List of compositions reviewed on 5:4

(Last updated 15 November 2015)

Below is a summary of the compositions reviewed on 5:4. Almost all these articles include a recording of the piece taken from an off-air broadcast.
* = UK/European Première ** = World Première


Ablinger, Peter

QUARTZ for high orchestra **

Abrahamsen, Hans

String Quartet No. 4 *
Wald *

Adams, John

Saxophone Concerto *

Adès, Thomas

Asyla **
Concerto Conciso **
The Fayrfax Carol
Polaris *
These Premises Are Alarmed **
Totentanz **

Adler, Ayal

Resonating Sounds *

Agnew, Elaine

Dark Hedges **

Alain, Jehan

Trois Danses (1939)

Alberga, Eleanor

Arise, Athena! **

Anderson, Julian

Harmony **

Andersson, B. Tommy

Pan **

Aperghis, Georges

Champ-Contrechamp **

Archbold, Paul

Nine memos for string quartet

Avram, Ana-Maria

Nouvel Archae


Bäck, Sven-Erik

Nox praecessit

Bainbridge, Simon

The Garden of Earthly Delights **

Baker, George

Toccata-Gigue on The Sussex Carol

Baker, Richard

To Keep a True Lent

Barker, Guy

The Lanterne of Light **

Barrett, Richard

13 selfportraits *
Opening of the Mouth *
Nacht und traume

Barry, Gerald

No other people. *

Beamish, Sally

Reed Stanzas (String Quartet No. 3) **

Beattie, Simon

Advent Calendar

Bedford, Luke

Instability **
Or voit tout en aventure
Outblaze the Sky

Benjamin, George

3 Miniatures
Dance Figures
Into the Little Hill
Sudden Time
Three Inventions for Chamber Orchestra
Viola, Viola

Bennett, Richard Rodney

Out of your Sleep

Berkeley, Lennox

I sing of a maiden

Berkeley, Michael

Organ Concerto

Berlioz, Hector

Grande messe des morts (1837)

Bilyard, Matthew

Impressions **

Bingham, Judith

The Everlasting Crown **

Birtwistle, Harrison

Angel Fighter *
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra *
Gigue Machine *
The Moth Requiem *
O my deare hert, young Jesu sweit
Sonance Severance 2000
Tree of Strings *

Boulez, Pierre

Domaines (both solo & ensemble version)
Mémoriale (…explosante-fixe… Originel)

Bowler, Laura

Irresistible Demands of the Flesh **

Bray, Charlotte

At the Speed of Stillness **

Bretschneider, Frank


Brian, Havergal

Symphony No. 1 ‘Gothic’ (1927)

Briggs, David

Symphony in Four Movements

Britten, Benjamin

Peter Grimes (1945)

Bryars, Gavin

After the Underworlds **

Buckley, Linda


Burrell, Diana

Blaze **


Cage, John

Concert for piano & orchestra
First Construction (in Metal)
String Quartet in Four Parts (1950)
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
Williams Mix

Cardew, Cornelius

Bun No. 1

Carpenter, Gary

Dadaville **
Fred & Ginger **

Carter, Elliott

Flute Concerto *
Heart, not so heavy as mine (1938)

Cendo, Raphaël

Rokh I *

Chen, Qigang

Joie éternelle *

Chilcott, Bob

The Angry Planet **

Chin, Unsuk

Double Concerto
Gougalōn *
Mannequin **
Six Piano Études
Violin Concerto (Jennifer Koh/BBC SO)
Violin Concerto (Hae-Sun Kang/BBC Phil)

Clarke, James

2013-V **

Clementi, Aldo


Clyne, Anna

Masquerade **

Cowie, Edward

Earth Music I – The Great Barrier Reef **

Crumb, George

Black Angels
Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death

Czernowin, Chaya



Dalbavie, Marc-André

Flute Concerto

Davies, Paul

Genji’s Visit to Utsusemi

Davies, Tansy

Christmas Eve **
Variation on an Elizabethan Theme **
Wild Card **

Dean, Brett

Electric Preludes *
The Siduri Dances **

Dench, Chris

Passing bells: night

Dillon, James

La navette *
Nine Rivers **

  1. East 11th St NY 10003
  2. L’ECRAN parfum
  3. Viriditas
  4. La femme invisible
  5. La coupure
  6. L’œuvre au noir
  7. éileadh sguaibe
  8. Introitus
  9. Oceanos

