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Episode 2

Louise Fryer presents music centring on the ancient Greek myth of Phaedra. With Szymanowski: Penthesilea; Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (excerpts); Pizzetti: Fedra.

Louise Fryer presents music inspired by ancient Greek myth, with works centring on the story of Phaedra. While she is sometimes portrayed as one of the least savoury of many of the mythical characters, she was made deeply sympathetic in Pizzetti's opera Fedra, which was the hit of the season at La Scala, Milan, in 1915 and was revived in 2007-08 by the Montpellier Festival.

Szymanowski: Penthesilea
Izabella Klosinska (soprano)
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Lukasz Borowicz (conductor)

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (excerpts)
Annick Massis (soprano)
Concerto Koln
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding (conductor)

Pizzetti: Fedra
Fedra ...... Hasmik Papian (soprano)
Teseo, her husband ...... Gustavo Porta (tenor)
Ippolito, his son ...... Chang-Han Lim (baritone)
Etra ...... Christine Knorren (contralto)
Other roles sung by Martin Tzonev (baritone), Mihaela Binder-Ungureanu (mezzo-soprano), Uran Urtnasan-Cozzoli (soprano) and Tomislav Lucic (bass)
Latvian Radio Chorus
Opera Junior Children's Chorus
Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon
Enrique Mazzola (conductor)

Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Orpheus and Eurydice (arr. for piano by Sgambati)
Nelson Freire (piano)

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