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Philip Higham, Berlin Philharmonic, Marcus du Sautoy

Presented by Sean Rafferty. With live music from members of the Berlin Philharmonic and also young cellist Philip Higham. Plus mathematician Marcus du Sautoy on music and maths.

Sean Rafferty's guests include rapidly rising young cello star Philip Higham - he'll be performing live in the studio with pianist Sam Armstrong.

Members of the Berlin Philharmonic will also be playing live ahead of their exciting concert at the Southbank exploring Berlin's cabaret scene in the 1920s and 30s.

Mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy talks to Sean about music and 'consciousness', plus playwright Roger McGough explains how to bring Moliere to the masses.

Also today, the conclusion of 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. Each instalment is available as a download.
Today: Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians

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2 hours

Music Played

  • John Kander

    Cabaret

    Performer: Joel Grey. Conductor: Ralph Burns.

    Conductor: Ralph Burns Performer: Joel Grey

    • MCA.
    • MCLCD-19088.
  • LIVE

    • Robert Schumann

      Dichterliebe Op.48 for voice and piano

      Performer: Cordelia Hofer-Teutsch Performer: Martin Stegner

  • William Stanley Gwynn Williams

    My little Welsh home

    Conductor: Barry Wordsworth Performer: Bryn Terfel Performer: London S O.

    • DG.
    • 477 7865.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Concerto no. 2 in F minor Op.21 for piano and orchestra

    Conductor: Bramwell Tovey Performer: Janina Fialkowska Performer: Vancouver S O

    • ATMA.
    • ACD2-2643.
  • LIVE

    • Robert Schumann

      Dichterliebe Op.48 for voice and piano

      Performer: Cordelia Hofer-Teutsch Performer: Martin Stegner

  • Interview: Martin Stegner and Cordelia Hofer-Teutsch from the Berlin Philharmonic

  • Helmut Nieberle

    Milonga Melancholica

    Performer: Bolero Berlin

    • JAWO.
    • 017.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    L' Amour medecin - comedie-ballet

    Conductor: Marc Minkowski Performer: Les Musiciens du Louvre

    • ERATO.
    • 2292-45286-2.
  • Interview: Roger McGough

  • George Frideric Handel

    Judas Maccabaeus

    Performer: Robert King Performer: New College Oxford Choir Performer: The King's Consort

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA-66641/2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Macbeth - opera in 4 acts

    Conductor: Jose Serebrier Performer: Bournemouth S O

    • Naxos.
    • 8.572818-19.
  • LIVE

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Sonata in D minor Op.40 for cello and piano

      Performer: Philip Higham Performer: Sam Armstrong

  • The Story of Music in 50 pieces - part 50

  • Steve Reich

    Music for 18 musicians

    Performer: Ensemble Modern

    • RCA.
    • 09026 68672-2.
  • LIVE

    • Anton Webern

      2 Pieces for cello and piano [1899]

      Performer: Philip Higham Performer: Sam Armstrong

  • Interview: Philip Higham and Sam Armstrong

  • Benjamin Britten

    8 Folksongs, arr. for voice and harp (or piano)

    Performer: Gerald Finley Performer: Julius Drake

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA-67778.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Cyprise B.152 for string quartet [arrs. of 12 songs from the song-cycle (B.11)]

    Performer: Cypress String Quartet

    • Avie.
    • AV-2275.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 8 in F major Op.93

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim Performer: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    • Decca.
    • 476 3511.
  • Interview: Marcus du Sautoy

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    French suite no. 5 in G major BWV.816 for keyboard

    Performer: Groningen Guitar Duo

    • Ottavo.
    • OTRC-118818.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Llwyn onn [The ash grove (Sir Watkyn's dream)] - Welsh trad. H.31b.7, arr. for voice and p

    Performer: Alison Pearce Performer: Susan Drake

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA-66104.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Nulla in mundo pax RV.630 for soprano (or tenor) and orchestra

    Conductor: Harry Christophers Performer: Elin Manahan Thomas Performer: Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment

    • HELIODOR.
    • 4765970.

Violist Martin Stegner and pianist Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch in the studio

Violist Martin Stegner and pianist Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch in the studio

Cellist Philip Higham and pianist Sam Armstrong in the studio

Cellist Philip Higham and pianist Sam Armstrong in the studio

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