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Witten New Music Days

Tom Service presents some of the world premieres from the 2014 Witten New Music Days festival. Plus Composers' Rooms: Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits James MacMillan's Glasgow studio.

Based in the industrial heartland of Germany's Ruhr Valley since 1936, Witten New Music Days is one of the world's leading contemporary music festivals, clocking up over 600 world premieres to date. Tom Service talks to Witten New Music Days director Harry Vogt about the festival's history and its vital place in German cultural life. Together, they pick some of of the plums from this year's extraordinarily rich programme of first performances including music by Philippe Manoury, Rebecca Saunders, Brian Ferneyhough, and György Kurtág.

And in Composers' Rooms, Sara Mohr-Pietsch steps inside the courtyard garden studio of James MacMillan, a recent addition to his house in Glasgow in which he's created a quiet retreat for his work.

György Kurtág: Clov's last monologue (a fragment)
Arditti String Quartet

Philippe Manoury: Trauermärsche
WDR Symphony Orchestra
Peter Rundel (conductor)

Wolfgang Rihm: In Verbundenheit
Arditti String Quartet:

Rebecca Saunders: Void
Christian Dierstein & Dirk Rothbrust (percussion)
WDR Symphony Orchestra
Peter Rundel (conductor)

Brian Ferneyhough: Silentium
Arditti String Quartet

Marco Stroppa: La Vita Immobile (4 micro automi)
Arditti String Quartet

Brice Pauset: Schwarzmärkte
ensemble recherche.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Brian Ferneyhough


  • György Kurtág

    Clov's last monologue (fragment)

  • Philippe Manoury


  • Brice Pauset


  • Wolfgang Rihm

    In Verbundenheit

  • Rebecca Saunders


  • Marco Stroppa

    La Vita Immobile : 4 micro automi


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