Jonathan Swain introduces music with Egyptian connections, including the Record Review recommendation of Verdi's Aida. Plus works by Berlioz, Arroyo, Debussy and David Fanshawe.
Verdi's Aida is the focus of this week's Building a Library and Jonathan Swain plays a major portion of the selected recording. But this prompts an exploration of how Egypt and the Nile have been treated in music by composers as different as Berlioz, Arroyo, Debussy and David Fanshawe. The week's young artist is pianist Julien Brocal and the neglected classic is Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra.