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Stephen Hough, Walled City Music Festival, Kit Downes, Seán Morgan-Rooney

John Toal chats to Stephen Hough ahead of his performance with the Ulster Orchestra. Plus performances of Liszt, Bach, Ligeti and Chopin from pianist Seán Morgan-Rooney.

John Toal chats to pianist and polymath Stephen Hough ahead of his performance with the Ulster Orchestra. Matthew Greenall of Walled City Music tells us what's in store in this year's festival, including a new piece by composer Frank Lyons. Performances of Liszt, Bach, Ligeti and Chopin from pianist Seán Morgan-Rooney, recorded especially for Classical Connections at First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast. The jazz pianist Kit Downes on the hand injury that inspired a flurry of creativity, and John's classical connection on the theme of injured musicians.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Fanfare from Suite in D major TWV 55 D:18

    Performer: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
  • Benjamin Godard

    Waltz from Suite of Three Pieces Op. 116

    Performer: James Galway.
  • Franz Schubert


    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Music Arranger: Ian Nicholas Stephens.
  • Franz Liszt

    Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes) from Two Concert Études S.145

    Performer: Seán Morgan-Rooney.
  • Grieg

    Rigaudon from Holberg Suite

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Claude Debussy

    Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645

    Performer: Aleksander Debicz. Performer: Marcin Zdunik.
  • Albéniz


    Performer: Craig Ogden.
  • Ravel

    La Flûte enchantée from Shéhérazade

    Performer: Christiane Karg. Performer: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Performer: David Afkham.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Rondo from String Quartet in C maj Op. 33 No. 1

    Performer: RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Capriccio Italien

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
  • Kurt Weill

    Ballad of the Easy Life from Brass Suite from The Threepenny Opera

    Performer: tenThing.
  • Aleksander Debicz

    Improvisation I

    Performer: Aleksander Debicz. Performer: Marcin Zdunik. Composer: Marcin Zdunik.
  • Bach

    Von Gott will ich nicht lassen BWV 658

    Performer: Aleksander Debicz. Performer: Marcin Zdunik.
  • Robert Schumann

    Toccata in C, Op. 7 (excerpt)

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
  • Beethoven

    3rd mvt from Rondo Vivace from Piano Concerto No. 4 (excerpt)

    Performer: Lang Lang. Performer: Orchestre de Paris. Performer: Christoph Eschenbach.
  • Edward Elgar

    Chason de matin Op.15 No.2

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Lawrance Collingwood.
  • Bach

    Sheep May Safely Graze from BWV 208

    Performer: Seán Morgan-Rooney.
  • György Ligeti

    Musica ricercata No. 7

    Performer: Seán Morgan-Rooney.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Preludes Nos. 6, 7 & 8 from 24 preludes Op. 28

    Performer: Seán Morgan-Rooney.
  • Fanny Hensel

    String Quartet In E-Flat Minor, Ohne Opus, MVW. R 18 First mvt Allegro Moderato (excerpt)

    Performer: Benyounes Quartet.