Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2014

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01Hear And Now20141122

Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present live coverage of the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a key event on the European new music calendar. Featured tonight is a concert by the Norwegian BIT20 Ensemble including a world premiere from Larry Goves and recent works by two young Nordic composers, Yan Erik Mikalsen and Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Philip Thomas performs a brand new piano piece by American experimentalist Christian Wolff, now in his 80th year. And we drop in on Bates Mill Photographic Studio where David Toop and Evan Parker share some rarities from their personal vinyl collections.

Jan Erik Mikalsen: Too much of a good thing is wonderful (UK premiere)

Larry Goves: The Devotions (commissioned by BIT20 Ensemble and hcmf//, world premiere)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aequilibria (UK premiere)

BIT20 Ensemble

Baldur Bronnimann (conductor)

Christian Wolff: Sailing By (world premiere)

Philip Thomas (piano).

02Hear And Now20141129

Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby continue their coverage of the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with performances from the Barcelona based group CrossingLines and a programme celebrating links between the UK and Catalonia. There is the UK premiere of a new work by Liza Lim for the Norwegian based Cikada Ensemble; and Evan Parker's Twelve for Twelve Musicians - a major new piece commissioned to celebrate the composer's 70th year.

Pedro Alvarez: Plasmares (UK premiere)

CrossingLines

Lorenzo Ferrandiz (conductor)

Lisa Lim: Winding Bodies - 3 Knots (UK premiere)

Cikada Ensemble

Christian Eggen (conductor)

Evan Parker: Twelve for Twelve Musicians (World premiere/hcmf commission)

Evan Parker and ensemble.

03Hear And Now20141213

Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby introduce further highlights from the 2014 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival including a major premiere from this year's composer-in-residence, James Dillon.

Dillon's new piece is a setting of the Sabat Mater Dolorosa interspersed with Julie Kriseva's commentary on the poem, Herethique de l'amour, creating a large-scale meditation on the idea of lamentation.

James Dillon: Stabat Mater Dolorosa (World Premiere, co-commissioned by BBC Radio3 and hcmf//)

London Sinfonietta

BBC Singers

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

04Hear And Now20141220

Sara Mohr-pietsch and Robert Worby present continued coverage of this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including a concert by the ensemble Plus-Minus including works by cross-genre experimentalists Alexander Schubert and Bernhard Lang. Also in tonight's programme, a report from the Hepworth Wakefield gallery where Philip Thomas directs members of the edges ensemble in works drawn from the English experimental movement of the late 1960s and early 70s. Plus the UK premiere of a Christian Wolff piece for 3 pianos first performed by John Cage and others in 1957.

Christian Wolff: Sonata for 3 pianos (UK premiere)

Morton Feldman: Piece for 4 pianos

Mark Knoop, Catherine Laws, John Tilbury, Philip Thomas (pianos)

Alexander Schubert: Sensate Focus (world premiere)

Bernhard Lang: DW23...Loops for Dr.X

James Weeks: Looping Busker Music

Plus-Minus.

05 LASTHear and Now20141227

Sara Mohr-pietsch and Robert Worby present the final programme of recordings from this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including a concert from Trio Accanto and a new work by Norwegian composer Jon Oivind Ness.

Brice Pauset: Adagio Dialletico (UK premiere)

Hans Thomalla: Lied (UK Premiere)

Andreas Dohmen: Versi Rapportati

Trio Accanto - Christian Dierstein (percussion); Marcus Weiss (saxophone); Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Jon Oivind Ness: Gimilen (UK premiere)

Cikada Ensemble.