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Verdi 200: Kings and Queens

Rob Cowan presents music featuring representations of kings and queens. Plus a preview of a week celebrating Verdi, a concerto for orchestra by Bartok and a Telemann cantata.

Inspired by Verdi's Un Giorno di Regno, Kings and queens are celebrated and represented in music in various ways in Rob Cowan's Sunday selection of music. He looks forward to a week celebrating Verdi with other aspects of the composer's music, including a famous recording of Three Sacred Pieces: Laudi alla Virgine Maria. In addition, from the stately elegance of Henry Purcell to the romantic prism of Korngold he looks at musical depictions of royalty through the ages. Plus the week's concerto for orchestra is by Bartok, and the Telemann cantata for the day is Es ist ein schlechter Ruhm (TVWV 1:506).

2 hours, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Il Corsaro

    Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Verdi: Il Corsaro.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor

    Performer: Jean Doyen.
    • Faure: L'Oeuvre pour Piano.
    • Erato.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    King Stephen Overture

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Beethoven: The Symphonies.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 5 in D major

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Handel: Concerti grossi, op. 6 nos. 1-6.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Daniel François Esprit Auber

    Overture to "The Crown Diamonds"

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • French Opera Highlights.
    • Mercury.
    • 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Marriage of Figaro: Voi che sapete

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Kazushi Ono.
    • Rejoice! The best of Joyce DiDonato.
    • Erato.
    • 15.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Es ist ein schlechter Ruhm (TVWV 1:506; Bärenreiter No. 53)

    Conductor: Bergen Barokk. Singer: Mona Julsrud. Performer: Hans Knut Sveen. Performer: Frode Thorsen. Performer: Markku Luolajan-Mikkola.
    • Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Volume 3.
    • Toccata.
    • 7.
  • Henry Purcell

    Funeral Music for Queen Mary: March and Canzona Z.860

    Ensemble: Consort of Sackbuts from Symphoniae Sacrae. Conductor: George Guest.
    • Purcell: Music for the Chapel Royal etc..
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Carl Loewe


    Singer: Hans Hotter. Performer: Walter Martin.
    • Hans Hotter, Walter Martin: Liederabend.
    • Orfeo.
    • 17.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Le Roi d'Ys Overture

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • Ouvertures Francaises.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Un Giorno di Regno: Compagnoni di Parigi

    Singer: Renato Cappechi. Orchestra: Orchestra of RAI Milan. Conductor: Alfredo Simonetto.
    • Un Giorno di Regno.
    • Warner Fonit.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die König von Thule

    Singer: Agnes Giebel. Performer: Felix de Nobel.
    • Schubert: Lieder/Giebel.
    • Teldec.
    • 7.
  • William Walton

    Belshazzar's Feast: Then sing aloud to God our strength

    Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Walton: Belshazzer's Feast and Symphony No. 1.
    • LSO Live.
    • 10.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Elizabeth and Essex theme

    Orchestra: Victor Young Orchestra. Conductor: Victor Young.
    • Classic Hollywood Film Themes.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • John Bull

    The King's Hunt

    Performer: Raphael Puyana.
    • The Golden Age of Harpsichord Music.
    • Mercury.
    • 8.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Königskinder: Verdorben! Gestorben!

    Singer: Hermann Prey. Choir: Berlin Mozart Choir. Orchestra: Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Horst Stein.
    • Hermann Prey: A Life in Song.
    • EMI.
    • 18.
  • Arthur Bliss

    Welcome The Queen

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Decca.
    • 436 403-2.
    • 8.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau


    Ensemble: Ausonia. Conductor: Frederic Haas.
    • Les Musiques retrouvees de Versailles.
    • Alpha.
    • Track 22.
  • Béla Bartók

    Concerto for Orchestra

    Orchestra: Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Bartok: Concerto, etc..
    • Hungaroton.
    • 1.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Three Sacred Pieces: Laudi alla Vergine Maria

    Choir: Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Berlin. Choir: RIAS Kammerchor. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
    • DG.
    • 429 076-2.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Blazhen Muzh

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 5 56752 2.
    • 4.


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