List of compositions reviewed on 5:4

(Last updated 11 September 2016)

Below is a summary of the compositions reviewed on 5:4. Almost all these articles include a recording of the piece taken from a radio broadcast.
* = UK/National/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 **
Incantesimi *

Andersson, B. Tommy

Pan **

Aperghis, Georges

Champ-Contrechamp **

Archbold, Paul

Nine memos for string quartet

Auerbach, Lera

The Infant Minstrel and His Peculiar Menagerie *

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

Merula perpetua **
Reed Stanzas (String Quartet No. 3) **

Beattie, Simon

Advent Calendar

Bedford, Luke

Instability **
Or voit tout en aventure
Outblaze the Sky

Benjamin, George

Three Miniatures for Solo Violin
Dance Figures
Into the Little Hill
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
Violin 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)
Piano Sonata No. 1 (1946)

Bowler, Laura

Irresistible Demands of the Flesh **

Bray, Charlotte

At the Speed of Stillness **
Falling in the Fire **

Bretschneider, Frank


Brian, Havergal

Symphony No. 1 ‘Gothic’ (1927)

Briggs, David

Symphony in Four Movements

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 **
The Seamstress *

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

Desenne, Paul

Hipnosis mariposa *

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
Incipits *
Missa Brevis
Plötzlichkeit *
La terre est un homme

Finnissy, Michael

“above earth’s shadow…”
A-lang Felton Lonnen **
Back on Earth **
Beat Generation Ballads **
Dust **
Janne **
John the Baptist **
Judith Weir
Piano Concerto No. 2 *
Wild Flowers

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 **
Two Eardley Pictures (1. Catterline in Winter, 2. Snow) **

Grisey , Gérard

Dérives *
Mégalithes *

Gruber, HK

into the open … **

Gubaidulina, Sofia

The Rider on the White Horse *

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Pelle

Incontri *


Haas, Georg Friedrich

Octet for eight trombones *
Open Spaces II *

Harrold, Tom

Raze **

Harvey, Jonathan

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

Hayden, Sam

surface / tension **

Hayes, Malcolm

Violin Concerto **

Heap, Imogen

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

Hellawell, Piers

Wild Flow **

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 *
Torus **


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) **

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 **
Symphony No. 2 ‘Kenotaph’ *

Lam, Fung

Endless Forms **

Langgaard, Rued

Symphony No. 11 ‘Ixion’ * (1945)

Lauridsen, Morten

O magnum mysterium

Lee, Joanna

Hammer of Solitude **

Leeuw, Reinbert de

Der nächtliche Wanderer *

Levi, Mica

Greezy **
Signal Before War **

Ligeti, György

Poème symphonique (1962)

Lim, Liza


Lindberg, Magnus

Al largo *
Era *
Two Episodes **

Lizée, Nicole

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

Long, Zhou

Postures *

Lucier, Alvin



MacMillan, James

Domine non secundum peccata nostra **
Credo **
A New Song
Oboe Concerto **
The Sacrifice – Three Interludes
Seraph **
St John Passion
String Quartet No. 3 **
Symphony No. 3 ‘Silence’
Symphony No. 4 **

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

Quatuor pour la fin du temps
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 **

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

Nobre, Marlos

Kabbalah *

Nordheim, Arne


Nørgård, Per

Symphony No. 7 *
Three Nocturnal Movements **

Northcott, Bayan

Concerto for Orchestra **
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 *

Payne, Anthony

Of Land, Sea and Sky **

Pesson, Gérard


Philips, Julian

Sorowfull Songes **

Pickard, John

Symphony No. 5 **

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



Radigue, Éliane


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 *

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

April \ March **
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 **

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 *
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. **

Ustvolskaya, Galina

Symphony No. 3 ‘Jesus Messiah, save us!’


Vir, Param

Cave of Luminous Mind **

Vivancos, Bernat

El davallament de la creu **

Vivier, Claude

Orion *

Volans, Kevin

Piano Concerto No. 3 **

Vine, Carl

Ring out, wild bells **


Wallin, Rolf

Ground *

Walshe, Jennifer

Detleva Verens – Scintillia

Ward, Duncan

Who Is Mr Grobe? **

Watkins, Huw

Cello Concerto **
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

Armonica *
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

• Embellie


Yeats, Marc

rhêma **
sturzstrom **

Yiu, Raymond

Symphony **

Youssef, Dhafer

Les Ondes Orientales **


Zimmermann, Bernd Alois

Rheinische Kirmestänze