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Andrew Biswell - Burgess at 100

Anthony Burgess's biographer, Andrew Biswell, presents music that inspired Burgess, including Beethoven, Walton and Lambert, plus Burgess's own Manchester Overture.

Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, had a close relationship with classical music - not only did it influence his novels, but he also wrote his own music. On the centenary of his birth, Burgess's biographer Andrew Biswell presents music that inspired him, including pieces by Beethoven, Walton and Constant Lambert. There's also the opportunity to hear some of Burgess's own music, including the Manchester Overture. As the director of the Burgess archive, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Andrew Biswell has unique access to Burgess's books on music, his LPs and the original handwritten scores of the music he wrote.

1 hour, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary arr. Wendy Carlos

    Performer: Wendy Carlos.
  • William Walton

    Portsmouth Point Overture

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • Chandos.
  • Anthony Burgess

    A Manchester Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Constant Lambert

    The Rio Grande

    Performer: Hamilton Harty. Orchestra: Hallé. Choir: St Michael's Singers. Singer: Albert Whitehead. Conductor: Constant Lambert.
    • BBC.
  • Hector Berlioz

    L' Enfance du Christ: L' Adieu des bergers

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: John Alldis. Conductor: Philip Ledger.
    • Thames.
  • Georges Bizet

    Carmen: Chanson Boheme

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Singer: Leontyne Price. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • RCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Ode for St Cecilia's Day: From Harmony, From Heav'nly Harmony

    Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • TELDEC.
  • Anthony Burgess

    Song for St Cecilia's Day

    Orchestra: Brown University Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Phillips. Ensemble: McGill Chamber Singers and Opera Chorus.
    • ARSIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.3 'Eroica' : Mvmt III

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Hans Schmidt‐Isserstedt.
    • Decca.
  • Anthony Burgess

    Mr W.S. Ballet Suite: Quodlibet

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish S O. Conductor: Peter Jones.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring: The Augurs of Spring

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • Naxos.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No. 1: Adagio

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Anthony Burgess

    Mr Burgess's Almanack: Allegro Vigoroso

    Orchestra: Brown University Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Phillips.
    • Naxos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 9: Final Mvmt

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Gundula Janowitz. Singer: Hilde Rössel-Majdan. Singer: Waldemar Kmentt. Singer: Walter Berry. Choir: Wiener Singverein. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
  • Anthony Burgess


    Performer: Richard Casey.