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Translucent textures with Knussen

Half an hour of uninterrupted music featuring the luminous sound worlds of Oliver Knussen and Tchaikovsky, juxtaposed with seasonal folk song arrangements from England and France.

Oliver Knussen's translucent and stirring Symphony No 3 is the featured work for "Our Classical Century", starting off a sequence of music which reflects its luminous tuned percussion textures as well as embracing the seasonal holiday weather. Tchaikovsky's Sugar Plumb Fairy employs a similar sound world to Knussen but with a very different style, as does Leroy Anderson's joyous Bugler's Holiday. Other music in the mix includes a poignant piano piece by Frank Bridge, a lyrical French fantasy and folk music arrangements from the pastures of the Auvergne and rural England.

Producer Helen Garrison

30 minutes

Last on

Mon 22 Apr 2019 19:00

Music Played

  • Oliver Knussen

    Symphony No 3

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)

    Conductor: Georg Solti. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
    • Tchaikovsky: 1812/Romeo & Juliet/Nutcracker Suite: Chicago Symphony Orchestra/So.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Frank Bridge

    Three Lyrics for piano (Heart's Ease)

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough's English Piano Album.
    • Hyperion.
    • 17.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Gabriele Cassone. Performer: Giovanni Antonini. Performer: Paolo Grazzi. Performer: Enrico Onofri. Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • J.S. Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos; Il Giardino Armonico.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 5.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The springtime of the year (Five English Folk Songs)

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Director: John Rutter.
    • The Lark in the Clear Air.
    • Collegium.
    • 6.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Fantaisie, Op 79

    Orchestrator: Louis Aubert. Performer: William Bennett. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • ARGO.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Bugler's Holiday

    Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Canteloube

    Songs of the Auvergne: Bourees: i. N'ai pas ieu de mio; ii. Lo Calhe

    Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.
    • Songs of the Auvergne.
    • DECCA.
    • 8.
  • Anonymous French 13th Century

    The Lay of the Shepherdess

    Music Arranger: Joglaresa. Ensemble: Joglaresa. Director: Belinda Sykes.
    • Nuns and Roses.
    • Joglaresa.
    • 004.


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