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0101Heartbeats In Music20190406

A brand new show featuring the best new music in live performance from around the UK and the world, plus new releases, features and interviews with composers and performers.
Tonight, Kate Molleson presents intensely jubilant orchestral music built on the heartbeat of his unborn daughter by David Fennessy, and Cairo-based Maurice Louca's ensemble unveil a panoramic suite with elements of cosmic jazz, Arabic melody, trancelike Yemeni music and minimalism. Plus an in-depth interview with the increasingly significant Berlin-based composer Rebecca Saunders: she has built entire pieces on something as small as the shift from one pitch to another, while recently, her music has taken a sculptural approach to space as well as sound.
And a spotlight on two leading Canadian composers with very individual voices – Cassandra Miller and Linda Catlin Smith.

Christian Winther Christensen: Almost in G (1st movement)
Scenatet

David Fennessy: The Ground (WP, BBC Commission)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard

Emily Hall: Two songs: 'I am Happy' & 'End of the Ending'
Hermes Experiment

Maurice Louca: 'Elephantine' & 'Al Khawaga'
Ensemble led by Maurice Louca (piano, guitar)

Robert Worby interviews composer Rebecca Saunders in depth about her music.

Hildur Guðnadóttir: Point of Departure
Nordic Affect

Cassandra Miller: Warblework
Bozzini Quartet

Linda Catlin Smith: Far from Shore (UKP)
Fidelio Trio

And to end the show, a nocturnal soundscape recording: Saturday Night Late

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A brand new show featuring the best new music in live performance from around the UK and the world, plus new releases, features and interviews with composers and performers.
Tonight, Kate Molleson presents intensely jubilant orchestral music by David Fennessy built on the heartbeat of his unborn daughter, and Cairo-based Maurice Louca's ensemble unveils a panoramic suite with elements of cosmic jazz, Arabic melody, trancelike Yemeni music and minimalism. Plus an in-depth interview with the increasingly significant Berlin-based composer Rebecca Saunders: she has built entire pieces on something as small as the shift from one pitch to another, while recently, her music has taken a sculptural approach to space as well as sound.
And a spotlight on two leading Canadian composers with very individual voices – Cassandra Miller and Linda Catlin Smith.

Emily Hall: Two songs: I am happy, and End of the ending
Hermes Experiment

Maurice Louca: Elephantine and Al Khawaga
Ensemble led by Maurice Louca (piano, guitar)

0102Cinema For The Ear20190413

A brand new show featuring the best new music in live performance from around the UK and the world, plus new releases, features and interviews with composers and performers.

Tonight, Tom Service presents Rebecca Saunders' hypnotic 'A Visible Trace' and Iranian composer Anahita Abassi's 'Situation II'', performed by Frankfurt based Ensemble Modern. Composer, Deirdre McKay talks about how natural sounds compel her music in 'Sound of the Week' and there is "cinema for the ear" courtesy of Apartment House as they perform Luc Ferrari's , 'Cellule 75: Force du rythme, et cadence force.' Finally, Finghin Collins is the soloist with the Ulster Orchestra in Deirdre Gribbin's gripping and piano concerto, 'The Binding of the Years' inspired by ancient time and Deirdre's own archaeological digs and to end the show, a soundscape for 'Saturday Night Late' takes us to the streets of Portugal.

Rebecca Saunders: Visible Traces
Ensemble Modern

Anahita Abassi: Situation II: Dialogue
Ensemble Modern

Luc Ferrari: Cellule 75: Force du rythme, et cadence force
Apartment House
Kerry Yong (piano)
Simon Limbrick (percussion)

Deirdre Gribbin: The Binding of the Years (revised)
Finghin Collins (piano)
Ulster Orchestra

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0103Laurence Crane, Pauline Oliveros, Per Norgard20190420

Kate Molleson introduces live recordings of music by Christopher Fox, Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue and Per Nørgård. In this week's composer interview, Laurence Crane talks to Robert Worby, and new releases include music by the Irish composer David Fennessy and American experimental duo Matmos.

Christopher Fox: This is the wind (2018)
Fidelio Trio

Pauline Oliveros Trio for flute, piano and page turner (1977)
Manuel Zurria (flute); Mark Knoop (piano)

Eliane Radigue: Occam XVII
Dominic Lash (double bass)

Per Nørgård: Symphony No,7 (2006)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Radio 3's weekly exploration of the world of contemporary classical music

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Christopher Fox: This is the wind (world premiere)
Fidelio Trio

Pauline Oliveros Trio for flute, piano and page turner
Manuel Zurria (flute); Mark Knoop (piano)

Per Nørgård: Symphony No.7
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

0104Myths, Dreams And Fire20190427

Tom Service presents cutting-edge new music recorded in concert, plus interviews and features.

