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Anarchic, psychedelic, ecstatic: orchestral music by Zappa, Anderson and Ives

Radio 3 in Concert: Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play music by Frank Zappa; a concerto by Julian Anderson with pianist Steven Osborne; and 4 Ives Holidays.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow
Presented by Kate Molleson

Radio 3 in Concert: Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play music by Frank Zappa; a concerto by Julian Anderson with pianist Steven Osborne; and 4 Ives Holidays.

Zappa: The Perfect Stranger

7.45 Interval

8.00 Part 2
Julian Anderson: The Imaginary Museum (Piano Concerto)

8.30 Interval

8.45 Part 3
Ives: 4 New England Holidays

Steven Osborne (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Anarchic, psychedelic, ecstatic: The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov perform a concert of eccentric musical imaginations.

The concert begins with orchestral music by Frank Zappa: the maverick experimenter. His uncharacterisable work The Perfect Stranger -commissioned by Pierre Boulez-gives us an insight into his unique brain.

This is followed by Julian Anderson's piano concerto 'The Imaginary Museum' - a concerto inspired, in part, by the improvisatory imagination of its dedicatee and tonight's solo performer, Steven Osborne.

And the concert concludes with a sequence of 4 symphonic works by that pioneer of American music, Charles Ives. A composer for whom nothing could stand in the way of his sonic and philosophical imagination.

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Frank Zappa

    The Perfect Stranger

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Carla Bley

    Musique Mechanique

    Ensemble: The Carla Bley Band.
  • Laurie Anderson

    Example #22

    Performer: Laurie Anderson.
  • Julian Anderson

    The Imaginary Museum

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger

    Three Songs

    Performer: Lucy Shelton. Ensemble: Schoenberg Ensemble.
  • Charles Ives

    A Symphony: New England Holidays

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No 202, 'Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten'

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
    • DECCA.

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