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Richard Sisson

Richard Sisson presents a selection of music on the theme of time, including Prokofiev's Cinderella, Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and works by Finzi, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

Live from Free Thinking at Sage Gateshead the composer and pianist Richard Sisson brings his infectious enthusiasm to an idiosyncratic journey through music articulated by the boundless, cyclic, remorseless unfolding of Time; from the clock's ominous striking of midnight in Prokofiev's Cinderella to vivid evocations of heady times past in Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, with works by Finzi, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven along the way.

For many years the piano playing half of cabaret act Kit and the Widow, Richard has composed extensively, particularly for the theatre, including the music for Alan Bennett's The History Boys.

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34 minutes

Music Played

  • György Ligeti

    Poeme Symphonique

    Performer: Françoise Terrioux.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Alan Hawkshaw

    Theme from Countdown

    Ensemble: The London Works.
    • Silva Screen.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Cinderalla - No 37 and 38

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93 (2nd mvt)

    Conductor: Kurt Masur. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
    • Beethoven: Symphonies no.3 and 8: Gewandhausorchester Leipsig/Masur.
    • Philips.
    • 6.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sonata in C major from 18 Pieces for Musical Clocks

    Performer: Edgar Krapp.
    • Oehms Classics.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Minute Waltz

    Performer: Victor Borge.
    • CBS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz Op 64 No 1

    Performer: Sergey Rachmaninov.
    • RCA.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Viennese Musical Clock (Hary Janos Suite, Op 35a)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: István Kertész.
    • Decca.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Cathédrale engloutie

    Ensemble: United States Marine Band.
    • Altissimo.
  • György Ligeti

    Clocks and Clouds

    Singer: Reinbert de Leeuw. Ensemble: Asko. Ensemble: Schönberg Ensemble. Ensemble: Cappella Amsterdam.
    • TELDEC.
  • Jonathan Rathbone

    Under the Shadow of his Wing - Abide With Me

    • Vasari.
  • Gerald Finzi

    A Farewell to Arms

    Singer: James Gilchrist. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Naxos.
  • Jacqueline Bonneau

    Le temps de lilas

    • Testament.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Concerto No. 2 - Third Movement

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • Hyperion.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie Fantastique - 4th mvt - March to the scaffold

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Ned Rorem

    End of Summer - Mazurka

    Ensemble: Fibonacci Sequence.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 9 - Final Movement

    Performer: Elisabeth Höngen. Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Performer: Hans Hopf. Performer: Otto Edelmann. Choir: Bayreuth Festival Chorus. Orchestra: Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele. Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler.
    • EMI.