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Visionaries – vote for your favourite composer

August 26, 2008

BBC World News&rsquo Visionaries is an interactive seven-part series that debates the merits of some of the most innovative and iconic composers from the field of classical music, examining the geniuses behind some of the greatest compositions. At the end of each program listeners will have the chance to vote online for their favourite composer.

Presented by BBC Radio 4’s Francine Stock, inspirational composers from different eras will be pitted against each other in the quest to find the supreme classical music visionary.

Each composer has a dedicated and well known advocate, arguing why their chosen icon is the most visionary and has had the most impact in the field.

The final program will be a reprise of all the featured composers including a discussion among the advocates about their chosen composer and the winner will be revealed.

There is more information on the Visionaries website:

The series, in association with Credit Suisse, launches on BBC World News on 30 August 2008 with a special introductory program. Full transmission details can be found on the BBC World News website:

The Series
Click on the composers’ names below to see Naxos titles that feature their music.

Introduction Program
Saturday 30 August

PROGRAM 1: BACH (Tim Minchin) Vs HANDEL (Alexander Armstrong)
Saturday 6 September

PROGRAM 2: BEETHOVEN (Evelyn Glennie) Vs MOZART (Michael Morpurgo)
Saturday 13 September

PROGRAM 3: CHOPIN (Clemency Burton-Hill) Vs VERDI (Sophie Ellis Bextor)
Saturday 20 September

Saturday 27 September

PROGRAM 5: GLASS (Dennis Russell Davies) Vs BOULEZ (Courteney Pine)
Saturday 4 October

PROGRAM 6: Winners Announced
Saturday 25th October


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