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A major chamber work by the new Master of the Queen's Music.

Recorded last year at the Wigmore Hall, the Maggini Quartet performs Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Naxos Quartet No 2.


As a prelude to tonight's Hear And Now, music written by the Sligo New Music Festival's Artistic Director, recorded at last year's Volger Spring Festival.

Ian Wilson:...Wander, darkling

Volger Quartet

Ian Wilson: Spilliaert's Beach

Priya Mitchell (violin)

Robert Kulek (piano).


As a prelude to tonight's Hear and Now, music from a concert given by the LONDON Sinfonietta in January, conducted by Oliver Knussen.

Mauricio Kagel: Double Sextet (LONDON Premiere)

Augusta Read Thomas: In My Sky at Twilight (UK Premiere)

Nicolas Hodges (piano).


As a prelude to tonight's Hear and Now, music from a concert given by Nicolas Hodges (piano) and Claire Edwardes (percussion) at the 2002 Huddersfield Festival.

Harrison Birtwistle: The Axe Manual

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Claire Edwardes (percussion).


Peter Eotvos: Wind Sequences (UK Premiere)LONDON Sinfonietta/Pierre-Andre Valade.


Peter Eotvos: Wind Sequences (UK Premiere)LONDON Sinfonietta/Pierre-Andre Valade.


Before Hear And Now from the Cheltenham Festival, two works by the outgoing Artistic Director of the festival,

Michael Berkeley.

Michael Berkeley: CoronachENGLISH String Orchestra

William Boughton (conductor)

Michael Berkeley: Clarinet Concerto

Emma Johnson (clarinet)

Northern Sinfonia

Siân Edwards (conductor).


Music by Woolrich and Gruber.

John Woolrich: Three Songs from the Book of Disquiet (World Premiere


Christine Cairns (mezzo soprano)

Orchestra of St John's conducted by John Lubbock

HK Gruber: Dancing in the Dark

BBC Philharmonic conducted by the composer.


To mark Naresh Sohal's 65th birthday this month, two of his chamber works spanning 17 years.

Naresh Sohal Trio (1988): Cristina Anghelescu (violin)

Adrian Mantu (cello)

Mark Troop (piano)

Naresh Sohal Hexad (1971): Daniel Pailthorpe (flute)

Timothy Jackson (horn)

Richard Benjafield (percussion)

Anne Solomon (violin)

Michael Atkinson (cello)

Paul Sherman (bass)

Roger Montgomery (conductor).


A Group Of 70th Birthday Tributes To Anthony Gilbert By His contemporaries and colleagues, David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu, Alexander Goehr, Anthony Payne and Harrison Birtwistle.

Performed by members of the Endymion Ensemble.


BBC Singers, Endymion/Simon Joly perform Edward Cowie's Gesangbuch.


Hans Werne Henze's Tristan, performed by the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and Homero FRANCEsch (piano) conducted by the composer.


The Avant-Garde Ensemble of New ENGLAND Conservatory/Stephen Drury perform John Cage's Apartment House 1776, a 'musicircus' written for the 1976 Bicentennial celebrations in the USA.


Pianist Andrew Zolinsky performs music by leading British and Danish composers.

Andrew Toovey: Down By The Sea

Michael Finnissy: Folklore 1

Per Nørgård: Remembering

Per Nørgård: Achilles and the Tortoise.


Harrison Birtwistle: Meridian

With The LONDON Sinfonietta and the LONDON Sinfonietta Voices.

Mary King (soprano)

Michael Thompson (horn)

Christopher van Kampen (cello)LONDON SinfoniettaLONDON Sinfonietta Voices

Oliver Knussen (conductor).


Music from the 2004 Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music.

Karsten: Fundal String Quartet (World Premiere)

Smith Quartet

Beat Furrer: Und irgendwo fern, sehr fern

Rolf Hind, Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Georg Friedrich Haas: In nomine

Ensemble recherche.


To compliment tonight's Swedish edition of Hear and Now, Jonathan Powell plays a selection of music for solo piano by contemporary Finnish composers.


A recital by pianist, teacher and new music advocate Susan Bradshaw, who died earlier this year, featuring Edison Denisov's Reflections and Dmitry Smirnov's The Seven Angels of William Blake


As a prelude to the British works in Hear and Now, pianist Ian Pace plays Richard Barrett's Lost, and Alwynne Pritchard's miniature, Spring.


The Juice Vocal Trio perform music by young British composers, recorded as part of the British Music Information Centre's 2004 Cutting Edge concert series.


Music includes:

Henri Dutilleux: Mystère de L'instant

Collegium Musicum Zürich

Paul Sacher (conductor)

Henri Dutilleux: Symphony No 2

Orchestre de PARIS

Daniel Barenboim (conductor).


A major work from the 1990s combining electronic and orchestral forces.YORK Höller: Pensées second Piano Concerto

Pi-Hsien Chen (piano)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hans Zender (conductor).


A rare performance of Luigi Nonos piece for violin and 8-channel surround-sound, La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura performed by Mieko Kanno (violin) and FURT (electronics) at the Durham Electroacoustic Music Festival in March.


Pianist Sarah Nicholls plays Improvisation and Fugue, Sonata No 2, by the 20th Century RUSSIAn master, Alfred Schnittke - recorded at the 2003 Bath Festival.


Mezzo-soprano Mary King joins the BIRMINGHAM Contemporary Music Group conducted by Oliver Knussen to perform music by Stravinsky and Andriessen.

Igor Stravinsky: Pribaoutki; Berceuses du Chat; Three Songs from William Shakespeare

Louis Andriessen: Letter from Cathy (UK Premiere)

Igor Stravinsky: Elegy for JFK

Mary King (mezzo-soprano)BIRMINGHAM Contemporary Music Group

Oliver Knussen (conductor).


Pianist Ian Pace performs Salvatore Sciarrino's Sonata No 3.


A look at how two British composers have approached the Latin mass.

Robert Sherlaw Johnson: Missa aedis Christi

BBC Singers

Nicholas Kok (conductor)

Brian Ferneyhough: Missa Brevis

Odaline de la Martinez (conductor).


From the British Music Information Centres 2004 Cutting Edge Series, the Norwegian trio asamisimasa perform Power Art by Øyvind Torvund, for soprano, guitar and percussion.


The BBC Philharmonic conducted by Baldur Bronniman, perform the world premiere of Nicholas Simpson's Symphony No 2.


Contemporary music performed by pianist Ian Pace.

Richard Emsley: Flow Form; James Clarke: Landschaft mit Glockenturm; Christopher Fox: More Things In the Air Than Are Visible.


Two London premieres performed by the London Sinfonietta act as an upbeat to tonight's focus on contemporary music.

Morgan Hayes: Dark Room

Mark van der Wiel (clarinet)

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Silvina Milstein: Tigres Azules

Oliver Knussen (conductor).


Featuring two works by Jonathan Harvey that expand the sound of conventional instruments with electronics.

Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen

André Ristic (piano)

Jonathan Harvey: Advaya

Gabriel Prynn (cello)

André Ristic (electronic keyboard).


Contemporary music featuring Raymond Yiu, Sean Maclean and Peter Maxwell Davies.

Raymond Yiu: Beyond the Glass - 1) The World Is All but Madness; 2) Hey Diddle diddle; 3) I Felt a Cleaving in My Mind

Sean Maclean: Pange lingua

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)

Peter Maxwell Davies: Veni Creator Spiritus

David Goode (organ).


Modern takes on older pieces, including Judith Weir's roll off the ragged rocks of sin played by the pianist Antony Gray and based on JS Bach's aria Wer bist du? Frage dein Gewissen, from Cantata No 132.


