophony (UK Premiere)

    Misato Mochizuki: Musubi (UK Premiere)

    Toru Takemitsu: November Steps (UK Premiere)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kazushi Ono

    Jo Kondo: Surface, Depth and Colour (UK Premiere)

    Guildhall Chamber Ensemble conducted by Sian Edwards

    Dai Fujikura: Atom (European Premiere)

    Toshio Hosokawa: Woven Dreams (UK Premiere)

    Akira Miyoshi: Litania pour Fuji

    New Music From The North20131005

    Ivan Hewett presents new music from the Nordic countries, with more highlights from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion event New from the North and the first London Ear Festival of Contemporary Music, in performances by Nordic Voices, Bit20, Vertavo Quartet, and the BBC Singers.

    Jouni Kaipainen: String Quartet No 6, 'The Terror Run' (BBC Commission, UK premiere)

    Vertavo Quartet

    Cecile Ore: Schwirren (UK premiere)

    Nordic Voices

    Arne Nordheim: Response IV

    BIT20 Percussion

    Esa-Pekka Salonen: Kiss my mouth (Two Songs from 'Kalender Röd', no. 1)

    Per Norgard: Wie ein Kind

    BBC Singers

    Conductor James Morgan

    Kaija Saariaho: Terra Memoria

    New Music In China - 1 * *20080614

    In the first of two reports from China, Robert Worby visits Beijing to investigate the thriving new music scenes, both official and unofficial.

    The programme includes electronic music by Zhang Xiaofu, who runs the city's electronic music festival, and a concert specially devised by the Beijing New Music Ensemble, playing music by three generations of Chinese composers.

    They range from Gao Weijie, of 'the lost generation' that had to go underground during Mao's time, to Zhang Shouwang, a twentysomething composer whose piece Xizhimen Traffic Lights was inspired by the incessant rhythms of downtown Beijing traffic.

    Robert also investigates Beijing's underground scene, meeting singer and drummer Shenggy and visiting a tiny club called 2 Kolegas to meet Yan Jun, poet, sound artist and organiser of a weekly experimental music night.

    He performs a piece specially for the programme, using feedback generators.

    Part of Radio 3's Focus on China season.

    New Music In China - 220080621

    Robert Worby reports from Shanghai on the range of new music being made in this rapidly-expanding metropolis.

    In tune with the city's futuristic skyline, he finds much of the musical creativity in electronic sounds, both in the lavishly-funded hi-tech E-Arts Festival, and in the thriving underground 'noise' scene.

    Robert discovers the earliest Chinese electronic music in the archives of the Conservatory and finds composers such as Chen Qiangbin combining traditional Chinese instruments with electronic sounds.

    He also attends an underground gig featuring Porn Moon Twins.

    Part of Radio 3's Focus on China season.

    New Music North West Festival 201620160206

    Tom McKinney presents music from a concert recorded in Salford last month as part of the New Music North West Festival and including four world premieres of orchestral music.

    Yvonne Eccles: Relentless Continuum

    Robin Walker: Prelude to Odysseus on Ogygia

    Ben Parker: Treading Water

    Adam Gorb: In Solitude, For Company

    BBC Philharmonic

    Clark Rundell (conductor)

    James Wishart: The Leaving of Liverpool

    Anthony Gilbert: Moonfaring

    Mark Simpson: Ariel

    Psappha.

    New Releases20141011

    Tom Service dips into recent releases of new music chosen by composer-performer Kerry Andrew and vocalist Elaine Mitchener, ranging from the jazz-improv of the McCormack and Yarde Duo and the anarchic soundscape of Vicious circus, to the contrasting vocal textures of Luca Francesconi and David Lang.

    In Composers' Rooms the Cambridge home of Robin Holloway is the latest destination for Sara Mohr-pietsch. Together, she and the distinguished composer, teacher and writer rootle around his workspace.

    Plus, leading contemporary music saxophonist Marcus Weiss plays James Tenney's 'Saxony', recorded live in May at Glasgow's Tectonics festival.

    New Works: Ulster Orchestra20150207

    Ivan Hewett presents new works played by the Ulster Orchestra, including Deirdre McKay's opera Driven and Ian Wilson's Sullen Earth for violin and orchestra.

    DEIRDRE McKAY

    Meltwater

    Ulster Orchestra

    David Brophy (conductor)

    Driven

    Robin Tritschler (tenor)

    IAN WILSON

    Sullen Earth for violin and orchestra

    Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin)

    Nico Muhly20100417

    Sara Mohr-pietsch, in conversation with Nico Muhly, presents a concert of his music and a piece by a composer he admires, Steve Reich.

    Young firebrand New Yorker Nico Muhly is one of the most exciting and diverse composers around today.

    He has written and performed with major orchestras in the USA and UK, and collaborated with artists including

    Björk and Sigur Rós.

    Nico Muhly: Step Team (18:17)

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    Muhly: Saro; You Better Mind (6:38)

    Sam Amidon and Beth Orton (vocals)

    Nico Muhly: By All Means (9:13)

    Nico Muhly: The Only Tune (15:41)

    Sam Amidon (vocals)

    Steve Reich: City Life (14:14)

    Britten Sinfonia conducted by Nicholas Collon and Nico Muhly.

    Sara Mohr-pietsch talks to composer Nico Muhly and presents a concert of his music.

    Nordic Survey20041030

    Sarah Walker introduces two BBC ensembles performing music from Scandinavia.

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Johannes Kalitzke in a recent Studio Concert in the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, with all the pieces being given their UK premieres.

    Rolf Wallin: Act

    Bent Sørensen: Intermezzi from Under Himlen

    Lore Lixenberg and Marianne Rørholm (mezzo sopranos)

    Karl Aage Rasmussen: A Tempo

    Also tonight, the BBC Singers conducted by Stefan Parkman perform music by Per Nørgård and Anders Hillborg

    Nordic Survey.

    Northern Lights: Emily Hall, John Luther Adams20151219

    As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present new music by the British composer Emily Hall, inspired by and incorporating recordings from a trip to the most northerly part of the UK, the Shetland isle of Unst.

    American composer John Luther Adams talks to Tom McKinney about his recent work Ilimaq, an electro-acoustic collaboration with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, evoking the northern territories of Alaska in North America.

    And continuing our coverage of this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the group Apartment House perform John Cage's Hymnkus, whose title combines the words hymn and haikus, reflecting of the work's construction.

    Norwegian Word20040522

    Alwynne Pritchard presents a two-part overview of the new music scene in Norway, beginning with a special report on Oslo's 2003 Ultima Festival entitled 'echoes from an era', including interviews and music by featured local composers Rolf Wallin and Maja Ratkje.

    There's also a Modernist classic, Stockhausen's Mixtur for orchestra and ring-modulators, played by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

    And from the burgeoning young electronic music scene in Bergen, Alwynne finds out what 20-somethings like Bad Bikini and Sir Dupermann are getting up to with their laptops.

    Noszferatu, Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio20140125

    Tom Service introduces a concert by Noszferatu and the Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio, performing compositions specially created for this double ensemble, in a programme exploring the crossover between written and improvised music. The concert was recorded in Novemb