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Shari Vahl

Radio 4 investigative journalist Shari Vahl chooses music inspired by her fascination with birds, including Prokofiev, Ravel, Vaughan Williams and Rautavaara.

Radio 4 investigative journalist Shari Vahl chooses music inspired by her fascination with birds, with music by Prokofiev, Ravel, Vaughan Williams and Rautavaara.
Even in her day job, Shari encounters birds... often getting up early to travel for her investigations, she hears the dawn chorus. And from her desk at Media City she can see two peregrine falcons nesting high up on a nearby building. Such chance encounters with birds inspire her music choices.

1 hour, 58 minutes

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Sat 24 Oct 2015 13:00

Music Played

  • Lennox Berkeley

    Among the leaves the small birds sing

    Performer: Steuart Bedford. Singer: Philip Langridge.
    • NAXOS : 8.557204.
    • NAXOS.
    • 1.
  • LENNON/MCCARTNEY

    Blackbird

    Performer: Brad Mehldau. Performer: Larry Grenadier. Performer: Jorge Rossy.
    • WARNER CLASSICS : 9362-462602.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
    • 4.
  • Frederick Delius

    On Hearing The First Cuckoo In Spring

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 419 748-2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 7.
  • England.Traditional

    The Cuckoo

    Performer: Rachel Masters. Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Conductor: John Rutter. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia.
    • COLLEGIUM : COLCD-120.
    • COLLEGIUM.
    • 14.
  • Leopold Mozart

    Cassation

    Orchestra: Toronto Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • naxos : 8-570499.
    • Naxos.
    • 5.
  • Ron Goodwin

    Where Eagles Dare

    Orchestra: Ron Goodwin Orchestra. Conductor: Ron Goodwin.
    • EMI : CDP 79 4094 2.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Peter And The Wolf

    Narrator: Peter Ustinov. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • ANGEL RECORDS : LP 35638.
    • ANGEL RECORDS.
    • 1.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Thieving Magpie

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA : 448`-218 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 10.
  • Melody Gardot

    If the stars were mine

    Performer: Melody Gardot.
    • Verve.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Miroirs - Oiseaux tristes

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-8647.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 10.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Iona Brown. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • ASV : DCA-518.
    • ASV.
    • 1.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Cantus Arcticus

    Orchestra: Lahti S O. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS : CD-1038.
    • BIS.
    • 10.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Swan of Tuonela

    Orchestra: Leopold Stokowski. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
    • EMI : 7243 5-65614 2 7.
    • EMI.
    • 11.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Catalogue D'Oiseaux - La chouette hulotte (Tawny owl)

    Performer: Peter Hill.
    • UNICORN-KANCHANA : DKP-9062.
    • UNICORN-KANCHANA.
    • 5.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird - Berceuse and Finale

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 415-854-2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 5.

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