Laurence Crane: Holt Quartet
Bozzini Quartet

Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes: Lighting the Fire
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Taavi Kull

Elaine Mitchener: Myths & Dreams
Elaine Mitchener (vocal)
Jason Yarde (saxophone)
Neil Charles (bass)

Eliane Radigue: Occam IV
Julia Eckhardt (viola)

Plus Sound Of The Week: Australian composer and sound artist Julian Day describes a sound that has inspired his work.

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0105Rituals, Prog Rock And Bendy Reality20190504

Featuring the best new music in live performance from around the UK and the world, plus new releases, features and interviews with composers and performers.

Tonight, Kate Molleson evokes a Pagan ritual with music by Hungarian composer Bence Kutrik and we hear Norwegian Sigurd Fischer Olsen's 'Sserenades'. Mark Knoop and Manuel Zurria perform Laurence Crane’s Gli Anni Prog (the ‘years of prog’), a piece that draws inspiration from an Italian book about 70s prog rock legends Genesis. We hear some sonic mutations and mimicry in new releases from Swedish-Finnish electroacoustic composer Marja Ahti and People Like Us, pianist Nicolas Hodges performs Simon Steen-Andersen’s ground (and piano) breaking Concerto for piano, sampler, video and orchestra with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard, and our Sound of the Week is the plaintive wail of an escalator at the Hague that sparked the imagination of Welsh composer Andrew Lewis.

People Like Us: Bing Bong

Bence Kutrik: Ritual
Klara Babel (harp)
Janos Szepesi (clarinet)
Zalan Kovacs (tuba)
Zoltan Varga & Adam Maros (percussion)
International Rostrum of Composers 2018

Laurence Crane: Gli Anni Prog
Mark Knoop (piano)
Manuel Zurria (Flute)

Sigurd Fischer Olsen: Sserenades for female voice and ensemble
Sofia Jernberg (vocals)
BIT20 Ensemble
Peter Sebastian Szilvay (conductor)
International Rostrum of Composers 2018

Marja Ahti - Rooftop Gardens

Simon Steen-Andersen: Concerto for piano, sampler, video and orchestra
Nicolas Hodges (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard.

Featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0106Tectonics Glasgow 201920190511

Highlights from Tectonics 2019, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s annual festival of new and experimental music, presented by Kate Molleson.

Andrew Hamilton: c (UK Premiere)
Jennifer Walshe: The Site Of An Investigation (UK Premiere)
Christian Wolff: Old Shoe, New Shoe (World Premiere)

Joey Baron (jazz drums)
Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion)
Jennifer Walshe (singer)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Luc Ferrari: Programme commun for harpsichord and tape
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

plus a report on Lucie Vitkova's live performance installation, Makeup Scores: Environmental Music.

Christian Wolff’s BBC commission, Old Shoe, New Shoe was inspired by a large painting by Philip Guston, and the result is a sonic landscape of some scale. Two solo percussionists interweave with the orchestra, constantly changing performing situations: moving from leader, to follower; from written notes to free improvisation.
Jennifer Walshe's The Site of An Investigation ranges wildly over our contemporary predicament, taking in microplastics, Facebook likes, grief, precarity, interplanetary colonisation, artificial intelligence and loss. The work is coloured by shifts between raw emotion and the blackest humour.

Festival co-curator Ilan Volkov says, “Tectonics Glasgow Festival is the highlight of my year. The festival of course keeps changing but its main strength is really showing a diverse range of new music from classical composers using notation, improvisers without any notation, to electronic music, sound art and performance art as well.”

Highlights from Tectonics festival in Glasgow, presented by Kate Molleson.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0107Tectonics Glasgow 201920190518

Highlights from Tectonics 2019, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's annual festival of new and experimental music featuring music, presented by Kate Molleson.

Juliana Hodkinson All Around (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Mauro Lanza Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (BBC Co-Commission, UK Premiere)
Martin Arnold The Gay Goshawk (World Premiere)

Angharad Davies (violin)
Sharron Kraus (voice)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

also tonight:

Anahita Abbasi Intertwined Distances
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

and Julia Reidy 's Brace, brace for guitar and voice

Ilan Volkov leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in two BBC Commissions: Juliana Hodkinson’s All Around, which aims to extend the reach of our listening into real and imaginary spaces, and Mauro Lanza’s Experiments in the Revival of Organisms. Borrowed from the 1940 film which documents Soviet research into the resuscitation of clinically dead organisms, Lanza’s two-section piece is built around a short quotation from the last movement of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony. Composer Martin Arnold is drawn to Scottish ballads in The Gay Goshawk. In his sweeping work, the lyrics absorb and mediate weird metamorphoses of so many sound worlds, from psychedelic transmutations of late 14th century polyphony to Brill Building pop-jazz, as they tell their stories.

Brace, brace is Julia Reidy’s dread-tinged incantation of desolate strumming and slow-moving pitch sequences.

The electronic element of Anahita Abbasi’s Intertwined Distances came out of a close collaboration between Esfahani and the composer.

