The Bang on a Can All-Stars team up with BBC Singers and conductor Tecwyn Evans for the UK premiere of Julia Wolfe’s haunting, poignant and relentlessly physical Anthracite Fields.
The music: The OAE perform the cantata Bach wrote for New Year’s Day, 1725. The science: Last year scientists, led by Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, discovered ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to pass through our solar system.
The music: A cantata written when Bach was very busy – he was expected to produce six over the course of a month at the same time that he was writing the St John Passion. The science: How did the universe emerge from its dark ages after the Big Bang? Dr Emma Chapman tells us more...
The music: This theatrical cantata opens with an anguished tenor aria and remains one of the most furious and intense of the collection. The science: Professor Lewis Dartnell closes the season with a look at the latest research in astrobiology – the search for extraterrestrial life.
Leokadiya Kashperova was an acclaimed pianist and composer whose career and reputation were swallowed up by the 1917 Revolution. In this special programme, Andrei Ioniță gives the UK premiere of her glorious First Cello Sonata.