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Richard Alston

Michael Berkeley talks to choreographer Richard Alston, whose musical choices include devotional works by Bach, Handel, Purcell and the Sufi tradition, plus Sinatra and Porter.

Michael Berkeley talks to choreographer Richard Alston, artistic director at The Place in London, who is celebrating his sixtieth birthday this autumn, with a special programme focusing on his work for male dancers, with pieces using music by Philip Glass and Hoagy Carmichael. Richard's musical choices range from devotional works by Bach, Handel, Purcell and the Sufi tradition to songs by Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter.

M Berkeley The Wakeful Poet (Music from Chaucer) (pub OUP)
Beaux-Arts Brass Quintet
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1. Britten Billy’s ballad (from Billy Budd, Act 4 [original 4 Act version])
Thomas Hampson (Billy), Hallé Orchestra/Kent Nagano
Billy Budd ERATO 3984-21631-2 CD2 T12

2. Handel O Lord whose mercies numberless (from Saul, Act 1, scene 5)
James Bowman (alto), The King’s Consort/Robert King
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4. Traditional Sufi Qawwali Maulah Ali Maulah Ali (Manqabat in Raga Bhairvi)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan NAVRAS NRCD7502 CD2 T1

5. Frank Sinatra In the wee small hours of the morning (Mann/Hilliard)
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6. Madeleine Peyroux This is heaven to me (Reardon/Schweikert) (from Careless Love)
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7. Fred Astaire After You Who? (Cole Porter, from The Gay Divorce)
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8. Purcell Thou knowest Lord the secrets of our hearts
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/Simon Preston
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9. Saint-Saens Piano Concerto no 5, (3rd movement, Molto Allegro)
Pascal Rogé (piano), Royal PO/Charles Dutoit
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10. Bach Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben (St Matthew Passion, Part 2)
Christine Schäfer (soprano), Robert Wolf (flute), Concentus musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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