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Episode 1

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 November 2012

In the first of two programmes, John Sessions presents a selection of music that is much-loved today, but at the time received terrible reviews, or had disastrous premieres. John recounts some of the most colourful reviews of works such as Ravel's string quartet, Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, Puccini's Tosca, and Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un Faune.

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20 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Sir William Gilbert
    00:00

    Sir William Gilbert Ruddigore, or The witch's curse - comic opera - Overture [compiled Geoffrey Toye]

    Composer: Arthur SULLIVAN Conductor: Simon PHIPPS Performer: New Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra

    THAT'S ENTERAINMENT CDVIR8316

  • Image for Tchaikovsky
    00:07

    Tchaikovsky Concerto in D major Op.35 for violin and orchestra - 1st movement; Allegro moderato - mode

    Conductor: Claudio ABBADO Performer: Maxim VENGEROV - Violin Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    TELDEC 4509908812

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven
    00:26

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 6 in F major Op.68 (Pastoral) - 2nd movement; Szene am Bach

    Conductor: Roger NORRINGTON Performer: London Classical Players

    VIRGIN CLASSICS 561 9432-5

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin
    00:38

    Frédéric Chopin Ballade no. 3 in A flat major Op.47 for piano

    Performer: Murray PERAHIA - Piano

    SONY CLASSICAL SK64 399

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
    00:45

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Symphony no. 1 in D major Op.25 (Classical)

    Conductor: Valery GERGIEV Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    PHILIPS 475-7655

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    00:58

    Giacomo Puccini Tosca - opera in 3 acts - Act 3; E lucevan le stelle [Cavaradossi]

    Conductor: Zubin MEHTA Performer: Placido DOMINGO - Tenor Performer: Orchestra Sinfonica Di Roma Della Rai

    TELDEC 0630-12372-2

  • Image for Claude Debussy
    01:02

    Claude Debussy Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

    Conductor: Vladimir ASHKENAZY Performer: Jeffrey KHANER - Flute Performer: Cleveland Orchestra

    DECCA 448 229-2

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    01:12

    Johannes Brahms Tragic overture Op.81

    Conductor: Herbert von KARAJAN Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 419-603-2

  • Image for Maurice Ravel
    01:27

    Maurice Ravel Quartet in F major for strings - 1st movement; Allegro moderato - tres doux

    Performer: Ysaye String Quartet

    DECCA 430 434-2

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    01:35

    Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Op.14 - 5th movement; Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat

    Conductor: Georg SOLTI Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    DECCA 436-839-2

  • Image for William Schwenck Gilbert
    00:01

    William Schwenck Gilbert Ruddigore, or The witch's curse - comic opera - Overture

  • Image for Tchaikovsky
    00:10

    Tchaikovsky Concerto in D major Op.35 for violin and orchestra - 1st movement

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven
    00:30

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 6 in F major Op.68 (Pastoral) - 2nd movement; Szene am Bach

  • Image for Frédéric Chopin
    00:43

    Frédéric Chopin Ballade no. 3 in A flat major Op.47 for piano

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
    00:51

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Symphony no. 1 in D major Op.25 (Classical) - 1st movement

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini
    01:06

    Giacomo Puccini Tosca - opera in 3 acts - Act 3; E lucevan le stelle

  • Image for Claude Debussy
    01:11

    Claude Debussy Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    01:23

    Johannes Brahms Tragic overture Op.81

  • Image for Maurice Ravel
    01:39

    Maurice Ravel Quartet in F major for strings - 1st movement; Allegro moderato - tres doux

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    01:48

    Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Op.14 - 5th movement; Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat

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