Music of English Composers

Today we present a pro­gramme of music by Eng­lish com­posers old and new, includ­ing recent­ly-issued works by Christo­pher Gun­ning.

Gun­ning is a pro­lif­ic British com­pos­er with a pas­sion for writ­ing large-scale sym­phon­ic works, more inti­mate con­cert pieces, and film and TV scores. In his con­cert music he has devel­oped an indi­vid­ual yet approach­able, colour­ful, and high­ly expres­sive lan­guage which fre­quent­ly gives his music a strong­ly dra­mat­ic and emo­tion­al flavour. In film, he has worked on a wide vari­ety of pro­duc­tions, rang­ing from peri­od to con­tem­po­rary dra­mas and wildlife films, and has won many awards for his work.

This will prob­a­bly be at least one of the first broad­casts of excerpts from Christo­pher Gun­ning’s lat­est works, his 6th and 7th Sym­phonies and the sym­phon­ic tone poem Night Voy­age, from the album released on the Dis­cov­ery label. Gun­ning writes: “Sym­phonies 6 and 7 were com­posed dur­ing 2010 and 2011 respec­tive­ly; each is a lit­tle over 20 min­utes long and in a sin­gle span with sev­er­al con­trast­ing sub­sec­tions. Sep­a­rat­ing these on the CD is “Night Voy­age,” a short­er orches­tral piece. In these per­for­mances I am once again con­duct­ing the Roy­al Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra.” For more infor­ma­tion, click here.

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 .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here: 

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