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BBC CO - Trading Roots

2 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 08 March 2011

Presented by Martin Handley.

Recorded at the Hackney Empire in London, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Grand Union Orchestra join forces to bring a timeless journey across shifting sands and turbulent seas as Trading Roots explores a tapestry of sounds drawn from China to Africa, tracing the path of traders and travellers along the ancient Spice Route. This concert features well known jazz soloists, singers and leading musicians from all over the world - but it also includes a special performance from the BBC CO Fusion Group, an extraordinary multicultural collection of young musicians from London. Tony Haynes' new work The Golden Road, The Unforgiving Sea, commissioned by Radio 3, ties the concert together.

Trading Roots
BBC Concert Orchestra
Grand Union Orchestra
BBC CO Fusion Group

Followed by another instalment of a recital given by soprano Amanda Roocroft, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, as we reach the 1860-70 decade in the Wigmore Hall's 100 Years of German Song series. Liszt, Cornelius, Jensen, Bruch and Brahms are the composers featured throughout the week.


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