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With Penny Gore. Balakirev: King Lear Overture. Tchaikovsky: Hamlet (excpts). Shostakovich: Hamlet, Op 32 (excpt). Verdi: Otello (excerpts). Finzi: Love's Labours Lost.

Theatre Music: Shakespeare
Penny Gore this week explores theatre music written for Shakespeare's plays. Today, a team of actors join the BBC Symphony Orchestra for specially recorded scenes from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. And these are preceded by the first Russian musical work written for a play by this 'inspired barbarian.' There's also a rare chance to hear Gerald Finzi's captivating music for a radio performance of Love's Labours Lost .

3 hours

Music Played

  • Balakirev

    Overture from King Lear

    Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Tito Ceccherini

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Overture and Act 1 from Hamlet Op. 67b

    Performer: Don Gilet (Hamlet) Performer: Harry Livingstone (Horatio) Performer: Patrick Brennan (Claudius/Bernardo/Ghost) Performer: Christine Absalom (Getrude) Performer: Gerard McDermott (Francisco & Marcellus) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Martyn Brabbins

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Hamlet Op. 32: Act 1 Incidental Music

    Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Martyn Brabbins

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Willow Song and Ave Maria from Otello

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda

  • Thomas Arne

    When daisies pied and violets blue

    Performer: Catherine Bott (soprano) Performer: The Parely of Instruments Conductor: Peter Holman

  • Gerald Finzi

    Love's Labours Lost songs op 28a

    Performer: Stephan Loges (baritone) Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Matthew Halls (conductor)

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    King Lear, Op 58a

    Performer: Patrick Brennan (Lear & Gloucester) Performer: Gerard McDermott (Fool & Albany) Performer: Tracy Wiles (Regan) Performer: Christine Absalom (Goneril) Performer: Don Gilet (Edmund) Performer: Harry Livingstone (Edgar & Cornwall) Performer: Vassily Savenko (baritone) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Tito Ceccherini

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