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24/05/2011 - Alan Curtis, Donna Leon, Brodsky Quartet

With Sean Rafferty. Conductor Alan Curtis and author Donna Leon discuss their passion for Handel's operas. The Brodsky Quartet perform Ravel ahead of their concert at Wigmore Hall.

Sean Rafferty interviews conductor Alan Curtis and author Donna Leon about their shared passion for Handel's operas. Alan Curtis is conducting the baroque orchestra Il Complesso Barocco performing Handel's Ariodante at the Barbican later this week. He has also conducted Il Complesso Barocco in a CD that accompanies the book 'Handel's Bestiary: In Search of Handel's Operas' - written by Donna and inspired by her interest in Handel's arias which reference animals and animal symbolism.

Also on the programme the Brodsky Quartet perform Ravel and Falla live in the studio. They talk to Sean about their return to Wigmore Hall where they will perform a programme from the early twentieth century featuring Turina, Ravel and Bartok.

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2 hours

Music Played

  • Falla

    Danza Espanola (from La vida breve)

    Performer: Brodsky Quartet

    • Teldec 2292460152.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon Vigesimaottava a 8

    Performer: His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts

    • SFZ music SFZM0209.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Qual leon chef ere irato (from Arianna in Creta) from "Handel's Bestiary" book

    Performer: Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)

  • George Frideric Handel

    Fuor di periglio (from Floridante) from "Handel's Bestary" book

    Performer: Karina Gauvin (soprano) Performer: Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano) Performer: Il Complesso Barocco Performer: Alan Curtis

  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in B flat K.248

    Performer: Alan Curtis (harpsichord)

    • Virgin 5455462.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Con l'ali di costanza (from Ariodante)

    Performer: Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano) Performer: Il Complesso Barocco Performer: Alan Curtis

    • Virgin 50999 07084423.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Bramo aver mille vite (from Ariodante)

    Performer: Karina Gauvin (soprano) Performer: Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano) Performer: Il Complesso Barocco

    • Alan Curtis.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No.2: Finale – Moderato e maestoso

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Leonard Slatkin

    • RCA 82876603892.
  • LIVE

    • Turina

      La Oración del Torero (The Bullfighter's Prayer)

      Performer: Brodsky Quartet

    • Falla

      Nana (from 7 Popular Spanish Songs)

      Performer: Brodsky Quartet

    • Maurice Ravel

      String Quartet – 1st mvt: Allegro moderato – tres doux

      Performer: Brodsky Quartet

    • Falla

      Polo (from 7 Popular Spanish Songs)

      Performer: Brodsky Quartet

  • Sullivan

    To a garden full of posies (from Ruddigore)

    Performer: Pamela Bowden (contralto) Performer: The Pro-Arte Orchestra Performer: Malcolm Sargent

    • EMI 7644122.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Klavierstucke (Piano Pieces), Op. 118

    Performer: Dejan Lazic (piano)

    • Channel Classics CCS SA 27609.

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