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Jonathan Harvey, Walter Murch

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 April 2012

Tom Service introduces two contrasting vocal works by one of the UK's leading composers.

Jonathan Harvey: Song Offerings
Claire Booth, soprano
Nash Ensemble
Lionel Friend, conductor

Jonathan Harvey: Summer Clouds Awakening
Latvian Radio Choir/James Wood
Jonathan Harvey (electronics), Carl Faia (electronics), Clive Williamson (synthesizer), Ilona Meija (flute) & Arne Deforce (cello)

And in the latest instalment of the 'Hear and Now Fifty', the American film editor and sound designer Walter Murch nominates 'Symphonie pour un homme seul' by Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, music he first heard on the radio as a schoolboy and which influenced his subsequent work in the field of film sound. Author and journalist Rob Young puts the work in context of post-war Paris and Schaeffer's early experiments at French Radio which led to the birth of musique concrete.

Music Played

3 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Jonathan Harvey Song Offerings

    Perfomers: Nash Ensemble Recording: 13 March 2012

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    Jonathan Harvey Summer Clouds Awakening

    Performers: Latvian Radio Choir/James Wood Performers: Jonathan Harvey (electronics), Carl Faia (electronics), Clive Williamson (synthesizer), Ilona Meija (flute) & Arne Deforce (cello)

    Hyperion CDA67835

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    Pierre Henry/Pierre Schaeffer Symphonie pour un homme seul



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