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Fiona Talkington

Fiona Talkington presents listeners' requests, including performances by sopranos Victoria de los Angeles and Gundula Janowitz, and countertenor Alfred Deller.

Vintage singing features heavily in this week's picks, with performances by Victoria de los Angeles, counter-tenor Alfred Deller, and Gundula Janowitz's much-loved recording of Strauss's Four Last Songs. Plus composer John Metcalf on why Ravel's Piano Concerto is his idea of musical heaven, and an unusual version of Saint-Saëns's orchestral favourite 'Danse Macabre'. With Fiona Talkington.

2 hours

Last on

Sun 7 Nov 2010 14:00

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Danse Macabre (vocal version)

    Performer: José van Dam (bass-baritone), Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)

    • EMI CDC7548182.
    • 1.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Kingdom (excerpt)

    Performer: Margaret Price (soprano), London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)

    • EMI DS7493812.
  • Jean Sibelius

    String Quartet in B flat major op 4 (1890)

    Performer: Tempera Quartet

    • BIS BIS CD 1466.
    • 2 to 6.
  • Parsons

    Air, Pandolpho

    Performer: Alfred Deller (counter-tenor), Desmond Dupré (lute)

    • VANGUARD 08 5094 71.
    • 9.
  • Manuel de Falla

    La Vida breve (excerpts)

    Performer: Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Stanford Robinson (conductor)

    • EMI CDH7640282.
    • 1 & 2.
  • Giya Kancheli

    Theme from King Lear; Main theme from Kin-Dza-Dza; Main theme from The Role for a Beginner

    Performer: Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon) Gidon Kremer (violin) Andrei Pushkarev (vibraphone)

    • ECM 2743230.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto – 2nd movement

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez (conductor)

    • DG 449 213-2.
    • 1 to 3.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Storm from 'Peter Grimes' (Sea Interludes)

    Performer: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN9221.
    • 37.
  • Felix Arndt

    Nola – A Silhouette

    Performer: New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)

    • HYPERION CDA67067.
    • 4.
  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs

    Performer: Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

    • DG 423 888-2.
    • 5 to 8.