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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 22 June 2013

Ivan Hewett introduces music by two female British composers of the 20th-century: 12-tone pioneer Elisabeth Lutyens' operatic journey through the literary islands of Sophocles, Shelley, Rabelais and Robert Louis Stevenson; and South African-born Priaulx Rainier's setting of Edith Sitwell's poem The Bee-Keeper, first performed by Peter Pears at the 1969 Aldeburgh Festival. And continuing our series of interviews with British composers turning 70 this year, Robin Holloway reflects on his early career in conversation with Robert Worby, focusing on his orchestral work Scenes from Schumann.

Music Played

4 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Priaulx Rainier

    Priaulx Rainier The Bee Oracles

    Performers: James Oxley (tenor), Psappha, Mark Heron (conductor)

  • Image for Robin Holloway

    Robin Holloway Scenes from Schumann (excerpt)

    Performers: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

  • Image for Elisabeth Lutyens

    Elisabeth Lutyens Islands

    Performers: Gillian Keith (soprano), James Oxley (tenor), Richard Suart (narrator), Psappha, Mark Heron (conductor)

  • Image for Arlene Sierra

    Arlene Sierra Moler (UK Premiere)

    Performers: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Grant Llewellyn (conductor)



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