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Musica Viva

Ivan Hewett presents a focus on Bavarian Radio's contemporary music series Musica Viva, with world premieres by Harrison Birtwistle, Gerald Barry, Arnulf Hermann and Tom Johnson.

In October 1945, a few months after the end of the Second World War, Karl Amadeus Hartmann - one of the few German composers untarnished by Nazi associations - founded a contemporary music series called Musica Viva in his native city of Munich. Almost seven decades later, the series is still going strong under the auspices of Bavarian Radio.

In Hear and Now this week, Ivan Hewett presents a focus on Musica Viva in conversation with its current Artistic Director Winrich Hopp, featuring four world premiere performances from recent Musica Viva concerts, including the first concert of the new season just two weeks ago.

Plus Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits Larry Goves for this week's episode of Composers' Rooms.

Arnulf Herrmann: Three Songs at the Open Window
Anja Petersen (soprano),
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Stefan Asbury (conductor).

Gerald Barry: Piano Concerto (2012/13)
Nicolas Hodges (piano),
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Peter Rundel (conductor).

Composers' Rooms: Larry Goves

Tom Johnson: Munich Rhythms
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Johannes Kalitzke (conductor).

Harrison Birtwistle: Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano),
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Stefan Asbury (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Gerald Barry

    Piano Concerto (world premiere)

    Conductor: Peter Rundel. Performer: Nicolas Hodges. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  • Larry Goves

    The Terminus Wreck (third movement)

    Performer: Oliver Coates.
  • Tom Johnson

    Munich Rhythms (world premiere)

    Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke. Orchestra: Belgian National Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Arnulf Herrmann

    Three Songs at the Open Window (world premiere)

    Singer: Anja Petersen. Conductor: Stefan Asbury. Orchestra: Belgian National Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Responses: Sweet Disorder and the Carefully Careless (world premiere)

    Conductor: Stefan Asbury. Orchestra: Belgian National Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

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