A Contemporary Classical Extravaganza

We have a very eclec­tic col­lec­tion of music for you today, fea­tur­ing what I think we can by and large jus­ti­fi­ably call “con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal music” — the vast major­i­ty of it was writ­ten since 1945. We are fea­tur­ing, with a track once an hour, the lat­est album from the Pen­guin Café — the band estab­lished by Arthur Jeffes, son of Simon Jeffes, the late founder of the Pen­guin Café Orches­tra — The Imper­fect Sea. And thanks to Mike Brown at CHBN for bring­ing it to my atten­tion.

Apart from the Pen­guin Café and the PCO (who are also lib­er­al­ly rep­re­sent­ed), today’s pro­gramme ranges all over the place, from the tune­ful to the angu­lar (though it’s unashamed­ly biased towards the for­mer), from famil­iar com­posers like Wal­ton to John Rut­ter’s atmos­pher­ic choral pieces to Tim Souster’s atmos­pher­ic electronic/con­crete works.

There are going to be some very odd jux­ta­po­si­tions today and it will be inter­est­ing to hear how they work. You might hear the North Sea Radio Orches­tra, for exam­ple, fol­lowed by the Bal­anes­cu Quar­tet play­ing Kraftwerk (there’s also the Muf­fin Men play­ing Zap­pa, for that mat­ter). Don­na McK­e­vit­t’s haunt­ing string quar­tet-based set­tings of Derek Jar­man’s poet­ry fol­lowed by Sir Arthur Blis­s’s suite based on the music he wrote for the film ver­sion of H G Wells’ Things to Come. And talk­ing of film music com­posers (though there is delib­er­ate­ly lit­tle actu­al film music in today’s pro­gramme), lis­ten out for John Bar­ry’s deep har­monies from his album The Beyond­ness Of Things and some of Christo­pher Gun­ning’s out­stand­ing con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal works. But above all, enjoy some sel­dom-aired tracks from Mr Mer­lin’s Music Machine.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. 

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This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here: http://streams.radioriel.org:8090/stream

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