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French Focus

Ivan Hewett introduces a recent concert of contemporary music from France performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with conductor Otto Tausk, bringing together the work of elder statesman Pierre Boulez with two composers from the younger generation, Eric Tanguy and Pascal Dusapin. Alongside Dusapin's orchestral study Extenso we hear his large-scale choral work based on the Greek myth of Niobe. Also in tonight's programme, Lucy Railton and Sam Mackay discuss the work of the late Bernard Parmegiani, a key figure in electronic music from the 1960s onwards and the focus of a London Contemporary Music Festival event next weekend.

Pierre Boulez: Domaines
Robert Plane (clarinet)

Eric Tanguy: Eclipse
Pascal Dusapin Extenso
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Otto Tausk (conductor)

Pascal Dusapin: Niobe
Claire Booth (soprano)
Philharmonia Voices
Philharmonia
Franck Ollu (conductor).

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2 hours

Last on

Sat 15 Mar 2014 22:00

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