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2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 April 2010

Paris is a city with a rich musical life, past and present. Today, Iain Burnside explores the "city of light", the musicians who lived and worked there, Paris's concert halls, theatres and churches, and its educational institutions, including a wide range of music from Machaut to Messiaen, Ravel to Rameau, Piaf to Pierre Boulez.

Producer: Andrew Lyle.

Music Played

17 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Gordon Warren

    Gordon Warren A stranger in Paree

    Performers: Rudy Vallée & his Connecticut Yankees

    ASV CD AJA 5285

  • Image for André Messager

    André Messager Solo de Concours

    Performers: Michael Collins (clarinet), Kathryn Stott (piano)

    EMI 7243 56629028

  • Image for Gabriel Fauré

    Gabriel Fauré Requiem - Agnus Dei

    Edited: Rutter Performer: Winchester Cathedral Choir, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, David Hill (conductor)


  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 83 in G minor, H I/83 "La Poule" - First movement

    Performer: Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

    PHILIPS 4621112

  • Image for Francis Poulenc

    Francis Poulenc Montparnasse

    Performers: Felicity Lott (soprano), Pascal Rogé (piano)

    DECCA 475 9085

  • Image for Alstone, Chevalier

    Alstone, Chevalier Place Pigalle

    Performers: Maurice Chevalier (vocal), Jacques Helian and his orchestra

    ASV CD AJA 5285

  • Image for César Franck

    César Franck Chorale No. 3 in A minor

    Performer: Daniel Roth (Cavaillé-Coll organ of St. Sulpice)


  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Orage from Platée

    Performers: Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (conductor)

    DG 00289 477 5578

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Frédéric Chopin - Barcarolle Op. 60

    Performer: Alfred Cortot (piano)

    EMI CDH7610502, Track 31

  • Image for Lili Boulanger

    Lili Boulanger Pie Jesu

    Performers: Alain Fauqueur (treble), JJ Grunewald (organ), Orchestre Lamoureux, Igor Markevitch (conductor)

    EVEREST 9034

  • Image for Leonard, George

    Leonard, George Not exactly Paris

    Performer: Richard Rodney Bennett (vocals and piano)

    LINN AKD 260

  • Image for Jehan Alain

    Jehan Alain Litanies JA 119 (AWV 100)

    Performer: Marie-Claire Alain (organ in Basilica of St Christophe, Belfort)

    ERATO 3984 26996 2

  • Image for François Couperin

    François Couperin 3rd Lecon de Tenebre

    Performers: Patricia Petitbon, Sophie Daneman (sopranos), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (director)

    ERATO 0630 17067 2

  • Image for James Rhodes

    James Rhodes Jeux

    Performer: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Pierre Boulez (conductor)

    CBS CD42546

  • Image for Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse

    Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse La Belle Excentrique

    Performers: Aldo Ciccolini, Gabriel Tacchino (piano duet)

    EMI 7243 586430 2

  • Image for Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat, S.541 No.3

    Arranger: Uncredited Performers: Django Reinhardt (guitar), Stephane Grapelli (violin), Quintet of the Hot Club of France


  • Image for Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

    Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II - So long, farewell (The Sound of Music)

    Performers: Julie Andrews (Maria), Charmain Carr (Liesl), Nicholas Hammond (Freidrich), Heather Menzies (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta), Kym Karath (Gretl), UNCREDITED orchestra, Irwin Kostal (conductor)

    (The Sound of Music film soundtrack), RCA 07863679652, Track 11


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