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Graham Vick

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 October 2010

Graham Vick, Artistic Director of the Birmingham Opera Company, is one of the leading opera directors of our time. His productions have been seen all over the world, from La Scala, Milan and the Kirov in St Petersburg to Paris, Munich, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and all the major British opera houses. His pioneering work in Birmingham is seen to be at the forefront of the modernisation of opera, opening it up to new audiences.

As Graham Vick's work is primarily with opera, he prefers to relax by listening to a variety of vocal and instrumental music. His choices start with the 14th-century 'Messe de Notre Dame' by Guillaume de Machaut, and continue with the madrigal 'Vorrei baciarti' by Monteverdi. Then there's Chopin's Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.45, played by Benedetti Michelangeli, followed by an early afternoon Indian rag played by Ravi Shankar. The Finale of Beethoven's String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op.131, played by the Alban Berg Quartet precedes Graham Vick's only operatic selection - an extract from Mozart's 'Magic Flute', which for him is perhaps the most sublime example of a master craftsman at work. His programme ends with the final chorus from Leonard Bernstein's musical 'Candide', which sums up Graham Vick's philosophy of 'making our garden grow'.

Music Played

7 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Guillaume de Machaut

    Guillaume de Machaut Messe de notre Dame, Kyrie

    Performer: Esemble Organum, Marcel Péres (director)


  • Image for Claudio Monteverdi

    Claudio Monteverdi Vorrei baciarti (from Book 7 of the Madrigals)

    Performers: Sara Mingardo (alto), Monica Bacelli (mezzo soprano), Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini

    NAÏVE OP 30395

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Frédéric Chopin - Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 45

    Performer: Michelangeli (piano)

    DG 469 820-2

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Raga Shudh Sarang [an early afternoon rag]

    Performer: Ravi Shankar


  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op 131 (Finale, Allegro)

    Performers: Alban Berg Quartet

    EMI CDS 7471358

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Die Zauberflöte (Act II, scene 8)

    Performers: Evelyn Lear (Pamina), Fritz Wunderlich (Tamino), James King and Marrti Talvela (Armed Men), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

    DG 449 749-2

  • Image for Leonard Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein Make Our Garden Grow (finale of Candide)

    Performers: Robert Rounseville (Candide), Barbara Cook (Cunegonde), The Company, Original Broadway Cast recording, Samuel Krachmalnick (musical director)

    SONY SK 48017


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