Physis **
String Quartet No. 5 **
String Quartet No. 6 *

Dove, Jonathan

Gaia Theory **
I am the day
A Song of Joys **

Dubugnon, Richard

Battlefield Concerto *

Dumitrescu, Iacnu

Élan and Permanence **

Duncan, Adam

Images Sombres **

Dupré, Marcel

Prelude & Fugue in B (1912)

Dusapin, Pascal

Morning in Long Island *
String Quartet No. 6, ‘Hinterland’ (‘Hapax’ for string quartet and orchestra) *


Eötvös, Peter

DoReMi *

Escaich, Thierry

Electra Mourns **
Evocation III (on ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’) *


Feldman, Morton

Bass Clarinet and Percussion
Piano and Orchestra
Piano Four Hands
The Swallows of Salangan *

Ferneyhough, Brian

Dum transisset I-IV
Etudes Transendentales – No. 3
Incipits *
Missa Brevis
Plötzlichkeit *
La terre est un homme

Finnissy, Michael

Janne **
Piano Concerto No. 2 *

Firsova, Alissa

Bach Allegro **
Bergen’s Bonfire **

Fitkin, Graham

Cello Concerto **
PK **

Fox, Christopher

Chambre privée **
Topophony **

Frances-Hoad, Chery

From the Beginning of the World **

Francesconi, Luca

Duende – The Dark Notes *

Franzson, Davíð Brynjar

on Matter and Materiality **

Fujikura, Dai

Recorder Concerto


Gesualdo, Carlo

Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday

Glanert, Detlev

Musik für Violine und Orchester *

Glass, Philip

Symphony No. 10 *

Greenwood, Jonny

Norwegian Wood – Suite (arr. Robert Ziegler) **

Grime, Helen

Near Midnight **
Night Songs **

Grisey , Gérard

Mégalithes *

Gruber, HK

into the open … **

Gubaidulina, Sofia

The Rider on the White Horse *

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Pelle

Incontri *


Harvey, Jonathan

Dum transisset sabbatum
The Annunciation **
Messages **
The Royal Banners Forward Go
Weltethos *

Hayden, Sam

surface / tension **

Heap, Imogen

The Listening Chair (arr. E. Whitacre) **

Henze, Hans Werner

Symphony No. 5

Hillborg, Anders

Beast Sampler *
Cold Heat *
Liquid Marble

Higgins, Gavin

Der Aufstand **
Three Broken Love Songs
Velocity **

Holloway, Robin

Fifth Concerto for Orchestra **
RELIQUARY – Scenes from the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, enclosing an instrumentation of Robert Schumann’s ‘Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart’ **

Holt, Simon

Morpheus Wakes *
a table of noises **
Two movements for string quartet

Howard, Emily

Calculus of the Central Nervous System *


Jackson, Gabriel

The Christ Child **
In nomine Domini **
Justorum animæ
The Lord’s Prayer

Jolas, Betsy

Wanderlied *


Kay, Alison

Flux **

Kellogg, Daniel

Soft Sleep Shall Contain You: A Meditation on Schubert’s Death and the Maiden *

Khan, Nishat/Stacey, Pete

The Gate of the Moon (Sitar Concerto No. 1) **

Kirschner, Kenneth

July 17, 2010

Knussen, Oliver

Two Organa

Kokoras, Panayiotis

Jet **

Kurtág, György

…quasi una fantasia…
Scenes from a Novel


Lachenmann, Helmut

Tanzsuite mit Deutschlandlied *

Larcher, Thomas

Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra **

Lam, Fung

Endless Forms **

Langgaard, Rued

Symphony No. 11 ‘Ixion’ * (1945)

