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An alternative string quartet collaboration session

Max Reinhardt assembles an alternative string quartet for the latest Late Junction collaboration session, bringing together four distinct musical traditions.

Max Reinhardt assembles an alternative string quartet for the latest Late Junction collaboration session. The players, from four distinct traditions, come together for one day only in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios to create musical magic.

Our awesome foursome features: virtuoso scholar of Chinese traditional music Cheng Yu playing the guqin, a seven-stringed zither, and the pipa, a four-stringed lute; Sam Underwood, the instrument inventor and purveyor of ‘doom tuba’, with a new electroacoustic string contraption designed especially for this session; master fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on his ten-stringed hardanger d’amore; and rising jazz star Elliot Galvin introducing his prepared piano expertise into the mix.

Elsewhere in the programme Max plays a track from the new album by cellist-singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, and some classic Bessie Smith, who was born 125 years ago this week and went on to become “Empress of the Blues”.

Produced by Jack Howson.
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.

26 days left to listen

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Angélique Kidjo

    Yemaya

    • Celia.
    • Verve.
  • Ayanna Witter-Johnson

    Rise Up (feat. Akala)

    • Road Runner.
    • Hill and Gully Records.
  • Elliot Galvin, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Sam Underwood & Cheng Yu

    First Drops Of Rain

    • Late Junction collaboration session.
  • William Mundy

    Alleluia: Per te dei genitrix II

    Choir: Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Conductor: Duncan Ferguson.
    • William Mundy: Sacred Choral Music.
    • Delphian.
  • Elliot Galvin, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Sam Underwood & Cheng Yu

    Easter Snow

    • Late Junction collaboration session.
  • Elliot Galvin, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Sam Underwood & Cheng Yu

    Fred

    • Late Junction collaboration session.
  • Elliot Galvin, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Sam Underwood & Cheng Yu

    The Third Policeman

    • Late Junction collaboration session.
  • Bessie Smith

    Down Hearted Blues

    • The Complete Recordings Vol. 1.
    • Columbia.
  • Bob Dylan & The Band

    Bessie Smith

    • The Basement Tapes.
    • Columbia.
  • David Fennessy

    Piano Trio (Music for the pauses in a conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman)

    Ensemble: Psappha. Performer: Morton Feldman. Performer: John Cage.
    • Panopticon.
    • NMC Recordings.
  • Lizabett Russo

    When The North Wind Blows

    • Something-in-movement..
  • Angélique Kidjo

    Bemba Colorá

    • Celia.
    • Verve.

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