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Illuminations: Ten Best Female Voices
Illuminations: Ten Best Female Voices

October 29th, 2020

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Illuminations: Jacqueline du Pré – Cellist Extraordinaire
Illuminations: Jacqueline du Pré – Cellist Extraordinaire

October 22nd, 2020

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Illuminations: Charles Ives – American Modernist
Illuminations: Charles Ives – American Modernist

October 15th, 2020

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Illuminations: Gioachino Rossini
Illuminations: Gioachino Rossini

October 8th, 2020

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10th September

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  • Introduction by Peter Gardner
  • Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) – The Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra, Op 34, (1946) – Themes 1-6 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox
  • Henry Purcell (1659-1695) – Incidental music for The Libertine Z600 –Nymphs and shepherds [1:51] Judith Nelson (soprano), David Thomas (bass), Martyn Hill (tenor), James Bowman (counter-tenor) Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Recorded: 1978-02, All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey
  • Henry Purcell – March for the Funeral of Queen Mary Z. 860A Laurence Cummings (organ), Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly, conductor
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni K527 - Là ci darem la mano Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Mojca Erdmann (Zerlina), Joyce DiDonato (Donna Elvira) Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni K527 Don Giovanni, a cenar teco (Andante: Il Commendatore, Don Giovanni, Leporello) [4:13] Or che tutti, o mio tesoro... Resti dunque quel birbon (Larghetto: Don Ottavio, Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Zerlina, Masetto, Leporello) Questo è il fin (Presto: Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Don Ottavio, Masetto, Leporello, Zerlina) [4:47]
  • Edward German - Tom Jones – Act III Set in Ranelagh Gardens, home of Squire Weston and his daughter Sophia. Act III: Trio: Says a well-worn saw (Honour, Partridge, Gregory)[2:07] (Honour, Partridge, Gregory) Act III: Melos [0:57] Act III: Finale: Hark, the merry marriage bells! (Sophia, Honour, Tom, Chorus) [1:40] (Sophia, Honour, Tom, Chorus) Sophia, Squire Western’s daughter, Marianne Hellgren Staykov, Soprano Tom Jones, a foundling, Richard Morrison, Baritone Honour, maid to Sophia, Heather Shipp, Mezzo-soprano Squire Western, “A Fine Old English Gentleman”, Donald Maxwell, Baritone Gregory, his servant, Simon Butteriss, Baritone Benjamin Partridge, a village barber, Richard Suart, Baritone Lady Bellaston, a lady of quality, Gaynor Keeble, Mezzo-soprano An Officer, Giles Davies, Baritone Mr Allworthy, a Somerset magistrate, Paul Carey Jones, Baritone Blifil, his nephew, Ashley Bremner, Baritone Hostess of the inn at Upton, Catrine Kirkman, Soprano Betty, a waiting maid Rachel Harland, Soprano Peggy, a waiting maid Elizabeth Menezes, Soprano Grizzle, a servant to Squire Western, Iestyn Morris, Tenor Dobbin, a servant to Squire Western, Paul Carey Jones, Baritone National Festival Orchestra and Chorus, David Russell Hulme, cond.
  • Kurt Weill (1900-50) - Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) (1930) - Denn wie man sich bettet (As You Make Your Bed) [2:59]
  • Kurt Weill (1900-50)- Die Sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins) (1933) – Habsucht (Allegro giusto) Greed, (Melbourne/Boston) libretto by Bertolt Brecht Lotte Lenya (vocal), Sigmund Roth (vocal), Ernst Poettgen (vocal), Fritz Göllnitz (vocal), Julius Katona (vocal), Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg, conductor.
  • Friedrich Hollaender - Jonny (1920) Marlene Dietrich, the Peter Kreuder Orchestra Recorded 11 March 1931
  • Alban Berg - Lulu (1935) - Lied Der Lulu:Wenn sich die Menschen um meinetwillen umgebracht haben Teresa Stratas (Lulu), Yvonne Minton (Gräfin Geschwitz), Franz Mazura (Dr Schön), Kenneth Riegel (Alwa), Toni Blankenheim (Schigolch/Der Medizinalrat/Ein Polizeikommissär), Robert Tear (Der Maler/Der Neger) Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris, Pierre Boulez
  • Carl Orff (1895-1982) - Carmina Burana (cantiones profanae, 3 scenes, medieval Lat.) (1936) Ecce Gratum (excerpt [1:13]) Chramer, gip die varwe mir (Shopkeeper, give me colour) (Semi-Chorus) In taberna quando sumus (When we are in the tavern Yeree Suh (soprano), Yves Saelens (tenor), Thomas Bauer (baritone), Anima Eterna Brugge, Collegium vocale gent & Cantate Domino, Jos van Immerseel, conductor. Recorded: 19-20 February 2014 at the Concertgebouw Brugge, Belgium
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Rite Of Spring (1913)- La Sacrifice Danse Sacrale Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Eliahu Inbal
  • Giocomo Puccini – Il tritico - Gianni Schicchi (1918) (Libretto: Giovacchino Forzano) O mio babbino caro Ladro! Ladro! Lauretta mia, staremo sempre qui Orchestra Sinfonica Donizetti of Bergamo, directed by Fabrizio Maria Carminati Servile, Roberto – baritone Rizzone, Cinzia – soprano Piccoli, Francesco – tenor Gemmabella, Anna Rita – contralto Josipovic, Milena – mezzo-soprano Boldrini, Giancarlo – bass Barbacini, Paolo – tenor Pellegrini, Simone – vocals Savoia, Rosanna – soprano Porta, Andrea – bass Guerini, Giovanni – baritone Battiato, Alessandro – baritone Matteo, Enzo Di – bass Azzarro, Sebastiano – vocals Vezzosi, Paolo – vocals
  • Moussorgsky - Night on Bare Mountain Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits Rarely performed original score.
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) – Histoire du Soldat (1918) VII. The Devil's Dance IX. Triumphal March of the Devil Rolf Schulte, Violin, John Feeney, Double Bass, Frank Morelli, Bassoon, William Blount, Clarinet, Chris Gekker, Trumpet, Michael Powell, Trombone, Gordon Gottlieb, Percussion, Robert Craft, Conductor
  • Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) – La Damnation de Faust Op 24 (1846) 39. Dans mon cœur retentit sa voix désespérée" (Faust, Chorus, Méphistophélès); "The Ride to the Abyss" (Faust) 40. Ha ! Irimiru Karabrao ! (Chorus of the Damned and the Demons, Méphistophélès) 41. Tradioun Marexil fir trudinxé burrudixé ! (Chorus) 44. Remonte au ciel, âme naïve, "Margarita's Glorification" (Chorus) 45. Viens, les vierges divines (Chorus, Une voix) Faust Michael Spyres ténor Méphistophélès Nicolas Courjal basse Une voix céleste Verónica Silva soprano Gulbenkian Choir, Male Chorus of the National Opera of the Rhine, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, conducted by John Nelson Recorded live April 2019 at the Salle Érasme, Strasbourg
  • Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) – Symphony No 8 in E flat (1908) - Part 2 – Faust part II, Chorus Mysticus finale Sopranos: Angela Meade, Erin Wall, Lisette Oropesa Contraltos :Elizabeth Bishop, Mihoko Fujimura, Tenor: Anthony Dean Griffey, Baritone: Markus Werba, Bass: John Relyea Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker, artistic director The American Boychoir, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director Michael Stairs, organ, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, cond.

