Cutting Edge

Classical music is evolving with new sound worlds and ambitious, experimental composers.

In this section you’ll find some of the latest, boundary-breaking music that’s challenging our perceptions of music.

Click on pieces to play them in BBC Sounds, then simply click back and carry on discovering.

You will also find radio programmes and podcasts that give you background and insight into the composers and pieces, so you can get even more out of the music – just look for the titled images with logos in the top right corner.

Happy exploring.

Hillborg: Violin Concerto No.1
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Berg: Wozzeck (Three Fragments)
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Composer of the Week - Alban Berg
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Holliger: (S)irato
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Hillborg: Beast Sampler
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This Classical Life - Jess Gillam with Kaapo Ijas
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MacRae: Sinfonia for orchestra
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Dudley: Music and Silence
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Music Matters - Why Music? The Key to Memory
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Lim: Flying Banner
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Birtwistle: Panic
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Composer of the Week - Harrison Birtwistle
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LeFanu: The Hidden Landscape
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Musgrave: Loch Ness - a postcard from Scotland
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Music Matters - Thea Musgrave
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Milstein: A media luz
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Matthews: A Vision of the Sea
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BBC Proms - David Matthews and Nielsen
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Yiu: Xocolatl
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Higdon: Violin Concerto
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Classical Fix - Alix Fox
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Roustom: Ramal
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Ustvolskaya: Piano Concerto
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Record Review Podcast - Proms Composer: Galina Ustvolskaya
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Skylass: Kyrie Eleison
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Bacewicz: Music For Strings, Trumpets & Percussion
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Composer of the Week - Bacewicz
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Meredith: froms
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Maxwell Davies: Worldes Blis
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BBC Proms - Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
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Frances-Hoad: Beowulf
Weir: Black Birdsong
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In Tune Highlights - Judith Weir
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Bingham: London Haiku
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Saunders: Violin Concerto, 'Still'
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Radio 3's Composers' Rooms - Rebecca Saunders
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Bartók: Quartet No. 1, Sz 40
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Saariaho: String Quartet, 'Terra memoria'
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The Listening Service - The music of Kaija Saariaho
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Webern: 5 Movements for string quartet
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Herrmann: Psycho - Music from the film
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Sound of Cinema - Hitch and Herrmann
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Bartók: Quartet No. 5, Sz 102
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