Thurs­day

The Observer - The New Review - - Television -

Pick of the Day Our Clas­si­cal Cen­tury

BBC Four, 9pm

Suzy Klein joins forces with Lenny Henry to present a unique four-part his­tory of clas­si­cal mu­sic over the past 100 years, begin­ning with A New Dawn, span­ning 1918-36. From the im­plied hor­rors of Holst’s 5/4 mas­ter­piece Mars, the Bringer of War to the ad­vent of jazz, via the ex­tra­or­di­nary story of com­poser Sa­muel Co­leridge-Tay­lor’s mu­si­cal hit Hi­awatha, this is a pro­gramme that seeks out the un­usual and also charts the ad­vance­ment of fe­male and im­mi­grant mu­si­cians. A gem.

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