Out Of This World

feat. Vaughan Williams, Webern, von Bingen, Bruckner & Ligeti

Vaughan Williams composed ‘Toward the Unknown Region’ less than a decade after Queen Victoria’s death.

Though its musical style was very much that of his teacher Charles Hubert Parry, it encourages its listeners to dare to venture into the unknown – a stirring, forward-looking message for the first decade of the 20th century. The new century indeed proved one of the most disconcerting and innovative in the history of Western civilisation, both in terms of discoveries of new concepts in communication, creativity and even destruction, but also in various attempts to improve the general lot of mankind – often with disastrous results. Yet a great deal was also anticipated in past ages, and this week we introduce two visionary composers new to these Collections: Anton Bruckner, whose Ninth Symphony was written almost exactly a decade before Vaughan Williams completed his first choral masterpiece; and, from the dawn of Western music, a chant by Hildegard of Bingen.

Curation: Daniel Jaffé

Speaker: David Hall

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Out Of This World

  • An introduction to Vaughan Williams — Toward the Unknown Region

  • Toward the Unknown Region Preview Only

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Roderick Williams, David Lloyd-Jones, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir2005
  • An introduction to Webern — Langsamer Satz

  • Langsamer Satz Preview Only

    Anton Webern

    Belcea Quartet2014; 2015
  • An introduction to Bingen — Spritus Sanctus Vivificans

  • Spritus Sanctus Vivificans Preview Only

    Hildegard von Bingen

    Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks, Anna Sandström2010
  • An introduction to Bruckner — Symphony No. 9 in d minor WAB 109

  • Symphony No. 9 in d minor WAB 109 Preview Only

    Anton Bruckner

    Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam2014
  • An introduction to Ligeti — Atmosphères

  • Atmosphères Preview Only

    György Ligeti

    Hannu Lintu, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra2012

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