Music of Today: Claude Vivier

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Players from the Philharmonia Orchestra under Kwamé Ryan, with Allison Bell (soprano) and presenters Unsuk Chin and Paul Griffiths commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Claude Vivier, who was murdered at age 34. This visionary French-Canadian composer left a fascinating collection of music which has ensured his permanently growing reputation. Vivier absorbed influences as diverse as Asian traditional music, Stockhausen and plainchant; his music ritualistic, hypnotic, hovering and hallucinatory, charged with emotion and seductively colourful.

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Claude Vivier: 'Trois airs pour un opéra imaginaire' for soprano and ensemble (UK premiere).

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