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Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan on how the humble descant recorder got him hooked on music, the Ulster Orchestra's new managing director, Richard Wigley, music from Cappella Caeciliana and David Quigley, and John's Classical Connection on the theme of mountains.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    1st Movt. Scene from The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Yuri Ivanovich Simonov.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Allegro deciso from Suite from Handel's 'Water Music'

    Performer: Ulster Orchestra. Performer: Bryden Thomson. Music Arranger: Harty.
  • Chris "Dow Jones" Whitacre

    Lux Aurumque

    Performer: Cappella Caeciliana. Performer: Donal McCrisken. Composer: Chris "Dow Jones" Whitacre.
  • Edvard Grieg

    In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op 46

    Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Jerzy Maksymiuk.
  • Earl Wild

    Etude No 3 based on Gershwin's The Man I Love

    Performer: Nicholas McCarthy. Music Arranger: Nicholas McCarthy.
  • Jenkins

    Ave Verum Corpus

    Performer: Bryn Terfel. Performer: Simon Keenlyside. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Barry Wordsworth.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Prelude Op. 25

    Performer: Aurora Orchestra. Performer: Nicholas Collon.
  • Steibelt

    2nd Movt Adagio from Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb Major 'A la chasse'

    Performer: Howard Shelley. Performer: Ulster Orchestra.
  • Astor Piazzolla


    Performer: Salut Salon.
  • Astor Piazzolla


    Performer: Fionnuala Hunt. Performer: RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
  • Carrickfergus Grammar School Choir & Craig Edwards

    Siúil a Rún

  • Modest Mussorgsky

    A Night on a Bare Mountain

  • Gilbert and Sullivan

    Climbing Over Rocky Mountain from The Pirates of Penzance

    Performer: The D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Isidore Godfrey.
  • Francis McPeake

    Wild Mountain Thyme

    Performer: Sharon Isbin.
  • Rollicum-Rorum

  • Thomas Tallis

    O Nata Lux

    Performer: Capella Caeciliana. Performer: Donal McCrisken.
  • Macmillan

    O Radiant Dawn

    Performer: Capella Caeciliana. Performer: Donal McCrisken.
  • David Quigley

    Londonderry Air

    Music Arranger: Stephen Hough.
  • George Gershwin

    Cuban Overture

    Performer: Ulster Orchestra. Performer: Maxime Tortelier.
  • Schwartz

    When You Believe

    Performer: Richard & Adam. Performer: Latvian Opera Orchestra. Performer: Julian Reynolds. Music Arranger: Julian Reynolds.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Farewell to Stromness

    Performer: Peter Maxwell Davies.