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Alex Ross Josquin

Opus One. The New Yorker, June 21, 2021.

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Robert Simpson (1921-97)

Robert Simpson – once described as “Britain’s most important composer since Vaughan Williams”, and “one of the century’s most powerful and original symphonists” – was a man of integrity, a champion of lesser-known composers, and a man who lived his own life by strict principles: pacifism, socialism and what he called “anti-pessimism”. This week, in Simpson’s centenary year, Donald Macleod looks back at the life and work of Robert Simpson – from his childhood in the Salvation Army, to his experiences as a conscientious objector during the Second World War. He explores Simpson’s writings on music and on life, and his time working at the BBC, before his break from the Corporation and from this country. Along the way we’ll hear from Simpson’s considerable body of work, which included no fewer than 11 Symphonies and 15 String Quartets.

Music Featured:

Symphony No 4 (II. Presto)
In Media Morte in Vita Sumus
Energy (IV. Allegro molto; V. Presto vivo)
Symphony No 6 (excerpt)
Canzona for Brass
Symphony No 1 (excerpt)
String Quartet No 10 “for peace” (III. Molto Adagio)
Symphony No 5 (Canone II – Adagio)
Piano Sonata (III. Allegro Vivace)
Allegro Deciso for String Orchestra
The Four Temperaments (I. Scherzo (Sanguine); II. Intermezzo Allegro (Phlegmatic))
Symphony No 3 (II. Adagio – Andante – Allegretto)
String Quartet No 6 (I. Adagio)
Symphony No 8 (II. Scherzo)
Michael Tippett, His Mystery
Variations on a theme by Carl Nielsen
Eppur si muove for organ (Ricercar)
String Quartet No 13 (IV. Andante)
Symphony No 9 (excerpt)
Quintet for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and String Trio (I. Adagio tranquillo)
Symphony 7 (excerpt)
Vortex

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Sam Phillips

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Alex Ross Give me oblivion

The hyper-lyrical, gloriously old-school Russian tenor Ivan Kozlovsky sings an aria from Eduard Nápravik’s Dubrovsky (1895). Via the omniaudient David Shengold.

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Alex Ross Bob Dylan at 80

May he keep on keeping on indefinitely.

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Alex Ross Nightafternight playlist

New and recent releases of interest.
Melancholy Grace: music of Frescobaldi, Luzzaschi, Strozzi, Bull, and others; Jean Rondeau (Warner)
Richard Barrett, strange lines and distances (via Bandcamp)
Chris Cerrone, The Arching Path and other works;Timo Andres, Lindsay Kesselman, Ian Rosenbaum, Mingzhe Wang (In a Circle)
Lucia Dlugoszewski, Exacerbated Subtlety Concert, plus works of Tan Dun and Philip Corner; Agnese Toniutti (via Bandcamp)
Mascagni, Iris; Karine Babajanyan, David Oštrek, Ernesto Petti, Samuele Simoncini, Nina Sveistrup Clausen, Felix Krieger conducting the Orchester und Chor der Berliner Operngruppe (Oehms)
Kassiani, Hymns; Alexander Lingus conducting Cappella Romana (Cappella)
Wadada Leo Smith, Sacred Ceremonies; Smith, Bill Laswell, Milford Graves (Tum)
Charmaine Lee, KNVF (Erratum Musical)
Resonant Bodies: works of Charmaine Lee, Pamela Z, John Cage, Amadeus Regucera, Susan Botti, and others (New Focus)
Malcolm Arnold, The Dancing Master; Eleanor Dennis, Catherine Carby, Fiona Kimm, Ed Lyon, Mark Wilde, Graeme Broadbent, John Andrews conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra (Resonus) 
Scott Wollschleger, Dark Days; Karl Larson (New Focus)

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Alex Ross A Matthaeus Pipelare moment

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Alex Ross A Pomponio Nenna moment

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Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Donald Macleod explores some of the many turning points in Fauré’s career

Gabriel Fauré’s story begins during the second half of the 19th century, when the musical world was dominated by the heavily romantic voices of composers like Wagner, Brahms and Liszt. Fauré became a key protagonist in a musical revolution that opened audiences ears to new modes of expression – modern, refined and utterly French. As a composer, and as a teacher at the Paris Conservatoire, he left a huge legacy on the music of the twentieth century. This week Donald Macleod explores some of the many turning points in Fauré’s career, and how those events affected his life and his art.

Music Featured:

Tarentelle, “Aux cieux la lune monte et luit” Op 10, No 2
Violin Sonata No 1 in A, Op 13
Élégie in C minor, Op 24
Berceuse, Op 16
Après un rêve, Op 7, No 1
Automne, Op 18 No 3
Poème d’un jour, Op 21 No 1-3
Souvenirs de Bayreuth
Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor, Op 15
Ballade in F sharp, Op 19
Les roses d’lspahan, Op 39, No 4
Papillon, Op 77
Pavane, Op 50
Clair de lune, Op 46, No 2
Spleen Op 51, No 3
Mandoline, Op 58, No 1
Requiem, Op 48
Le parfum impérissable, Op 76, No 1
Dolly Suite, Op 56
Fantaisie, Op 79
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op 80
Nocturne No 6 in D flat, Op 63
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11
Le Chanson d’Ève, Op 96, No 1-5
Pénélope (Prelude)
Violin Sonata No 2 in E minor, Op 108 (Andante)
Masques et bergamasques, Op 112

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Luke Whitlock, for BBC Wales

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Alex Ross A Kelley Sheehan moment

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