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Symphonies in chains

Tom Service presents the best in new music, including the world premiere of Symphonies in Chains by Piers Hellawell, plus an interview by Robert Worby with composer Frank Denyer

Tom Service presents more of the best new music in exclusive concert recordings, including the world premiere performance of Symphonies in Chains by Piers Hellawell, played by the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast in January, as well as a recording from Aberdeen’s Sound Festival last year of Graham Fitkin’s Tracking Yesterday’s England, composed for the five reeds of Calefax and cellist Matthew Barley. Also, an in-depth interview by Robert Worby with composer Frank Denyer, whose music is distinguished by a keen sensitivity to sound. Each of his works is written for a unique combination of instruments, more often than not a combination that no composer has dreamed of before.

Matmos: Peacock Cage

Graham Fitkin: Tracking Yesterday’s England
Calefax Reed Quintet
Matthew Barley, cello

Hannah Kendall: Spark Catchers
Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei, conductor

Liza Lim: Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (i. Anthropogenic Debris)
Klangforum Wien
Peter Rundel, conductor

Piers Hellawell: Symphonies in Chains
Ulster Orchestra
David Brophy, conductor

John Luther Adams: Become Desert
Seattle Symphony Chorale
Seattle Symphony
Ludovic Morlot, conductor

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1 hour, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Matmos

    Peacock Cage

    Ensemble: Matmos.
    • at Chalkwell Park.
    • Matmos.
    • 5.
  • Graham Fitkin

    Tracking Yesterday's England

    Performer: Matthew Barley. Ensemble: Calefax Reed Quintet.
  • Hannah Kendall

    Spark Catchers

    Orchestra: Chineke! Orchestra. Conductor: Kevin John Edusei.
    • Spark Catchers.
    • NMC.
    • 7.
  • Liza Lim

    Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus: I. Anthropogenic Debris

    Orchestra: Klangforum Wien. Conductor: Peter Rundel.
    • Liza Lim: Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus.
    • Kairos.
    • 1.
  • Piers Hellawell

    Symphonies in Chains

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: David Brophy.
  • Frank Denyer

    Frog

    Performer: Elisabeth Smalt.
    • Frank Denyer: The Boundaries of Intimacy.
    • Another Timbre.
    • 12.
  • John Cage

    Two

    Performer: Frank Denyer. Ensemble: The Barton Workshop.
    • John Cage: Eight, Two, One.
    • Megadisc Classics.
    • 2.
  • Frank Denyer

    String Quartet

    Ensemble: Luna String Quartet.
    • Frank Denyer: The Boundaries of Intimacy.
    • Another Timbre.
    • 10.
  • Frank Denyer

    The Fish that became the Sun

    Performer: Benjamin Marquise Gilmore. Performer: Perc'm Percussion Ensemble. Ensemble: Octandre Ensemble. Choir: New London Chamber Choir. Ensemble: Consortium 5. Singer: Pearl Snow. Singer: Albert Snow. Conductor: Jon Hargreaves.
    • The Fish that became the Sun.
    • Another Timbre.
  • John Luther Adams

    Become Desert

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
    • John Luther Adams: Become Desert.
    • Cantaloupe Music.
    • 1.

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