Music from the 2004 Sligo New Music Festival.

Sofia Gubaidulina: Chaconne, 1963

Eunan McCreesh: Converging Springtime Lawns, 2003, World Premiere

Isabelle O'Connell (piano).


Modern takes on older pieces including three piano works based on the music of JS Bach, recorded at this year's Sligo Festival.

Tchaikovsky arr Richard Blackford Juillet: Chant de faucheur in E flat, from The Seasons, Op 37b

Cheltenham Festival Players/ Martyn Brabbins

Gabriel Jackson Carrillon: In dulci jubilo

Judith Weir: Roll off the ragged rocks of sin

Andrew Toovey: Cantus Firmus

Antony Gray (piano).


Pianist Jill Richards plays two pieces recorded at the 2004 Huddersfield Festival.

Morton Feldman: Piano Piece (for Philip Guston)

György Kurtag: Selection from Jatekok

Jill Richards (piano).


Part of the Hear and Now series.

A chance to hear two pieces from the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group's Workers' Union concert, recorded last year.

Simon Holt: Feet of Clay

Ulrich Heinen (cello)

Gerald Barry: The Pond

BCMG and King Edward VI Handsworth Girls' School Ensemble.


Music by one of Xenakis' Hungarian contemporaries.

György Ligeti: Atmosphères

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Jonathan Nott (conductor)

György Ligeti: String Quartet No 1, Métamorphoses Nocturnes.


From the 2004 Huddersfield Festival, pianist Jill Richards performs Kevin Volans' Piano Etudes.

Piano Etudes Nos 1-3: Three Rhythmic Etudes (2002)

Piano Etudes Nos 4-6: Three Structural Etudes (2004)

Piano Etude 4: Counting and Attack

Piano Etude 5: With Utmost delicacy and softness

Piano Etude 6: Voicing and Touch.


Contemporary music.

Part of the Hear and Now series.


The Duke Quartet in a world premiere of Graham Fitkin's BBC commissioned string quartet 'Pawn', performed at the 2004 Cheltenham Festival.


As a prelude to tonight's coverage of the 2005 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a flashback to 2004 and Kevin Volan's String Quartet No 1, White Man Sleeps, played by the Smith Quartet.


Julian Anderson's series of eight miniatures exploring different sides of relationships.

Poetry Nearing Silence, performed by the Nash Ensemble and conducted by Lionel Friend.


Featuring Steve Reich's Octet from 1979.

Nurit Tilles, Edward Niemann (piano)

Virgil Blackwell, Mort Silver (clarinet/bass clarinet/flute/piccolo)

Shem Guibbory, Robert Chausow (violin)

Ruth Siegler (viola)

Chris Finckel (cello).


The Smith Quartet play Arvo Part's Summa and Steve Reich's Different Trains, recorded at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2004.


Contemporary music.

Part of the Hear and Now series.


A Cheltenham Festival performance of Arnold Schoenberg's classic of Expressionist angst, Pierrot Lunaire.

With Claire Booth (soprano) and the Festival Players, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.


Emmanuelle Bertrand (cello) and Pascal Amoyel (piano) play Olivier Greif's Sonate de Requiem, Op 283.

While Luciano Berio's O King, a tribute to Martin Luther King, is performed by Kerstin Klein (soprano) and Ensemble Avantgarde.


Three contemporary French works conducted by Pierre-André Valade.

Marc-Andre Dalbavie: Sinfonietta

Philippe Leroux: AAA for Seven Instruments

Philippe Leroux: m'M

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble Court-circuit.


A programme marking the anniversary of the death of Luciano Berio.

Luciano Berio: Voci

Kim Kashkashian (viola)

Radio Symphonieorchester Wien

Dennis Russell Davies (conductor)

Luciano Berio: Wasserklavier; Erdenklavier; Luftklavier; FeuerKlavier

David Arden (piano).


David Bedford's Symphony No 1 is featured, with Jac Van Steen conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra.


Featuring Richard Benjafield and The Guildhall Percussion Ensemble, with American percussion classics from Edgard Varese, Steve Reich, Henry Cowell and John Cage


Lothar Zagrosek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Benedict Mason's Lighthouses of England and Wales.


An Ear to the Past

Harrison Birtwistle: Hoquetus Petrus

Galliard Ensemble

Oliver Knussen, Robert Saxton, Robin Holloway, Judith Weir, Alexander Goehr, Colin Matthews and David Bedford: Variations on Sumer is Icumen In

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jac Van Steen (conductor).


American Games

Glass: Company

Kremerata Baltica

Gidon Kremer (conductor)

Maw: American Games

Cincinnati College Conservatory Wind Symphony

Eugene Corporon (conductor)

Adams: Shaker Loops

San Francisco Symphony

Edo de Waart (conductor).


Berio Orchestral Transcriptions

Boccherini arr.

Berio: Quattro versioni originali della Ritirata notturna di Madrid

Schubert arr.

Berio: Rendering

Milan Verdi Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor).


Featuring British works recently released on CD.

Simon Bainbridge: Concertante in Moto Perpetuo

Composers Ensemble

Simon Bainbridge (conductor)

Stuart MacRae: Motus

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Susanna Mälkki (conductor)

Julian Anderson: Khorovod

London Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen (conductor).


Featuring Robin Holloway's Third Concerto for Orchestra and David Matthews' September Music.

Robin Holloway: Third Concerto for Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

David Matthews: September Music

Bournemouth Sinfonietta

John Carewe (conductor).


The Arditti String Quartet play Adrian Jack's String Quartet No 4 (1999).


The Arditti String Quartet play Adrian Jack's String Quartet No 4.


Tormis:Three Estonian Game Songs: Litany to Thunder.

Madis Metsamart (bass drum), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir conducted byTonu Kaljuste.


Simon Rattle conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Hans Werner Henze's Symphony No 7.


The RNCM Wind Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell perform Kenneth Hesketh's Danceries.


The Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado perform Ligeti's Lontano.


The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernhard Klee perform Wolfgang Rihm's Ernster Gesang (Serious Song).


New Carols

John Woolrich: Spring in Winter

Jonathan Dove: The Three Kings

Harrison Birtwistle: The Gleam

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Stephen Cleobury (conductor).


New Carols: The Ives Ensemble perform Christopher Fox's Straight Lines in Broken Times.


Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Howard Skempton's Lento.


Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Alagoana; Caprichos Brasileiros

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Peter Hirsch (conductor)

Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Trumpet Concerto (Nobody knows the trouble I see)

Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet)

SWF Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden

Michael Gielen (conductor).


Valery Polyansky directs the Russian State Symphonic Cappella in a performance of Alfred Schnittke's Choir Concerto.


David Matthews: Concerto in Azzurro.

Steven Isserlis (cello), BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Richard Hickox.


Noriko Ogawa (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Garry Walker (conductor)

Takemitsu: riverrun

Lou Harrison: Suite for Symphonic Strings.


Thierry Fischer conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two works by leading Dutch composers.

Otto Ketting: Monumentum (1983).

Louis Andriessen: Workers' Union (1975).


Julie Moffat (soprano), RSAMD Chamber Choir and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins perform Stuart MacRae's Ancrene Wisse.


Recording of a performance by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young who play Hovhaness' Monadnock and Symphony No 8.


BBC Symphony Orchestra

In the 1970s, pioneering Dutch composer Louis Andriessen created his own ensemble De Volharding (Perseverance) and set about writing pieces for it, including the eponymous work performed in this programme.

Full of energy, it blurs many boundaries, allowing the performers to make choices about the performance.

