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Jonathan Swain

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.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Sun 2 Apr 2017 09:00

Music Played

  • David Fanshawe

    African Sanctus 12. Acholi Bwala dance, North Uganda

    Ensemble: Ambrosian Singers. Conductor: John Lambert. Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes.
    • Fanshawe: African Sanctus.
    • Philips.
    • 012.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

    Performer: Julien Brocal.
    • Chopin: Les États D'ame.
    • Rubicon.
    • 005.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    AIDA Act Three complete

    Singer: Montserrat Caballé. Singer: Plácido Domingo. Singer: Fiorenza Cossotto. Singer: Nicolaï Ghiaurov. Singer: Piero Cappuccilli. Singer: Luigi Roni. Singer: Nicola Martinucci. Singer: Esther Casas. Choir: Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • Aida.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 001.
  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry

    La Caravane du Caire Act 2: Danse pour Les Turcs

    Ensemble: Les Agrémens. Conductor: Guy Van Waas.
    • La Caravane du Caire.
    • Ricercar.
    • 001.
  • David Fanshawe

    African Sanctus: 2. Kyrie "Call to Prayer", Cairo

    Ensemble: Allmanna Singers. Conductor: Robert Sund.
    • Fanshawe: African Sanctus.
    • Proprius.
    • 002.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Fantasia on the G string (after Rossini's 'Mose in Egitto') 'Moses Fantasy'

    Performer: Nemanja Radulović. Orchestra: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan.
    • Paganini Fantasy.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 001.
  • Hector Berlioz

    L'Enface du Christ Part 2 - La fuite en Egypte: No. 8: L'adieu des bergers a la Saint Famille

    Ensemble: Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble. Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • L'Enfance Du Christ.
    • Hanssler.
    • 010.
  • Rafael Pérez Arroyo

    Hymn 567 from The Pyramids Text

    Ensemble: Ensemble Hathor. Conductor: Rafael Pérez Arroyo.
    • Music In The Age Of The Pyramids (Ancient Egypt).
    • Natural Acoustic Recordings.
    • 003.
  • Claude Debussy


    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Ravel: Daphnis & Chloë & Debussy: Khamma.
    • Decca.
    • 002.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Israel in Egypt, HWV54: Part I: Aria: Their land brought forth frogs

    Singer: Michael Chance. Ensemble: The Brandenburg Consort. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • Handel: Israel in Egypt, HWV54.
    • Decca.
    • 017.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Israel in Egypt, HWV54: Part I: Aria: Und Frosche ohne Zahl bedeckten das Land

    Singer: Roderick Williams. Ensemble: The King’s Consort. Conductor: Robert King.
    • Handel: Israel in Egypt, HWV54.
    • Vivat.
    • 006.
  • Claude Debussy

    Estampe No. 2 - La soirée dans Grenade

    Performer: Claude Debussy.
    • Debussy: The Composer as Pianist (1904, 1913).
    • Pierian Recording Society.
    • 007.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Invocación y danza

    Performer: Xuefei Yang.
    • Works by Rodrigo.
    • EMI.
    • 015.
  • Trad

    Dances from Transylvania (Arr. Stephan Koncz)

    Performer: Andreas Ottensamer. Performer: Leonidas Kavakos. Performer: Christoph Koncz. Performer: Antoine Tamestit. Performer: Stephan Koncz. Performer: Oszkár Ökrös. Performer: Predrag Tomić. Performer: Ödön Rácz.
    • Brahms: The Hungarian Connection.
    • Mercury Classics.
    • 003.
  • Michael Tippett

    Concerto for double string orchestra

    Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • The Tippett Collection.
    • Decca.
    • 004.
  • Claude Debussy

    Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

    Performer: Claude Debussy.
    • The Composer as Pianist.
    • Pierian.
    • 8.


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