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Illuminations: The Welsh Quintet
Illuminations: The Welsh Quintet

April 22nd, 2021


Illuminations: Composers Who Self-Isolated
Illuminations: Composers Who Self-Isolated

April 15th, 2021


Iluminations: Sir William Walton—His Life and Music (Con’t)
Iluminations: Sir William Walton—His Life and Music (Con’t)

April 8th, 2021


Illuminations: Sir William Walton—His Life and Music
Illuminations: Sir William Walton—His Life and Music

April 1st, 2021


8th April

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  • Walton - String Quartet No 2 A min (1945–6) - IV – Allegro molto Gabrielli String Quartet: Kenneth Sillito & Brendan O’Reilly, vlns. Ian Jewel, vla, Keith Harvey, cello
  • Walton - Violin Sonata (1947-49), I - Allegro tranquillo Tasmin Little, violin, Piers Lane, piano
  • Walton, Sir William: Orb and Sceptre. Philharmonia Orch/Sir David Willcocks.
  • Walton – Troilus and Cressida (1947–54, rev. 1963, 1972–6) Alan Opie, Nigel Robson, Yvonne Howard, Judith Howarth (Cressida), Clive Bayley, Arthur Davies (Troilus), Opera North Chorus, English Northern Philharmonia, Richard Hickox. Excerpts from: CD1 Tr 14 Act II Scene 1: At the haunted end of the day (Cressida) CD2 Tr 4 We were Alone (Troilus, Cressida) CD2 Tr 10 Take it! Take It! (Diomede, Cressida) CD2 Tr 14 Sextet (Diomede, Troilus, Cressida, Pandarus, Calkas And Evadne) CD2 Tr 15 She Has Br
  • Walton – Cello Concerto (1955-56) - I Moderato Paul Watkins, cello, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner, conductor.
  • Walton - Symphony No 2 B min (1957-60) – I Allegro molto BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
  • Walton – Anon in Love for tenor and guitar (1959) - No 6 To Couple is a Custom Peter Pears, ten., Julian Bream, guitar
  • Walton, Sir William: Five Bagatelles for guitar (1970–71) - No. 3. Alla Cubana ulian Bream, gtr.
  • Variations on a Theme by Hindemith (1962–3) exrpt Theme: andante con moto - 9th variation Maestoso - Finale: Allegro molto - Coda: A tempo primo, ma meno mosso The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, cond.
  • Walton, Sir William: The Twelve - An Anthem for the Feast of any Apostle (WH Auden) (1964-5) (excerpts) Patricia Forbes, sop., Ruth Gleave, Mezzo. City of London Sinfonia, Westminster Singers/Richard Hickox.
  • Walton - The Battle of Britain – film music (1969) II - March Introduction - Siegfried Music Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
  • Walton, Sir William: Antiphon (1977) (George Herbert, 1633) Let all the world in ev'ry comer sing, My God and King! Choir of St John's College Cambridge, Christopher Robinson, coinductor
  • Walton, Sir William: Prologo e Fantasia. London PO/Bryden Thomson.
  • Walton, Sir William: Where does the Uttered Music Go? (John Masefield) (excerpt) Bach Choir/Sir David Willcocks.

