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Nicholas Kenyon has a look at new discoveries and recent trends. Where can classical music's authentic revolution take us now?

Nicholas Kenyon has a look at new discoveries and recent trends in classical music's authentic revolution. Where can it take us now?

Fifty years ago a revolution began in classical music. Back then, there was little doubt how to play a Mozart symphony or a Bach passion – it meant big symphonic forces, heavy textures, slow speeds and modern instruments. But then along came period performance: a new generation of musicians researched and revived period instruments, performance styles and forgotten composers. With lighter forces, faster speeds and new tools, they declared war on the interventionist musical culture of the mid-19th century. To start with, they were largely dismissed as eccentrics - Neville Marriner called them "the open-toed-sandals and brown-bread set” – and academics unable to play in tune. But throughout the 1970s and 80s they multiplied and gathered force. Along with the advent of the CD, their newfound repertory and fascinating new-old sound gave a boost to the classical recording industry. They overturned the way classical music was listened to and performed, making household names of musicians whose scholarly credentials became almost as important as their performing flair.

Nicholas Kenyon tells the story of that revolution, from the earliest pioneers to the global superstars of today. Across the series, he’ll uncover the musical detective-work which went on in universities and rehearsal rooms, reliving the incredible vitality of the times through landmark recordings which took the musical world by storm.

In the last episode in this series, Nicholas Kenyon has a look at new discoveries, recent trends. Where can classical music’s authentic revolution take us now?

J. S. Bach: Sinfonia - Cantata 29
Wendy Carlos, Moog

Anon: Sanctus
Hilliard Ensemble
Jan Garbarek, saxophone

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Spring 0-1, Recomposed By Max Richter
Daniel Hope, violin
Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin
André de Ridder, conductor

Barbara Strozzi: E pazzo il mio core
Emanuela Galli, soprano
La Risonanza
Fabio Bonizzoni, conductor

Schutz: Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Friede fahen
Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier, conductor

Schubert: Impromptu D 935 no 4 in F minor
Andras Schiff, piano

Wagner: Lohengrin - Act 3 Prelude
London Classical Players
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

Lanner: Jorgel-Polka
Concentus Musicus
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor

Debussy: Nocturnes - Fetes
Les Siecles
Francois-Xavier Roth, conductor

Knussen: Two Organa - No 1
London Sinfonietta
Oliver Knussen, conductor

J. S. Bach: Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Transcr. by Víkingur Ólafsson)
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano

Produced in Cardiff by Amy Wheel

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 8 Dec 2019 23:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia - Cantata 29

    Performer: Wendy Carlos.
    • TELARC : CD-80323.
    • TELARC.
    • 2.
  • Anon.

    Sanctus

    Performer: Jan Garbarek. Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ANONYMOUS: Virgo flagellator.
    • ECM RECORDS.
    • 3.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Friede fahen

    Ensemble: Vox Luminis. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
    • RICERCAR : RIC 311.
    • RICERCAR.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu D 935 no 4 in F minor

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • DECCA : 425-638-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 6.
  • Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin - Act 3 Prelude

    Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington. Ensemble: London Classical Players.
    • EMI : CDC 5-55479-2.
    • EMI.
    • 7.
  • Josef Lanner

    Jorgel-Polka Op 194

    Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Vienna. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • SONY : 88697914112.
    • SONY.
    • 17.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturnes - Fetes

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Harmonia Mundi : HMM905291.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Two Organa - No 1

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP : 449-572-2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Transcr. by Víkingur Ólafsson)

    Performer: Vikingur Heidar Olafsson.
    • Deutsche Grammophon : 4835022.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 11.

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