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.