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Live from the Free Thinking Festival

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Chopin: Preludes, Op 28; recent releases of music by John Dowland; Andrew is joined by baritone Thomas Allen.

3 hours, 12 minutes


Music Played

  • Bridge arr. Britten

    There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook

    Ensemble: Chamber Domaine. Conductor: Thomas Kemp.
  • Dohnanyi

    Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor, Op 1 (iii & iv)

    Ensemble: Gottlieb Wallisch (piano), Enso String Quartet.
  • G. Barry

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto in G, K453 (Finale)

    Performer: Lang Lang. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Barber of Seville

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich.


Rossini: Overtures & Andante e tema con variazioni                                                                              ROSSINI: La scala di seta Overture; Il Signor Bruschino Overture; Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture; La Cenerentola Overture; Semiramide Overture; Le Siege de Corinthe Overture; Guillaume Tell Overture; Andante, e Tema con Variazioni per quattro strumenti a fiato

Carlo Tamponi (flute), Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet), Francesco Bossone (bassoon), Alessio Allegrini (horn), Orchestra Dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)




Lang Lang: The Mozart Album

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491; Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453; Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283; Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282; Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310; Rondo alla Turca from Piano Sonata No. 11, K331; Allegro in F major, K1c; March in C Major, K408; Klavierstuck in F, K33b

Lang Lang (piano)

Vienna Philharmonic, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor),

SONY 88843082522 (2CD)


Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos

MOZART: Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

SCHUBERT: Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring

Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim (piano duo)

DG 4793922 (CD)


BARRY, G: The Importance of Being Earnest

Barbara Hannigan (Cecily), Peter Tantsits (Jack Worthing), Joshua Bloom (Algernon), Katalin Karolyi (Gwendoline), Hilary Summers (Miss Prism), Alan Ewing (Lady Bracknell), Benjamin Bevan (Lane/Merriman), Joshua Hart (Dr Chasuble), BCMG, Thomas Ades (conductor)


Building a Library

Kenneth Hamilton joins Andrew live at Sage Gateshead to compare recordings of Chopin’s 24 Preludes Op. 28 and makes a recommendation.


Journey to Aldeburgh – Young Britten

BRIDGE arr. Britten: There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook

BRITTEN: Introduction and Allegro, for piano trio; The Moon, for violin and piano; Allegro, for piano; Suite for Violin and Pianoforte; Sinfonietta, Op. 1

Chamber Domaine, Thomas Kemp (conductor and violin)


New Releases

Newcastle University lecturer Kirsten Gibson joins Andrew live at Sage Gateshead to discuss recent releases of renaissance composer John Dowland, including discs from John Holloway, Paul O'Dette and Iestyn Davies.



The Art of Melancholy

DOWLAND: Sorrow, stay; Come again, sweet love doth now invite; Go Crystal tears; Mrs Winter's Jump; I saw my Lady weepe; Flow my teares (Lacrimae); Can she excuse my wrongs? (First Booke of Songes, 1597); Behold a wonder here; Semper Dowland Semper Dolens; In darkness let me dwell; Time stands still; All ye, whom Love or Fortune hath betray'd; Say love if ever thou didst find; Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares; Come away, come, sweet love; Shall I strive with wordes to move?; Burst forth my tears; Fortune my foe; Come heavy sleep; Now, O now, I needs must part; Frog Galliard

Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Thomas Dunford (lute)




Pavans and Fantasies from the Age of Dowland

DOWLAND: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares

JENKINS, J: Fantasy a 4 No. 12 in D

LAWES, W: Airs (2) for 4; Fantasy in C major for 5

LOCKE: The Broken Consort: Fantasy for 2 trebles and bass

MORLEY: Canzonets for two voyces: Lamento for 2

PURCELL: Fantasia Upon One Note in F major, Z745

John Holloway (violin, viola), Monika Baer (violin, Renate Steinmann (violin), Susanna Hefti (viola), Martin Zeller (bass violin)

ECM 4810430 (CD)



