Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Donald Macleod explores the music of Jonathan Harvey in the company of the composer. They focus on the theme of nature.

Donald Macleod is in the company of British composer Jonathan Harvey.

The theme of nature runs through the programme - trees form the backdrop to Moving Trees, a ravishing short piece for chamber ensemble written in response to a commission from Belgian choreographer Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker.

Birds crop up - first, in Chu (Tibetan for 'bird'), then in Bird Concerto with Pianosong, which began life as Piano Concerto with Birdsong until Harvey realised that the birds were the main protagonists. The birds in this case are synthesized ones from California, and they transform, morph and interact with the orchestra in extraordinary ways.

Moving Trees (2002) for ensemble of 18 players
Remix Ensemble
Peter Rundel (conductor)
Live concert recording: Casa da Musica, Porto, 10 January 2009

Chu (2002) for soprano, clarinet/contrabass clarinet and cello
Ensemble Accroche Note:
Francoise Kubler (soprano)
Armand Angster (clarinet)
Christophe Beau (cello)
L'empreinte digitale ED13229, Tr 1

Bird Concerto with Pianosong (2001) for solo piano and sampler, and ensemble of 17 players and live electronics
Hideki Nagano (piano/keyboard)
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Susanna Malkki
Live concert recording: Cité de la Musique, Paris, 3 October 2006.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Jonathan Harvey

    Moving Trees (2002) for ensemble of 18 players

    Performers: Remix Ensemble / Peter Rundel (cond)

    • by kind permission of the Remix Ensemble – live concert recording, Casa da Musica, Porto, 10/1/09.
  • Jonathan Harvey

    Chu (2002) for soprano, clarinet/contrabass clarinet and cello

    Performers: Ensemble Accroche Note: Françoise Kubler (sop), Armand Angster (cl), Christophe Beau (vc)

    • [l’empreinte digitale ED13229,.
  • Jonathan Harvey

    Bird Concerto with Pianosong (2001) for solo piano and sampler, and ensemble of 17 players

    Performers: Hideki Nagano (pno & kybd) / Ensemble Intercontemporain / Susanna Mälkki [by kind permission of Radio France and the Ensemble Intercontemporain

    • live concert recording, Cité de la Musique, Paris, 3/10/06.

Broadcasts

Composers A to Z

Composers A to Z

Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

The production team reflects on 5 of Donald Macleod’s best stories from the last 20 years

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

The composer of Jerusalem was very far from the conservative figure his image suggests.

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

What is the strange power of Jerusalem which makes strong men weep?

Composer Help Page

Composer Help Page

Find resources and contacts for composers from within the classical music industry.