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BBC NOW and Chorus - Elgar, Delius, Walton

Live at St David's Hall, Cardiff, Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC NOW and Chorus. Elgar: In the South (Alassio). Delius: Double Concerto. Walton: Belshazzar's Feast.

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales perform Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with guest conductor Martyn Brabbins, the newly-appointed Music Director of English National Opera.

Elgar: In the South (Alassio)
Delius: Concerto for Violin and Cello

8.15: Interval: Pied Piper
During the intervals of the concerts this week, we'll be hearing a selection of programmes from the five year long series. Munrow explored a wide range of music, and these five programmes can only begin to give a taste of the topics he covered. This edition of the Pied Piper programme was first heard at 5.25pm on Monday 1st March 1976. The Radio Times described it like this: "For two centuries the string quartet has been a favourite form of music making. David Munrow traces its early history from the time when the 'demure' viol was replaced by the 'vulgar' violin."

8.35: Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Tasmin Little, violin
Paul Watkins, cello
Neal Davies, bass
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

With the hauntingly dramatic bass solo telling of Belshazzar's hallucinations and ensuing death, to epic choruses depicting the fall of Babylon, this choral masterpiece is a work of epic proportions. From the striking opening brass fanfare, the delicate and intimate semi-choruses, to massed choral forces, Belshazzar's Feast is a high energy emotional rollercoaster.

2 hours, 25 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    In the South (Alassio)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Featured Artist: Tasmin Little. Featured Artist: Paul Watkins. Featured Artist: Neal Davies. Choir: BBC National Chorus of Wales.
  • Frederick Delius

    Double Concerto

    Performer: Paul Watkins. Performer: Tasmin Little.
  • William Walton

    Belshazzar's Feast

    Performer: Neal Davies. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Oboe Quartet in F major, K 370

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Performer: Peter Cropper. Performer: Ronald Birks. Performer: Robin Ireland. Performer: Bernard Gregor-Smith. Ensemble: Lindsay String Quartet.
    • Mozart: Oboe Quartet/Horn Quintet: The Lindsays.
    • ASV.
    • 5.
  • George Butterworth

    A Shropshire Lad: Is my team ploughing?

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Bryn Terfel.
    • DG.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC National Chorus of Wales
Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales


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