The Last Century
Jazz influences in classical music – (England)
Today will be the first of a series of episodes on the influence of jazz in 20th century- and sometimes 21st-century classical music.
Jazz originated in the beginning of the 20th century in the African-American community in the south of the United States. It was a blend of West-African rhythm, ragtime, blues, folk and negro spirituals. Improv was, and still is, a huge part of jazz.
The popularity of this new musical genre spread quickly, especially in Europe. This was due to American soldiers coming to the continent during the First World War and the breakthrough of the gramophone in the mid-twenties, among other things.
This series of programmes will focus on a particular country every time. In the first two episodes, that country is England.
- William Walton: Overture ‘Portsmouth Point’. London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn
- William Walton: Façade II. Peggy Ashcroft, Jeremy Irons, spoken word; London Sinfonietta conducted by Riccardo Chailly (tekst)
- Constant Lambert: Trois pièces nègres pour les touches blanches. John McCabe and Tamami Honma, piano
- Constant Lambert: The Rio Grande. Albert Whitehead, countertenor; Hamilton Harty, piano; Saint Michael’s Singers; The Hallé Orchestra conducted by Constant Lambert (tekst)
- Malcolm Arnold: Concerto No. 2 for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 115. Emma Johnson, clarinet; English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ivor Bolton