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Total Immersion: The Music of Louis Andriessen

Highlights from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion day, with Tom Service talking with Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.

Tom Service presents the first of two programmes featuring highlights from today's Total Immersion celebration of the music of the influential Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. Tonight you can hear works from concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and Guildhall New Music Ensemble, climaxing with the UK premiere of Andriessen's major new orchestral work Mysterien. In Hear and Now at the same time next Saturday, the UK premiere of Andriessen's newest music theatre work: La Commedia, inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy.

Bach arr. Andriessen: Prelude in B minor (Das wohltemperierte Klavier, Part 1)
Britten Sinfonia,
Conductor Andrew Gourlay.

Andriessen: De Stijl
Fanny Alofs (speaker),
Synergy Vocals,
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Conductor Clark Rundell.

Andriessen: Hout
Guildhall New Music Ensemble,
Conductor Geoffrey Paterson.

Andriessen: Dances
Allison Bell (soprano),
Britten Sinfonia,
Conductor Andrew Gourlay.

Andriessen: Mysteriën (UK premiere)
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Conductor Clark Rundell.

Andriessen's hard-hitting, propulsive music burst on to the international scene in bold response to the American Minimalists. His dynamic, jazz-influenced art has proved a provocative and invigorating force in European music, while his collaborations with film-makers such as Peter Greenaway have pushed forward the boundaries of musical theatre and cinematic technique. Expect pungent sonorities, hectic rhythms and a feast of ideas.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Louis Andriessen

    De Volharding (excerpt)

    Performer: Geoffrey Paterson. Ensemble: Guildhall New Music Ensemble.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in B min, BWV869 No 24 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk 1), arr Andriessen

    Ensemble: Britten Sinfonia.
  • Louis Andriessen

    De Stijl

    Narrator: Fanny Alofs. Ensemble: Synergy Vocals. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
  • Louis Andriessen

    Hout, for tenor saxophone, marimba, guitar & piano

    Ensemble: Guildhall New Music Ensemble.
    • Bang on a Can Plays Louis Andriessen - Gigantic Dancing Human Machine.
    • Cantaloupe.
    • 3.
  • Louis Andriessen

    Dances

    Singer: Allison Bell. Ensemble: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Andrew Gourlay.
  • Louis Andriessen

    Mysterien

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Clark Rundell.

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