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British Composer Awards 2012

The British Composer Awards celebrate their tenth anniversary this year. In the runup to Monday's awards ceremony, Ivan Hewett and guest critics Helen Wallace and Guy Damann choose their personal favourites from the pieces on the 2012 shortlist.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Jonathan Harvey

    The Annunciation

    Performers: Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha (conductor)

    • BBC Recording.
  • Rebecca Saunders

    Violin Concerto (extract)

    Performers: Carolin Widmann (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Lionel Bringuier (conductor)

    • BBC Recording.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Violin Concerto (extract)

    Performers: Christian Tetzlaff (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson (conductor)

    • BBC Recording.
  • Julian Anderson

    The Discovery of Heaven

    Performers: LPO, Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

    • LPO white label.
  • Raymond Yiu

    Les Etoiles au Front (extract)

    Performers: Chroma

    • Private tapes.
  • Kenneth Hesketh

    Danceries, set 2: second movement (Tom Tinker's Toy)

    Performers: Birmingham Symphonic Winds, Keith Allen (conductor)

    • Dinmore Records.
    • DRD221, Track 13.
  • Ray Lee

    The Ethometric Museum (extract)

    Performer: Ray Lee

    • Private tapes.
  • Patrick Nunn

    Pareidolia I (extract)

    Performers: Sarah Watts (bass clarinet), Patrick Nunn (electronics)

    • Private tapes.
  • Matthew Herbert

    One Pig (extract)

    Performers: Matthew Herbert

    • Accidental Records.
  • Martin Suckling

    Suckling Candlebird (extract)

    Performers: Leigh Melrose (baritone), London Sinfonietta, Nicholas Collon (conductor)

    • London Sinfonietta.
    • CD1-2012.
  • Nicola LeFanu

    All you unhappy wives, from Dream Hunter (extract)

    Performers: Caryl Hughes (mezzo-soprano), Lontano, Odaline de la Martinez (conductor)

    • Private tapes.
  • Matthew Shlomowitz

    Popular Contexts, Vol. 3 (extract)

    Performers: Nieuw Ensemble, Bas Wiegers (conductor)

    • By permission, Netherlands Radio 4.
  • Colin Matthews

    No Man's Land (extract)

    Performers: Ian Bostridge (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), City of London Sinfonia and Stephen Layton (conductor)

    • BBC Recording.
  • Joe Cutler

    Chanticleer and the Opera Fox (extract)

    Performers: Roderick Williams (baritone), Chroma

    • Private tapes.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Angel Fighter

    Performers: Andrew Watts (countertenor), Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (tenor), BBC Singers, London Sinfonietta, David Atherton (conductor)

    • BBC Recording.

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