  • 3rd September

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  • Rodgers, Richard: Carousel waltz. Original soundtrack version.
  • Rodgers, Richard: Oklahoma!. Gloria Graham, voc., Gordon MacRae, voc., Shirley Jones, voc.
  • Rodgers, Richard: Oklahoma!: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'. Movie Soundtrack
  • Rodgers, Richard: Oklahoma!. The Surrey With the Fringe on Top, People Will Say We're in Love. Gloria Graham, voc., Gordon MacRae, voc., Shirley Jones, voc.
  • Rodgers, Richard: Carousel; If I Loved You, Soliloquy. Gordon MacRae, voc., Shirley Jones, voc. Unnamed Orch/Alfred Newman.
  • Rodgers, Richard: State Fair: It Might as Well be Spring. Sarah Vaughan.
  • Rodgers, Richard: Come Home. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone Chorus of Opera North, English Northern Philharmonia/Paul Daniel.
  • Rodgers, Richard (arr. Bennett, Robert Russell):South Pacific: Twin Soliloquies, Younger Than Springtime, You've Got to Be Carefully Taught, This Nearly Was Mine, Finale. Original 1949 Broadway cast.
  • Rodgers, Richard: The King and I: Something Wonderful. Dorothy Sarnoff, voc. Unnamed Orch/Frederick Dvonch.
  • Rodgers, Richard: The King and I: I Have Dreamed. Doretta Morrow, voc., Larry Douglas, voc. Unnamed Orch/Frederick Dvonch.
  • Rodgers, Richard: The King and I: Shall we dance?. Gertrude Lawrence, voc., Yul Brynner, voc. Unnamed Orch/Frederick Dvonch.
  • Rodgers, Richard: Cinderella: In My own Little Corner. Julie Andrews, voc./Alfred Antonini.
  • Rodgers, Richard: Cinderella: Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?. Jon Cypher, voc., Julie Andrews, voc./Alfred Antonini.
  • Rodgers, Richard: Flower Drum Song - I Enjoy Being a Girl (Pat Suzuki), Love, Look Away (Arabella Hong), Original Broadway cast
  • Rodgers, Richard: The Sound of Music. Mary Martin, voc. Unnamed Orch/Frederick Dvonch.
  • Rodgers, Richard: The Sound of Music: My favorite things. Mary Martin, voc. Unnamed Orch/Frederick Dvonch.
  • Rodgers, Richard: The Sound of Music: Edelweiss. Mary Martin, voc., Theodore Bikel, voc. Unnamed Orch/Frederick Dvonch.
  • Rodgers, Richard: The Sound of Music: Climb Every Mountain. Patricia Neway, sop. Unnamed Orch/Frederick Dvonch.
  • Rodgers, Richard: Carousel: If I Loved You, You'll Never Walk Alone. Gordon MacRae, voc., Shirley Jones, voc. Unnamed Orch/Alfred Newman.

  • 27th August

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