Mister Dowland's Midnight

DOWLAND: Mrs Winter's Jump; Lady Rich, her Galliard; Lord Strang's March; A Fancy; Queen Elizabeth, her Galliard; Preludium; Lachrimae Pavan, P. 15; Frog Galliard; My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home; A Coy Joy; Melancholy Galliard; Tarleton's Riserrectione; What If A Day; Fortune; Lady Hunsdon's Puffe; Captain Digorie Pipers Galliard; The King of Denmark, His Galliard; Orlando Sleepeth; Round Battle Galliard; Sir John Smith, His Almain; The Shoemaker's Wife; Mrs Nichols' Almain; Mrs White's Nothing, P. 56; Awake, sweet love; Mr Dowland's Midnight

Christoph Denoth (guitar)




My favorite Dowland

DOWLAND: Lady Hunsdon's Puffe; The Shoemaker's Wife; La Mia Barbara; Sir John Smith, His Almain; A Fancy; Mr John Langton's Pavan; The King of Denmark, His Galliard; Frog Galliard; Lachrimae Pavan, P. 15; Galliard to Lachrimae; Fantasie P1a; Farewell (Fantasie No. 3); Forlorn Hope Fancy (Fantasie No. 2); The Earl of Essex's Galliard; A Coy Joy; Mrs Vaux's Jig, P. 57; Mrs Winter's Jump; Lady Clifton's Spirit; Walsingham; Preludium; A Fancy (Fantasie No. 5); Pavan; The most sacred Queene Elizabeth her Galliard; Semper Dowland Semper Dolens

Paul O'Dette (lute)


Interview: Thomas Allen

Andrew is joined live at Sage Gateshead by the acclaimed baritone Thomas Allen who earlier this year celebrated his 70th birthday and was awarded the Queen's Medal for music. Speaking within feet of the River Tyne, and in front of an audience in the foyer of Sage Gateshead, he talks to Andrew about his four-decade career in the recording studio.


MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Lucia Popp (Susanna), Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess Almaviva), Frederica von Stade (Cherubino), Samuel Ramey (Figaro), Thomas Allen (Count Almaviva), Robert Tear (Basilio), Kurt Moll (Bartolo), Jane Berbie (Marcellina), Giorgio Tadeo (Antonio), Philip Langridge (Curzio), Yvonne Kenny (Barbarina), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

DECCA 4101502 (3CD)



Schubert: Winterreise, D911

Thomas Allen (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

VIRGIN CLASSICS 724354507021



Mendelssohn Elijah

Yvonne Kenny, Anne Dawson (sopranos); Anne Sofie von Otter, Jean Rgby (contraltos); Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Kim Begley (tenors);  Thomas Allen (bass I, Elijah) John Connell (bass II), Jamie Hopkins (boy soprano); Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus; Laszlo Heltay (chorus master); John Birch (organ); Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

PHILIPS 432984-2



More Songs my Father Taught Me

BALL, ERNEST: Mother Machree

BARRI: The Old Brigade

CLAY: I'll sing thee songs of Araby

COATES, E: I heard you singing; Star of God; The Green Hills o' Somerset

ELLIOTT, A: There's a long, long trail a-winding


HARRISON, A: In the Gloaming

HATTON: Simon the Cellarer

JACOBS-BOND: Just a-wearyin' for you; A Perfect Day

MOLLOY: Love's Old Sweet Song

MURRAY, A: Will you go with me?

SANDERSON, W: Friend o' mine; Time to go

SHELDON, G M: A Cradle Song

SOMERSET: Echo; A Song of Sleep

SQUIRE: Mountain Lovers


SULLIVAN, A: Orpheus with his Lute; Water o' Tyne; Down by the Salley Gardens; The Star of the County Down; She moved through the fair

WALLACE, W V: Yes! let me like a soldier fall

WOOD, HAYDN: Roses of Picardy


Thomas Allen (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

HYPERION CDA67374 (CD mid-price)



TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin

Thomas Allen (Eugene Onegin), Mirella Freni (Tatyana), Anne Sofie von Otter (Olga), Neil Shicoff (Lensky), Rosemary Lang (Larina), Ruthild Engert (Filipyevna), Paata Burchuladze (Gremin), Michel Senechal (Triquet), Gunther Emmerlich (Zaretzky), Jurgen Hartfiel (Captain), Staatskapelle Dresden, James Levine (conductor)

DG 4239592 (2CD)


Disc of the Week

Dohnanyi: Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2

DOHNANYI: Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor Op. 1 (1895); Piano Quintet No. 2 in E flat minor Op. 26 (1914)

Gottlieb Wallisch (piano), Enso String Quartet

NAXOS 8570572 (CD budget)


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