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Illusions, unification and a crimson sea

Tom Service with music by Hawar Tawfiq, Linas Baltas, Rebecca Saunders and Pauline Oliveros. Plus, Robert Worby interviews Jennifer Walshe.

Tom Service presents cutting-edge new music recorded in concert, featuring a work by Linas Baltas based on scientific research that has discovered a range of paradoxes – or illusions – showing that the way people hear even simple musical patterns can differ strikingly. The BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Hawar Tawfiq’s Unificazione, a piece in celebration of the Unification of Europe and there is a chance to hear Rebecca Saunders’ CRIMSON: Molly's Song 1, a piece that meditates on images from Molly Bloom's monologue at the end of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Plus Robert Worby interviews Irish composer, improviser and vocalist Jennifer Walshe.

Hawar Tawfiq: Unificazione (UK Premiere)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jac Van Steen (conductor)

Linas Baltas: Illusions for chorus
BBC Singers
Nicholas Chalmers
(Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival)

Rebecca Saunders: Molly's song I for ensemble
BCMG
Julien Leroy (conductor)

Pauline Oliveros: Portrait of Manuel Zurria
Manuel Zurria (flute)
Camden Arts Centre, London

1 hour, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • John Luther Adams

    Canticles of the Sky; Sky With Endless Stars

    Performer: Oliver Coates.
    • RVNG.
  • Hawar Tawfiq

    Unificazione for orchestra and electronics

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
  • Linas Baltas

    Illusions for chorus

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers.
  • Jennifer Walshe

    Manhattan Hybrid (excerpt)

    Performer: Jennifer Walshe.
    • Mirgo Sound Compilation.
    • Mirgo Records.
  • Jennifer Walshe

    G.L.O.R.I (excerpt)

    Performer: Jennifer Walshe.
    • Nature Data.
    • Interval Recordings.
  • Jennifer Walshe

    Nature Data (excerpt)

    Performer: Jennifer Walshe.
    • Nature Data.
    • Interval Recordings.
  • Jennifer Walshe

    This is why people O. D. on pills... (excerpt)

    Performer: Anton Lukoszevieze.
    • BBC Recording.
  • Jennifer Walshe

    The Site Of An Investigation (excerpt)

    Performer: Jennifer Walshe. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
    • BBC Recording.
  • Rebecca Saunders

    Molly's song I for ensemble

    Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Julien Leroy.
  • Andrius Arutiunian

    Armen (excerpt)

    Performer: Andrius Arutiunian.
    • Far Away but Ever Closer: Young Lithuanian Composers Abroad.
    • Music Information Centre Lithuania.
    • 1.
  • Pauline Oliveros

    Portrait of Manuel Zurria

    Performer: Manuel Zurria.
  • Richard Ayres

    No. 37b for Orchestra: I. Alfred Wallis (in paradise) observes Saint Joseph...

    Performer: Wim Timmermans. Conductor: Roland Kluttig. Ensemble: Asko Ensemble.
    • NMC.

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