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Artists, musicians and composers introduce fifty key pieces of classical music composed between 1950 and 2000. As featured in the BBC Radio 3 programme, Hear & Now.

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Artists, musicians and composers introduce fifty key pieces of classical music composed between 1950 and 2000. As featured in the BBC Radio 3 programme, Hear & Now.

    Witold Lutoslawski's Jeux Venitiens

    Witold Lutoslawski's Jeux Venitiens

    Conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen celebrates the music of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski and his landmark work from the early 1960s, Jeux Venitiens. Writer Paul Griffiths explains how the composer used chance within the score to create rhythmic complexity; and we hear from Lutoslawski himself, in conversation with Thea Musgrave in 1973.

    • 10 min
    Bernhard Lang's Differenz/Wiederholung 2

    Bernhard Lang's Differenz/Wiederholung 2

    Composer Matthew Shlomowitz makes the case for Austrian composer Bernhard Lang’s Differenz/Wiederholung 2, a setting of texts by Gilles Deleuze, William Burroughs and Christian Loidl. Commentator Graham McKenzie highlights the jagged soundworld of this music, and the composer’s use of repetition.

    • 12 min
    Eliane Radigue's Songs of Milarepa

    Eliane Radigue's Songs of Milarepa

    Author and journalist Rob Young nominates French composer Eliane Radigue's Songs of Milarepa, which combines drone-like electronics with the voices of Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Robert Ashley singing and reading the words of the 11th-century Tibetan Buddhist poet Jetsun Milarepa. With commentary from Richard Whitelaw, Head of Programmes at Sound and Music.

    • 11 min
    Heiner Goebbels's Surrogate Cities

    Heiner Goebbels's Surrogate Cities

    Hear and Now presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch celebrates the music of German composer Heiner Goebbels, focusing on the Suite for Sampler and Orchestra from his 1994 cycle Surrogate Cities. Commentary comes from Graham McKenzie of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and we also hear the voice of the composer himself.

    • 11 min
    Gerard Grisey's Partiels

    Gerard Grisey's Partiels

    Composer Julian Anderson singles out Partiels for orchestra, from French spectralist Gerard Grisey’s cycle of works Les Espaces Acoustiques. With commentary from writer Paul Griffiths.

    • 12 min
    Igor Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles

    Igor Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles

    Composer John Woolrich nominates Stravinsky's last completed work with orchestra, Requiem Canticles. Commentator Paul Griffiths explains how this sparsely scored "pocket requiem", written in 1966 in a modern serial style, contains many of the hallmarks of his very earliest pieces.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Dr Anthony Whittaker-Mahoney ,

Wonderful idea!

Since I discovered these podcasts, they have been listened to repeatedly. A great summation of the modern classics, intelligently devised in every respect.

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