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Synthesised sadness, acoustic joy

Verity Sharp with a weird Rachmaninov cover by electronic artist Ewa Justka, and music from Madagascar.

Verity Sharp takes you down and lifts you up.

Everything in Minor is Ewa Justka’s album of fuzzy synth covers of classical pieces that take you to the emotional low-points, including Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C-sharp Minor. Meanwhile, the joyous sounds of Mahaleo were an inspirational call to action for Malagasy people in the 1970s.

Plus, music from Portico Quartet, continuing their exploratory weavings of minimalist, dancefloor and jazz threads on their latest album Memory Streams; and singer-songwriter Luke Daniels has been mining seven centuries of English poetry, taking reworked lines, phrases and imagery, and in some cases just a single word from the likes of Chaucer, Jonson and Auden.

Produced by Chris Elcombe.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.

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Music Played

  • Mahaleo

    Izahay Mpamita

    • Alefa Madagascar ! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984.
    • Strut.
  • Charlotte Keeffe & Diego Sampieri


  • Ewa Justka

    Prelude in C​-​sharp minor Op. 3, No. 2

    Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov. Performer: Ewa Justka.
  • Luke Daniels

    Old Friends & Exhausted Enemies

    • Old Friends & Exhausted Enemies.
    • Gael Music.
  • Portico Quartet

    Signals in the Dusk

    • Memory Streams.
    • Gondwana Records.
  • Gonzo

    A Fuga dos Grilos

    • Ruído​(​s).
    • Discrepant.
  • Stina Nordenstam

    So This Is Goodbye

    • And She Closed Her Eyes.
    • Telegram Records Stockholm.


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