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John Sessions presents music that is popular today, but was originally received badly. With Ravel's String Quartet, Puccini's Tosca and Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune.

In the first of two programmes, John Sessions presents a selection of music that is much-loved today, but at the time received terrible reviews, or had disastrous premieres. John recounts some of the most colourful reviews of works such as Ravel's string quartet, Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, Puccini's Tosca, and Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un Faune.

2 hours

Music Played

  • William Gilbert

    Ruddigore, or The witch's curse - comic opera - Overture [compiled Geoffrey Toye]

    Composer: Arthur SULLIVAN Conductor: Simon PHIPPS Performer: New Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra

    • THAT'S ENTERAINMENT CDVIR8316.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Concerto in D major Op.35 for violin and orchestra - 1st movement; Allegro moderato - mode

    Conductor: Claudio ABBADO Performer: Maxim VENGEROV - Violin Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    • TELDEC 4509908812.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 6 in F major Op.68 (Pastoral) - 2nd movement; Szene am Bach

    Conductor: Roger NORRINGTON Performer: London Classical Players

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS 561 9432-5.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade no. 3 in A flat major Op.47 for piano

    Performer: Murray PERAHIA - Piano

    • SONY CLASSICAL SK64 399.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony no. 1 in D major Op.25 (Classical)

    Conductor: Valery GERGIEV Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • PHILIPS 475-7655.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Tosca - opera in 3 acts - Act 3; E lucevan le stelle [Cavaradossi]

    Conductor: Zubin MEHTA Performer: Placido DOMINGO - Tenor Performer: Orchestra Sinfonica Di Roma Della Rai

    • TELDEC 0630-12372-2.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

    Conductor: Vladimir ASHKENAZY Performer: Jeffrey KHANER - Flute Performer: Cleveland Orchestra

    • DECCA 448 229-2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Tragic overture Op.81

    Conductor: Herbert von KARAJAN Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 419-603-2.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Quartet in F major for strings - 1st movement; Allegro moderato - tres doux

    Performer: Ysaye String Quartet

    • DECCA 430 434-2.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique Op.14 - 5th movement; Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat

    Conductor: Georg SOLTI Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    • DECCA 436-839-2.
  • William Schwenck Gilbert

    Ruddigore, or The witch's curse - comic opera - Overture

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Concerto in D major Op.35 for violin and orchestra - 1st movement

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 6 in F major Op.68 (Pastoral) - 2nd movement; Szene am Bach

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade no. 3 in A flat major Op.47 for piano

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony no. 1 in D major Op.25 (Classical) - 1st movement

  • Giacomo Puccini

    Tosca - opera in 3 acts - Act 3; E lucevan le stelle

  • Claude Debussy

    Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

  • Johannes Brahms

    Tragic overture Op.81

  • Maurice Ravel

    Quartet in F major for strings - 1st movement; Allegro moderato - tres doux

  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique Op.14 - 5th movement; Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat

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