Tectonics festival in Glasgow - more highlights presented by Kate Molleson.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Mauro Lanza Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (BBC Co-Commission, UK Premiere)
Juliana Hodkinson All Around (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Martin Arnold The Gay Goshawk (World Premiere)

Martin Arnold (melodica)
Angharad Davies (violin)
Sharron Kraus (voice)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

and Julia Reidy 's Brace, brace for 12 string guitar and voice

and a report on Radiophrenia, Glasgow's pop-up radio experimental music station

0108Stockhausen Reimagined20190525

Tom Service presents the best new music in live performance, including the world premiere of a Duo for Eight Strings by Sir Harrison Birtwistle played by violist Lawrence Power and cellist Adrian Brendel and recorded at Wigmore Hall. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with sheng soloist, Wu Wei and conductor, Julien Leroy give the premiere of Donghoon Shin's Concerto, Anecdote. Robert Worby interviews veteran New York School composer Christian Wolff about his long life in music, as he visits London to perform his own music at the Barbican. And, the world premiere of a new opera "Sin {x} II", a reimagining of Stockhausen's Welt-Parlament, from contemporary electronic musician Actress, also known as Darren Cunningham, and recorded last week at London's Southbank Centre. The libretto was inspired by MPs debating the meaning of love during the Brexit no-confidence vote in December 2018. Actress joins forces with pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell - a student of Stockhausen, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and conductor Robert Ames.

The best in new music: a world premiere by Harrison Birtwistle and Stockhausen reimagined.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0109Memories, Murmurs And Algorithms20190601

Tom Service presents cutting-edge new music recorded in concert, plus interviews and features. Live performances tonight from Birmingham Contemporary Group, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Fidelio Trio and Ensemble Modern including a world premiere from Luke Styles and UK premieres of works by Ashley Fure and Mayke Nas. New releases include Mick Sussman and his Partch-inspired Algorithmic Music Generator and the electronic duo of eRikm and Anthony Pateras. In our Sound of the Week, Scottish instrumentalist and composer Bill Wells shares his fascination with the iconic Tardis sound effect and we end with a Saturday Night Late environmental recording from the streets of Belfast.

Rebecca Saunders: murmurs
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Julien Leroy (conductor)

Luke Styles: Memories Of A Foreign Land Called Home
Fidelio Trio

Mayke Nas: Down the Rabbit Hole
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jac van Steen (conductor)

Ashley Fure: Feed Forward
Ensemble Modern
Vimbayi Kaziboni (conductor)

Featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0110Night Cafe And Nemo's Organ20190608

Kate Molleson presents more of the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.
Tonight, recordings from the launch of Birmingham Record Company, and music from the recent Only Connect festival in Norway.

Caroline Shaw: Limestone and felt
Attacca Quartet

Jan-Peter de Graaff: Café de nuit, UKP
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen

Kirsty Devaney: Root
BCMG Next/Thallein Ensemble conducted by Michael Colebey

Sophie Lacaze: Après avoir contemplé la lune
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre-André Valade

Mesias Maiguashca: Nemos Orgel
Lauren Redhead (organ)
Alistair Zaldua (live electronics)
Recorded at Only Connect Festival, Stavanger, Norway last month

Catherine Lamb: Parallaxis Forma
Ensemble neoN

Plus composer Richard Youngs talks about his Sound Of The Week.

Featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0110Night Cafe And Shades Of Light20190608

Kate Molleson presents more of the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.
Tonight, recordings from the launch of Birmingham Record Company, and our own BBC Symphony Orchestra showcasing young European composers.

Joe Cutler: Slippery music
BCMG Next/Thallein Ensemble conducted by Michael Colebey

Jan-Peter de Graaff: Café de nuit, UKP
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen

Kirsty Devaney: Root
BCMG Next/Thallein Ensemble conducted by Michael Colebey

Lauri Kilpio: Piano concerto (Shades of light) UKP
Joonas Ahonen (Piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo

Plus Dave Smith plays his own piano music, recorded at Tectonics Festival; and composer Richard Youngs talks about his Sound Of The Week.

Featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0111Illusions, Unification And A Crimson Sea20190615

Tom Service presents cutting-edge new music recorded in concert, featuring a work by Linas Baltas based on scientific research that has discovered a range of paradoxes – or illusions – showing that the way people hear even simple musical patterns can differ strikingly. The BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Hawar Tawfiq’s Unificazione, a piece in celebration of the Unification of Europe and there is a chance to hear Rebecca Saunders’ CRIMSON: Molly's Song 1, a piece that meditates on images from Molly Bloom's monologue at the end of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Plus Robert Worby interviews Irish composer, improviser and vocalist Jennifer Walshe.

