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Ancient Greece

Rob Cowan introduces musical portrayals of ancient Greece, by Liszt, Handel and Charpentier. Plus Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and Mozart's Symphony No 31 in D, K297 (Paris).

After two years of Sunday morning cantatas, Rob Cowan shifts the focus today with the first of a season of Mozart symphonies starting with the Paris. Composers as varied as Liszt, Handel and Charpentier portray Ancient Greece in music, and a short run of string sextets begins with Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Sun 5 Jan 2014 09:00

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    The Ruins of Athens: March

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • Beethoven: Mass in C, etc..
    • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Andante zu Kv297

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Josef Krips.
    • Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 31 & 38.
    • PentaTone classics.
  • Samuel Barber

    Medea: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Barber: Piano Concerto.
    • Naxos.
  • Richard Strauss

    Divertimento, Op. 86 - VI - VVIII

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Richard Strauss: Le Borgeois Gentilhomme.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Luigi Cherubini

    Medea: Act 3, Del fiero duol che il cor mi frange

    Singer: Maria Callas. Orchestra: Covent Garden Orchestra. Conductor: Nicola Rescigno.
    • Cherubini: Medea.
    • ICA Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 31 in D, Kv297 "Paris"

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Josef Krips.
    • Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 31 & 38.
    • PentaTone Classics.
  • Franz Schubert

    Ganymed, D544

    Singer: Elly Ameling. Performer: Rudolf Jansen.
    • Schubert: Lieder.
    • Philips.
  • John Foulds

    Hellas, A Suite of Ancient Greece, Op. 45

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • John Foulds: Le Cabaret.
    • Lyrita.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Apollo e Dafne HWV 122 - Cara pianta

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Conductor: Günther Weissenborn.
    • Fischer-Dieskau: Opera Arias.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Franz Liszt

    Orpheus

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • Sir Thomas Beecham: The Later Tradition.
    • EMI.
  • Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

    Medee, music from Act Five

    Singer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Singer: Monique Zanetti. Singer: Mark Padmore. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Charpentier: Medee.
    • Erato.
  • Jules Massenet

    Orchestral Suite No. 3, Scenes dramatiques

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • Massenet Edition.
    • Decca.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    String Sextet 'Souvenir de Florence', Op. 70

    Ensemble: Keller Quartet. Performer: Kim Kashkashian. Performer: Miklós Perényi.
    • Tchaikovsky: Quartet Nos. 1-3 & Souvenir de Florence.
    • Erato.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Emperor Waltz

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • Johann Strauss II: Waltzes.
    • RCA.
  • Léo Delibes

    Marche et Cortege de Bacchus

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Concerts de Paris. Conductor: Walter Goehr.
    • Synchro.

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