John Woolrich (b.1954)

John Woolrich talks to Donald Macleod about what drew him towards composing, the way in which his works form a dialogue with the music of the past, and his love of the shadowy world of the viola.

Episodes

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01Promise And Unfoldment20080303

John Woolrich talks to Donald Macleod about what drew him towards composing, the way in which his works form a dialogue with the music of the past, and his love of the shadowy world of the viola.

Monody with Minor Seconds (A Book of Studies - Set 1 for Wind Quintet)

New London Chamber Ensemble

Selection from Pianobooks (1, 4, 5 and 6)

Ian Munro (piano)

Sestina

Schubert Ensemble

Viola Concerto

Lars Anders Tomter (viola)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

02Memory Awake20080304

Donald Macleod discusses with the composer his works 'haunted' by Bach and Monteverdi.

Christ lay in the bonds of death; A Shadowed Lesson

Schubert Ensemble

Ulysses Awakes

Jane Atkins (viola)

Orchestra of St John's

John Lubbock (conductor)

A Presence of Departed Acts

The Ghost in the Machine

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

03The Move South20080305

John Woolrich talks to Donald Macleod about having worked closely with performing groups and his intention to concentrate on his own composing at his new base in the south of France.

Book of Studies Set 2 for Wind Quintet No 3

New London Chamber Ensemble

A Farewell

Jane Atkins (viola)

Catherine Edwards (piano)

Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)

Four Flowers

Nigel Robinson (tenor)

Richard Sisson (piano)

The Death of King Renaud

Brodsky Quartet

Going a Journey

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Oliver Knussen (conductor).

04Machines Implacable And Fragile20080306

John Woolrich talks to Donald Macleod about his fascination with ticking and whirring things, and his oboe concerto, in which the crowd (or orchestra) takes up an armory of dustbins, scaffolding bars, car wheel hubs, and sawn-off oxygen cylinders to force the soloist into retreat.

05 LASTInventions Tiny And Mammoth20080307

Donald Macleod talks to John Woolrich about the shift in his work from literary stimuli to visual, including the surreal sculptures of Jean Tinguely and a painting by Max Ernst, the inspiration for one of his most recent works, The Elephant from Celebes.

Clockwork Chorale

New London Chamber Ensemble

Adagissimo

Schubert Ensemble

It Is Midnight Dr Schweitzer

Orchestra of St John's Smith Square

John Lubbock (conductor)

The Elephant from Celebes

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Luke Dollman (conductor)