Hawar Tawfiq: Unificazione (UK Premiere)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jac Van Steen (conductor)

Linas Baltas: Illusions for chorus
BBC Singers
Nicholas Chalmers
(Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival)

Rebecca Saunders: Molly's song I for ensemble
BCMG
Julien Leroy (conductor)

Pauline Oliveros: Portrait of Manuel Zurria
Manuel Zurria (flute)
Camden Arts Centre, London

Featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0112Richard Ayres's No 50 (the Garden) And Paola Livorsi's Lamenti20190622

Tom Service presents the New Music Show which tonight has as its centrepiece Richard Ayres's eagerly-awaited The Garden. Inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy and the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch this hour-long theatre piece sees a dissatisfied man searching for a meaning in his life. He digs down from his garden to hell, before travelling up to heaven and the stars and eventually finding himself back in his garden. Along the way, he encounters a worm, a ghost, a fossil and the lovers from Dante's Inferno. Also tonight, Tom features a twenty-minute lament by Paola Livorsi inspired by the music and poetry of the Renaissance and a track from an important new recording of music by the Vienna-born octogenarian, Erika Fox,

Erika Fox: Quasi Una Cadenza
Goldfield Ensemble

George Lewis: Timelike Weave (UK premiere)
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
[Recorded at Glasgow Tectonics 2019]

Richard Ayres: No.50 (The Garden) (recorded at UK premiere at Southbank Centre)
Joshua Bloom (bass)
Sound Intermedia
London Sinfonietta, Geoffrey Paterson (conductor)

Paola Livorsi: Lamenti
Helsinki Chamber Choir, Nils Schweckendiek (conductor)

Richard Ayres's eagerly awaited The Garden, inspired by Dante.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0113House Of Bedlam, Zubin Kanga, Bastard Assignments20190629

Tom Service presents the latest cutting-edge new music in performance, including the work of experimental collective Bastard Assignments live at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh earlier this month, highlights from a recent Nonclassical event in London showcasing Larry Gove's group House of Bedlam and the pianist Zubin Kanga, UK premieres of orchestral works by Ana Lara and Bruno Mantovani performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Angharad Davies's Solo Violin and Four Bass Amps recorded at Cafe Oto in London as part of the Kammerklang series.

0113Interzones20190629

Tom Service presents the latest cutting-edge new music in performance, including the work of experimental collective Bastard Assignments live at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh earlier this month, highlights from a recent Nonclassical event in London showcasing House of Bedlam and the pianist Zubin Kanga, UK premieres of orchestral works by Ana Lara and Bruno Mantovani performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Angharad Davies's Solo Violin and Four Bass Amps recorded at Cafe Oto in London as part of the Kammerklang series.

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features. With Tom Service.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0114New Music Biennial 2019 - 120190706

Kate Molleson presents highlights from the New Music Biennial 2019 taking place at the South Bank Centre in London this weekend. World premiere performances of newly commissioned music for a diverse range of performing artists and groups.

Claire M Singer: Gleann Ciùin
London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames

Forest Swords (aka Matthew Barnes): Trespassing
Immix Ensemble

Arun Ghosh: AMBHAS
For large wind orchestra and clarinet solo

Gazelle Twin & Max de Wardener: The Power and the Glory
Gazelle Twin (vocal)
BBC Concert Orchestra

Kate Molleson presents music from the New Music Biennial at London's South Bank Centre

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0115New Music Biennial 2019 - 220190713

Kate Molleson presents highlights from the New Music Biennial 2019, which took place at South Bank Centre in London last weekend. World premiere performances of newly commissioned music for a diverse range of performing artists and groups.

Roderick Williams: Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy
Chineke!

Numb Mob: Where to Build in Stone

Edmund Finnis: The Centre Is Everywhere
Manchester Collective

Jessica Curry: She Who
National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

Kate Molleson presents music from the New Music Biennial at London's South Bank Centre.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents highlights from the New Music Biennial 2019, which took place at the South Bank Centre in London last weekend. World premiere performances of newly commissioned music for a diverse range of performing artists and groups.

Sam Eastmond: Brit-Ish Suite; 1. The Pink Shagpile Carpet Song (AKA The King Of Spank)
Spike Orchestra

Dan Jones – Music for 7 Ice Cream Vans [excerpt]

Rolf Hind: Tiger's Nest for gamelan, 2 prepared pianos & percussion
Colin Currie (percussion)
Rolf Hind (piano)
Zubin Kanga (piano)
Isabelle Carré (gamelan soloist)
Robert Campion (gamelan soloist)
Southbank Gamelan Players

David Fennessy: Panopticon
Psappha

0116Counterflows, Interruptions And Moon Music20190720

Tom Service presents more of the best in new music, including a world premiere by Conor Mitchell from the New Music Biennial weekend in London, orchestral music inspired by the Apollo moon landings, a work for bin bags, fans and air compressors from Glasgow Counterflows Festival, and in Sound Of The Week, composer and sound artist Aine O'Dwyer talks about musical interruptions.
Brian Eno: Like I was a spectator
Christian Jost: One small step
Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gabriel Feltz
Conor Mitchell: Lunaria
Belfast Ensemble
Sarah Hennies: Everything Else
House of Bedlam
Laurence Osborn: Absorber
Zubin Kanga (keyboards)
Sholto Dobie: untitled work
Lisa Lim: Speak, be silent (1st movement)
Riot Ensemble

