Louise Fryer presents a performance of Puccini's Turandot, given at the Les Choregies d'Orange Festival 2012. Plus the BBC SSO in a piano concerto by Alkan.
Presented by Louise Fryer.
From the Les Chorégies d'Orange Festival 2012 we bring you a performance of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, his unfinished swan song from the opera stage. Michel Plasson conducts the French National Orchestra with a cast led by Lise Lindstrom in the title role as the Princess of ice in search of a suitable husband, and tenor Roberto Alagna as Prince Calaf, her brave suitor defying fate. Also today, following our week's theme of Romantic piano concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a short gem: Alkan's Concerto da camera No. 2 with virtuoso soloist Marc-André Hamelin, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins.
Turandot ..... Lise Lindstrom (soprano)
Liù ..... Maria Luigia Borsi (soprano)
Calaf ..... Roberto Alagna (tenor)
Timur ..... Marco Spotti (bass)
Imperator Altoum ..... Chris Merritt (tenor)
Ping ..... Marc Barrard (baritone)
Pang ..... Jean-François Borras (tenor)
Pong ..... Florian Laconi (tenor)
A Mandarin ..... Luc Bertin-Hugault (baritone).
Orchestre National de France,
Michel Plasson (conductor).
Charles-Valentin Alkan: Concerto da camera in C sharp minor. Op. 10 No. 2
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Martyn Brabbins (conductor).