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BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Pictures at an Exhibition

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Tadaaki Otaka perform Mussorgsky's orchestration of Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition. Sir Thomas Allen sings Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel

Live from St. David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka takes to the stage with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for the opening concert of their season, live from St. David’s Hall in Cardiff and presented by Nicola Heyward Thomas. Vaughan Williams’ deeply personal depictions of English music dominates the first half, from the chants and echoes of an English Renaissance cathedral in his haunting Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, to his setting of Robert Lewis Stevenson's Songs of Travel, for which the orchestra will be joined by Sir Thomas Allen. This is contrasted in the second half by Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, in the famous orchestration by Ravel. A tribute to his departed friend, the artist Victor Hartmann, Pictures at an Exhibition takes the listener around an exhibition of ten of Hartmann's paintings, culminating in The Great Gate of Kiev.

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel

8.15 Interval Music

Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Songs of Travel

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka.
  • Graham Peel

    In Summertime on Bredon

    Performer: Sir Thomas Allen. Performer: Geoffrey Parsons.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Don Giovanni)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: David Parry.
  • Harold Arlen

    One for my Baby

    Performer: Sir Thomas Allen. Performer: Stephen Higgins.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition

    Orchestrator: Maurice Ravel. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka.
  • John Dowland

    Lachrimae Antiquae

    Performer: Christopher Wilson. Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Suite in Old Style: 1st movement - Fanfare from the balconies

    Performer: Maxim Rysanov. Performer: Vaiva Eidukaitytė-Storastienė. Orchestra: Lietuvos kamerinis orkestras.
    • ECM New Series.

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