Lauridsen, Morten

O magnum mysterium

Lee, Joanna

Hammer of Solitude **

Levi, Mica

Greezy **

Ligeti, György

Poème symphonique (1962)

Lim, Liza


Lindberg, Magnus

Al largo *
Era *

Lizée, Nicole

The Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop (Fibre-Optic Flowers) **

Long, Zhou

Postures *

Lucier, Alvin



MacMillan, James

After the Tryst
Domine non secundum peccata nostra **
Cello Concerto
Credo **
Fourteen Little Pictures
Ì (A Meditation on Iona)
Kiss On Wood
A New Song
Oboe Concerto **
Raising Sparks
The Sacrifice – Three Interludes
Seraph **
Sowetan Spring
St John Passion
String Quartet No. 3 **
Symphony ‘Vigil’
Symphony No. 3 ‘Silence’
Symphony No. 4 **
They Saw That The Stone Had Been Rolled Away
Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
The World’s Ransoming

Manoury, Philippe

Trauermärsche **

Martin, Matthew

Adam lay ybounden

Mason, Benedict

Meld **

Mason, Christian

Open to Infinity: A Grain of Sand *

Matalon, Martin

Lignes de fuite *

Matthews, Colin

No Man’s Land **
String Quartet No. 5 *
Turning Point *
Violin Concerto

Matthews, David

A Vision of the Sea **

Maxwell Davies, Peter

Il rozzo martello
Musica benevolens **
One Star, at Last
The Wells Service

McCabe, John

Joybox **
The last and greatest herald

McNeff, Stephen

ConcertO Duo **

Meredith, Anna

Four Tributes to 4am **
Smatter Hauler **

Messiaen, Olivier

Dieu parmi nous (1936)
Trois Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine

Mikalsen, Jan Erik

Too much of a good thing is wonderful *

Miller, Cassandra

Duet for cello and orchestra **

Mochizuki, Misato

Musubi *

Molitor, Claudia

Schnalz **

Molosov, Alexander

The Foundry

Montague, Stephen

Wilful Chants **

Moore, Philip

All wisdom cometh from the Lord
Magnificat from The Third Service
Salve Regina **

Muldowney, Dominic

Mary **

Muntendorf, Brigitta

Sweetheart, Goodbye!

Musgrave, Thea

Ithaca **
Loch Ness – a Postcard from Scotland **


Nancarrow, Conlon

String Quartet
Study No. 7 (arr. Yvar Mikhashoff)

Newman, Jonathan

Blow It Up, Start Again *

Nicolai, Carsten


Nixon, June

The holly and the ivy

Nordheim, Arne


Nørgård, Per

Symphony No. 7 *

Northcott, Bayan

Hymn to Cybele

Nunn, Patrick

Fata Morgana


O’Regan, Tarik

Latent Manifest **

Ore, Cecilie

Come to the Edge! **


Parra, Hèctor

L’absència *

Pärt, Arvo

Богородице Дево (Bogoróditse Djévo)
In Spe **
Cecilia, vergine romana
Symphony No. 4 ‘Los Angeles’ * (Philharmonia)
Symphony No. 4 ‘Los Angeles’ (BBC NOW)

Panufnik, Roxanna

The Call
Three Paths to Peace *

Pauset, Brice

Adagio Dialettico *

Pesson, Gérard


Philips, Julian

Sorowfull Songes **

Pinnock, Naomi

String Quartet No. 2: Traces *
Words **

Prokofiev, Gabriel

Violin Concerto ‘1941’ **

Purcell, Henry (arr. Joby Talbot)

Chacony in G minor **

Puzo, Luis Codera



Rands, Bernard

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra *

Ranjbaran, Behzad

Seemorgh – The Sunrise *

Ratkje, Maja S K

‘And Sing While Thou On Pressed Flowers Dost Sleep’ **
Crepuscular Hour *

Rautavaara, Einojuhani

Christmas Carol **

Reich, Steve

Different Trains
Triple Quartet *

Rich, Robert


Rihm, Wolfgang


Robinson, Christopher

Make we joy now in this fest

Rodgers, John


Roustom, Kareem

Ramal *

Rütti, Carl

In this season of the year **

Rzewski, Frederic

Piano Concerto **


Saariaho, Kaija

Laterna magica *

Sandström, Jan

Det är en ros utsprungen (Lessons & Carols 2009)
Det är en ros utsprungen (Lessons & Carols 2010)

