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Baroque Spring: Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

As part of Radio 3's Baroque Spring season, Jez Nelson presents a new commission from pianist Alexander Hawkins and his improvising nonet, featuring American trumpeter Peter Evans.

Bringing Baroque and jazz music together can, when attempted too literally, be fraught with danger. But this new commission from pianist Alexander Hawkins - recorded exclusively for Jazz on 3 as part of BBC Radio 3's Baroque Spring - is more about exploring the parallels between the two genres, drawing inspiration from the 18th century in a looser, more abstract way. Hawkins has built a bespoke nonet of free-improvising musicians, writing the music with the individual players in mind. US trumpeter Peter Evans has an astounding technique that is regularly aired in both avant-garde and Baroque settings, and he's joined by an array of brass and reed instruments - including trumpeter Byron Wallen and tuba player Oren Marshall. The soundworld is enriched further by the cello of Hannah Marshall and the relentlessly inventive textures of Mark Sanders's drumkit.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Peggy Sutton.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Baroque Spring: Listener's Choice

    • Dan Tepfer

      Improvisation 5

      Composer: Dan Tepfer

      • Bach: Goldberg Variations.
      • Sunnyside.
  • Baroque Spring: Alexander Hawkins' Choice

    • Art Ensemble of Chicago

      Variations Sur un Theme de Monteverdi

      Composer: The Art Ensemble of Chicago

      • Les Stances a Sophie.
      • Soul Jazz.
  • Alexander Hawkins introduces his new commission for Baroque Spring

    • Hans Fagius

      Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor/d Moll, BWV527 Movement III: Vivace

      Composer: J. S. Bach

      • Organ works / Orgelwerke.
      • Brilliant Classics.
    • Duke Ellington

      Mood Indigo

      Composer: Duke Ellington

      • Mood Indigo.
      • Future Noise Music.
    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      One Tree Found: Movement I

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      One Tree Found: Movement IV (Totem/The Hot Bach)

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      One Tree Found: Movement III (One Tree Found)

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      One Tree Found: Movement II

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Netherlands Bach Ensemble

      Canon a 2, BWV 1075

      Composer: J. S. Bach

      • Musikalishches Opfer.
      • Brilliant Classics.
    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      One Tree Found: Movement V (Imperfect Baobabs)

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Pieter-Jan Belder

      Overture in the French Style in B minor BWV 831: Courante

      Composer: J. S. Bach

      • Italian Concerto / French Overture / Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue.
      • Brilliant Classics.
    • Pieter-Jan Belder

      Overture in the French Style in B minor BWV 831: Gavotte I + II, de capo

      Composer: J. S. Bach

      • Italian Concerto / French Overture / Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue.
      • Brilliant Classics.
    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      One Tree Found: Movement VI

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

  • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble ‘One Tree Found Suite’ recorded at Livingston Studios, London on 27 February 2013

    • Untitled

      Line-up: Alexander Hawkins (composer/conductor); Peter Evans (trumpet); Percy Pursglove (trumpet/double bass); Byron Wallen (trumpet/flute/euphonium);

    • Untitled

      Pete McPhail (flute/alto flute/sopranino, alto, baritone saxophones); Chris Cundy (bass clarinet/contrabass clarinet); Oren Marshall (tuba);

    • Untitled

      Hannah Marshall (cello); Mark Sanders (drums/percussion)

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Movement I

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Movement II

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Movement III (One Tree Found)

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Movement IV (Totem/The Hot Bach)

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Movement V (Imperfect Baobabs)

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Movement VI

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Movement VII (Puzzle)

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

  • Marcin Masecki interview at his home in Warsaw, Poland on 4 March 2013

    • Marcin Masecki

      Queen 'n' Variations

      Composer: Trad. arr. Masecki

    • Marcin Masecki

      Marcin Masecki

      Composer: Marcin Masecki

      • John.
      • Lado ABC.
    • Marcin Masecki

      Brawa

      Composer: Marcin Masecki

      • John.
      • Lado ABC.
    • Duke Ellington

      Mood Indigo

      Composer: Duke Ellington

      • 50 Hits From The Big Band Era.
      • PIAS Recordings.
    • Marcin Masecki

      Fuga

      Composer: J. S. Bach

      • Die Kunst Der Fuge.
      • Lado ABC.
    • Marcin Masecki

      Fuga (fuga podwójna)

      Composer: J. S. Bach

      • Die Kunst Der Fuge.
      • Lado ABC.
    • Marcin Masecki

      Queen 'n' Variations

      Composer: Trad. arr. Masecki

  • Marcin Masecki recorded at the Jazz on 3 Studios, London on 27 November 2012

    • Untitled

      Line-up: Marcin Masecki (piano)

    • Marcin Masecki

      Solo Improvisations on Bach's Cello Suite No 1. In G major, BWV 1007

      Composer: J.S. Bach / Marcin Masecki

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