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Michael Finnissy

Composer Michael Finnissy talks to Robert Worby about his life in music, introducing important pieces from his oeuvre. Finnissy also plays piano works by favourite composers.

Robert Worby talks to composer Michael Finnissy about his long and richly creative life in music, and introduces some major pieces from his oeuvre. The programme also includes a studio recording of Finnissy playing short piano works by some of his favourite contemporary composers.

Michael Finnissy: Piano Concerto no.3
James Clapperton (piano)
Ixion conducted by Michael Finnissy

Michael Finnissy: Janne
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

plus short pieces by Judith Weir, Chris Newman, Howard Skempton, Laurence Crane, Andrew Toovey, Cassandra Miller, Geoff Hannan, Leo Grant, Michael Blake, Matthew Lee Knowles and Kyungjin Han, played by Michael Finnissy (piano).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Judith Weir

    The Story Behind the Song is Forgotten

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Michael Finnissy

    Plain Harmony 1 (for string quartet)

    Performer: Kreutzer Quartet.
    • Works for String Quartet.
    • Metier.
    • 1.
  • Chris Newman

    Nice Nights/Nette Nächte/Les Nuits gentille

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Laurence Crane

    Slow Folk Tune: Sheringham

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Howard Skempton

    Eirenicon 2

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Geoff Hannan

    The Little Cloud

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Leo Grant

    Brahms with 20% Added Accidentals

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Michael Finnissy

    Piano Concerto No.3

    Performer: James Clapperton. Ensemble: Ixion. Conductor: Michael Finnissy.
    • Darmstadt Aural Documents, Box 1.
    • NEOS.
  • Kyungjin Han

    Norae

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Michael Blake

    iKos'tina

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Andrew Toovey

    First Out

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Matthew Lee Knowles

    Five Squared

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Cassandra Miller

    Sinner, please

    Performer: Michael Finnissy.
  • Michael Finnissy

    Don't let this harvest pass

  • Michael Finnissy

    Janne

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • George Gershwin

    Three-quarter blues for piano

    Performer: Richard Rodney Bennett.
    • Gershwin/Kern etc: That certain feeling: Richard Rodney Bennett.
    • CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE.

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