Louise Fryer presents a week featuring some of the leading musicians of our age. Later in the week, Claudio Abbado conducts his all-star Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Bruckner and Nikolaus Harnoncourt inspires his epoch-making Concentus Musikus, Wien in Haydn and Schubert. Also Simon Rattle directs the strings of the Berlin Philharmonic in Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht and today the unassuming master, Herbert Blomstedt conducts Brahms. Also today, Jordi Savall presents a sequence of music in celebration of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat. And, each afternoon, there's a mouth-watering scene from Rameau's colourful opéra-ballet, Les Indes galantes. All the recordings were made at continental Europe's leading music festivals.
Rameau Les Indes galantes, opera-ballet (1736 version)
Hébé, the goddess of youth, laments the seduction of idle youths by Bellone, the goddess of war, who promises them glory in battle. Hébé calls on Cupid to send his winged followers throughout the world to search for true love.
Hebé..... Stéphanie Révidat (soprano),
Bellone..... Aimery Lefèvre (bass-baritone),
L'Amour..... Valérie Gabail (soprano),
Valère, Tacmas..... François Geslot (countertenor),
Le Choeur du Marais,
La Simphonie du Marais
Hugo Reyne (director)
Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op 77
Frank Peter Zimmermann, (violin),
NDR Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)
El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat - Songs and dances in honour of the Black Virgin of Montserrat
Jordi Savall and La Capella Reial de Catalunya recreate a sequence of music from the 14th century in honour of the Black Virgin of Montserrat.