Tuesday 14 August at 10.15 p.m.
Royal Albert Hall
Ligeti: Poème symphonique (8 mins)
Berio: Sequenza V (8 mins)
Xenakis: Phlegra (12 mins)
Jonathan Harvey: Mortuos plango, vivos voco (9 mins)
Louis Andriessen: De snelheid (18 mins)
Cage: 4' 33 (4:33 mins)
Byron Fulcher trombone
London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble
André Ridder conductor
This pocket history of post-war music, reflecting Radio 3's Fifty Modaern Classics, opens with Ligeti's playful Poème for 100 ticking metronomes. In Berio's solo trombone extravaganza the player employs many extended techniques and at one point turns to the audience to ask, "Why?" Xenakis makes lively play out of rigorous patternings and Cage, whose centenary is marked this year - removes the idea of a sound source altogether. Before that notorious provocation, there's Jonathan Harvey's haunting electronic amalgam of a Winchester Cathedral bell and the voice of his boy chorister son, and Louis Andriessen's thrilling, hard-Minimalist musical clock.