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Harrison Birtwistle

Duration:
1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 June 2012

Tom Service, in conversation with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, presents this Birtwistle Portrait concert, specially recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta conducted by David Atherton

Harrison Birtwistle: Cortege
London Sinfonietta

Harrison Birtwistle: Five Distances for 5 Instruments
London Sinfonietta

Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum
London Sinfonietta
David Atherton, conductor

Harrison Birtwistle: In Broken Images (UK premiere)
London Sinfonietta
David Atherton, conductor

And in the Hear and Now 50, composer, writer and Russophile Gerard McBurney nominates the austere and uncompormising Octet by Galina Ustvolskaya, which changed his ideas of twentieth-century Russian music. And Gillian Moore, Head of Classical Music at the Souhtbank Centre puts the work into the context of the mid-twentieth century Soviet Union.

Galina Unstvolskaya: Octet
Lyn Fletcher, Susie Meszaros, Christopher Tombling, Maya Iwabuchi (violins)
Sue Bohling and Margaret Tindale (oboes)
William Stephenson (piano)
Graham Cole (timpani).

Music Played

5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Sir Harrison Birtwistle Cortege

    Conductor: David ATHERTON Performer: London Sinfonietta

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    Sir Harrison Birtwistle Five distances for five instruments [fl,ob,cl,fg,hn]

    Conductor: David ATHERTON Performer: London Sinfonietta

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    Sir Harrison Birtwistle Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum for orchestra

    Conductor: David ATHERTON Performer: London Sinfonietta

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    Sir Harrison Birtwistle In Broken Images for ensemble

    Conductor: David ATHERTON Performer: London Sinfonietta

  • Image for Galina Ivanovna Ustvolskaya

    Galina Ivanovna Ustvolskaya Octet

    Performer: Lyn Fletcher, Susie Meszaros, Christopher Tombling, Maya Iwabuchi (violins), Sue Bohling and Margaret Tindale (oboes), William Stephenson (piano), Graham Cole (timpani) Conductor: Mark Stephenson

    Ustvolskaya: Octet; Shostakovich: Piano Quintet / Stott, Conifer, 51194, 1

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