Saunders, Rebecca

Ire **
still *
Void **

Sawer, David

Flesh and Blood **

Schnelzer, Albert

A Freak in Burbank *
Tales from Suburbia **

Schnittke, Alfred

Cello Concerto No. 2
Concerto for Three
Concerto Grosso No. 1
Concerto Grosso No. 2
Concerto Grosso No. 6
Fragments **
Hommage à Edvard Grieg
(K)ein Sommernachtstraum
Piano Quintet
String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 3
String Trio
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5 (Concerto Grosso No. 4)
Symphony No. 8 *

Schuller, Gunther

Where the Word Ends *

Scelsi, Giacinto

Tre Canti Sacri (1958)

Sciarrino, Salvatore

Responsorio delle Tenebre

Seither, Charlotte

Language of Leaving **

Shepherd, Sean

Magiya *

Sierra, Arlene

Piano Concerto, ‘Art of War’ **

Signal – Frank Bretschneider, Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) & Olaf Bender (aka Byetone)


Simpson, Mark

Israfel **
sparks **

Skempton, Howard

Oculus **

Sohal, Naresh

The Cosmic Dance **

Sørensen, Bent

Funeral Procession
La mattina (Piano Concerto No. 2) *

Steen-Andersen, Simon

String Quartet No. 2 *

Stockhausen, Karlheinz


Stucky, Steven

Rhapsodies **

Swayne, Giles

Adam Lay Ibounden

Szewach, Julieta


Szlavnics, Chiyoko

Materia/Immateria **


Takemitsu, Tōru

From me flows what you call time *
Garden Rain
Signals from Heaven

Tavener, John

Gnōsis **
Popule meus *
The Lamb
Requiem Fragments **
Towards Silence (European Première)

Thomalla, Hans

Lied *

Þorvaldsdóttir, Anna

æquilibria *

Tiensuu, Jukka

Voice verser *

Tippett, Michael

Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense
Five Negro Spirituals from ‘A Child of Our Time’
Plebs angelica
Preludio al Vespro di Monteverdi

Tómasson, Haukur

Magma *

Tone, Yasunao


Trunk, Markus


Turnage, Mark-Anthony

Canon Fever **
Frieze **
Hammered Out **
L’espoir (from Speranza) **


Usui, Shiori

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l. **


Vir, Param

Cave of Luminous Mind **

Vivancos, Bernat

El davallament de la creu **

Vivier, Claude

Orion *

Volans, Kevin

Piano Concerto No. 3 **

V/Vm (Leyland Kirby)

The Death of Rave

Vine, Carl

Ring out, wild bells **


Wallin, Rolf

Ground *

Walshe, Jennifer

Detleva Verens – Scintillia

Ward, Duncan

Who Is Mr Grobe? **

Watkins, Huw

Violin Concerto **

Webern, Anton von

Five Canons Op. 16

Wee, Bertram

Dithyrambs **

Weir, Judith

All the Ends of the Earth
Day Break Shadows Flee **
Illuminare, Jerusalem
Illuminare, Jerusalem
Stars, Night, Music and Light **

Whitacre, Eric

Deep Field *
Higher, Faster, Stronger **

Widmann, Jörg

Flûte en suite *
String Quartet No. 2 (Chorale Quartet)
Teufel Amor *

Willberg, Mack

Ding! Dong! Merrily on High

Wishart, Peter

Alleluya! A new work is come on hand

Wishart, Stevie

Out of This World **

Wood, Hugh

An Epithalamion, Or Mariage Song **

Woolrich, John

Variation on an Elizabethan Theme **


Xenakis, Iannis



Yeats, Marc

rhêma **
sturzstrom **

Yiu, Raymond

Symphony **

Youssef, Dhafer

Les Ondes Orientales **


Zimmermann, Bernd Alois

Rheinische Kirmestänze