Zimmerman's trumpet concerto was influenced by jazz and includes a Hammond organ and saxophones among the orchestral forces.

Louis Andriessen: De Volharding

Pierre-Andre Valade (conductor)

Bernd Alois Zimmerman: Nobody knows de trouble I seen

Ole Edvard Antonsen (trumpet)

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).


Gavin Sutherland conducts the Birmingham Ballet Sinfonia.

Malcolm Lipkin: From Across la Manche.

Paul Carr: A Very English Music.


The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Grant Llewellyn perform two works by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe.

Born in 1929, he has a deep love for his country and for its landscape, which he regards as sacred.

Great Sandy Island is a musical portrait of the largest sand island in the world, off the southeast coast of Queensland; Earth Cry is influenced by Aborigine poetry.


The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins and featuring violinist Clio Gould and violist Philip Dukes play Piers Hellawell's Inside Story.


Another chance to hear Christopher Austin conduct the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with pianist Sarah Nicholls in a programme of works by British composer Elisabeth Lutyens.

Lutyens: Rondel for orchestra, Op 108; Nox for piano and 2 chamber orchestras, Op 118.


Musical landscapes from the Far East

The Singapore composer Joyce Koh takes the Chinese character 'Tai' and illustrates it through the orchestra.

While Korean composer Unsuk Chin explores the concept of passing time and the necessity for humanity to confront its own mortality - using two vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra and works by European poets including Unica Zurn, Gerhard Ruhm, Arthur Rimbaud and Paavo Haavikko.

Joyce Bee Tuan Koh: Tai for orchestra

Unsuk Chin: Kala for soprano, bass, chorus and orchestra

Piia Komsi (soprano)

Jeremy Birchall (singer)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Johannes Kalitzke (conductor).


Garry Walker conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Karen Francis: Adhesive Retrospection

Nigel Osborne: Violin Concerto

Malcolm Hayes: Stabat Mater

Ernst Kovacic (violin)

Alwyn Mellor (soprano)

Emma Selway (mezzo-soprano).


Featuring George Benjamin: Three Inventions.

Ligeti: Violin Concerto.

Ernst Kovacic (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov.


The BBC NOW conducted by Petri Sakari perform Lindberg's Campana with horn player David Pyatt, and Rautavaara's Symphony No 8 (The Journey).


Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with soprano Catherine Bott in Joe Duddell's Not Waving But Drowning.


Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Cresswell's The Voice Inside, with violinist Elizabeth Layton and soprano Julie Moffat.


Chansons Francaises

Recorded at London's Little Venice Festival, the BBC Singers and conductor David Hill perform choral music by Poulenc, Ravel, Sir Lennox Berkeley (who was friends with both of them), Milhaud, and the great French popular chanteur, Henri Salvador.

Poulenc: Chansons Francaises (Nos 1-4)

Berkeley: There was neither Grass nor Corn; The Midnight Murk

Ravel: Trois Chansons

Milhaud: Quatrains Valaisans

Salvador, arr.

Roland Chagnon: Tu reviens; Apres nous

Poulenc: Chansons Francaises (Nos 5-8).


A programme of music firmly rooted in Northern Europe, with a Finnish conductor, a Lithuanian cellist, and works by Latvian and Estonian composers.

Petri Sakari conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Vasks' Viatore for string orchestra, plus cellist David Geringas joins them for Tuur's Concerto for cello and orchestra.


Featuring music from two composers with strong academic associations: Gordon Downie lectures at the University of the West of England and Robin Holloway at the University of Cambridge.

Downie: forms 6: event aggregates for orchestra

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

Holloway: Scenes from Schumann - 7 paraphrases for orchestra

Diego Masson (conductor).


Featuring a touching elegy by young British composer Joe Duddell, written in memory of two school friends.

Duddell: The Realside.

BBC Singers/James Morgan.


The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Pierre-Andre Valade perform Scottish composer Jennifer Martin's Hearing Pictures.


Johannes Kalitzke conducts the BBC SO in two contrasting works for orchestra by Australian Liza Lim and Karen Tanaka from Japan.

Tanaka: Guardian Angel.

Lim: The Tree of Life.


The late form of Beethoven is contrasted with the intricate compositional processes of two modern English works.

Beethoven: Overture (Die Weihe des Hauses)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Diego Masson (conductor)

Downie: forms 6: event aggregates for orchestra

Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

Goehr: Fugue on the notes of the fourth psalm.


The Death of Balder

A choral re-telling of the 12th-century saga in which a beautiful young Norse god is killed by trickery and a mistletoe dart.

Kevin Crossley-Holland's words are set to music by Bernard Hughes.

BBC Singers

James Morgan (conductor)

Hughes: The Death of Balder.


The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Young perform Lyell Cresswell's Concerto for Orchestra and String Quartet.


Another chance to hear part of a concert given in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, for the 2002 Edinburgh International Festival.

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in music by two of Scotland's best known contemporary composers.

Stuart MacRae: Sleep at the Feet of Daphne

James MacMillan: Symphony No 2.


Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two contrasting works by Judith Weir exploring the theme of heaven and earth.

The first piece uses the image of the forest, a very popular setting among composers, while the second sets the words of Emily Dickinson's poem Moon and Star - with vocals by the BBC Singers.

Weir: Forest for orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Weir: Moon and Star for chorus and orchestra

BBC Singers.


Martyn Brabbins conducts Rolf Hind (piano) and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Per Norgard's Concerto in due tempi for orchestra.

Recorded at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2002.


Featuring choral and instrumental music by Chinese emigre composers.

Chen Yi was born in China but now lives in America, and her settings take dialect folksongs from various regions of China, the first a nocturnal lovesong, the second describing gentle sounds at dawn in spring.

Raymond Yiu was born in Hong Kong and lives in the UK, and his Calendar for wind quintet is a witty look at three western inventions: the cuckoo clock, invisible ink and the button.

Chen Yi: The Flowing Stream; Spring Dreams

Raymond Yiu: Calendar of tolerable inventions from around the world

BBC Singers


Odaline de la Martinez (conductor).


Featuring James MacMillan's Sinfonietta, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with the composer conducting.


Two pieces that established the young Britten and Turnage as important orchestral composers in the British music scene of their respective eras.

Britten: Sinfonia da requiem, Op 20

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Turnage: Your Rockaby

Leonard Slatkin (conductor).


BBC SSO/Carlos Kalmar in Donhanyi's Konzertstucke in D Op 12, with Alban Gerhardt (cello).

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlos Kalmar perform Donhanyi's Konzertstucke in D for cello and orchestra, Op 12, with Alban Gerhardt (cello).


The Phoenix Chorale under Charles Bruffy perform Jean Belmont Ford's Electa.

The Phoenix Chorale under Charles Bruffy perform Jean Belmont Ford's Electa for choir, timpano and bass drum.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Stephen Jackson perform Vaughan Williams's Hodie.

The BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra and soloists, linked together by the gospel narration of the Nativity sung by the Trinity Boy's Choir, under the baton of Stephen Jackson perform Vaughan Williams's cantata Hodie, which uses texts from the Bible, Milton and Thomas Hardy.

Carolyn Foulks (soprano)

Robert Johnston (tenor)

Ashley Holland (baritone)

Trinity Boys' Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Chorus

Stephen Jackson (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Hodie.


Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge with Stephen Layton in Pawel Lukaszewski's O Antiphons

Stephen Layton conducts the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, in a performance of Pawel Lukaszewski's O Antiphons.


Pegasus conducted by Matthew Altham in contemporary Christmas-themed music.

