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Hear And Now

Anthony Gilbert - A Retrospective

Saturday 11 September 2004 23:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Ivan Hewett introduces a concert marking Anthony Gilbert's 70th birthday in July, given by the Endymion ensemble. They explored his highly individual chamber works including Elegy for piano (1967); Long White Moonlight (1980) for soprano and electric double bass; O'Grady Music (1971) for clarinet, cello and toy instruments; Spell Respell (1968) for electric bassett clarinet and piano; and the world premiere of Tinos for soprano, bass clarinet and vibraphone.

The programme also features short tributes to Gilbert by some of his friends and former students including Martin Butler and Simon Holt.


2 hours


Portrait of Anthony Gilbert

Anthony Gilbert
‘Elegy for piano’ (1967) (2’27”)
Michael Dussek (piano)

Anthony Gilbert
‘Long White Moonlight’ (1980) (19’07”)
Marie Vassiliou (soprano), Corrado Canonici (electric double bass)

Anthony Gilbert
‘Tinos’ (2004) (4’10”)
Marie Vassiliou (soprano), Mark van der Wiel (bass clarinet), Matt Green (vibraphone)
World Premiere

Anthony Gilbert
‘O’Grady Music’ (1971) (13’06”)
Mark van der Wiel (clarinet), Orlando Jopling (cello), Richard Benjafield (toy instruments)

Three tributes to Anthony Gilbert:
Colin Matthews
‘Fanfare for Tony’ (1’32”)
James Sleigh (viola)

Simon Holt
‘brief candles’ (6’15”)
Mark Van de Wiel (clarinet)

Martin Butler
‘Hunding’ (4’23”)
Stephen Stirling (horn)

Anthony Gilbert
‘String Quartet no.3 ‘Super hoqueto David’’ (1987) (6’33”)
Krysia Osostowicz (violin), Kathryn Parry (violin), James Sleigh (cello), Jane Salmon (cello)

Anthony Gilbert
‘Spell Respell’ (1968) (11’50”)
Mark van der Wiel (electric bassett clarinet), Michael Dussek (piano)

Anthony Gilbert
’Igórochki’ (1992) (20’02”)
Endymion Ensemble including Julien Feltrin (solo recorders) conducted by Quentin Poole

This edition of Hear and Now was preceded at 10.45pm in Pre-Hear with further tributes to Anthony Gilbert:

David Lumsdaine and Nicola Lefanu
‘Night Song with Frogs’ (6’00”)
Edward Cervenka (cimbalom)

Alexander Goehr
‘As and Gs’ (6’08”)
Christian Forshaw (soprano sax)

Anthony Payne
‘Conundrum’ (3’00”)
Jane Salmon (cello)

Harrison Birtwistle
‘Gilbert Ground’ (1’57”)
Mark van der Wiel (clarinet), Christian Forshaw (soprano sax), Stephen Stirling (horn), James Sleigh (viola), Jane Salmon (cello)

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