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Don’t Panic

Harrison Birtwistle, who stunned Proms audience with Panic in 1993, turns 83 this week. We celebrate with one of his most beautiful works, Earth Dances, described as a Rite Of Spring for the 1980s. Also, John Adams – yes that’s the John Adams – speaks to Eva Radich live on the phone from LA; and Leonie Holmes is touring with the NZSO.


Harrison Birtwistle

Harrison Birtwistle Photo: Creative Commons

Leonie Holmes

Leonie Holmes Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

BACH tr. BIRTWISTLE: Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten BWV690
Trio di Clarone
Avi Music AVI 8553162

HOLMES: Aquae Sulis
New Zealand SO/Marc Taddei
Atoll ACD 819

BIRTWISTLE: Oockooing Bird
Nicolas Hodges (pno)
Metronome MET CD 1074

BIRTWISTLE: Earth Dances
Ensemble Modern Orch cond. Pierre Boulez
DG 477 0702

10:00 John Adams

John Adams

John Adams Photo: Creative Commons 3.0

ADAMS: Shaker Loops (excerpt)
New Zealand SO/Edo de Waart 

FRANK ZAPPA: The Restaurant Scene, from 200 Motels (The Suites) (excerpt)
Los Angeles Phil/Los Angeles Master Chorale/Esa-Pekka Salonen

ADAMS: Short Ride in a Fast Machine – Fanfare for Orchestra (excerpt)
City Of Birmingham SO/Simon Rattle
SFS 0053

IVES: A Symphony, New England Holidays (2) (excerpt)
San Francisco SO/Michael Tilson Thomas

ADAMS: Nixon in China, Act 1 (excerpt)
John Duykers Mari Opatz (mezzo), Stephanie Friedman (mezzo), Marion Dry (mezzo), Orch of St Luke's/Edo de Waart
Nonesuch 79177

John Adams - Scheherazade.2

John Adams - Scheherazade.2 Photo: album cover art

ADAMS: Naive & Sentimental Music (excerpt)
New Zealand SO/Edo de Waart

JOHN ADAMS: Movement 3 ‘Scheherazade and the Men with Beards’, from Scheherazade.2
Leila Josefowicz (vln), St Louis Symphony/David Robertson
Nonesuch 7559 79435

11:00 New Music Dreams

Oliver Coates (cello, electronics), Mica Levi (electronics)

OLIVER COATES: Towards the Blessed Islands
Oliver Coates (cello, electronics)
Prah recordings