A collection of programmes from the BBC archives featuring trailblazing 20th Century classical music composers who changed the course of music forever.
BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill introduces pioneering composers of 20th century classical music. From John Cage’s silent 4’33’’ to Stockhausen’s ground-breaking work in electronic music which inspired the likes of Björk and Grateful Dead, these composers tore up the rule book and changed the course of music forever. Read more
Featuring works by Michael Berkeley, Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams. (2005)
Pierre Boulez conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert from the Barbican. (2005)
A concert given to an audience of friends by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. (1964)
A parable play on the ancient theme of the Quest. Featuring music by Benjamin Britten.
Concert from London's Barbican featuring the music of composer John Cage. (2004)
A recital of guitar music by Julian Bream at Old Wardour Castle. (1978)
Julian Bream presents the first in a series of masterclasses on the guitar. (1978)
The second programme in this series recorded at Julian Bream’s Wiltshire home. (1978)
Julian Bream presents the third in his series of guitar masterclasses. (1978)
Julian Bream presents his fourth and final masterclass on the guitar. (1978)
Charles Hazlewood talks to Karlheinz Stockhausen about his life and work. (2001)
The minimalist composer John Adams talks about his career to Charles Hazlewood. (2001)
Peter Ustinov examines the early career of Russian impresario Diaghilev. (1968)
The BBC Symphony Orchestra performs three works by American composer Philip Glass. (2001)
Performances of works by Schoenberg, Webern and Ives recorded in 2012.
Performances of works by Messiaen, Ligeti, Xenakis and Birtwistle recorded in 2012.
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