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Episode 1

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 27 June 2011

Penny Gore presents a week of light music in its many guises, continuing the celebrations of the Light Fantastic Weekend.

Featuring performances from the BBC Orchestras and brass music from the Cory Band, you can hear a daily Rossini Overture plus a whole range of music at the popular end of the classical spectrum - from the enduring popular Italian classics of Verdi and Puccini, via the sweeping film scores of Korngold and Steiner, to the much-loved British works of Elgar, John Ireland and Eric Coates.

Our Thursday Opera Matinee takes a stroll on the lighter side too with the quintessentially British partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan and their comic masterpiece, The Mikado. The Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davies, relishes the chance to perform this joyous Japanese jape.

In today's programme, the BBC Concert Orchestra is joined by soprano Svetlana Ignatovich and tenor Ben Johnson to open a box of Italian delights. Johannes Wildner conducts a concert of well-known arias from Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti and Tosti, and kicks off with the legendary Overture to Rossini's last opera, William Tell.

Music Played

21 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Gioachino Rossini

    Gioachino Rossini 'Overture' from William Tell

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Gaetano Donizetti

    Gaetano Donizetti 'Una Furtiva lagrima' from L' Elisir d'amore

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi 'Overture' from Aida

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini 'Che gelida manina', 'Mi chiamano Mimi', and 'O soave fanciulla' from La Boheme

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor) Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano)

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini 'Un Bel di vedremo' from Madama Butterfly

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano)

  • Image for Leroy Anderson

    Leroy Anderson Plink plank plunk

    Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Performer: Students from Hertfordshire and London Schools

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi 'Overture' from La Forza del destino

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi 'Pace, pace, mio Dio', from La Forza del destino

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano) Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Francesco Cilea

    Francesco Cilea 'E la solita storia del pastore' from L' Arlesiana

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini 'O mio babbino caro' from Gianni Schicchi

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano) Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Sir Paolo Tosti

    Sir Paolo Tosti L' Alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini 'Intermezzo' from Manon Lescaut

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Sir Paolo Tosti

    Sir Paolo Tosti Ridonami la calma

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Image for Pietro Mascagni

    Pietro Mascagni 'Intermezzo' from Cavalleria rusticana

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Sir Paolo Tosti

    Sir Paolo Tosti Marechiare (Neapolitan serenade)

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi 'Libiamo, libiamo ne' lieti calici' from La Traviata

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor) Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano)

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini 'Vissi d'arte' from Tosca

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Svetlana Ignatovich (Soprano)

  • Image for Sir Paolo Tosti

    Sir Paolo Tosti La Serenata

    Conductor: Johannes Wildner Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Ben Johnson (Tenor)

  • Image for Eric Coates

    Eric Coates The Jester at the wedding

    Conductor: John Wilson Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

  • Image for John Malcolm

    John Malcolm Non-stop

    Conductor: John Wilson Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

  • Image for Fred Hartley

    Fred Hartley Rouge et noir

    Conductor: John Wilson Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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