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents more of the best in new music, including a world premiere by Conor Mitchell from the New Music Biennial weekend in London, orchestral music inspired by the Apollo moon landings, a work for bin bags, fans and air compressors from Glasgow Counterflows Festival, and in Sound Of The Week, composer and sound artist Aine O'Dwyer talks about musical interruptions.
Brian Eno: Like I was a spectator
Christian Jost: One small step
Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gabriel Feltz
Conor Mitchell: Lunaria
Belfast Ensemble
Sarah Hennies: Everything Else
House of Bedlam
Laurence Osborn: Absorber
Zubin Kanga (keyboards)
Sholto Dobie: untitled work
Lisa Lim: Speak, be silent (1st movement)
Riot Ensemble

0117Yodels, Turntables And Iranian Tanbur20190727

Kate Molleson introduces performances from Glasgow's Counterflows Festival (new takes on yodelling and Iranian tanbur), and a work for turntables and orchestra from the New Music Biennial.

Myriam Van Imschoot: Hola Hu
Myriam Van Imschoot & Doreen Kutzke (vocals)

Shiva Feshareki: Dialogue
Shiva Feshareki (turntables)
BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Andre de Ridder

Arash Moradi: Works for solo tanbur

Plus a feature on the thriving New Music scene in Glasgow

Kate Molleson presents music from Glasgow's Counterflows and the New Music Biennial.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson reports on the thriving New Music scene in Glasgow, and introduces performances from Glasgow's Counterflows Festival (new takes on yodelling and Iranian tanbur). Also tonight, a work for turntables and orchestra featured at the New Music Biennial. Plus, Robert Worby talks to David Toop about his life in music, from an early recording on Brian Eno's Obscure label, to a recent opera for Aldeburgh.

James Tenney: Changes 1 (from 64 Studies for harp)

Arash Moradi: Works for solo tanbur

0118Spiders, Moths, And Fears20190803

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Spiders, moths, fears, Scottish bagpipes and Iranian Dastgah feature on the New Music Show tonight.

Tom Service introduces music by Oliver Knussen, the British premiere of a major work for bassoon inspired by Kafka, Study for Metamorphosis; Harrison Birtwistle’s Three Songs from the Holy Forest – settings of poems by Robin Blaser, which Birtwistle also set in his The Moth Requiem; and Elliott Carter’s Mosaic composed for the Nash Ensemble in 2004. There’s brand new work by Scottish composer, Genevieve Murphy which was recorded at the BBC’s Tectonics Festival in Glasgow and is performed by the composer herself as well as Scottish piper, Brighde Chaimbeul, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor, Ilan Volkov - In An Agitated World was inspired by Murphy’s Fear of Spiders. Also, a new release of music from Iran by Fozié Majd, the Ulster Orchestra perform Ian Wilson’s Licht/ung and this week’s Sound of the Week comes from composer, Claudia Molitor.

Elliott Carter
Mosaic
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

Ian Wilson
Licht/ung
Ulster Orchestra
David Brophy (conductor)

Fozié Majd
Dreamland
Darragh Morgan (violin)
Patrick Savage (violin)
Fiona Winning (viola)
Deirdre Cooper (cello)

Harrison Birtwistle
Three Songs from 'The Holy forest'
Claire Booth (soprano)
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

Oliver Knussen
Study for 'Metamorphosis' for solo bassoon
Ursula Leveaux (bassoon)

Genevieve Murphy
Calm In An Agitated World
Genevieve Murphy (vocalist and tape)
Brighde Chaimbeul (pipes)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

0119Open Ear Concert20190810

Sara Mohr-pietsch hosts an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music from LSO St Luke's in London. Performers are the Manchester-based ensemble House Of Bedlam, the piano/percussion duo of George Barton and Siwan Rhys, soprano Jessica Aszodi, and BirdWorld (Gregor Riddell, cello & electronics, and Adam Teixeira, drums & percussion)

Mette Nielsen: Slow Race
House of Bedlam

Betsy Jolas: Music for Joan
George Barton & Siwan Rhys

Larry Goves: happy/fat/boomf
House of Bedlam

Liza Lim: movements from Atlas of the Sky (UK Premiere)
Jessica Aszodi (soprano)

Jennifer Walshe: G.L.O.R.I.-
Jessica Aszodi (soprano)

BirdWorld: set 1

Larry Goves: Untitled (Music for melody instruments, bearing balls, corks and electronic sounds) (World premiere)
House of Bedlam

David Fennessy: Small brown spots
House of Bedlam

Natasha Anderson - More (UK Premiere)
Jessica Aszodi (soprano)

BirdWorld: set 2

Oliver Leith: good day good day bad day bad day (8th movement)
George Barton & Siwan Rhys

Amber Priestley: Abroad to beg your bacon ((World premiere)
House of Bedlam

Sara Mohr-pietsch hosts an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music from LSO St Luke's in London. Performers are the Manchester-based ensemble House Of Bedlam, the piano/percussion duo of George Barton and Siwan Rhys, soprano Jessica Aszodi, and BirdWorld (Gregor Riddell, cello & electronics, and Adam Teixeira, drums & percussion)

Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music.