Pegasus conducted by Matthew Altham in contemporary Christmas-themed choral music by Elizabeth Poston, Richard Allain and Morten Lauridsen.

Trad., arr.

Poston: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

  • lauridsen: o magnum mysterium
  • trad., arr.

    allain: coventry carol

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    The Arditti Quartet give the world premiere of Michael Rosenzweig's String Quartet.

    In an invitation concert from the BBC's Maida Vale studios, the Arditti Quartet give the world premiere performance of Michael Rosenzweig's Second String Quartet, a BBC commission.


    The Herold Quartet perform Vaclav Zahradnik: String Quartet No 2 in D.


    Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, and Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) performing Gubaidulina: In tempus praesens.

    LSO/Gergiev, with Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) in Gubaidulina: In tempus praesens.


    Halgeir Schlager (organ) performs Petr Eben's Triptychon.


    The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Juha Kangass perform Per Norgard's Fugitive Summer and Constellations.

    Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra/Kangass in Norgard: Fugitive Summer and Constellations.


    The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano perform Golijov: Last Round for strings (1996) and Michael Gandolfi: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation for orchestra.

    The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano perform Golijov and Gandolfi.


    Chamber works by Jonathan Harvey, Anthony Payne, James MacMillan and Osvaldo Golijov.

    Harvey: Curve with plateaux for cello solo

  • alexandra wood (violin)
  • boris giltburg (piano)
  • gould piano trio

    golijov: the dreams and prayers of isaac the blind

  • greg lawson (violin)
  • james boyd (viola)
  • members of bbc scottish symphony orchestra.

    chamber works by Jonathan Harvey, anthony payne, james macmillan and osvaldo golijov

  • timothy gill (cello)

    macmillan: fourteen little pictures

  • timothy gill (cello)

    payne: quintet for piano and strings (bbc commission; first performance)

  • todd palmer (clarinet)

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    Two works by modern British composers with unusual approaches to symphonic repertoire.

    John White's Fifth Symphony is for a group of six players and lasts eight minutes, while Richard Ayres' No 37b is a symphony in all but title even if its individual movements suggest a more subversive approach to the orchestra.

    John White: Symphony No 5


    Peter Wiegold (conductor)

    Richard Ayres: No 37b for orchestra

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchetra

    Ilan Volkov (conductor).

    John White's Symphony No 5 for small ensemble and Richard Ayres's No37b for orchestra.


    Pianist Ian Brown on Benjamin's Piano figures and the BBCSSO, under Ilan Volkov, on Knussen's Concerto for violin and orchestra, with soloist Elizabeth Layton.

    Featuring pianist Ian Brown on Benjamin's Piano figures.


    Solo and chamber works by three American composers spanning two generations.

    Evan Ziporyn: War Chant

    Boston Modern Orchestra Project

    Gil Rose (conductor)

    David Lang: Wed

    Andrew Russo (piano)

    William Bolcom: Concerto grosso for saxophone quartet and orchestra

    Prism Saxophone Quartet

    Solo and orchestral music by Evan Ziporyn, David Lang and William Bolcom.


    Featuring two pieces by British composer Joe Cutler.


    Piano music two British composers:

    Laurence Crane: Blue Blue Blue, played by Michael Finnissy

    Simon Holt: a book of colours, played by Rolf Hind.

    Piano music by two British composers - Laurence Crane and Simon Holt.




    Music by Brian Elias and Rolf Wallin; one conjuring talismanic protection, the other pondering the shifting outcomes of fate.

    Performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Brian Elias: A Talisman

    Tim Mirfin (bass-baritone)

    Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    Rolf Wallin: Appearances

    Diego Masson (conductor).

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Brian Elias and Rolf Wallin.


    Ahead of tonight's Total Immersion celebration of Jonathan Harvey's music, a work by one of his erstwhile influences - Milton Babbitt, with whom Jonathan Harvey studied during his time in the USA at the end of the sixties. Babbitt died a year ago tomorrow. The Composers Ensemble, directed by Paul Zukofsky play his 1992 score 'Septet but Equal' scored for three clarinets, piano, and string trio. Mark van de Wiel, Duncan Prescott, clarinets; Robert Ault, clarinet/bass clarinet; Ian Brown, piano; David le Page, violin; Sophie Renshaw, violin; Zoe Martlew, cello.

    Milton Babbitt's Septet But Equal (1992). Composers Ensemble directed by Paul Zukofsky.


    Music by Australian-born composer Brett Dean, recorded at London's Barbican Hall, as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion concerts in March:


    Jenavieve Moore, soprano; Guildhall New Music Ensemble, conducted by Brett Dean

    The Lost Art of Letter Writing (uk premiere)

    Renaud Capucon, violin; BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Robertson.


    From last year's Total Immersion concerts featuring Brian Ferneyhough's teemingly rich music, pianist Richard Uttley plays the 1981 composition Lemma-Icon-Epigram.


    Pianist Rolf Hind plays Ninnananna, by Marco Stroppa, from his collection of fourteen piano miniatures or Estrose, written in the 1990s. And, recorded in the winter of 2010 at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Three Summer Pieces, by Martijn Padding, played Ensemble 10/10, directed by Clark Rundell.


    A preview of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's New German Mythmakers Concert, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, and being broadcast by Hear & Now in October. Hans Werner Henze's 8th Symphony is inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    The concert was recorded on 23rd June at City Halls, Glasgow and is part of the Listen Here 2012 Series.


    Orchestral pieces by Joe Duddell, Gary Carpenter and David Horne, played by the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Mark Heron, in their new Salford studio. Joe Duddell is Reader in Music at Salford University and both Gary Carpenter and Scottish-born David Horne teach composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

    Joe Duddell: Azalea Fragments

    Gary Carpenter: Fred & Ginger

    David Horne: Submergence.


    Music with an electronic edge for piano and ensemble by Michael Edwards and Tristan Murail.

    Michael Edwards: For Magda Cordell for piano and computer

    Sarah Nicholls (piano)

    Tristan Murail: Treize couleurs du soleil couchant

    Guildhall New Music Ensemble

    Pierre-Andre Valade (conductor).

    Music for piano and ensemble by Michael Edwards and Tristan Murail.

    A Concert Of Contemporary Choral Music Given By The Bbc Singers And Conductor Stephen Betteridge At20041204

    the ISCM 2003 World Music Days in Maribor, Slovenia.

    Joep Franssens: Harmony of the spheres

    Ruder Glavurtic: Filius Meus

    Simon Holt: Startled Grass

    Martin Marek: Three Rural Madrigals.

    Albert Schnelzer20100710

    is a young Swedish composer who already has a large number of chamber works to his credit.

    His music is suffused with two vital elements: dance and song which generate works of either headlong impetuousness or haunting lyricism.

    From a recent CD, two works that illustrate those extremes: Frozen Landscape, for cello and piano, and Predatory Dances for violin, cello and piano.

    Tobias Ringborn, violin; Claes Gunnarsson, cello; Francisca Skoogh, piano.

    Look out for the UK premiere of his "A Freak in Burbank" at the BBC Proms on August 23rd.

    American Patrimony20060805

    A recent Carter work joins music by the man who encouraged him to be a composer.

    Ives: General William Booth Enters into Heaven; Three Places in New England

    Thomas Hampson (baritone)

    San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

    Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

    Carter: Cello Concerto

    Fred Sherry (cello)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Oliver Knussen (conductor).

    Anthony Payne, Anthony Gilbert, Judith Weir20100306

    Music by three British composers to anticipate tonight's special Hear and Now feature on Jane Manning.

