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Rolando Villazon, Catrin Finch, Elin Manahan Thomas, Paul McCreesh

Presented by Sean Rafferty. With guests including tenor Rolando Villazon, harpist Catrin Finch with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, plus conductor Paul McCreesh.

As we get into the festive spirit, there's live music today from a composer who, for many, epitomises Christmas thanks to his world-famous choral pieces and arrangements - John Rutter. Some of his music will be performed live in the studio by harpist Catrin Finch, who has just releaed a new CD of Rutter's music called "Blessing". She is joined by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas.

Mexican lyric tenor Rolando Villazon visits the studio ahead of La Boheme at the Royal Opera House and conductor of the Gabrieli Consort Paul McCreesh discusses his upcoming concert at the 2012 Spitalfields Winter Festival.

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2 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Tamerlano - opera in 3 acts

    Performer: Paul MCCREESH - Director Performer: Rolando VILLAZON - Tenor Performer: Gabrieli Consort

    • DG RECORDS.
    • 477-8854.
  • Franz Schubert

    Quintet in A major D.667 (Trout) for piano, violin, viola, cello & db

    Performer: Schubert Ensemble Of London

    • CHAMPS HILL.
    • CHRCD-007.
  • John Rutter

    A Clare benediction

    Performer: Catrin FINCH - Harp Performer: Elin MANAHAN THOMAS - Soprano

  • Interview: Catrin Finch and Elin Manahan Thomas

  • Traditional Welsh

    Beth yw'r haf I mi

    Arranger: John Rutter Performer: Catrin FINCH - Harp Performer: Elin MANAHAN THOMAS - Soprano

  • Interview: Catrin Finch and Elin Manahan Thomas

  • George Frideric Handel

    Eternal source of light - birthday ode for Queen Anne

    Conductor: Harry CHRISTOPHERS Performer: Elin Manahan THOMAS - Soprano Performer: Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment

    • HELIODOR.
    • 476-5970.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Guitare Op.28 for violin and piano

    Conductor: Kees BAKELS Performer: Jean-Jacques KANTOROW - Violin Performer: Pierre-Alain VOLONDAT - Piano Performer: Tapiola Sinfonietta

    • BIS.
    • SACD1890.
    • -7.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Ceremony of carols Op.28 for boys' voices and harp

    Performer: Catrin FINCH - Harp Performer: Elin MANAHAN THOMAS - Soprano

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no. 38 in D major K.504 (Prague)

    Conductor: Charles MACKERRAS Performer: Prague Chamber Orchestra

    • SUPRAPHON.
    • 11-0757 2.
  • Interview: Rolando Villazon

  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - opera in 4 acts

    Conductor: Bertrand de BILLY Performer: Rolando VILLAZON - Tenor Performer: Bavarian State Orchestra

    • DG RECORDS.
    • 477-8854.
  • Interview: Rolando Villazon

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio - dramma in 2 acts

    Conductor: Gianandrea NOSEDA Performer: Rolando VILLAZON - Tenor Performer: Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra

    • DG.
    • 477 9460.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Farnace - opera RV.711

    Performer: Jordi SAVALL - Director Performer: Le CONCERT DES NATIONS

    • Naïve.
    • V5273.
  • William Walton

    Concerto for viola and orchestra

    Conductor: Ilan VOLKOV Performer: Lawrence POWER - Violin Performer: BBC Scottish S O

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA-67587.
  • Muzio Clementi

    Sonata in F sharp minor Op.25`5 for piano [1790]

    Performer: Tra Nguyen - Piano

  • Interview: Tra Nguyen

  • Joachim Raff

    Annäherung (Reconciliation) from 'Frühlingsboten' (Spring Harbinger) op.55

    Performer: Tra Nguyen - Piano

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in A major RV.519, Op.3`5 for 2 violins and orchestra

    Performer: Daniel STABRAWA - Violin Performer: Nigel KENNEDY - Violin Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    • EMI CLASSICS.
    • 557-8592.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Warum toben die Heiden SWV.23 for 2 choirs and continuo

    Performer: Paul MCCREESH - Director Performer: Gabrieli Consort

    • ARCHIV.
    • 463-046-2.
  • Interview: Paul McCreesh

  • Andrea Gabrieli

    Mass for 16 voices [4 choirs] [1587]

    Performer: Paul MCCREESH - Director Performer: Gabrieli Consort Performer: Gabrieli Players

    • Signum.
    • SIGCD 287.
  • Franz Schubert

    6 Moments musicaux D.780 for piano

    Performer: Tra Nguyen - Piano

  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony no. 94 in G major H.1.94 (Surprise)

    Conductor: Pierre MONTEUX Performer: London S O.

    • DECCA.
    • 480 4726.

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