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Bridget Kendall

Journalist Bridget Kendall presents some of the music that accompanied her in her BBC careeer. With Shostakovich, Gershwin, Shchedrin, Bernstein, Villa-Lobos and Appalachian folk.

As Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall prepares to leave the BBC after more than three decades she looks back at her global postings and presents the music that accompanied her through them.

From Shostakovich, Gershwin and Shchedrin in Moscow, where she reported on the fall of the Soviet Union, to Bernstein, Villa Lobos and the Appalachian folk music she experienced for the first time whilst Washington Correspondent in the mid-nineties. Plus music from Cambridge, where she grew up and is now returning to as the first female master of Peterhouse College.

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28 minutes

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Sat 25 Jun 2016 13:00

Music Played

  • Trad

    Coventry Carol

    Music Arranger: Martin Shaw. Choir: Kings College Chapel Choir. Director: Sir David Willcocks.
    • Decca : 4254992.
    • Decca.
    • 20.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude & Fugue No 24 in B minor

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • Decca : 4172362.
    • Decca.
    • 11.
  • Nicolaas Pykini

    Plasanche or tost

    Performer: Christopher Hogwood. Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London. Director: David Munrow.
    • Virgin Classics : VER5612842.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings Op. 35 – 1st mvt

    Performer: James Thompson. Performer: Dmitry Shostakovich. Conductor: Maxim Dmitrievich Shostakovich. Orchestra: I Musici de Montréal.
    • Chandos : CHAN8357.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • George Gershwin

    Bess, you is my woman now…

    Singer: Willard White. Singer: Cynthia Haymon. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI : 5562202.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Rodion Shchedrin

    Carmen Ballet Suite – Habanera

    Orchestra: Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Ensemble: Armenian State Chamber Ensemble. Conductor: Vladimir Spivakov.
    • Melodiya/Olympia : OCD108.
    • Melodiya/Olympia.
    • 5.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    June from The Seasons

    Performer: Viktoria Postnikova.
    • Erato : 2292455122.
    • Erato.
    • 6.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Boris Godunov - Prolgue

    Singer: Malcolm Smith. Singer: Lajos Miller. Choir: The Chevy Chase Elementary School Chorus. Choir: The Choral Arts Society of Washington. Choir: Oratorio Society of Washington. Orchestra: The National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
    • Erato : 2292454182.
    • Erato.
    • 1.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: Introduction

    Narrator: David Bowie. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • RCA : GD60878.
    • RCA.
    • 1.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

    Orchestra: Staatsorchester Stuttgart. Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide - Overture

    Performer: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Sony : 88697880862.
    • SONY.
    • 1.
  • Jerry Douglas

    Union House Branch

    Performer: Alison Krauss. Ensemble: Union Station.
    • Rounder : CD0525.
    • Rounder.
    • 5.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Bachiana Brasilerias No 5 - Aria

    Singer: Barbara Hendricks. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Enrique Bátiz.
    • EMI : CDC7474332.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Israel and Egypt – excerpts from Part 2

    Singer: Tim Mead. Singer: Bernhard Berchtold. Choir: Chamber Choir of Europe. Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Handel-Solisten. Conductor: Anthony Bramall.
    • Brilliant : 93131.
    • Brilliant.
    • 13.
  • Kathryn Tickell

    Men of Destiny

    • PARK : PRKCD 90.
    • PARK.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No 12 in F major Op 96 ‘American’ – 1st mvt

    Performer: Takács Quartet.
    • Decca : 54300772.
    • Decca.
    • 6.
  • Hugh Aston

    Gaude virgo mater Christi

    Performer: Blue Heron. Director: Scott Metcalfe.
    • Blue Heron : BHCD1002.
    • Blue Heron.
    • 3.

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