Gerald Barry, Mark Simpson
Ivan Hewett presents music from the BBC Philharmonic, including Mark Simpson's oratorio The Immortal in a recording from the 2015 Manchester Festival, plus works by Gerald Barry.
Ivan Hewett presents recent recordings by the BBC Philharmonic, including the world premiere of Mark Simpson's occult-inspired oratorio The Immortal, performed at the Manchester International Festival last week. The work explores the obsession with death that lies at the heart of the human experience and is inspired by John Gray's book, The Immortalization Commission. We hear a concert of works by the Irish composer Gerald Barry, a musical maverick whose witty compositions both surprise and delight. And in Modern Muses, Harrison Birtwistle and bass John Tomlinson talk about the creation of Tomlinson's roles in Birtwistle's landmark operas, 'Gawain' and 'The Minotaur'.
Gerald Barry: La jalousie taciturne; Wiener Blut; Kitty Lie Over Across From the Wall; Day; From The Intelligence Park
Nicolas Hodges (piano)
Clark Rundell (conductor)
Recorded at MediaCityUK, Salford, in January
Mark Simpson: The Immortal (world premiere)
Mark Stone (baritone)
Manchester Chamber Choir
Juanjo Mena (conductor)
Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, last week.