Quarter-Hour Concerts

A series of short aural-video programs for online listening and viewing, assembled from the Astra Concerts archive from the 1950s to the present, and introducing new studio works from composers in the period of COVID-19.

Drawing on these past and current elements, mini-concerts are created that never took place as such, from items separated in time and place. New ways open up for Astra's characteristic program experiences, of encounters between different styles and eras in music, both choral and instrumental.

Robert Carl, Stefan Wolpe, Alma Mahler

Martin Friedel & Allan Walker (2020), Keith Humble (1987)

Dorian Le Gallienne, Bo Holten, Elisabeth Lutyens

Robert Schumann, Elisabeth Lutyens

Short works by Helen Gifford

Arthur Lourié, Alexander Mosolov, Alexander Kastalsky

Thomas Tallis,  Heinrich Schütz, Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea

Simone de Haan & Graeme Leak

Franz Liszt, 'Esztergom Credo' from Missa Solemnis

Music of Andrew Byrne

Helen Gifford and Margaret Sutherland. George Logie-Smith conducts the Astra Orchestra, 1985

Mozart, Webern, Zemlinsky, Humble, Schoenberg, Beethoven

11th C hymn, 14th C pilgrim song, Josquin Desprez (15th C), Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1894), Brecht / Hufschmidt (1922/1977)

11th C trope, Herzogenberg (1894), Dessau (1951), Wolfgang Hufschmidt (1977), Matthias Schlothfeldt (2003)

Christian Wojtowicz plays Egon Wellesz

Music of Riccardo Vaglini, Leoš Janáček


NB For best video quality, use the Settings "wheel" to choose HD (1080p).


Astra Quarter-Hour Concerts are made possible by digitisation of the Astra Concerts archive, which has been supported by The Ian Potter Foundation.