Sarah Walker introduces music from two concerts given by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. The first, conducted by Alexander Briger, features the British premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's song-cycle of war poems for baritone and ensemble The Torn Fields with Gerald Finley as the soloist; the world premiere of Three Pieces by Philip Cashian and Julian Anderson's Khorovod.
Plus, music from a concert given by the BCMG in March entitled 'Workers Union' focussing on works written for a whole range of performers, from professional to amateur.
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Julian Anderson 'Khorovod' (11'45") BCMG conducted by Alexander Briger
Mark-Anthony Turnage 'The Torn Fields' (27'56") BCMG conducted by Alexander Briger with Gerald Finley (baritone)
Philip Cashian 'Three Pieces' (19'58") BCMG conducted by Alexander Briger
Philip Cashian 'Tag' (8'10") Simon Limbrick (percussion)
Luciano Berio 'Duetti' (11'45") Mary Cohen and Richard Leaver (violins) with members of 'String Quartets from Scratch'
Gerald Barry 'Triorchic Blues' (4'36") Ulrich Heinen (cello)
Louis Andriessen 'Workers' Union ' (17'54") BCMG and the Birmingham University New Music Ensemble conducted by Peter Wiegold
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