  • 1st April

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  • Walton – Motet – A Litany (Drop, Drop Slow Tears) (1916, rev 1930), Words by Phineas Fletcher Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, Stephen Darlington
  • Walton – Piano Quartet (1919, rev. 21) – I Allegramente Benjamin Frith, pno, Louise Williams, vla, Robert Heard, vln, Richard Jenkinson, cello.
  • Walton - Façade (Facade) – An Entertainment (1922–9, rev. 1951) 0, 1 Fanfare & Hornpipe , 3 Mariner Man Peter Pears and Edith Sitwell, narrators, English Opera Group, Anthony Collins, conductor
  • Walton - Façade (Facade) – An Entertainment (1922–9, rev. 1951) - IV Long Steel Grass, Scotch Rhapsody Edith Sitwell and Constant Lambert, narrators, Studio orchestra, Sir William Walton, cond.
  • Walton - Facade 2 - A Further Entertainment (1951) - III March Lady Susana Walton, narrator, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox, cond.
  • Walton – Overture Portsmouth Point (1924-25) London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryden Thomson, conductor
  • Walton – Sinfonia concertante for orchestra (and piano obbligato) (1926–7) III Allegro molto Eric Parkin, pno, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jan Latham-Koenig, conductor
  • Walton - Viola Concerto (1928-29, rev. 1936-7 & 1961) – I Andante Comodo James Ehnes, cello, BBCSO, Edward Gardner, cond.
  • Sir William Walton - Belshazzar’s Feast (1930-31) (texts selected by Osbert Sitwell) - iii. “By the waters of Babylon”, iv. “Babylon was a great city” Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone), London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Sir Colin Davis
  • Walton – Symphony No 1 B flat min (1931-35) - IV. Maestoso – Allegro, brioso ed ardentemente – Vivacissimo – Maestoso London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn
  • Walton - Violin Concerto (1936–9, rev. 1943) – I Andante tranquillo Jascha Heifetz, Philharmonia Orchestra, William Walton, conductor
  • Walton - Set me as a seal upon thine heart, anthem (1938) Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, Stephen Darlington
  • JS Bach arr. Walton: The Wise Virgins: Ballet Suite (1940) - IV. Ah! How ephemeral London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryden Thomson
  • Walton - Henry V (1943–4), Adapted by Christopher Palmer Interlude at The Boar’s Head, Death of Falstaff, Touch her soft lips and part Christopher Plumber, Narrator, Choristers of Westminster Cathedral, Orchestra & Chorus of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner

  • 25th March

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    18th March

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  • Bizet, Georges: Carmen. Je dis que rien ne m'epouvante. Mirella Freni, sop; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Karajan
  • Puccini, Giacomo: La Boheme. Elizabeth Harwood, sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Mirella Freni, sop., Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass Berlin PO, German Opera Chorus, Berlin/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: La Boheme - O soave fanciulla. Mario Sereni, bar., Mirella Freni, sop., Nicolai Gedda, ten. Rome Opera House Orch/Thomas Schippers.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Don Giovanni, K527. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, sop., Ingvar Wixell, bar., Luigi Roni, bass, Martina Arroyo, sop., Mirella Freni, sop., Richard Van Allan, bass, Stuart Burrows, ten., Wladimiro Ganzarolli, bass Royal Opera House Chorus, Royal Opera House Orch. Covent Garden/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Falstaff: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio. Mirella Freni, sop. RCA Italiana Opera Chorus, RCA Italiana Opera Orch/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Marriage of Figaro: Cosa mi narri…Sull'aria... Che soave zeffiretto. Mirella Freni, sop., Renata Scotto, sop. National PO/Leone Magiera.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest'ora bruna. Mirella Freni, sop. La Scala Orch, Milan/Claudio Abbado.
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Otello. Willow Song. Mirella Freni, sop; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Otello. Ave Maria. Mirella Freni, sop; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
  • Verdi, Giuseppe: Don Carlos. Tu che la vanita conoscesti del mondo. Mirella Freni, sop; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
  • Puccini, Giacomo: Madam Butterfly: Love Duet. Christa Ludwig, m-sop., Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Mirella Freni, sop. Vienna PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: Madam Butterfly: One Fine Day. Mirella Freni, sop. Vienna PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Verdi, Giusepe: Requiem. Libera me. Mirella Freni, sop; Wiener Singverein; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich: Eugene Onegin, Letter Scene. Mirella Freni, sop. Dresden State Orch/James Levine.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: Tosca. Mirella Freni, sop., Placido Domingo, ten., Samuel Ramey, bass Philharmonia Orch, Royal Opera House Chorus/Giuseppe Sinopoli.

