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Jonathan Swain

Jonathan Swain on how composers such as Frank Martin, Debussy, Berlioz and Takemitsu have depicted water and the elements. Plus Brahms's Violin Sonata and selected English music.

Jonathan Swain joins the Sunday Morning presentation team with a programme that includes this week's Building a Library choice from yesterday's Record Review, played in full. Today the work is Brahms's Violin Sonata in G Op 78. Following on from that piece, which incorporates themes from Brahms's song Regenlied, or "Rain song", Jonathan explores how composers including Frank Martin, Debussy, Berlioz and Takemitsu have depicted water and the elements. The programme also includes English music from William Byrd to Gustav Holst.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Sun 3 Apr 2016 09:00

Music Played

  • Francis Poulenc


    Performer: Pascal Rogé. Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
    • Poulenc: Music for 2 Pianos.
    • Decca.
    • 001.
  • William Byrd

    Ave verum corpus

    Choir: ORA. Director: Suzi Digby.
    • Upheld By Stillness.
    • 001.
  • Roderick Williams

    Ave Verum Corpus Re-imagined

    Ensemble: ORA. Conductor: Suzi Digby.
    • Upheld by Stillness.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Turco in Italia Act 1 Sinfonia

    Ensemble: Zefiro Ensemble. Director: Alfredo Bernardini.
    • Harmonie & Turcheriee.
    • ARC.
    • 005.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Violin Sonata in G Op 78

    Performer: Josef Suk. Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • Brahms: Violin Sonatas 1, 2 & 3.
    • Decca.
    • 001.
  • Johannes Brahms


    Performer: James Lockhart. Singer: Margaret Price.
    • Brahms: Ausgewahlte Lieder.
    • ORFEO.
    • 013.
  • Marin Marais

    Airs pour les Matelots, Tempete, Chaconne pour les Tritons

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Les Elements.
    • ALIA VOX.
    • 001.
  • Frank Martin

    Songs of Ariel: Full Fathom Five

    Ensemble: La Tempete. Director: Simon-Pierre Bestion.
    • The Tempest.
    • Alpha.
    • 007.
  • Claude Debussy

    Preludes Book One: La Cathedrale Engloutie

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • Debussy: Preludes.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 007.
  • Hector Berlioz

    The Trojans: Royal Hunt and Storm

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • Berlioz: Overtures, etc..
    • RCA.
    • 004.
  • Toru Takemitsu


    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • Takemitsu: Riverrun, Water-Ways etc..
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 002.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Gloria Rv. 589

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Handel: Gloria, Dixit Domius, Vivald: Gloria etc..
    • Philips.
    • 001.
  • Gustav Holst

    Egdon Heath Op. 47

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • Bridge: The Sea, Enter Spring etc. Conducted by Britten.
    • BBC Music.
    • 006.
  • Alberto Ginastera


    Performer: Alberto Portugheis. Performer: Aurora Nátola-Ginastera.
    • Ginastera: Piano Music Vol. 1.
    • ASV.
    • 022.
  • Alberto Ginastera

    Argentinian Dances Op. 2

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • Martha Argerich: Live from Concertgebouw.
    • EMI.
    • 001.


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