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Bettany Hughes

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 February 2013

As part of the BBC 2 and BBC Radio 3's Story of Music series, four prominent historians choose musical narratives inspired by different historical periods. From the myths of Ancient Greece and Egypt to scenes from the Bible, Ancient Worlds have caught the imagination of artists, musicians and poets throughout the ages. Historian Bettany Hughes explores these Ancient Worlds through the sounds of antiquity and the influence that they have had on composers across time. Including works by Beethoven, Debussy and Handel alongside recreations of Greek and Roman music.

Music Played

32 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven
    00:00

    Ludwig van Beethoven Coriolan - overture Op.62

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly Performer: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

    DECCA 4783492

  • Image for Camille Saint-Saëns
    00:07

    Camille Saint-Saëns Phaeton - symphonic poem Op.39

    Conductor: Charles Dutoit Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra

    LONDON 414 460-2

  • Image for John Blow
    00:16

    John Blow JOHN BLOW: Sappho to the Goddess of Love

    Performer: Anthony Rooley Performer: Emma Kirkby

    BIS CD173435

  • Image for [unknown]
    00:22

    [unknown] "Mona" (Lyrics by Sappho) - reconstruction of Ancient Greek music

    Performer: Arianna Savall Performer: Conrad Steinmann Performer: Ensemble Melpomen

    Harmonia Mundi HMC905263

  • Image for Esa-Pekka Salonen
    00:24

    Esa-Pekka Salonen 5 Images after Sappho for soprano and ensemble - no.2; Without warning

    Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen Performer: Dawn Upshaw Performer: London Sinfonietta

    Sony Classical SK89158

  • Image for Claude Debussy
    00:27

    Claude Debussy 6 Epigraphes antiques - no.5; Pour l'egyptienne

    Performer: Noriko Ogawa

    BIS CD195556

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
    00:31

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Egyptian nights - suite Op.61 - Night in Egypt; The Fall of Cleopatra; Roma militaris

    Conductor: Valery Polyansky Performer: Russian State Symphony Orchestra

    Chandos CHAN10056

  • Image for Claude Debussy
    00:42

    Claude Debussy Khamma - legende dansee, orch. Debussy & Koechlin

    Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier Performer: Ulster Orchestra

    Chandos Chan8903

  • Image for Unknown
    01:02

    Unknown Isis

    Performer: Synaulia

    Amiata Records ARNR 0302

  • Image for Karol Szymanowski
    01:06

    Karol Szymanowski Penthesilea Op.18 for soprano and orchestra

    Conductor: Antoni Wit Performer: Iwona Hossa Performer: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

    Naxos, 8570724

  • Image for Claudio Monteverdi
    01:12

    Claudio Monteverdi Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria - opera in a prologue and 3 acts - Act 2; Sinfonia

    Conductor: Rene Jacobs Performer: Concerto Vocale

    Harmonia Mundi HMC90142729

  • Image for Jacques Offenbach
    01:15

    Jacques Offenbach La Belle Helene - operetta in 3 acts - Finale

    Conductor: Michel Plasson Performer: Choir and Orchestra of the Capitole de Toulouse Performer: Jessye Norman

    EMI CDS7471578

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    01:19

    George Frideric Handel Saul - oratorio in 3 acts - Lord, whose mercies numberless; Symphony

    Performer: Andreas Scholl Performer: Paul Mccreesh Performer: Gabrieli Consort

    ARCHIVE ARCHIV-4745102

  • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams
    01:25

    Ralph Vaughan Williams Flos campi - suite for viola, small chorus and orchestra - movements I and II

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia Performer: Richard Hickox Orchestra

    CHANDOS CHAN-9392

  • Image for [unknown]
    01:30

    [unknown] Byzantine Kondakion (Canticle) "L'Ordre Mysterieux" from Akathistos Hymn

    Performer: Lycourgos Angelopoulos Performer: Greek Byzantine Choir

    Playasound PS651189

  • Image for Guillaume Dufay
    01:37

    Guillaume Dufay O tres piteulx/Omnes amici - motet (Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantinopolitan

    Conductor: David Munrow Performer: Early Music Consort of London

    Virgin Veritas VED5612842

  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau
    01:40

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Zoroastre - tragedie en musique - Overture

    Performer: Christophe Rousset Performer: Les Talens Lyriques

    Oiseua Lyre 4552932

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven
    00:02

    Ludwig van Beethoven Coriolan - overture Op.62

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly. Performer: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

    DECCA : 4783492, Decca, 1

  • Image for Camille Saint-Saëns
    00:10

    Camille Saint-Saëns Phaeton - Symphonic poem Op.39

  • Image for John Blow, Anonymous & Esa-Pekka Salonen
    00:20

    John Blow, Anonymous & Esa-Pekka Salonen Sappho to the Goddess of Love; "Mona" (Lyrics by Sappho); Without warning

  • Image for Claude Debussy
    00:33

    Claude Debussy 6 Epigraphes antiques - no.5; Pour l'egyptienne

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
    00:38

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Egyptian nights Op.61 - Night in Egypt; The Fall of Cleopatra; Roma militaris

  • Image for Claude Debussy
    00:49

    Claude Debussy Khamma - legende dansee, orch. Debussy & Koechlin

  • Image for Unknown
    01:10

    Unknown Isis

  • Image for Karol Szymanowski
    01:15

    Karol Szymanowski Penthesilea Op.18 for soprano and orchestra

  • Image for Claudio Monteverdi
    01:22

    Claudio Monteverdi Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria - opera in a prologue and 3 acts - Act 2; Sinfonia

  • Image for Jacques Offenbach
    01:25

    Jacques Offenbach La Belle Helene - operetta in 3 acts - Finale

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    01:31

    George Frideric Handel Saul - oratorio in 3 acts - Lord, whose mercies numberless; Symphony

  • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams
    01:36

    Ralph Vaughan Williams Flos campi - suite for viola, small chorus and orchestra - movements I and II

  • Image for [unknown]
    01:44

    [unknown] Byzantine Kondakion (Canticle) "L'Ordre Mysterieux" from Akathistos Hymn

  • Image for Guillaume Dufay
    01:50

    Guillaume Dufay Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae) for 4 voices

  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau
    01:54

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Zoroastre - tragedie en musique - Overture

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