British Composers: feat. Jon Lord & Tolga Kashif

Today we present a pro­gramme of music by a num­ber of British com­posers from a range of peri­ods from the Baroque era to the present, and we are fea­tur­ing the work of two mod­ern com­posers, Jon Lord and Tol­ga Kashif, who have both pro­duced works that cross over between rock music and clas­si­cal and baroque forms.

Genesis Suite coverTol­ga Kashif was born in Lon­don in 1962 and he is best known for his Queen Sym­pho­ny, based on arrange­ments of songs by the band. Kashif spent two years com­pos­ing the work, which had its debut on Wednes­day 6 Novem­ber 2002, per­formed by the Roy­al Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra con­duct­ed by the com­pos­er at the Roy­al Fes­ti­val Hall, where it received a stand­ing ova­tion from over two thou­sand peo­ple. Queen Sym­pho­ny was nom­i­nat­ed Album of the Year in the 2003 Clas­si­cal Brit Awards. Also in today’s pro­gramme we will be hear­ing tracks from his more recent work, The Gen­e­sis Suite, based on the music of the pro­gres­sive rock band Gen­e­sis. It com­pris­es sev­en move­ments.

61kJ0B3XvUL._SY355_John Dou­glas “Jon” Lord (1941–2012) was an Eng­lish com­pos­er and key­board play­er known for his pio­neer­ing work in fus­ing rock with clas­si­cal and baroque forms, espe­cial­ly with Deep Pur­ple, the band he found­ed in 1968, as well as Whites­nake, Paice Ash­ton Lord, The Art­woods, and The Flower Pot Men. Through­out his rock career he com­posed “seri­ous” pieces and we will be hear­ing tracks from his ground-break­ing 1975 album Sara­bande today, along with his lat­er work Durham Con­cer­to and the album To Notice Such Things.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

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