Originally composed in 1985 for a performance at St John’s Smith Square, Erika Fox’s Osen Shomaat was pickup up by an orchestra again until 25 years later, when Ilan Volkov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra performed it to a packed BBC Maida Vale studio in January 2020. BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting that recording on Saturday 6 March, 2021. Infused with the Chassidic music of her childhood, it’s composition in part an act of remembrance, Osen Shomaat means ‘The Hearing Ear’ and is taken form a passage in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes.
BBC New Music Show
10pm, Saturday 6 March, 2021