Poulenc in Paris and Julian Anderson's CD

LPO Composer in Residence Julian Anderson introduces The Discovery of Heaven, released on a new CD of Anderson's Orchestral Music; and Dr Caroline Potter explores Poulenc's life and music. (November 2013)

Throughout 2013, the London Philharmonic Orchestra appears as the major orchestral partner in Southbank Centre's year-long, multi-art-form festival The Rest Is Noise. The festival looks at the key works of the 20th century through a wide lens, taking in the political happenings, social movements, cultural climates and personal stories that gave rise to these inspiring and sometimes controversial pieces of music.

In a pre-concert talk recorded in October, musicologist Dr Caroline Potter explored the music of Poulenc and the cultural influences Paris in the first half of the 20th century.  The LPO premiered Julian Anderson's The Discovery of Heaven in 2012, winning a South Bank Sky Arts Award for the performance conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.  The composer introduces the work, whose title comes from a Harry Mulisch novel.  The recording is now released on a new CD of Anderson's orchestral works also including Fantasias and The Crazed Moon.

Featured recording: Anderson: Orchestral works / Jurowski, Wigglesworth
LPO-0074 (£9.99 incl P&P)

Visit The Rest Is Noise website to find out more about the festival