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Xavier Bray

Michael Berkeley's guest is the director of the Wallace Collection in London, Xavier Bray. With Handel, Wagner and Mongolian throat singing.

Xavier Bray is a renowned specialist in 17th- and 18th-century art, and he's been director for a year now of the Wallace Collection, that rich collection of rococo painting, china, and armour, housed in a grand mansion in Marylebone that remains something of a well-kept secret. Bray would like to change that, opening up the gallery to a wider public and to music of all kinds. He himself would have loved to be an opera singer, and he has sung in choirs all his life. His party piece is a demonstration of Mongolian throat singing, which he taught himself after going to a concert as a student. He gives Michael Berkeley a demonstration, and discusses, more seriously, the connection between the visual arts and music. He reveals his other musical passions: for Marin Marais, flamenco, Bizet, Messiaen, and for the Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli.

Produced by Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

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35 minutes

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Sun 25 Mar 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Nessun maggior dolore (Otello)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Jesús López Cobos. Singer: Alfonso Leoz.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Omra mai fu (Serse)

    Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli. Singer: Beniamino Gigli.
  • Richard Wagner

    Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhauser)

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink. Choir: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
  • Paco Peña

    Misa flamenca

    Performer: Paco Peña. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: László Heltay.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    O vos omnes

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    St Francois d'Assise (excerpt)

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Kent Nagano. Choir: Arnold Schönberg Chor.
  • Bayarbaatar Davaasuren

    Mongolian Throat Singing

    Singer: Bayarbaatar Davaasuren.
  • Marin Marais

    Le Badinage

  • Georges Bizet

    Je crois entendre encore (Les Pecheurs de perles)

    Singer: Alain Vanzo.

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