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Jonathan Swain

Jonathan Swain introduces music depicting sorcery and magic, by Caldara, Ligeti, Dukas and Janacek. Plus a focus on harpsichordist Maxim Emelyanychev and a work by Elgar.

Prompted by this week's Building A Library selection, Handel's Alcina, Jonathan Swain looks at how other composers have depicted sorcery and magic, from Handel's contemporary Caldara to Ligeti, by way of Dukas and Janácek. The young artist spotlight is on harpsichordist Maxim Emelyanychev, and the British masterpiece of the week is Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op 47.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Sun 22 May 2016 09:00

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Fantasia in C Major Hob.XVII:4

    Performer: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Haydn Concertos.
    • Erato.
    • 005.
  • Antonio Maria Montanari

    Concerto in C 'Dresden'

    Ensemble: Ensemble Diderot. Director: Johannes Pramsohler.
    • Montanari: Violin Concertos / Johannes Pramsohler.
    • Audax.
    • 001.
  • César Franck

    Prelude, Choral et Fugue M. 21

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Murray Perahia plays Cesar Franck, Franz Liszt.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 001.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alcina: Act Two - 'Ah! Mio Cor!'

    Performer: Renée Fleming. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Handel: Alcina.
    • Erato.
    • 016.
  • György Ligeti

    Etudes Book II: No. 10 Der Zauberlehring

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Ligeti: Piano Works.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 010.
  • Paul Dukas

    The Sorceror's Apprentice

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • Boston SO/MUNCH: The French Touch.
    • RCA.
    • 001.
  • Leos Janáček

    Pohadka (A Fairy Tale)

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Thomas Adès.
    • Lieux Retrouves.
    • Hyperion.
    • 004.
  • Antonio Caldara

    Medea in Corinto

    Singer: Gérard Lesne. Ensemble: Il Seminario Musicale.
    • Caldara: Medea.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 001.
  • Jacques Duphly

    Pieces de Clavecin Book 3 Medee

    Performer: Medea Bindewald.
    • Jacques Duphly pieces de clavecin.
    • Coviello Classics.
    • 015.
  • Samuel Barber

    Medea's Meditation & Dance of Vengeance Op. 23a

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • Music for Strings by Barber, Elgar & Tchaikovsky.
    • RCA.
    • 006.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantazias in 4 Parts: No. 7 in C Minor

    • The Fantazias & In nomines.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 004.
  • Errollyn Wallen


    Singer: Wallen. Singer: Wallen. Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Moodswings.
    • Brodsky Records.
    • 001.
  • York Bowen

    Ballade No.2 Op.87

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Bowen: Piano Music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 014.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Phaedra Op.93

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Steuart Bedford.
    • Britten: The Rape of Lucretia, Phaedra.
    • London.
    • 001.
  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro for Strings Op.47

    Featured Artist: English Chamber Orchestra. Composer: Benjamin Britten.
    • Music for Strings / English Chamber Orchestra; Benjamin Britten.
    • London.
    • 002.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Jubilate Deo in E flat

    Performer: Truro Cathedral Choir. Performer: Luke Bond. Director: Chris Gray.
    • Regent.


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