BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: Record Review

Sage Gateshead Concourse

Radio 3’s weekly guide to the best available recorded music comes to Sage Gateshead. Record Review explores the theme of time with a live Building a Library (9.30am – 10.15am) on Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, composed while he was a prisoner at the Nazis’ Stalag VIII-A camp.

Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor is joined by music journalist Kate Molleson to discuss the available recordings of Messiaen’s wartime masterpiece, which reflects on different aspects of time – and they come up with a recommended recording.

Plus early music specialist Kirsten Gibson from Newcastle University on new releases of music by English Renaissance composer John Dowland and his contemporaries.

Andrew McGregor was a violinist with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, who read music at Surrey University and sang with the Guildford Cathedral Choir.


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