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Concierto de Aranjuez

BBC NOW and Kensho Watanabe perform a Borodin overture and Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. New Generation Artist Thibaut Garcia is guitarist in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez

Live from Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Coming live from the first stop of their bi-annual tour of Wales, Kensho Watanabe conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a program of two Russian classics, book-ending an ever-popular Spanish landmark of the guitar repertoire, Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, featuring New Generation Artist Thibaut Garcia as the soloist. The overture to Borodin's Prince Igor opens the concert, a work which was almost certainly composed not by Borodin, but by Glazunov after Borodin's untimely death, but based on Borodin's themes and sketches. It manages to show both composers in a favourable light—Borodin for his dazzling themes, and Glazunov for his iridescent orchestration. To close the concert, Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony, a work which the composer struggled with and which many believe to be a work coming to terms with the secret homosexuality which he took to the grave.

Borodin: Prince Igor (Overture)
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

8.10 Interval music

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64

Thibaut Garcia (guitar)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Kensho Watanabe (conductor)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Alexander Borodin

    Overture (Prince Igor)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Kensho Watanabe.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Concierto de Aranjuez

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Kensho Watanabe.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Suite espanola no 1, Op 47(no 5, Asturias (Leyanda))

    Performer: Thibaut Garcia.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    5 Sonatas de Castilla con toccata a modo de pregon for piano (No 2)

    Performer: Joaquín Rodrigo.
  • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

    Piano Sonata in B flat minor, Op 5 (1905) (mvt 4, Finale)

    Performer: Julian Jacobson.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Kensho Watanabe.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Dixit Dominus, RV 594

    Singer: Sarah Fox. Singer: Deborah Norman. Singer: Michael Chance. Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: Jonathan Lemalu. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • WARNER.
  • George Frideric Handel

    O care parolette (Orlando)

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Decca.

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