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Episode 4

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 19 March 2009

Donald Macleod explores Donizetti's life and work, focusing on his plentiful non-operatic music. Including the song Amor marinaro - the kind of piece the composer claimed to dash off 'while the rice was cooking', an excerpt from the last of his 18 string quartets and part of the Requiem he wrote in memory of his friend and rival Vincenzo Bellini.

Amor marinaro (Soirees d'automne a l'Infrascati, 1837-9)
Dennis O'Neill (tenor)
Ingrid Surgenor (piano)
Naxos 8.557780, Tr 5

Concertino in G for cor anglais and orchestra (1816)
Agnes Girgas (cor anglais)
Camerata Budapest
Laszlo Kovacs (conductor)
Naxos 8.557492, Tr 8

String Quartet No 18 in E minor (1836) (Adagio; Minuetto, presto; Allegro giusto - alla polacca)
The Revolutionary Drawing Room:
Graham Cracknell, Adrian Butterfield (violins)
Peter Collyer (viola)
Angela East (cello)
CPO 999 282-2, Trs 10-12

Requiem (1835) (Dies irae; Tuba mirum; Judex ergo; Rex tremendae)
Cheryl Studer (soprano)
Aldo Baldin (tenor)
Jan Hendrik Rootering, John-Paul Bogart (basses)
Bamberg Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Miguel Angel Gomez-Martinez (conductor)
Orfeo C 172 881 A, Trs 5-8.

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