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Beethoven, Prokofiev, Part

Tonight's playlist includes Beethoven's mischievous symphonic homage to the invention of the metronome, and a motoric Dance of the Five Couples from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

Beethoven's mischievous symphonic homage to the invention of the metronome, the motoric Dance of the Five Couples from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, plus Arvo Part's "strict and enigmatic" Summa in tonight's specially curated playlist. Then there's both rythmos and melos in the finale from Debussy's Sonata en trio for flute, harp and viola, the "running of a sewing machine" in a Prelude by J S Bach, and dextrous verbal play in La Danse du Bonheur by fusion supergroup Shakti. And to begin, a touching little vintage recording of a French Chanson, the one that opened composer Toru Takemitsu’s ears to Western classical music: Lenoir's Parlez-Moi d'Amour, sung by Lucienne Boyer.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Jean Lenoir

    Parlez-moi d'amour

    Performer: Lucienne Boyer.
    • Les Plus Grandes Chansons Du Siecle CD1.
    • UNIVERSAL LICENSING MUSIC.
    • 14.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93 (2nd mvt)

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • Simon Rattle on EMI Classics.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Claude Debussy

    Sonata for flute, viola and harp (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Osian Ellis. Ensemble: Melos Ensemble.
    • Franck: Violin Sonata; Debussy: Violin sonata; Ravel: Introduction and allegro.
    • Decca.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    English Suite No 2 in A minor, BWV 807 (Prelude)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Bach - The English Suites.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Dance of the Five Couples (Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Berliner Philharmoniker, Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Summa arr Wesly

    Ensemble: Calefax Reed Quintet.
    • William Byrd/Arvo Part: Calefax Reed Quintet.
    • MDG.
    • 12.
  • John McLaughlin

    La danse du bonheur

    Composer: Shankar. Ensemble: Shakti.
    • The Best of Shakti (1975-77).
    • Moment.
    • 8.

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