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Laura van der Heijden, La traviata

Presented by James Jolly. With cellist Laura van der Heijden, Ben Johnson and Corinne Winters on ENO's La traviata, and The Story of Music in 50 Pieces: Monterverdi's O mirtillo.

James Jolly with live music from BBC Young Musician 2012, cellist Laura van der Heijden. Tenor Ben Johnson, soprano Corinne Winters and conductor Michael Hofstetter drop in to talk about English National Opera's new production of Verdi's La traviata, and conductor John Storgards joins James down the line from Salford ahead of his concert with the BBC Philharmonic tomorrow night. Also today, another instalment in The Story of Music in 50 pieces. Composer Howard Goodall, in conversation with Suzy Klein, explores his personal choice of 50 compositions that changed the course of music history, every weekday at 5.30pm. The Story of Music continues in Essential Classics weekdays at 11am, and each episode is available as a download.
Today: Monteverdi's madrigal O mirtillo

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Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major

    Performer: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Performer: Donald Runnicles (conductor)

    • Telarc CD-80677.
  • Michael Tippett

    Deep River (from A Child of our Time)

    Performer: The Sixteen Performer: Harry Christophers (conductor)

    • CORO COR 16013.
  • George Gershwin

    It ain't necessarily so

    Arranger: Heifetz) Performer: Jascha Heifetz (violin) Performer: Emanuel Bay (piano)

    • DG 477 8168.
  • Interview

    • Laura van der Heijden

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Silent Woods, Op.68, No.5

    Performer: Laura van der Heijden (cello) Performer: Martin Bartlett (piano)

    • Live.
  • Interview

    • Laura van der Heijden & Martin Bartlett

  • David Popper

    Elfentanz Op.39

    Performer: Laura van der Heijden (cello) Performer: Martin Bartlett (piano)

    • Live.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Music for the Royal Fireworks: Overture

    Performer: The English Concert Performer: Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

    • Archiv 453 451-2.
  • Percy Grainger

    Traditional Medley

    Performer: Kathryn Tickell (pipes)

    • BBC Recording 15th July 2011.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Tänzchen im alten Stil

    Performer: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: John Storgårds (conductor)

    • Ondine ODE 1182-2.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    O mirtillo, mirtillo anima mia

    Performer: Concerto Italiano Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini

    • Opus 111 OPS 30-166.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata a 22

    Performer: Gabrieli Players Performer: Paul McCreesh

    • Brilliant Classics 93870.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Since she whom I loved (from The Holy sonnets of John Donne)

    Performer: Ben Johnson (tenor) Performer: Malcolm Martineau (piano)

    • Onyx 4071.
  • Interview

    • Ben Johnson, Corinne Winters, Michael Hofstetter

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Act 1 Prelude (from La Traviata)

    Performer: English National Opera Orchestra Performer: Charles Mackerras

    • Chandos CHAN 3022.
  • Interview

    • Ben Johnson, Corinne Winters, Michael Hofstetter

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Brindisi (from La Traviata)

    Performer: Valarie Masterson (Violetta) Performer: John Brecknock (Alfredo) Performer: English National Opera Orchestra Performer: Charles Mackerras

    • Chandos CHAN 3022.
  • Mons Leidvin Takle

    Festmusikk

    Performer: Christopher Herrick (Lay Family Concert Organ, Dallas)

    • Hyperion CDA 67577.
  • Vagn Holmboe

    2nd mvt, Animato from (Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 53)

    Performer: Lapland Chamber Orchestra Performer: John Storgårds (conductor)

    • Da Capo 6.220621.
  • Interview

    • John Storgårds

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Cello Concerto No. 2 'Towards the Horizon' - 2nd mvt: Variations of the Theme (excerpt)

    Performer: Truls Mørk (cello) Performer: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: John Storgårds (conductor)

    • Ondine ODE 1178-2.
  • Interview

    • John Storgårds

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Suite from Petrushka: Dances of the…Wetnurses, Peasant & Bear, Gypsy Girls, Coachmen

    Performer: The Masqueraders

    • Sony 89025.

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