    Anthony Payne: The Stones and Lonely Places Sing

    Jane's Minstrels conducted by Roger Montgomery

    Anthony Gilbert:.into the Gyre of a Madder Dance

    RNCM Wind Ensemble, conducted by Clark Rundell

    Judith Weir: Piano Concerto

    Xak Bjerken, piano; Ensemble X, conducted by Mark Davis Scatterday.

    Music by three British composers Anthony Payne, Anthony Gilbert and Judith Weir

    Australian Instrumental Music20090926

    Solo and chamber works by four Australian composers.

    Ross Edwards: More Marimba Dances

    Claire Edwardes (marimba)

    Peter Sculthorpe: String Quartet No 8

    Kronos Quartet

    Mark Pollard: Just a moment; One Sweet Moment

    Claire Edwardes (vibraphone)

    Carl Vine: The Anne Landa Preludes

    Michael Kieran-Harvey (piano).

    Instrumental music from Australia, including a quartet by Peter Sculthorpe.

    Bent Sorensen's Shadowplay20120114

    Three trios come together in a unique, spatially-separated performance of Danish composer Bent Sorensen's Shadowplay. Three works, each of five movements, are interwoven and played in an unbroken thread from different parts of the hall. It enchanted the audience at the 2011 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Taking part are the Trio Aristos, the Scenatet Trio and the Cikada Trio.

    Producer Andrew Kurowski.

    Trio Aristos, the Scenatet Trio and the Cikada Trio perform Bent Sorensen's Shadowplay.

    Birmingham Contemorary Music Group: Ligeti, Webern20130223

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group play Ligeti and Webern.

    Ligeti: Melodien

    Webern: Six Orchestral Pieces, op 6

    These two works have relevance to the main work in Hear and Now later on, by Alexander Goehr. Gabriel Levin, the librettist for Goehr's work, 'To These Dark Steps/The Fathers are watching', writes about his emotions in the wake of the Gaza bombing in 2008. He found that only certain modern composers could continue to speak to him - among them Webern, Ligeti, Bartok and Messiaen.

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group20091107

    Luke Bedford: Or voit tout en aventure for soprano and ensemble

    Claire Booth (soprano)

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    Oliver Knussen (conductor)

    Franco Donatoni: Cloches

    Diego Masson (conductor).

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performs music by Luke Bedford and Franco Donatoni.

    Brett Dean - Voice Of Angels20120602

    Voices of Angels, a piano quintet composed in 1996 by Australian composer Brett Dean and recorded during the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion events in March this year. The work calls for an unusual grouping of piano, violin, viola, cello and double-bass. Performed by the Guildhall Chamber Ensemble.


    Music by three pioneering figures in American contemporary music of the mid-20th century: John Cage, Morton Feldman and James Tenney.

    John Cage: The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs

    Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano)

    Philip Thomas (piano)

    James Tenney: Blues for Annie

    Stephanie Bozzini (viola)

    Feldman: Vertical Thoughts II for violin and piano

    Sophie Appleton (violin)

    James Weeks (piano)

    Cage: The Seasons - ballet

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Nicholas Kok (conductor).

    Music by John Cage, Morton Feldman and James Tenney

    Causton, Goehr, Saunders20111022

    Richard CAUSTON: Phoenix

    Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth

    Alexander GOEHR: Since Brass nor Stone, for String Quartet and percussion

    Pavel Haas Quartet/Colin Currie

    Rebecca SAUNDERS: Violin Concerto (BBC commission, world premiere)

    Carolin Widmann, violin; BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sylvain Cambreling.

    Works by Causton, Goehr and Saunders for orchestra and for string quartet with percussion.

    Choral Music By Judith Bingham20090131

    The BBC Singers conducted by David Hill perform choral music by Judith Bingham, including Gleams of a Remoter World.

    BBC Singers/David Hill in choral music by Judith Bingham.

    With Gleams of a Remoter World.

    David Bedford, Joseph Phibbs, Morgan Hayes20111126

    Ahead of tonight's British Composer Awards preview, music by the late David Bedford, Joseph Phibbs and Morgan Hayes.

    David Bedford (former chair of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors): Carillon.

    Michael Bonaventure, organ.

    Joseph Phibbs: The Canticle of the Rose.

    Helen-Jane Howells (soprano) Navarra Quartet.

    Morgan Hayes: Violin Concerto.

    Keisuke Okazaki (vln),

    Esbjerg Ensemble/Christopher Austin.

    David Bedford's The Song Of The White Horse20111105

    David Bedford died earlier this month after a life making music that reached across all boundaries and was intended for all people.

    His 1978 score The Song of the White Horse is a characteristic example.

    Commissioned for a BBC television documentary, the work charts a journey along an ancient Berkshire footpath between a stone-age burial mound and the famous White Horse of Uffington.

    Setting words by G.K.Chesterton, it celebrates King Alfred's victory over the Danes at the Battle of Englefield in the 9th century.

    Set for small ensemble and a children's choir, it famously climaxes with the choir reaching stratospherically high notes by inhaling Helium gas.

    Diana Coulson, solo voice

    Queens College Choir

    Nash Ensemble, conducted by Steuart Bedford.

    David Matthews20130406

    Music by David Matthews, who turns 70 this year.

    Clarinet Quartet, (Richard Hosford, clarinet; Nash Ensemble)

    Piano Sonata (William Howard, piano)

    Cantiga (Jill Gomez, soprano; Bournemouth Sinfonietta, conducted by John Carewe).

    David Sawer, Juste Janulyte, Michael Finnissy20111224

    Choral music from Britain and a Lithuanian instrumental work, commissioned for the 2008 Huddersfield Festival, that has the voice at its heart

    David Sawer: Stramm Gedichte

    BBC Singers/Nicholas Kok

    Juste Janulyte: Psalms

    Anton Lukoszevieze, cello + electronics

    Michael Finnissy: Beacon Carol

    BBC Singers/James Weeks.

    Choral music from Britain and a Lithuanian cello piece that has the voice at its heart.

    Diotima Quartet - Ferneyhough's Sonatas For String Quartet20111112

    Brian Ferneyhough's epic Sonatas for String Quartet played by the Diotima Quartet - a recording made at the BBC's Total Immersion weekend earlier this year.

    "I find beautiful whatever stimulates, brings forth positive inner turmoil, makes me feel momentarily more intelligent, spiritual, etc., than I otherwise am," Ferneyhough observes.

    Sonatas for String Quartet (1967) marked the ambitious departure point for Ferneyhough's journey on the mind, its 20 movements rich in textural contrasts and expressive silences.

    The Diotima Quartet perform Brian Ferneyhough's epic Sonatas for String Quartet.


    Time, Shadow and Silence - elements that suffuse the the music of French composer Henri Dutilleux, now in his 90s.

    He has, arguably, been eclipsed in the public's awareness by the work of his compatriot and near-contemporary, Olivier Messiaen.

    Yet Dutilleux has always worked meticulously and steadily, creating a huge body of works which are now emerging and being feted as the products of a deeply musical and fastidious philosophical mind.

    Pre Hear presents two works from the past 45 years: Three Preludes for solo piano from 1973 - 1988 (played by Robert Levin, piano); and The Shadows of Time (1995-97), for orchestra and children's voices, written for Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony who perform it here.

    Ensemble 10/1020090523

    Liverpool-based Ensemble 10/10 perform four works specially written for their tenth birthday concert by some of the city's home-grown composers.

    Hilary Browning (cello)

    Ian Buckle (piano)

    Ensemble 10/10

    Clark Rundell (conductor)

    Steve Martland: Reveille for ensemble

    Stephen Pratt: Double Act for ensemble

    David Horne: Phantom instruments for ensemble

    Graham Fitkin: Subterfuge for cello and ensemble.

