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20060115

It's Day Three of the Elliott Carter tribute, with a concert live from St Giles Church in the Barbican, London.

John Tusa introduces piano music exploring timbre and texture. There are two seminal works by Carter himself - the Piano sonata from 1945-6, an iconic work of American music; and Night Fantasies, his most challenging work for pianists.

Plus music by three composers who were only in their 30s or 40s when Carter was born, and whose explorations of the piano were to profoundly influence him.

Elliott Carter: Night Fantasies

Charles Ives: Some Southpaw Pitching

Schoenberg: Klavierstuke, Op 33a and b

Debussy: Etudes pour les sonorities opposes

Elliott Carter: Piano sonata

Rolf Hind (piano)

20060115

The concert live from St Giles Church in the Barbican continues, spotlighting Elliott Carter's Piano sonata.

20060116

The Elliott Carter tribute continues with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall, London. Presented by John Tusa.

Featuring music by Carter and two of his peers - Charles Ives, who took the teenage Carter to concerts, and Roger Sessions, who was one of the first American composers to pioneer the use of serialism.

Carter himself is represented by the early Holiday Overture; the 2002 song-cycle Of Rewaking, and the serialist Variations from 1953-5.

Elliott Carter: Holiday Overture

Charles Ives: Decoration Day

Elliott Carter: Of Rewaking

Sessions: Rhapsody

Elliott Carter: Variations for Orchestra

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor).

20060117

The BBC Symphony Orchestra's Carter homage ends with three works that exploit the spatial possibilities of groups of musicians in the concert hall. Presented by Sir John Tusa from the Barbican Hall, London.

Bartok's imaginative work is scored for antiphonal double string orchestras and a percussion group. Carter's mercurial Oboe Concerto includes a small concertino ensemble which takes the side of the soloist against the orchestra. And the impressive and passionate A Symphony of Three Orchestras is just that - the music inspired by the cinematic poetry of Hart Crane.

Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste

Elliott Carter: Oboe Concerto; Symphony of Three Orchestras

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor).

0120060113

Rural life, the lovelorn, and the power of music are themes explored in Elliott Carter's choral pieces, just as they are in the works of the three Elizabethan madrigalists whose music he's always admired. In this concert, live from St Giles Church in the Barbican, John Tusa introduces a sequence of works by all four composers.

Elliott Carter: Musicians Wrestle Everywhere

Harvest Home

Heart Not So Heavy

Emblems

To Music

Madrigals by William Byrd, Thomas Morley and Thomas Weelkes.

BBC Singers

Iain Farrington piano

Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

0220060114

It's the second day of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual January Weekend, featuring the great American composer Elliott Carter. Live from the Barbican Hall, London.

Colin Matthews wrote the first of his Two Tributes for Carter's 90th birthday. The London Sinfonietta and Oliver Knussen perform the modernist 1961 masterpiece, the Double Concerto, and they are joined by Michael Collins for the recent playful Clarinet Concerto. Presented by John Tusa.

Colin Matthews: Two Tributes

Elliott Carter: Clarinet Concerto; Double Concerto

Michael Collins (clarinet)

John Constable (harpsichord)

Ian Brown (piano)

London Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

0320060114

Continuing the January Weekend concert spotlighting the work of Elliott Carter, live from the Barbican Hall in London. Focusing on Carter's Double Concerto.

04A20060114

It's the second day of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual January Weekend, featuring the great American composer Elliott Carter.

It continues with a concert, live from St Giles Church in the Barbican in London, by the Arditti Quartet - great friends of Carter, and for whom he has written several chamber works. They perform both early and late Carter - the First String Quartet from 1950-1 and another from 1995, plus a quartet by Bartok. Presented by John Tusa.


Elliott Carter: String Quartet No 5 (1995); String Quartet No 1 (1950-51)
Bartok: String Quartet No 4
Arditti Quartet

04B20060114

Continuing the concert by the Arditti Quartet, live from St Giles Church in the Barbican in London. The spotlight is on Elliott Carter's String Quartet No 1.

08B20060115

The concert live from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Barbican continues, spotlighting Elliott Carter's Symphony No 1.

8A20060115

The series of concerts paying homage to the work of Elliott Carter continues live from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Barbican, London.

Students at the GSMD have been taking part in their own exploration of the music of Carter, whose pastoral Symphony No 1 was his first orchestral concert work, written in 1942. The Minotaur is an elegant neo-classical ballet score from 1947 which retells the Ancient Greek myth. Presented by John Tusa.

Schoenberg: 5 Pieces for Orchestra

Elliott Carter: The Minotaur; Symphony No 1

Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra

Diego Masson (conductor)

(Continues at 5.45pm after Notes on Poetry).