Main: Modern Classical Music

Today’s pro­gramme fea­tures “Mod­ern Clas­si­cal Music” — but what does that mean, exact­ly?

Well, in the con­text of today’s pro­gramme, we’re talk­ing about pieces of music writ­ten between around the mid-20th Cen­tu­ry until the present day, that aren’t exact­ly “pop music”.

This is a tricky def­i­n­i­tion, how­ev­er. Mike Batt has remarked that there is no such dis­tinc­tion as “pop­u­lar music” and “seri­ous music” — there’s sim­ply “pop­u­lar” and “unpop­u­lar”, so the def­i­n­i­tion rather falls at the first fence.

Today’s pro­gramme is a bit of a wild hunt. It includes famous names like William Wal­ton and John Rut­ter, but it also includes the Pen­guin Café Orches­tra and the North Sea Radio Orches­tra, both of whom could per­haps be described as play­ing “alter­na­tive cham­ber music” — and we will be fea­tur­ing the latter’s new album of ear­ly works, Gap Species, on today’s pro­gramme. There are pieces from Karl Jenk­ins and Joby Tal­bot, a recorder con­cer­to from Richard Har­vey, works by Christo­pher Gun­ning and John Bar­ry that aren’t either composer’s work for film and TV, and the Muf­fin Men play­ing arrange­ments of music by Frank Zap­pa. And a great deal more.

Today’s pro­gramme may be a lit­tle odd. But we do hope you enjoy it.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Please click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

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