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10/11/2011 Wissam Boustany, Aleksander Szram, John Harle, Alec Roth, Vikram Seth

With Sean Rafferty. Music from flautist Wissam Boustany and pianist Aleksander Szram, and chat with conductor/saxophonist John Harle and writer Vikram Seth with composer Alec Roth.

Presented by Sean Rafferty.

Flautist Wissam Boustany has forged a successful international career as a soloist, yet alongside his busy concert schedule is heavily involved with charity initiatives using music to promote peace. He performs live in the studio with his regular collaborator Aleksander Szram ahead of appearances at the Wimbledon Music Festival.

John Harle is best known as a saxophonist and composer, but is also an acclaimed conductor. He talks to Sean from Newcastle about conducting Percy Grainger ahead of his Gateshead concert with the Northern Sinfonia and the Kathryn Tickell Band.

Sean talks to composer Alec Roth and writer Vikram Seth about their fruitful musical collaborations. Since 2006 they have worked together on a project of four major works, and this culminates with the publication of Seth's libretti texts and a premiere concert by Ex Cathedra at Town Hall, Birmingham this month.

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2 hours

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance No.1 in C

    Performer: Chamber Orchestra of Europe Performer: Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    • Teldec 8573810382.
  • LIVE

    • Edward Gregson

      Aztec Dances (1st and 2nd mvts)

      Performer: Wissam Boustany (flute) Performer: Aleksander Szram (piano)

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    The Force of Destiny (overture)

    Performer: La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Riccardo Muti (conductor)

    • Sony SK68468.
  • François Couperin

    Seconde Courante (Premiere livre de pieces de clavecin)

    Performer: Oliver Baumont (harpsichord)

    • Warner 2564641762.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.97 in C (Finale)

    Performer: Orchestra of the 18th Century Performer: Franz Bruggen (conductor)

    • Philips 4685462.
  • LIVE

    • Mel Bonis

      Flute Sonata (1st mvt)

      Performer: Wissam Boustany (flute) Performer: Aleksander Szram (piano)

    • Boustany

      "… And the Wind Whispered…"

      Performer: Wissam Boustany (flute)

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Deh, vieni (The Marriage of Figaro)

    Performer: Renee Fleming (Susanna) Performer: Orchestra of St Luke’s Performer: Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

    • Decca 4526022.
  • Franz Schubert

    Klavierstucke No.1 in E flat minor D946

    Performer: Alfred Brendel (piano)

    • Philips 4220752.
  • Lluis Benejam

    Saxophone Concerto (finale)

    Performer: John Harle (alto saxophone) Performer: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra Performer: Lawrence Foster (conductor)

    • Claves CD509808.
  • Edvard Grieg

    To Spring Op.43 No.6

    Performer: Percy Grainger (piano)

    • Apr-01.
  • Percy Grainger

    Shepherd's Hey (excerpt)

    Performer: Kathryn Tickell Band Performer: Northern Sinfonia Performer: John Harle (conductor)

    • BBC Recording.
  • Alec Roth

    Flash (from Shared Ground)

    Performer: Ex Cathedra Performer: Jeffrey Skidmore (director)

    • Signum SIGCD270.
  • Alec Roth

    Hymn to Gaia II

    Performer: Ex Cathedra Performer: Jeffrey Skidmore (director)

    • Signum SIGCD270.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Silken ladder (Overture)

    Performer: The London Classical Players Performer: Sire Roger Norrington (conductor)

    • EMI 7540912.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Minnelied, op 71 no 5

    Performer: Truls Mork, cello Performer: Juhani Lagerspetz, piano

    • Virgin 5-45052-2.


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