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24/02/2011 Madame Butterfly, Di Xiao

Sean Rafferty talks to director David Freeman about his production of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, with excerpts sung by members of the cast. Plus music from pianist Di Xiao.

Presented by Sean Rafferty.
Sean talks to director David Freeman about his production of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, being performed soon at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Soprano Jee Hyun Lim (Butterfly) and James Edwards (Pinkerton) sing excerpts. Chinese pianist Di Xiao performs live in the studio ahead of a lunchtime concert at London's St. Martin-in-the-Fields church.
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2 hours

Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    L'Orfeo: Toccata

    Performer: Chiaroscuro Performer: Nigel Rogers (director)

    • EMI CDC 747142.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Cherevichki (Polonaise from Act 3, Scene 3)

    Performer: USSR Academic Symphony Orchestra Performer: Yevgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

    • OLYMPIA OCD136.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in F K.332 (3rd movement)

    Performer: Di Xiao (piano)

    • Ecstasy 08DX01.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Madame Butterfly (Introduction)

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra Performer: Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

    • Deutsche Grammophon 4235672.
  • LIVE

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Madamde Butterfly ("Un bel di")

      Performer: Jee Hyun Lim (Butterfly) Performer: Stephen Maughan (piano)

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Madame Butterfly (Viene la sera)

      Performer: Jee Hyun Lim (Butterfly) Performer: James Edwards (Pinkerton) Performer: Stephen Maughan (piano)

  • Zavateri

    Concerto in G, Tempesta di Mare

    Performer: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Performer: Gottfried von der Goltz (director)

    • DHM 05472 77352 2.
  • Edward Elgar


    Performer: New Philharmonia Orchestra Performer: Sir John Barbirolli (conductor)

    • EMI 3 67921 2.
  • [traditional]

    La Folia (Improvisation)

    Performer: L’Arpeggiata Performer: Christina Pluhar (director)

    • Alpha 512.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Mazurek, Op.49

    Performer: Vaclav Hudecek (violin) Performer: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

    • Supraphon SU 3330-2 031.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo (Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte)

    Performer: Magdalena Kozena (soprano) Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra Performer: Andrea Marcon (director)

    • ARCHIV 477 6547.
  • LIVE

    • Jean Sibelius

      Impromptu Op.5 No.5

      Performer: Di Xiao (piano)

    • Traditional Chinese

      Autumn Moon on a calm lake

      Arranger: Peixun Chen Performer: Di Xiao (piano)

    • Maurice Ravel

      Alborada del Gracioso from Miroirs

      Performer: Di Xiao (piano)

  • Jean-Baptiste Barrière

    Sonata No.10 in G

    Performer: Thomas and Patrick Demenga (cellos)

    • ECM 465 341 2.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Wrong Note Rag, from Wonderful Town

    Performer: Kim Criswell (Ruth) and Audra McDonald (Eileen) Performer: London Voices (Tourists) Performer: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Performer: Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

    • EMI CDC5567532.
  • Alexander Borodin


    Arranger: Stokowski Performer: Ian Boughton (tenor) Performer: BBC Symphony Chorus Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra Performer: Geoffrey Simon (conductor)

    • CALA CACD1029.


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