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Albrecht Mayer, Hannah Stone, Christopher Alden, Christopher Purves

Sean Rafferty meets the Berlin Philharmonic's principal oboist Albrecht Mayer, plus a sneak preview of the National Portrait Gallery's latest exhibition.

Sean Rafferty with a lively mix of live music, chat and music news.
The world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is in London as part of the celebrations of Simon Rattle's 60th birthday (the British maestro has been the orchestra's Music Director since 2002). The orchestra's principal oboist Albrecht Mayer joins Sean in the studio to talk about the orchestra's upcoming concerts.

Hannah Stone, the Official Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, performs live in the studio ahead of her performance with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a special St. David's Day Gala at St. David's Hall in Cardiff in March. And director Christopher Alden and Christopher Purves join us down the line from Leeds to talk about Opera North's brand new production of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, part of a double bill that also includes Manuel de Falla's La vida breve.

Plus we get a special sneak preview of the National Portrait Gallery's new exhibition 'Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends', which focuses on John Singer Sargent's collection of portraits of his closest contemporaries including artists, writers, actors and musicians.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Oboe Concert in C major; i) Allegro non molto

    Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Ensemble: New Seasons Ensemble.
    • Decca.
  • Ludwig August Lebrun

    Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in G-minor - Allegro

    Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Conductor: Peter Rainer.
  • Ludwig August Lebrun

    Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in G-minor - Allegro

    Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Conductor: Peter Rainer.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Les roses d'Ispahan, Op 39 No 4

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Carolyn Sampson.
    • BIS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for keyboard and string orch. no.3 (BWV.1054) in D major - i. Presto

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Granados

    Danza espanola no.2 - Danse Oriental

    Performer: Hannah Stone.
  • Trad

    Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn

    Performer: Hannah Stone.
  • Deborah Henson-Conant

    Baroque Flamenco

    Performer: Hannah Stone.
  • Manuel de Falla

    La vide breve - Danza: Act 2 Second Tableau

    Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Choir: Orfeón Donostiarra. Orchestra: Orquesta Nacional de España.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto (Rinaldo)

    Singer: Christopher Purves. Orchestra: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Hyperion.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Addio del passato - ACT III from Traviata

    Performer: ANDREW SMITH. Singer: Elizabeth Zharoff.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Septet in E flat major, Op 120 (5th mvt)

    Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Octet.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Du und Du, Op367 from 'Die Fledermaus'

    Performer: Martin Roscoe. Music Arranger: Erno Dohnanyi.
    • HYPERION RECORDS.

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