Saxophonist Huw Wiggin can be heard in this week’s Hear and Now as presenter Ivan Hewett celebrates the centenaries this month of two American mavericks who continue to inspire today: Milton Babbitt and Moondog. From a concert given at St Nicholas Church in Brighton in February, the programme includes rarely performed chamber works of Babbitt including two European premieres, alongside his masterpiece Philomel, performed by soprano Juliet Fraser to a newly restored tape part. Ivan’s studio guest is writer, producer and musician John L. Walters who assesses the legacy and influence of Moondog, another extraordinary figure in American music, whose playful compositions, invented instruments and poetry won admirers in Igor Stravinsky and Philip Glass.
Towards the end of the programme Huw Wiggin soprano saxophone and Julian Trevelyan piano perform Milton Babbitt’s Accompanied Recitative (1994). Further details here.
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