012020190817

Kate Molleson presents recent CD releases plus concert performances of new music, by pianist Zubin Kanga and from the Music We'd Like To Hear series.
Plus composer/performer Neil Luck talks about his Sound of the Week.
Simon Loeffler: September 08
Zubin Kanga (keyboards)
Severine Ballon: Cloches fendues I & II
Severine Ballon (cello)
Helena Tulva: Being Mountain I Remain Silent
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
B Tommy Andersson (conductor)
Zubin Kanga: Transformations II
Alexander Schubert: Piano-Wiki.net
Zubin Kanga (keyboards)
Newton Armstrong: A line alongside itself
Severine Ballon (cello)
Newton Armstrong (sound diffusion)

Kate Molleson presents new music from Music We'd Like To Hear and Zubin Kanga.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0121Music By Harrison Birtwistle20190824

Kate Molleson presents music by Sir Harrison Birtwistle performed by the Nash Ensemble and recorded at London's Wigmore Hall. This week's Sound of the Week is by composer, Brian Irvine and Kate introduces her selection of this week's new releases.

Harrison Birtwistle
The Woman and the hare for soprano, speaker and ensemble
Claire Booth (soprano)
Simone Leona Hueber (reciter)
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

Harrison Birtwistle
Fantasia upon all the notes for ensemble
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents two works by Harrison Birtwistle performed by the Nash Ensemble and recorded at London's Wigmore Hall in April; composer, Brian Irvine introduces his Sound of the Week which has has a nautical connection; there is glitch minimalism for soprano and tape by John McGuire and Kate introduces her selection of new releases including music by Erika Fox and Linda Catlin Smith

Erika Fox
Café Warsaw 1944
III. Scherzo ​​​​​​​
IV. Lament and Coda​​​​​​
Goldfield Ensemble
Richard Baker (conductor)

Harrison Birtwistle
Fantasia upon all the notes for ensemble
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

​Linda Catlin Smith ​​​​​
​​Among the Tarnished Stars
​​Apartment House:
​​Anton Lukoszevieze (piano), Mira Benjamin (violin)
Heather Roche (clarinet) & Philip Thomas (piano)

Harrison Birtwistle
The Woman and the Hare
Claire Booth (soprano)
Simone Leona Hueber (reciter)
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

John McGuire
A Cappella
for soprano and tape
Beth Griffith (soprano)

0122Sun Rings, A Forest And The Joy Of Activity20190831

Tom Service presents more of the best in new music, including a new release of Terry Riley's Sun Rings from the Kronos Quartet, a piece by Linda Catlin Smith for 9 violins, a work by Rolf Wallin about speed and the joy of activity and Apartment House perform Luc Ferrari's Didascalies.

Luc Ferrari: Didascalies for cello or viola, piano and electronics
Apartment House

Terry Riley: Sun Rings (Venus Upstream)
Kronos Quartet

Ivan Fedele: Ur for orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Pierre-Andre Valade

Ann Cleare: 93 million miles away for violin, cello and piano
Fidelio Trio

Linda Catlin Smith: Forest for 9 violins
Mira Benjamin (leader)
Evie Hilyer-Ziegler
Izzy Morshead
Anne Han
Ella Fox
Hannah Bell
Amalia Young
Richard Montgomery
Amelia Gilmartin
Claudia Dehnke

Rolf Wallin: Act for Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jonathan Berman (conductor)

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents more of the best in new music, including a new release of Terry Riley's Sun Rings from the Kronos Quartet, a piece by Linda Catlin Smith for 9 violins, a work by Rolf Wallin about speed and the joy of activity and Anna Meredith talks about her new album.

Max de Wardener – Kolmar (reprise)
Album: KOLMAR
Label: Village Green

Anna Meredith: Paramour
Album: FIBS
Label: Moshi Moshi/Black Prince Fury

Terry Riley: Sun Rings (Venus Upstream)
Kronos Quartet
Album: Sun Rings
Label: Nonesuch

Catherine Lamb: Parallaxis Forma (excerpt)
Performer: Ensemble neon
Album: Niblock/Lamb
Label: Hubro

0123Music From Nirmali Fenn, \u00c9liane Radigue And Jia Guoping20190907

Kate Molleson introduces a show which ranges from explorations of the acoustical properties of a single flute, the sound of toy bells found in charity shops and a specially constructed giant bell. Also tonight, there's a concerto featuring the sheng, an ancient Chinese wind instrument which has inspired a number of western composer recently and the programme ends with one of the remarkable series of works by Éliane Radigue which have occupied her for nearly half a century: slow, meditative, sculptures in sound which draw the ear ever deeper. And there's a look ahead to the world of John Luther Adams whose In the Name of the Earth is premiered in tomorrow morning's BBC Prom.