  • 11th March

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    4th March

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  • Sainte-Colombe, Jean de: Concerto No.41 Le Retour, I. Overture, Jordi Savall, Christophe Coin, vl, Le Concert des Nations
  • Alkan, Charles-Valentin: Le Festin d'Esope, Op.39, No.12, Jack Gibbons, pno
  • Alkan, Charles-Valentin: Prelude Op.31 No.8, La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer, Laurent Martin, pno
  • Satie, Erik: Vexations (excerpt), Peter Dickinson, pno
  • Satie, Erik: Je te veux, Juliette Noureddine, voc, Alexandre Tharaud, pno
  • Satie, Erik: Parade - Petite Fille Americaine, Acrobates, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra/ Louis Auriacombe, cond
  • Brian, Havergal: English Suite No.1: III Under the Beech Tree, New Russia State SO/ Alexander Walker, cond
  • Brian, Havergal: Gothic Symphony No.1: Part 2 (excerpt), Slovak PO and Choir, Slovak Radio SO, Slovak Opera Chorus/ Ondrej Lenard, cond
  • Sorabji, Kaikhosru Shapurji: Opus Clavicembalisticum, KSS 50: I. Introito, John Ogdon, pno
  • Sorabji, Kaikhosru Shapurji: Sequentia Cyclica KSS 71, Jonathan Powell, pno
  • Lloyd, George: HMS Trinadad March, Black Dyke Mills Band/ David King cond
  • Lloyd, George: Psalm 130, Exon Singers/ Matthew Owens, cond
  • Adams, John Luther: Songbirdsongs - VI Apple Blossom Round, Callithumpian Consort/ Stephen Drury, cond
  • Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean, Seattle Symphony/ Ludovic Morlot, cond
  • Satie, Erik: Gnossienne No.1 (arr. for guitar), Otto Tolonen, gtr

  • 25th February

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  • Rachmaninov Prelude in C sharp minor op3/2 Rachmaninov pno
  • Chopin Piano Sonata no 2 in B flat minor op 35 Funeral March Rachmaninov pno
  • Henselt Si oiseau j;etais Etude in F sharp mimor op 2/6 Rachmaninov pno
  • Rachmaninov Preludes in E op32 no 3 , in F minor op 32 no 6 , in F op 32 no 7 Rachmaninov pno
  • Rachmaninov Prelude in G flat major op23/10 Rachmaninov pno
  • Rachmaninov Daisies Rachmaninov pno
  • Rachmaninov Lilacs Rachmaninov pno
  • Schubert arr Rachmaninov Das Wandern from Die Schone Mullerin Rachmaninov pno
  • Mendelssohn arr Rachmaninov Scherzo from Midsummer Nights Dream Rachmaninov pno
  • Schumann Carnaval Rachmaninov pno
  • Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 2 first movement Rachmaninov pno Philadelphia / Leopold Stokowski
  • Kreisler arr Rachmaninov Liebeslied and Liebefreud Rachmaninov pno
  • Chopin Scherzo no 3 in C sharp minor Rachmaninov pno
  • Rimsky Korsakov Flight of the Bumble Bee Rachmaninov pno

  • 18th February

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  • Gounod, Charles: Symphony No.1 in D. Saint Paul CO/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Gounod, Charles: Six Melodies for Horn. Barry Tuckwell, horn, Daniel Blumenthal, pno.
  • Gounod, Charles: Venise. Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Gounod, Charles: Choral Mass in G minor. Marie-Claire Alain, org. Lausanne Vocal Ensemble/Michel Corboz.
  • Gounod, Charles: Judex (Mors et Vita). Richard Hickox Orch/Richard Hickox.
  • Gounod, Charles: St. Cecilia Mass: Sanctus. Roberto Alagna, ten. City of Toulouse Choir, City of Toulouse Orch, Petits Chanteurs a la Croix Potencee/Michel Plasson.
  • Gounod, Charles: Faust: Jewel Song. Renee Fleming, sop. English CO/Jeffrey Tate.
  • Gounod, Charles: Faust: Salut! Demeure chaste et pure. Jussi Bjoerling, ten. RCA Italiana Opera Orch/Renato Cellini.
  • Gounod, Charles: Romeo et Juliette: Je veux vivre dans le reve. Emma Matthews, sop. Melbourne SO/Andrea Molino.
  • Gounod, Charles: Romeo & Juliette: Ah! leve-toi, soleil. Fernando de la Mora, ten. Welsh National Opera Orch/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Gounod, Charles: Ave Verum. Uni of Phillipines Madrigal singers/Andrea O Veneracion.
  • Gounod, Charles: D'un coeur qui t'aime. Ann Murray, m-sop., Dame Felicity Lott, sop., Graham Johnson, pno.
  • Gounod, Charles: Drinking in the shade. Philip Langridge, ten., Roger Vignoles, pno.
  • Gounod, Charles: Ou voulez-vous aller? (Where are you going?). Nicolai Gedda, ten., Pieralba Soroga, pno.
  • Gounod, Charles: O Divine Redeemer. Charlotte Page, sop. London Salon Ensemble .