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Total Immersion: Julian Anderson at 50

Kate Molleson presents highlights from the day's events at London's Barbican Centre, uncovering the many faceted musical voice of one of the UK's most distinguished composers.

Kate Molleson uncovers the many-faceted musical voice of one of the UK's most distinguished composers. Equally at home in chamber music, choral music and when writing for the world's great symphony orchestras, tonight's programme promises to offer glimpses into the musical mind of this most versatile of composers. With performances recorded earlier today at the BBC's Total Immersion day at London's Barbican Centre from the BBC Singers, distinguished students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Kate is joined in the studio by Christopher Dingle.

Julian Anderson: Eden (2007)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor)

Julian Anderson: Imagin'd Corners (2002)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor)

Julian Anderson: Four American Choruses No. 2. Beautiful Valley of Eden (2003)
BBC Singers, Nicholas Kok (conductor

Julian Anderson: Alhambra Fantasy (2000)
Students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Richard Baker (conductor)

Julian Anderson: Ring Dance (1987)
Students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Julian Anderson: O Sing unto the Lord (1999)
BBC Singers, Nicholas Kok (conductor)

Julian Anderson: In lieblicher Bläue (2014)
Carolin Widmann (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor)

Julian Anderson: Fantasias (2009)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor)

Eden celebrates the sculptor Constantin Brancusi while Imagin'd Corners revolves around Anderson's attraction to the French horn. Carolin Widmann joins the BBC SO for In lieblicher Bläue, a work that uses space in a way that only a live performance can reveal. Fantasias is, in Anderson's words, 'for all its wild contrasts, a celebration of the modern symphony orchestra'.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Julian Anderson

    Eden

    Conductor: Edward Gardner. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Julian Anderson

    Imagin'd Corners

    Conductor: Edward Gardner. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Julian Anderson

    My Beloved Spake

    Performer: Stephen Farr. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Kok.
  • Julian Anderson

    Alhambra Fantasy

    Conductor: Richard Baker. Ensemble: Students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
  • Julian Anderson

    Ring Dance

    Ensemble: Students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
  • Julian Anderson

    In lieblicher Bläue

    Performer: Carolin Widmann. Conductor: Edward Gardner. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Julian Anderson

    Fantasias

    Conductor: Edward Gardner. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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