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Richard Ayres's No 50 (The Garden) and Paola Livorsi's Lamenti

Tom Service talks to Richard Ayres about The Garden, heard at its eagerly awaited UK premiere at London's Southbank Centre. Also tonight, Paola Livorsi's Lamenti.

Tom Service presents the New Music Show which tonight has as its centrepiece Richard Ayres's eagerly-awaited The Garden. Inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy and the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch this hour-long theatre piece sees a dissatisfied man searching for a meaning in his life. He digs down from his garden to hell, before travelling up to heaven and the stars and eventually finding himself back in his garden. Along the way, he encounters a worm, a ghost, a fossil and the lovers from Dante's Inferno. Also tonight, Tom features a twenty-minute lament by Paola Livorsi inspired by the music and poetry of the Renaissance and a track from an important new recording of music by the Vienna-born octogenarian, Erika Fox,

Erika Fox: Quasi Una Cadenza
Goldfield Ensemble

George Lewis: Timelike Weave (UK premiere)
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
[Recorded at Glasgow Tectonics 2019]

Richard Ayres: No.50 (The Garden) (recorded at UK premiere at Southbank Centre)
Joshua Bloom (bass)
Sound Intermedia
London Sinfonietta, Geoffrey Paterson (conductor)

Paola Livorsi: Lamenti
Helsinki Chamber Choir, Nils Schweckendiek (conductor)

1 hour, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Erika Fox

    Quasi Una Cadenza

    Ensemble: Goldfield Ensemble.
    • NMC.
  • George Lewis

    Timelike Weave

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
  • Richard Ayres

    No.50 (The Garden)

    Singer: Joshua Bloom. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Geoffrey Paterson.
  • Paola Livorsi


    Choir: Helsingin kamarikuoro. Conductor: Nils Schweckendiek.
    • Chronos.


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