Look back at the music of the past 100 years with the London Sinfonietta, as the contemporary music ensemble explores shifts in musical culture.
In the first of four concerts, the orchestra presents repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries, shining a light on the first 20 years of each.
At the start of the 20th century, a 'big bang' in music saw composers evolving new melody, harmony, forms and colours. The ripples that spread across the coming century created many different stories, arriving at today's hugely varied styles. Presenter Jonathan Cross joins conductor Thierry Fischer to tell one of these stories through music, images and video of the time, as composers found fascination with musical colour and invented a new musical language which still resonates today.
London Sinfonietta Thierry Fischerconductor Jonathan Crosspresenter
Programme includes: - Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune arr. Sachs Varèse: Octandre for 8 instruments Grisey: Périodes for 7 instruments from Les espaces acoustiques Kaija Saariaho: Oi Kuu for bass clarinet & cello Harvey: Sringara Chaconne for chamber ensemble