Tuesday’s From The Library — Baroque e Nuova

Today in our From The Library series, we will be play­ing a con­cert of pri­mar­i­ly Baroque works from a var­ied range of com­posers fea­tur­ing Bach, Han­del, Rameau and oth­ers, includ­ing per­for­mances of all kinds from solo instru­men­tal­ists to cham­ber groups to full orches­tral ensem­bles.

In addi­tion, we will be pre­mièring the new album from pop­u­lar music com­pos­er Mike Old­field: Music of the Spheres, released a few days ago. The album fea­tures orches­tra­tions by Karl Jenk­ins and solo per­for­mances by Lang Lang on piano and Hay­ley West­en­ra on vocals. Old­field has sug­gest­ed that this may be his final album: he now spends most of his time in the peace and qui­et of the Balearics. The new album, released on Uni­ver­sal Clas­sics and Jazz, despite its orches­tra­tions, is very clear­ly an Old­field album, and fea­tures the char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly min­i­mal­ist style of theme for which the artist made his name with the first of many record­ings, Tubu­lar Bells (1973), the first album released on Vir­gin Records and the first label of at least a dozen not to turn him down. Richard Bran­son had fund­ed the stu­dio time, and when no exist­ing label seemed will­ing to release the fin­ished work, he set up a label him­self. And the rest, as they say.…

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL for you to plug into your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

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