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Viktor Ullmann - The Emperor of Atlantis

Penny Gore presents a performance of Viktor Ullmann's opera The Emperor of Atlantis. Plus a live BBC Philharmonic concert: music by Schuman, Copland and Roy Harris.

Today's Thursday Opera Matinee is a chance to hear Viktor Ullmann's political parody The Emperor of Atlantis, written in a Nazi concentration camp in 1943, the year before both Ullmann and his librettist died in Auschwitz. The Emperor proclaims universal war, which so offends Death by taking over his job, that he goes on strike and refuses to let people die. Death will only go back to work when the Emperor agrees to be his first victim.

Then we're live at MediaCity Salford where the BBC Philharmonic continue this week's celebration of American music with a concert of works by William Schuman, Copland and Roy Harris.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Viktor Ullmann: Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis)
Emperor Overall .... Christian Miedl (baritone),
Death ..... Stephen Owen (bass-baritone),
Drummer Girl ..... Lucy Schaufer (mezzo-soprano),
Maiden/Soldier ..... Ivi Karnezi (soprano),
Loudspeaker ..... Jean-Baptiste Mouret (bass-baritone),
Soldier/Harlequin ..... Rui dos Santos (tenor),
Lyon Opera Orchestra,
Jean-Michaël Lavoie (conductor).

Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Mark Simpson (clarinet),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
David Parry (conductor).

Barber: A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15
BBC Singers,
Matthew Perry (timpani),
Andrew Griffiths (conductor),

3.15pm LIVE from MediaCity, Salford
William Schuman: Symphony for strings (Symphony no.5)
Copland: Old American songs - Set 1
Roy Harris: Symphony no. 3
David Wilson-Johnson (baritone),
BBC Philharmonic,
Paul Daniel (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Viktor Ullmann

    Der Kaiser von Atlantis

  • Aaron Copland

    Concerto for clarinet, strings, harp and piano

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Parry. Performer: Mark Simpson.
  • Samuel Barber

    A Stopwatch and an ordnance map Op.15

    Choir: BBC Singers.
  • William Schuman

    Symphony for strings (Symphony no.5)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
  • Aaron Copland

    Old American songs - set 1, arr. for voice and chamber ensemble [orig. for voice & piano]

    Composer: Aaron Copland. Singer: David Wilson‐Johnson. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
  • Roy Harris

    Symphony no. 3

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
  • George Gershwin

    Variations on 'I got rhythm' for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Orion Weiss. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta. Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Gershwin: Piano Concerto / Second Rhapsody / I Got Rhythm Variations: Weiss, Buf.
    • Naxos.