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BBC Concert Orchestra – Discovering Music: The Rise of Minimalism


昨日も、その友人に譲ってもらったチケットで、サウスバンク・センター内のQueen Elizabeth Hall(クイーン・エリザベス・ホール)で行われた、BBC Radio 3の「Discovering Music」シリーズの「The Rise of Minimalism」収録に行ってきた。Discovering Musicシリーズは、毎回違ったテーマの音楽を解説する番組で、この日も約2時間半に渡り、指揮者のCharles Hazlewoodが、BBC Concert Orchestraの生演奏や録音した曲を交えながら、ミニマル・ミュージックの歴史やその代表的な作曲家と曲目を詳しく解説。Mがフィリップ・グラススティーヴ・ライヒのファンで、コンサートには何度か行っているのだけれど、この日までミニマル・ミュージックについては基本的な知識しかなかった。ミニマル・ミュージックの特徴である、微妙な変化を加えながら延々と続くリズムの反復に、時にふっと意識がなくなったりした瞬間もあったけれど、解説付きだと、そのジャンルや曲に対する関心も増すもので、とても興味深く聞いた。またこの収録に際して作られた、代表的な作曲家を詳しく解説した20ページに及ぶパンフレットも、ミニマリズムのスタイルでかっこよくデザインされている。

BBC Concert Orchestraによる演奏曲目は、フィリップ・グラスの「The Hours(めぐりあう時間たち)」のサウンドトラック(抜粋)や「Two Pages」、エリック・サティの「ヴェクサシオン(嫌がらせ)」(抜粋)、モートン・フェルドマンの「Structures’ for string quartet」、スティーヴ・ライヒの「ヴァイオリン・フェイズ」など。そしてトリは、この日のメインである、約40分に渡るテリー・ライリーの「In C」。まだオンエアの日程は決まっていなそうだが、放送日が分かったら、是非もう一度聞きたいと思っている。

I had never thought and had no clue about participating a BBC TV or radio program as an audience. But my friend took me to one of the classical music concert recording for BBC radio a while ago, and I was kind of impressed that we could enjoy such a decent live music concert for free. Application of free tickets can be done via online, by phone, fax, text, or mail. Tickets for popular programs can be sold out quickly, so it is a good idea to join their mailing list that send you program and event information via e-mail, and apply the ticket of your choice right away. BBC issues tickets more than its capacity, so you have to come to a venue more than 1 hour earlier of the start and be on the queue to secure your seat on the day of the recording.

I went to another recording of BBC Radio 3’s “Discovering Music: The Rise of Minimalism” program yesterday at Queen Elizabeth Hall in Southbank Centre, since my friend couldn’t make it and gave me the ticket. “Discovering Music” series explores pieces of music in detail. During the 2.5-hour recording, conductor Charles Hazlewood explored the history of Minimalist music and main composers and their works, with performance by the BBC Concert Orchestra and recorded music in between. I went to Philip Glass and Steve Reich concerts sometimes, since M is a big fun of these two minimalist composers, but I had very basic knowledge about minimalist music before this recording. The repetition-based minimalist music with slow transformation sometime made me loose consciousness few times, but it was quite intriguing with detailed explanation of the music and live performance followed. Also the 20-pages program brochure made for the recording with detailed information about minimalist composers, is well designed with the minimalist style.

The list of music in the recording includes; Philip Glass‘s Suite from the movie ‘The Hours‘ (excerpt) and ‘Two Pages’; Erik Satie‘s ‘Vexations‘ (excerpt); Morton Feldman‘s ‘Structures’ for string quartet; Steve Reich‘s ‘Violin Phase’; and ended with the day’s main music, Terry Riley‘s ‘In C‘. The broadcast of the program is not decided yet, but I would love to listen again if I can get the date.


A photo before the concert. Photo is prohibited during the performance. I couldn’t chose the seat but we were lucky enough to get the seats in the middle of 4th row.


Terry Riley (the photo above) looks more like an American west coast hippie than a minimalist…

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