Nirmali Fenn: Scratches of the Wind
Daniel Havel (alto flute)

Sarah Hennies: Falsetto for toy bells

Nirmali Fenn: Scratches of the Wind
House of Bedlam

Dominic Murcott: The Harmonic Canon, Part I
arx duo (playing a specially constructed bell)

Jia Guoping: The Wind sounds in the sky for sheng, cello and percussion
Wu Wei (sheng)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Julien Leroy (cond)

Éliane Radigue: Occam XXI
Angharad Davies (violin)

Katev Molleson showcases the latest new music in specially recorded performances.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0123Nirmali Fenn, \u00c9liane Radigue, Jia Guoping20190907

Kate Molleson introduces a show which ranges from explorations of the acoustical properties of a single flute, the sound of toy bells found in charity shops and a specially constructed giant bell. Also tonight, there's a concerto featuring the sheng, an ancient Chinese wind instrument which has inspired a number of western composer recently and the programme ends with one of the remarkable series of works by Éliane Radigue which have occupied her for nearly half a century: slow, meditative, sculptures in sound which draw the ear ever deeper. And there's a look ahead to the world of John Luther Adams whose In the Name of the Earth is premiered in tomorrow morning's BBC Prom.

Nirmali Fenn: Scratches of the Wind
Daniel Havel (alto flute)

Sarah Hennies: Falsetto for toy bells

Nirmali Fenn: Scratches of the Wind
House of Bedlam

Dominic Murcott: The Harmonic Canon, Part I
arx duo (playing a specially constructed bell)

Jia Guoping: The Wind sounds in the sky for sheng, cello and percussion
Wu Wei (sheng)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Julien Leroy (cond)

Éliane Radigue: Occam XXI
Angharad Davies (violin)

Kate Molleson showcases the latest new music in specially recorded performances.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0124New Releases20190914

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews, new releases and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0125Cowboys, Moths, Birds And A Long Distance Runner20190921

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

The New Music Show presented by Tom Service.
Kate Molleson introduces the world premiere performance of Michael Gordon's latest choral work, a nod to American cowboy movies where the town marshal meets the bad guys. There's also one of Heiner Goebbels's scenic concerts, this one based on Franz Kafka texts on ageing and mortality. Leo Chadburn introduces seventy British common moth species and Cassie To explores a disappearing natural world in a chamber work inspired by the songs of five Australian bird species in danger of being silenced for ever. And the programme ends with a meditation on the loneliness of the long distance runner.

Heiner Goebbels: The Excursion into the Mountains
Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier (conductor)

Cassie To: Avialae (for flute,clarinet, cello, percussion and piano)
Ensemble Offspring

Leo Chadburn: The Indistinguishables for narrator and string quartet
Gemma Saunders (narrator), Bozzini Quartet

Sound of the Week: Hollie Harding talks about a sound that has inspired her work as a composer, researcher and curator of contemporary music.

Michael Gordon: A Western (world premiere)
Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier (conductor)

Tristan Murail: Tellur
Sam Cave (guitar)

Laurence Crane: Piano Piece no.23 'Ethiopian Distance Runners'
Mark Knoop (piano)

The best in new music, this time inspired by cowboys, moths, birds, mortality and beyond.

0126Linda Catlin Smith, Rebecca Glover, Lauri Kilpio20190928

Tom Service presents live recordings by the Bozzini Quartet, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Thallein Ensemble and Abstruckt Ensemble in works by Paul Newland, Lauri Kilpio, Joe Cutler and Rebecca Glover. Plus the American composer Linda Catlin Smith talks to Robert Worby about her work and a recent release from Spanish electroacoustic composer Francisco Lopez.

Tom Service presents the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0127Eduardo Reck Miranda's Lampedusa - An Opera In Three Acts20191005

Tonight Kate Molleson explores the margins of sound with specially recorded performances of a work for solo flute and electronics by Kaija Saariaho and a short opera based on Shakespeare by the Brazilian-born Eduardo Reck Miranda. 'Lampedusa' is set in a parallel Shakespearean universe and the plot takes place before the arrival of Prospero and Miranda in Lampedusa, allegedly the island portrayed in Shakespeare’s play. The opera tells the story of Sycorax, a refugee from Europe, her son, Caliban, and Ariel. Ariel is an invisible native inhabitant who objects to Caliban’s ambitions of reigning over the island. As its composer says: "It incorporates musical renditions of particle collision data and a libretto in an otherworldly language invented by David J. Peterson, author of the Dothraki language spoken in the TV series 'Game of Thrones'". Kate finds out more about this and also plays a performance of Iscariot by Christopher Rouse, who died recently. He wrote of his music that: “It may sometimes take you to a place you'll find it difficult to go, but my goal will always be at journey's end to provide you with solace and strength."