    Clark Rundell conducts Ensemble 10/10 in music by Martland, Pratt, Horne and Fitkin.

    Fretwork: New Works For Old Instruments20120407

    Fretwork play contemporary compositions for viol consort:

    Tan Dun: A Sinking Love

    Andrew Keeling: Afterwords

    Christopher Robert: My O'erflowing Teares

    Sarah Gaitt: Death Fires

    with Clare Wilkinson, soprano.

    Fretwork in music by Tan Dun, Andrew Keeling, Christopher Robert and Sarah Gaitt.

    H K Gruber - Aerial20120623

    H.K.Gruber's 1999 Proms commission, Aerial, performed by Reinhold Friedrich on a variety of trumpets, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer. The work presents two landscapes, as if seen from the air and involves the soloist not only playing a host of instruments using different techniques, a cow horn and a modern version of an ancient Swedish instrument but also singing.

    Ian Wilson: Winter's Edge20130615

    A performance of Winter's Edge, the first string quartet by Ian Wilson.

    Celebrating British Music: Winter's Edge - the String Quartet no 1 by Belfast-born Ian Wilson. It was composed in 1992, and its theme is Redemption, as exemplified in the New Testament account of the life of St Paul. Elements of conflict, isolation and destiny provided Wilson with the musical spurs for this single-movement work. Performed by the Vanbrugh Quartet for whom it was written.

    Italian Music for Voices, Pianos and Percussion20100130

    Italian Music for Voices, Pianos and Percussion20100130

    Italian music old and new for voices, pianos and percussion. Exaudi vocal ensemble, directed by James Weeks sing works by Gesualdo, Sciarrino and Scelsi and a variety of hands play Aldo Clementi's curiously fascinating piano pieces

    Carlo Gesualdo: Three Tenebrae Responsories (1611) - Omnes amici mei dereliquerunt me; Velum templi scissum est; Tenebrae factae sunt

    Exaudi, directed by James Weeks

    Aldo Clementi: Madrigale, for piano four hands, glockenspiel and vibraphone (1979)

    Mats Persson & Kristine Scholz, piano; Jonny Axelsson, percussion

    Salvatore Sciarrino: Responsorio delle Tenebre (2001)

    Exaudi, directed by James Weeks

    Aldo Clementi: Danze, for two pianos, twelve hands

    Mats Persson, Kristine Scholz, Luciana Marques, Ulrica Holmberg, Benedikte Weinreich, Christian Rosenberg

    Giacinto Scelsi: Tre canti sacri (1958)

    Exaudi, directed by James Weeks.

    Italian Music For Voices, Pianos And Percussion20100130

    Italian music old and new for voices, pianos and percussion.

    Exaudi vocal ensemble, directed by James Weeks sing works by Gesualdo, Sciarrino and Scelsi and a variety of hands play Aldo Clementi's curiously fascinating piano pieces

    Carlo Gesualdo: Three Tenebrae Responsories (1611) - Omnes amici mei dereliquerunt me; Velum templi scissum est; Tenebrae factae sunt

    Exaudi, directed by James Weeks

    Aldo Clementi: Madrigale, for piano four hands, glockenspiel and vibraphone (1979)

    Mats Persson & Kristine Scholz, piano; Jonny Axelsson, percussion

    Salvatore Sciarrino: Responsorio delle Tenebre (2001)

    Aldo Clementi: Danze, for two pianos, twelve hands

    Mats Persson, Kristine Scholz, Luciana Marques, Ulrica Holmberg, Benedikte Weinreich, Christian Rosenberg

    Giacinto Scelsi: Tre canti sacri (1958)

    Italian music for voices, pianos and percussion by Gesualdo, Sciarrino Scelsi, Clementi.

    Jonathan Harvey - Speakings20130119

    Speakings for large orchestra with electronics, by the late Jonathan Harvey, performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov. It was jointly commissioned by the BBC for the 2008 BBC Proms, with Radio France and IRCAM, where Jonathan Harvey spent much time working on new ways of integrating electronics and live instruments. In this work, Harvey 'gives voice' to the orchestra, using a special programme he developed in Paris. Instrumental sounds are captured and transformed to create the characteristic components through which we identify speech and human utterance, which Harvey believed to be fundamental to life and which could transcend it through a 'pure language' toward which the work strives at its end.

    Jonathan Harvey, Simon Holt, Julian Anderson20100320

    Solo, choral and orchestral music by three British composers:

    Jonathan Harvey: Marahi

    Les Jeunes Solistes, directed by Richard Safir

    Simon Holt: Feet of Clay

    Ulrich Heinen, cello

    Julian Anderson: Stations of the Sun

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Knussen.

    Music by British composers Jonathan Harvey, Simon Holt and Julian Anderson.

    Karen Tanaka, Unsuk Chin20111119

    Karen Tanaka's beautiful yet brittle piano piece Crystalline echoes Messiaen's piano writing at a distance but conjures an inner-world of reflections and restraint.

    And from the BBC's 2011 Total Immersion events, a performance of Unsuk Chin's Grawemeyer-award-winning Violin Concerto, played by Jennifer Koh and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

    Unsuk CHIN: Violin Concerto

    Jennifer Koh, violin / BBC SO

    Ilan Volkov (conductor)

    Karen Tanaka: Crystalline II

    Signe Bakke, piano.

    Kevin Volans20110205

    Kevin Volans: Concerto for Piano and Wind Intruments, played by Peter Donohoe with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Harding.

    From the CD Chandos CHAN 9563 Track 4

    : Concerto for Piano and Wind Intruments, played by Peter Donohoe with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Harding.

    Kevin Volans's Concerto for Piano and Wind Intruments.

    Laurence Crane, Howard Skempton And Michael Finnissy20091205

    Music by three British composers, Laurence Crane, Howard Skempton and Michael Finnissy, whose music represents a particular seam in English music, distinct from the European modernist mainstream.

    Laurence Crane: Birthday piece for Michael Finnissy

    Michael Finnissy (piano)

    Michael Finnissy: In Mense autem sexton

    Voces Sacrae

    Judy Martin (conductor)

    Laurence Crane: Chorale for Howard Skempton

    Howard Skempton: Ben Somewhen

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

    James Weeks (conductor).

    Music by British composers Laurence Crane, Howard Skempton and Michael Finnissy.

    Laurence Crane, Michael Nyman20100213

    As a prelude to tonight's edition of Hear and Now, Pre-Hear festures music by two composers associated with the English experimentalist tradition.

    Michael Nyman has carved a niche for himself with his personal take on driven minimalist textures, and the characteristic sound of his 'outdoor' band has defined his music as like no other.

    At the other end of the spectrum, Laurence Crane's enigmatic miniatures seem to float outside time, relishing sweet and astringent harmonies for their own sake.

    Laurence Crane: Kierkegaards

    Michael Finnissy, piano

    Michael Nyman: 3 Quartets

    Michael Nyman Band.

    Music by two English experimentalist composers: Laurence Crane and Michael Nyman

    Lukas Foss, Goffredo Petrassi20130316

    American Lukas Foss and Italian Goffredo Petrassi lived through all, if not most of the twentieth century's musical revolution and ferment, from late Romanticism, through neo-classicism to the avant garde. Both took a particular attitude to music of the past and composed works that recast the musical idioms of former centuries in modern garb. Lukas Foss's Renaissance Concerto, for flute and orchestra artlessly explores renaissance, baroque and classical forms but from the standpoint of modern composer with a palette of contemporary intrumental colours at his disposal. Italian Goffredo Petrassi addressed the challenge of creating a new musical identity for himself against a largely late-Romantic background, by re-visiting the pre-Romantic past. His Partita for Orchestra consists of a Galliard, a Chaconne and a Gigue. But like Foss, his palette is one of rich orchestral sonority, not of pared-down austerity.

