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Something Rich and Strange

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

A concert given at the Barbican, London, featuring the music of Iannis Xenakis, described by Olivier Messiaen as 'a hero unlike any other'. Xenakis's very original music has many complex rhythmic patterns, polyphonic melodies and distinct instrumental and vocal textures and draws on his training as an architect and his work as assistant to Le Corbusier. In his piece Nuits, voices explore the phonetic sounds of Sumerian and ancient Persian.

Christian Lindberg (trombone)
Rolf Hind (piano)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Stephen Betteridge (conductor)

Xenakis: Tracees; Anastenaria; Sea-Nymphs; Mists; Nuits; Troorkh; Antikhthon

Followed by music from alumni of Chetham's School of Music to celebrate its fortieth anniversary:

Britten: Hymn to the Virgin
Choir of Westminster Cathedral
Hyperion CDA 66220
Track 17

Byrd; Et salutaris hostia
Choir of Winchester cathedral
David Hill, conductor
Hyperion CDA66837
Track 17

Johann Strauss II
Overture: Die Fledermaus
Wayne Marshall, organ (of Peterborough Cathedral)
Virgin Classics VM5617032
Track 2

Release date:

2 hours, 15 minutes

Last on

Tue 10 Mar 2009 19:00