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Brigit Forsyth

Actress Brigit Forsyth selects music illustrating her love of the cello, by Bach, Shostakovich, Vivaldi, Moeran and Glass, from Jacqueline du Pre, Casals and Rostropovich.

A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters continues with a diverse selection of music by actress and cellist Brigit Forsyth, illustrating her love of the cello. The programme includes works by Bach, Fauré, Shostakovich, Vivaldi, Moeran and Philip Glass, and features performances from some of Brigit's favourite cellists, including Jacqueline de Pré, Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich and Beatrice Harrison.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Variations on a rococo theme Op.33 for cello and orchestra - Variation 7 & coda

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich - Cello Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 413 819-2.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Sonata in D minor Op.40 for cello and piano - 4th movement; Allegretto

    Performer: Benjamin Britten - Piano Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich - Cello

    • BBC Legends.
    • 4263-2.
  • Max Bruch

    Kol nidrei Op.47 for cello and orchestra

    Performer: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Performer: Pieter Wispelwey - Cello

    • CCS SA-16501.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G minor RV.531 for 2 cellos and orchestra

    Conductor: Giovanni Antonini Performer: Christophe Coin - Cello Performer: Paolo Beschi - Cello Performer: Il Giardino Armonico

    • EMI.
    • CDC5 65955-2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Notturno Trio in E flat major, D.897

    Ensemble: Vienna Piano Trio.

    Performer: Florestan Piano Trio

    • CDA-67273.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 7 in A major Op.92 - 2nd movement; Allegretto

    Conductor: Bernard Haitink Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • LSO.
    • 0078.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell - opera in 4 acts - Overture

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein Performer: New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    • MYK 44719.
  • Edward Elgar

    Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36 for orchestra - Variation 7; Troyte

    Conductor: Simon Rattle Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • CDC5 55001-2.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Chanson hindou [from Sadko], arr. B Harrison for cello solo

    Performer: Beatrice Harrison - Cello

    • HMV.
    • B2470.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Elegie Op.24 for cello and piano

    Performer: Gerald Moore - Piano Performer: Jacqueline Du Pre - Cello

    • EMI.
    • CDC5 65955-2.
  • E J Moeran - Concerto for cello and orchestra - 3rd movement; Allegretto deciso, alla marc

    Conductor: Norman Del Mar Performer: Raphael Wallfisch - Cello Performer: Bournemouth Sinfonietta

  • Alexander Borodin

    Quartet no. 2 in D major for strings - 3rd movement; Nocturne

    Performer: Borodin String Quartet

    • EMI.
    • CDC7 47795-2.
  • Philip Glass

    Concerto for cello and orchestra - 3rd Movement

    Conductor: Gerard Schwartz Performer: Julian Lloyd Webber - Cello Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    • CCS SA-16501.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite no. 6 in D major BWV.1012 for cello solo - Prelude

    Performer: Pablo Casals - Cello

    • EMI.
    • CDM7 61027-2.
  • Al Kooper

    South American Getaway [Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid], arr. Walter Despalj for 12 cell

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Cellists

    • EMI.
    • CDC5 56981-2.
  • Astor Piazzolla


    Performer: Antonio Agri - Violin Performer: Hector Console - Double bass Performer: Horacio Malvicino - Guitar Performer: Leonardo Marconi - Piano Performer: Nestor Marconi - Bandoneon Performer: Yo Yo Ma - Cello

    • SONY.
    • SK 63122.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Flight of the bumble-bee, arr. McFerrin

    Performer: Bobby Mcferrin - Singer Performer: Yo Yo MA - Cello

    • SK48177.
    • 3.