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Magdalena Kozena, Angela Gheorghiu, Onix Ensemble

Sean Rafferty meets two superstar singers: mezzo Magdalena Kozena and soprano Angela Gheorghiu. Plus music from Mexico's Onix Ensemble.

Sean Rafferty's guests today include two of the world's finest and most glamorous female opera stars.

Magdalena Kozena possesses "a mesmerising voice, and magnetic personality" (The Times) and is in London for a must-see intimate chamber recital. She talks to Sean about her meteoric career, her much sought after voice and what it's like to be part of classical music's most famous power couple.

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu has been drawing in audiences to opera houses worldwide for years with her powerful voice - she is also in London singing favourite arias with the RPO. Ahead of this and a summer appearance with the Royal Opera House, Sean talks to Angela about the glory and glamour of the opera stage.

Plus the Onix Ensemble play live for us, hot off the plane from their native Mexico, en route to their eagerly anticpated appearance at the 2013 Vale of Glamorgan Festival. This acclaimed lively group will be performing some of the vibrant contemporary Latin American music for which they are famed.

Main headlines are at 5pm and 6pm.

2 hours


Music Played

  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Joyeuse marche vers. for orchestra

    Conductor: Neeme Jarvi Performer: Suisse Romande Orchestra

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHASA-5122.
    • -1.
  • Charles Halka

    Por La Fuerza Les Tierras

    Performer: Onix Ensemble

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no. 23 in D major K.181

    Conductor: David Greilsammer Performer: Geneva Chamber Orchestra

    • SONY.
    • 88725 430252.
    • -1.
  • Johann Christoph (1642-1703) Bach

    Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hatte - lamentatio for alto, violin, 3 violas da gamba and bc

    Conductor: Reinhard Goebel Performer: Magdalena Kozena Performer: Musica Antiqua Koln

    • DG.
    • 479-1278.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    3 Mazurkas Op.50 for piano

    Performer: Klara Min

    • Delos.
    • DE-3443.
    • -7.
  • Steve Martland

    There is no rose for voices

    Conductor: Stephen Cleobury Performer: BBC Singers

  • Interview: Joe Duddell and Colin Currie

  • Steve Martland

    Re-mix for ensemble

    Performer: Steve Martland Band

    • 09026-68398 2.
  • Juan Pablo Contreras

    Silencio en Juarez

    Performer: Onix Ensemble

  • Interview: Alejandro Escuer from the Onix Ensemble

  • Samuel Zyman

    Musica Para Cinco

    Performer: Onix Ensemble

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in B flat major RV.163 (Conca) for string orchestra

    Performer: Fabio Biondi Performer: Europe Galante

    • OPUS III.
    • OPS-56-9120.
    • -16.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492

    Conductor: Simon Rattle Performer: Magdalena Kozena Performer: Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment

    • DG.
    • 479-1278.
    • -2.
  • Interview: Magdalena Kozena

  • Leos Janáček

    Rakos Rakoczy - folk ballet in 1 act

    Performer: Magdalena Kozena Performer: Malcolm Martineau

    • DG.
    • 479-1278.
  • Interview: Magdalena Kozena

  • George Frideric Handel

    Ariodante - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Andrea Marcon Performer: Magdalena Kozena Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra

    • DG.
    • 479-1278.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    The Silver swanne for 5 voices/voice & viols [1612]

    Conductor: Harry Christophers Performer: The Sixteen

    • CORO.
    • COR16111.
    • -7.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Rondine - commedia lirica in 3 acts

    Performer: Angela Gheorghiu Performer: Anton Coppola Performer: Milan Giuseppe Verdi S O

    • EMI.
    • 217-441 2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Samson et Dalila - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Marco Armiliato Performer: Angela Gheorghiu Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • 084377-2.
    • -5.
  • Interview: Angela Gheorghiu

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Marco Armiliato Performer: Angela Gheorghiu Performer: James Valenti Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • 9589 45-2.
    • -2.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in F minor Kk.481

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud

    • VIRGIN.
    • 642 016 0.
  • J.P. von Westhoff

    Imitazione delle Campane

    Performer: Daniel Hope and Ensemble

    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • DGG-4778094.


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