    Lukas Foss: Renaissance Concerto for flute and orchestra

    Carol Wincenc, flute; Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Lukas Foss

    Goffredo Petrassi: Partita for Orchestra

    RAI National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Tamayo.


    Peter Wiegold directs the music ensemble Gemini in two recent works by David Lumsdaine and Philip Grange, recorded in London in 2007.

    David Lumsdaine: Mandala III for piano and ensemble (Ruhe sanfte, sanfte ruh)

    Huw Watkins (piano)


    Peter Wiegold (conductor)

    Philip Grange: A Puzzle of shadows for mezzo-soprano, violin and piano

    Alison Wells (soprano)

    Recent works from David Lumsdaine and Philip Grange from a concert performed by Gemini.

    Magnus Lindberg - Ur20040619

    Magnus Lindberg: Ur (1986)

    Music for quintet plus electronics recorded as part of the Crash Ensemble's 2003 Irish Tour.

    Performed by The Crash Ensemble.

    Mozart And Beethoven Reinvented20120630

    Mozart and Beethoven as reinvented by Anthony Gilbert and Michael Gordon

    Anthony Gilbert: Mozart Sampler with Ground

    BBC Symphony Orchestra/Zsolt Nagy

    Michael Gordon: Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony

    BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andre de Ridder.

    Music For Viola And Orchestra20100515

    Music that puts the viola centre-stage

    Thomas Larcher: Still, for viola & chamber orch

    Kim Kashkashian (viola), Thomas Larcher (piano), Munich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

    Morton Feldman: The Viola in My Life IV

    Marek Konstantynowicz (viola), Norwegian Radio Orchestra, conducted Christian Eggen.

    Two works for solo viola and orchestra by Thomas Larcher and Morton Feldman.

    New Music Recorded in Ireland20100116

    New Music Recorded in Ireland20100116

    Three works performed by pianist Joanna MacGregor, and two Irish orchestras, from north and south of the border.

    Klaas de Vries: Violin Concerto

    Hebe Mensinga, violin; Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Maloney

    Frederic Rzewski: Winsboro Cotton Mill Blues

    Joanna MacGregor, piano

    Donnacha Dennehy: Elastic Harmonic, for violin and orchestra

    Darragh Morgan, violin; RTE National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Maloney.

    New Music Recorded In Ireland20100116

    Three works performed by pianist Joanna MacGregor, and two Irish orchestras, from north and south of the border.

    Klaas de Vries: Violin Concerto

    Hebe Mensinge, violin; Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Maloney

    Frederic Rzewski: Winsboro Cotton Mill Blues

    Joanna MacGregor, piano

    Donnacha Dennehy: Elastic Harmonic, for violin and orchestra

    Darragh Morgan, violin; RTE National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Maloney.

    New music recorded in Ireland with Joanna MacGregor and the RTE and Ulster Orchestras.

    New Works For Old Instruments20120121

    : Fretwork play contemporary compositions for viol consort:

    Duncan Druce Bereavement

    John Woolrich Fantasy for4 viols

    Tan Dun A Sinking Love

    Andrew Keeling Afterwords.

    Fretwork in contemporary music for viol consort, by Druce, Woolrich, Tan Dun and Keeling.

    Niccolo Castiglioni20130209

    Rarely-heard music by the Italian composer Niccolo Castiglioni (1932-1996). Four works, variously for piano, choir and orchestra, featuring Sarah Nicolls, Schola Cantorum Stuttgart and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Oliver Knussen.

    Castiglioni's music is influenced by his early fascination with the spare, focused and exquisite works of Anton Webern. His mature works retain an element of transparent purity but there are other influences from the European avant-garde of the 50s and 60s together with a innate Romanticism and lyric sensibility.

    Inizio di Movimento, for piano

    Hymne, for twelve voices

    Dulce Refrigerium, for piano

    Apreslude, for orchestra

    (see also Hear and Now tonight: Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony in his own music).

    Nicholas Maw20130601

    As part of Radio 3's month-long celebration of British Music, a bucolic interlude, with two works by Nicholas Maw:

    One foot in Eden still, I stand

    Schola Cantorum, Oxford conducted by Mark Shepherd

    Little Suite

    Antonis Hatzinikolaou, guitar.

    Nigel Osborne, Adrian Jack20110122

    Two chamber works - Nigel Osborne's trio The Piano Tuner and Adrian Jack's sixth String Quartet - played by the Fidelio Trio and the Arditti Quartet.

    Chamber works - Nigel Osborne's trio The Piano Tuner and Adrian Jack's 6th String Quartet.

    Odaline De La Martinez20101127

    Music by Cuban-born composer and conductor Odaline de la Martinez, who founded her new music group Lontano 35 years ago, opening performance channels for composers across the board.

    Her own work has often been put to one side in the service of music by other composers whom she championed over the years.

    Tonight thre are two pieces from her own pen, revealing her taste for instrumental colour, lyrical line and passionate utterance.

    Litanies (1981) for flute, string trio and harp recalls Martinez's early years in Cuba.

    Lontano, with soprano Olivia Robinson, directed by Odaline de la Martinez.

    Canciones (1983) based on four early poems of Federico Garcia Lorca.

    Soprano Marina Tafur with Martin Allen (percussion) and Shelagh Sutherland (piano).

    Music by Cuban-born composer and conductor Odaline de la Martinez.

    Olga Neuwirth, Mauricio Kagel20110611

    Music from last year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, inspired by an artist's undiscovered literary manuscripts and a patent application for a new instrument, by Olga Neuwirth and Mauricio Kagel

    Olga Neuwirth: In the Realms of the Unreal

    Arditti Quartet

    Mauricio Kagel: Les Inventions d'Adolphe Sax (UK Premiere)

    New London Chamber Choir/ Rascher Quartet conducted by James Weeks.

    Music by Olga Neuwirth and Mauricio Kagel from the 2010 Huddersfield Festival.

    Peter Sculthorpe20100123

    Two works by Australian veteran composer Peter Sculthorpe, who turned 80 in 2009: Kakadu and Mangrove, performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Challender.

    Sydney SO/Stuart Challender in orchestral music by Peter Sculthorpe: Kakadu; Mangrove.

    Philip Cashian - String Quartet20130112

    Philip Cashian's String Quartet is one of the twelve works by living British composers selected for revival under the Royal Philharmonic Society 'Encore' scheme, in partnership with BBC Radio 3. This recording was made during the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival last year, performed by the young Zelkova Quartet: Caroline Pether and Simran Singh (violins), Rhiannon James (viola) and Rachel Shakespeare (cello).

    Piano Music From Japan20100522

    , with connections to the world of visual art.

    Dai Fujikura's moromoro is a hectic cinematic fantasy, with electronics that disperse the piano's sonority over a much wider canvas than is conventionally available.

    Toru Takemitsu's Les yeux clos II is a still-life, drawing its title from a painting by the French Symbolist artist, Odilon Redon

    Hiroaki Takenouchi, piano.

    Hiroaki Takenouchi performs piano music by Dai Fujikura and Toru Takemitsu.

    Pierre Boulez20111217

    Music for solo instruments by Pierre Boulez, recorded at the Southbank Centre's recent 'Exquisite Labyrinth' series, exploring the music of France's most eminent modernist composer


    Rozenn Le Trionnaire, clarinet

    Piano Sonata 1

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano.