Kaija Saariaho: NoaNoa
Camilla Hoitenga (flute) with Jean-Baptiste Barrière (electronics)

Christopher Fox: Early one morning [for clarinet and bass clarinet]
Heather Roche (clarinets)

Christopher Rouse: Iscariot
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert (conductor)

Eduardo Reck Miranda: Lampedusa - opera in 3 acts
Emma Tring (soprano), Edward Price (bass), BBC Singers, Nicholas Chalmers (conductor)
recorded at the University of Plymouth, Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival.

Kaija Saariaho: Neiges for 12 cellos WP Recording
Cellos of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Clement Mao-Takacs (conductor)

New Music Show - including Eduardo Reck Miranda's short opera 'Lampedusa.'

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Sarah Hennies: Reservoir 1

Eduardo Reck Miranda: Lampedusa - opera in 3 acts
Emma Tring (soprano), Edward Price (bass), BBC Singers, Nicholas Chalmers (conductor)
recorded at the Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival.

0128Elsa Justel, James Weeks, Sarah Justel20191012

Tom Service introduces recordings by the Bozzini Quartet, Divertimento Ensemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in works by James Weeks, Francesco Filidei and Sarah Davachi. Plus a new release from Argentinian electroacoustic composer Elsa Justel and Mariam Rezaei's Sound of the Week, the chirping and flapping of hummingbirds.

Elsa Justel: La radio, ça détend (2001)

James Weeks: Leafleoht (2017)
Bozzini Quartet

Cassandra Miller: Lazy, Rocking (2017), Juliet Fraser (soprano)

Francesco Filidei: Finito ogni gesto (2008)
Divertimento Ensemble
Recorded at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Sarah Davachi: Oscen (World Premiere, BBC Commission)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov
Recorded at Tectonics Glasgow 2019

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0128Leaf-light, Hummingbirds And Tokyo By Night20191012

Tom Service introduces recordings by the Bozzini Quartet, Divertimento Ensemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in works by James Weeks, Francesco Filidei and Sarah Davachi. Plus a new release from Argentinian electroacoustic composer Elsa Justel, Mariam Rezaei's Sound of the Week - the chirping and flapping of hummingbirds - and to end, a recording of Tokyo's Kabukicho district on a Saturday night.

Elsa Justel: La radio, ça détend (2001)

James Weeks: Leafleoht (2017)
Bozzini Quartet

Cassandra Miller: Lazy, Rocking (2017), Juliet Fraser (soprano)

Francesco Filidei: Finito ogni gesto (2008)
Divertimento Ensemble
Recorded at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Sarah Davachi: Oscen (World Premiere, BBC Commission)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov
Recorded at Tectonics Glasgow 2019

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0129Music From The Margins Of Sound20191019

Kate Molleson explores sounds at the margins of electronics and acoustical music in a programme ranging from the sound of an '80s computer to the nocturnal acoustic meditations of Chaz Underriner which so wowed listeners at last year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Also tonight the harpsichord reinvented in a solo work by the Miroslav Srnka and previews of the new album from cult performance artist Julia Reidy and a track from Carola Bauckholt.

Daniel Mayer: acousmatic piece

Michael Parsons: Tenebrio (1995)
Michael Parson (1980s music computer using FM synthesis )

Julia Reidy: From new album, 'In Real Life'

Miroslav Srnka:
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Carola Bauckholt: Doppelbelichtung
Karin Hellqvist (violin) and bridsong

Chaz Underriner: Nocturne series: 8
For violin, tenor sax, electric guitar, percussion, piano and field recording
Kluster5 Ensemble

Kate Molleson explores sounds at the margins of electronics and acoustical music.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

0130A Flower, Meadows, Earth Memory And Marsh Sounds20191026

Tom Service presents more of the best new music in live performance, with recordings from the Stations Of The Sun festival in Dundalk, plus a studio recording from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and new CD releases.

Gabriel Prokofiev: Bass Drum Concerto: IV. Allegro Brilliante (May Speed)
Joby Burgess (bass drum)
Ural Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexey Bogorad

Edward Henderson: Flower
Bastard Assignments

Kaija Saariaho: Terra Memoria
Meta 4 String Quartet

Philippe Leroux: Envers IV for orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Andre Valade

Linda Catlin Smith: Meadow
Goeyvaerts Ensemble

Olivia Block: untitled (II)

Saturday Night Late: nocturnal sounds from a Florida marsh

Tom Service presents music by Gabriel Prokofiev, Kaija Saariaho and Linda Catlin Smith.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

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The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.