Australian & Contemporary

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‘Music from now’ featuring many recent releases and occasional interviews with composers and performers. The fare consists of local and overseas compositions of the past sixty years or so, including the innovative and the avant-garde.


19th February

Show Playlist
  • Tippett: Little Music for String Orchestra. ASMF / Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Adams: Dr Atomic part 8. soloists, BBC Singers & SO / John Adams.
  • Kapustin: A Little Duo. Immanuel Davis fte, Kathe Jarka vlc.
  • Walton: Sonata for String Orchestra arr Simon Cox for brass septet. Septura.
  • Currier: Microsymph. Oregon Symphony / Carlos Kalmar.
  • Grandage: Black Dogs. Slava Grigoryan, gtr., Australian String Quartet.
  • Williams, Chris: Pass to us the cups with which sorrow is forgotten. Alicia Crossley bass rec, Acacia Qt.

  • 12th February

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  • Johannsson: Englaborn Variations: "es heyrth..." A Winged Victory for the Sullen rework. Johann Johannsson elects, Ethos Stg Qt.
  • Adams: Dr Atomic part 7. Oppenheimer: Gerald Finley; Groves: Aubrey Allicock, & others, BBC Singers, BBC SO / John Adams.
  • Johannsson: Englaborn Variations: Englaborn, piano version. Vikingur Olafsson pno.
  • Tippett: Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli. ASMF / Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Johannsson: Englaborn Variations: "Salfrethingur deyr". Hilda Guthnadottir vlc & voc.
  • Kapustin: Flute Sonata. Immanuel Davis fte, Timothy Lovelace pno.
  • Johannsson: Englaborn Variations: "eins og venjulegt folk" Paul Corley rework. Johann Johannsson glockenspiel, Ethos Stg Qt.
  • Bowler, Laura: Salutem. Marsyas Trio.
  • Johannsson: Englaborn Variations: Odi et Amo. Theatre of Voices.

  • 5th February

    Show Playlist
  • Part: Fratres. Ian Munro, pno., Zoe Knighton, vlc.
  • Adams: Dr Atomic Part 6. from Act 2, sc 2. Oppenheimer: Gerald Finley, Groves Aubrey Allicock, others, BBCSingers & SO / John Adams.
  • Bjarnason: Emergence. Iceland SO / Daniel Bjarnason.
  • Tann, Hilary: In the Theater of Air. Marsyas Trio.
  • Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra / Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Edwards: Incantations. New Sydney Wind Quintet.

  • 29th January

    Show Playlist
  • Turnage: Slide Stride. Nash Ensemble.
  • Adams: Dr Atomic part 5. Kitty: Julia Bullock, Pasqualita: Jennifer Johnston, BBC Singers, BBC SO / John Adams.
  • Escaich: Baroque Song. Orchesta de l'Opera National de Lyon / Alexandre Bloch.
  • Weir: Several Concertos. Marsyas Trio.
  • Beal: Flute Concerto. Sharon Bezaly fte, Norrkoping SO / Jeff Beal.
  • Connesson: Techno-Parade. Mathieu Dufour fte, Paul Meyer cl, Eric le Sage pno.
  • Antheil: Sonatina for Violin and Piano. Duo Odeon.

  • 22nd January

    Show Playlist
  • Beal: Six Sixteen. Jason Vieaux gtr, Norrkoping SO / Jeff Beal.
  • Adams: Dr Atomic, part 4. Oppenheimer: Gerald Finley, General Groves: Aubrey Allicock, Captain Nolan: Samuel Sakker, BBC Singers, BBC SO / John Adams.
  • Legrand: Piano Concerto. Michel Legrand pno, Radio France PO / Mikko Franck.
  • Gyger: Petit Testament. Halcyon.
  • McCabe: The Woman by the Sea. Sacconi Qt, John McCabe pno.
  • Turnage: Cantilena. Nash Ensemble.

  • 15th January

    Show Playlist
  • Xiao: Solstice I. Nimbus Trio, Luke Carbon bs cl.
  • Adams: Dr Atomic, part 3. Oppenheimer: Gerald Finley, Kitty: Julia Bullock, Groves: Aubrey Allicock, Hubbard: Marcus Farnsworth, BBC Singers, BBC SO / John Adams.
  • Johannsson, Johann: Hz. Bang on a Can All-Stars.
  • Lehmann-Horn, Markus: Rot (Red), Concerto for percussion & large orch. Alexej Gerassimez perc, NDR Radiophilharmonie / Eivind Gullberg Jensen.
  • Dessner: Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 (withheld). Bang on a Can All-Stars.
  • Bryars: Cello Concerto (Farewell to Philosophy). Julian Lloyd Webber vlc, English CO / James Judd.

  • 8th January

    Show Playlist
  • Wallin: Under City Skin. Peter Herresthal vln, Arctic Phil CO /Oyvind Bjora.
  • Adams: Dr Atomic, part 2. Gerald Finley, Brindley Sherratt, Andrew Staples, Julia Bullock singers, BBC singers, BBC SO / John Adams.
  • Riley: As the Tender Twilight Covers. Matthew Schellhorn pno.
  • Mellits: String Quartet No 5: Waniyetu. Debussy Stg Qt.
  • Crossman, Bruce: Spirit. Lotte Latukefu sop, James Cuddeford vln, Claire Edwardes perc, Michael Kieran Harvey pno.
  • Aho: Concerto for Soprano Sax & CO. Anders Paulsson sop sax, Lapland CO / John Storgards.

  • 1st January

    Show Playlist
  • Shostakovich: Piano Quintet. Christian Blackshaw pno, Brodsky Qt.
  • Bryars: The Green Ray. John Harle sax, Bournemouth Sinfonietta / Ivor Bolton.
  • Adams: Dr Atomic, part 1.Oppenheimer Gerald Finley, Teller: Brindley Sherratt, Wilson: Andrew Staples, BBC Singers, BBC SO / John Adams.
  • Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind. David Krakauer cls, Kronos Qt.

  • 25th December

    Show Playlist
  • Bernstein: Mambo. Baltimore SO / David Zinman.
  • Ford: The Owl and the Pussy-cat. Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bar., Sally Whitwell, pno.
  • Porter: Too Darn Hot. Ann Miller vc.
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No 15. Pacifica Qt.
  • Edwards: The Tranquil Mind. Halcyon, Jason Noble cl, Geoffrey Gartner vlc.
  • Ford: The Quangle Wangle's Hat. Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bar., Sally Whitwell, pno.
  • Porter: We Open in Venice. Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller Tommy Rall voc.
  • Greenaway: The Seven Great Inventions of the Industrial Age. Syzygy Ensemble, Dan Richardson perc.
  • Porter: Always True to You. Ann Miller Tommy Rall voc.
  • Torke: Charcoal. Baltimore SO / David Zinman.
  • Traditional (arr. Ford): Have You Seen the Muffin Man?. Nigel Crocker, tbn., Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bar., Andrew Barnes, bsn., Phillip Green, cl.
  • Traditional (arr. Ford): Higglety Pigglety, My Black Hen. Jane Sheldon, sop., Andrew Barnes, bsn., Alexandre Oguey, oboe.
  • Porter: Brush Up Your Shakespeare. James Whitmore, Keenan Wynn voc. From This Moment On. Ann Miller Tommy Rall, Bobby Van, Bob Fosse voc.