    Music by Pierre Boulez, from the London Southbank Centre's Exquisite Labyrinth series.

    Pierrot Lunaire20101002

    Arnold Schoenberg's fantastical expressionist monodrama Pierrot Lunaire ("Moonstruck Pierrot, Three Times Seven Poems by Albert Giraud in German translation by Otto Erich Hartleben") in a recording made at the Sounds New Festival in Canterbury in May.


    Actress: Isabelle Menke

    Director: Ilan Volkov

    Flute: Dietmar Wiesner

    Clarinet: Nina Janβen

    Piano: Hermann Kretzschmar

    Violin and Viola: Jagdish Mistry

    Cello: Eva Böcker

    recorded in St.

    Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury, as part of the Sounds New Festival.

    Schoenberg's monodrama Pierrot Lunaire performed at the 2010 Sounds New Festival.


    Musical evocations of rain:

    Toru Takemitu: Rain Coming

    London Sinfonietta, conducted by Oliver Knussen

    Judith Weir: The Welcome Arrival of Rain

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins

    Barry Guy: After the Rain

    City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Richard Hickox.

    Three scenes with rain as their subject, by Toru Takemitsu, Judith Weir and Barry Guy.

    Richard Ayres - Noncerto20120526

    British composer Richard Ayres is known for his idiosyncratic takes on some of the more hallowed conventions of the orchestral repertory. His series of so-called 'Noncertos' cast the soloist in unusual or unfamiliar (or uncomfortable) scenarios in which the conventional relationship between the individual and the crowd is subverted to tragi-comic effect. In 'No.36' a 'Noncerto' for horn and orchestra, the soloist is an outsider, trying to integrate with the ensemble, whether by calling across mountain peaks (and being its own echo), standing outside the gates of Heaven or narrating a series of silent-film vignettes in a quasi Buster Keaton role. This solo horn here, despite its tumescent Straussian associations, is an uncertain hero ('Noncerto' is a pun on Concerto and the Italian for 'uncertain'). This energetic performance was recorded in the City Halls, Glasgow by Saar Berger (horn) with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov.

    Richard Causton: Chamber Symphony20111015

    The Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Music of Today' series, curated until recently by composer Julian Anderson, is an opportunity to showcase recent music by some of today's important emerging composers.

    In February this year, they gave a portrait concert of 1971-born Richard Causton.

    This week, Pre-Hear spotlights his Chamber Symphony, from 2009, an abstract work, cast in a single movement but set on a symphonic scale.

    Ryan Wigglesworth conducts.

    Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the Philharmonia in Richard Causton's Chamber Symphony.

    Roger Reynolds At 7020041016

    To mark the birthday of the American composer, a performance of his piece Visions, played by the Arditti String Quartet.

    Rolf Hind/murail *20090516

    Rolf Hind performs Tristan Murail's 1977 piano solo Territoires de l'oubli, recorded at the BBC's Total Immersion weekend.

    The work is based entirely on the instrument's natural resonances and explores gradual changes in pulse and harmonic colour.

    Departing from the 20th-century idea of the piano as a percussive instrument, it draws on Murail's interest in the natural overtone series.

    The performer is himself also a composer - interested by the resonant qualities of his instrument and a long-time advocate of new music.

    Many contemporary composers have written for Hind, and in 2005 he made his Carnegie Hall debut, playing music by John Adams at the composer's invitation.

    Rolf Hind performs Tristan Murail's extended piano work from 1977, Territoires de l'oubli.

    Schiphorst, Daverson, Harvey20120107

    A preview of two events coming up in Hear and Now later this month. The London Sinfonietta play music recorded at their recent 'Pavilions' concert, to be broadcast on 21st January. And a new CD of music by Jonathan Harvey prefigures the BBC's Total Immersion celebration of Harvey's music, which is aired on Hear and Now on 28 January.

    Iris ter Schiphorst Zerstören

    Steven Daverson Elusive Tangibility III: Clandestine Haze

    London Sinfonietta/Martyn Brabbins

    Jonathan Harvey: Ricercare una melodia, for cello and tape

    Timothy Gill, cello/Sound Intermedia.

    The London Sinfonietta performs music by Schiphorst, Daverson and Harvey.

    Steve Martland20130608

    Steve Martland died suddenly last month. The news shocked the music world; no-one would have anticipated such an event. Many were looking forward to a new creative surge by this composer, known for his forthright views on society, the establishment and music in general. His recent Sea Songs had their world premiere last year and their English premiere in this concert, given by the BBC Singers in February, conducted by Paul Brough. Far from being simple celebrations of the seafaring life, the works explore the social undercurrents that made men go to sea, risking, and often losing, their lives in the process.

    Tabakova, Higgins, Knussen20130216

    Music for wind ensemble by two composers of the younger generation, alongside a work for mixed forces by one of the UK's leading figures, drawing on mediaeval techniques and sources.

    Dobrinka Tabakova: 3 Sketches

    Gavin Higgins: After Fallout

    Northern Sinfonia Winds

    Oliver Knussen: Two Organa

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Knussen


    Toru Takemitsu: From me flows what you call Time

    Nexus percussion ensemble

    Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Carl St.

    Clair (conductor).

    Nexus and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Takemitsu's From me flows what you call Time.

    The Four Sections20100424

    As Hear and Now spends a few weeks in so-called 'minimalist' territory, a work by one of the fathers of the style, Steve Reich.

    His 1987 score, The Four Sections in one of his few stand-alone works for full orchestra, designed as a response to Michael Tilson Thomas's urgings for him to compose a concerto for orchestra.

    The result is a fascinating take on showcasing the orchestral departments, individually and then together.

    The Four Sections is performed here by the orchestra who gave the UK premiere in 1988 - the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

    Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the LSO in Steve Reich's 1987 score The Four Sections.

    Thierry Escaich, Jonathan Harvey20110430

    As a taster for tonight's all-French edition of Hear and Now, two works that explore colour and resonance, characteristics of much contemporary French composition.

    Thierry Escaich: Vertiges de la Croix

    Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Michiyoshi Inoue

    Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen, for piano and electronics

    Jean-Luc Plouvier, piano.

    Two works exploring colour and resonance, by Thierry Escaich and Jonathan Harvey.

    Trios From Austria20100220

    Music for trio from Austria: Arnold Schoenberg's influential 1899 score Verklaerte Nacht in the version for piano trio by Eduard Steuermann played by the Fidelio Trio - Darragh Morgan, violin, Robin Michael, cello and Mary Dullea, piano.

    And Johannes Maria Staud's Sydenham Music, for flute, viola and harp in a recording of its world premiere at the 2007 Aldeburgh Festival, played by members of bcmg: Marie-Christine Zupancic, flute, Christopher Yates, viola and Céline Saout, harp.

    Two trios from Austria by Arnold Schoenberg and Johannes Maria Staud.

    Unsuk Chin's Su20120512

    Su, composed in 2009 by Korean composer Unsuk Chin, fuses the sound of the traditional Chinese mouth-blown pipe-organ - the Sheng - with the modern symphony orchestra. It was recorded during the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 'Total Immersion' expose of Unsuk Chin's works and performed by Wu Wei (sheng) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov.

    Widman - Violin Concerto20091024

    The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov perform the Violin Concerto by Munich-born composer Jorg Widman.

    They are joined by the artist who premiered it in 2007, Christian Tetzlaff.

    BBC SSO under Ilan Volkov, with Christian Tetzlaff, in Jorg Widman's Violin Concerto.