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Romeo and Juliet

Rob Cowan explores interpretations of the story of Romeo and Juliet by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Gounod, Delius and Kabalevsky. Plus a Bach cantata: No 159 and Hartmann: Symphony No 2.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has inspired composers in many lands and from many periods. Today Rob Cowan looks at interpretations of the story from Berlioz, Tchaikowsky, Gounod, Delius and Kabalevsky. The Bach cantata this week is No. 159 Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem (Behold, let us go up to Jerusalem). This week's one movement symphony is No. 2, the Adagio, by Karl Amadeus Hartmann.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Fritz Kreisler

    La Chasse (after Cartier)

    Performer: Michael Rabin (violin), Brooks Smith (piano)

    • Testament.
    • SBT3 1470.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Zufriedenheit, Kv 473, Die Betrogene Welt, Kv 474

    Performer: Elly Ameling (soprano), Dalton Baldwin (piano) Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven Performer: Julius Katchen (piano), London Symphony Orchestra/Piero Gamba Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Performer: Philippe Herreweghe (director), Collegium Vocale Gent, Matthew White, Jan Kobow, Peter Kooy, Composer: Franz Liszt Performer: Clifford Curzon (piano)

    • Philips.
    • 422 524-2.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Rapsodie norvégienne

    Performer: Suisse Romande Ortchestra / Ernest Ansermet

    • Decca.
    • 480 0049.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Trio in B flat, D.28 'Sonata'

    Performer: Beaux Arts Trio

    • Philips.
    • 442 9375.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Romeo & Juliet: Queen Mab Scherzo

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Colin Davis

    • Philips.
    • 462 252-2.
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra / Antál Dorati

    • Mercury.
    • 475 6261.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Romeo et Juliette: L'amour, l'amour –Ah! Leve-foi!

    Performer: Nicolai Gedda (tenor), Philharmonia Orchestra / Alceo Galliera

    • EMI.
    • 5 67446 2.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet: Romeo's Variation; Love Dance

    Performer: Boston SO / Erich Leinsdorf

    • RCA.
    • 88697809452.
  • Frederick Delius

    A Village Romeo & Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden

    Performer: Welsh National Opera Orchestra /Si Charles Mackerras

    • Decca.
    • 478 3078.
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Romeo and Juliet – Scene in the Square

    Performer: Philharmonia / Dalia Atlas (conductor)

    • Pickwick Masters MCD 55.
    • MCD 55.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Cypresses, B.152 – No. 1

    Performer: Prague String Quartet

    • DG.
    • 463 165-2.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    The Enchanted Lake

    Performer: USSR S O, Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

    • Melodiya.
    • 74321 34165 2.
  • Richard Strauss

    'Morgen', Op.27 No 4

    Performer: Jussi Björling (tenor), Harry Ebert (piano)

    • EMI.
    • 2 17313 2.
  • Simeon ten Holt

    Canto Ostinato (section 74)

    Performer: Jerome van Veen (piano)

    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 9434.
  • Maurice Duruflé

    Four Motets of Gregorian Themes Op. 10

    Performer: Ensemble Vocal Michel Piquemal, Michel Piquemal (conductor)

    • Naxos.
    • 8.553196.
    • 10.
  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann

    Symphony No. 2, "Adagio"

    Performer: Bamberg SO, Ingo Metzmacher (conductor)

    • EMI.
    • 5 56911 2.


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