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Slow burn classics

Jamie plays well-loved classics that began life as slow burners or first night flops.

Jamie plays well-loved classics that began life as slow burners or first night flops. Elgar's cello concerto, Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, even Strauss Blue Danube had disastrous premieres at the outset. Tonight is about how these pieces of music transformed themselves into the iconic tracks we love today.

1 hour, 55 minutes

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide (Overture)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Bernstein: Symphonic Dances/Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue.
    • SONY.
    • 10.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Sacrificial Dance (The Rite of Spring)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thierry Fischer.
    • Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 14.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • Tchaikovsky; The Three Piano Concertos, Concert Fantasia.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Largo al Factotum

    Singer: Thomas Hampson. Orchestra: Orchestra della Toscana. Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti.
    • The Opera Album 2002.
    • Virgin.
    • 15.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • J.S.Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos: Marriner.
    • Philips.
    • 8.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata, Act 1: Prelude

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Viva Verdi.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Jian Wang. Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius / Cello Concerto.
    • 1.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Night on a Bare Mountain

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • Carlo Maria Giulini Centenary Edition.
    • Warner.
    • 10.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Humming Chorus (Madam Butterfly)

    Choir: Chor der Wiener Staatsoper. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • Your Hundred Best Opera Tunes IV.
    • Decca.
    • 8.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fidelio (Overture)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Simon Rattle Edition: Beethoven.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 801.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Casta Diva (Norma)

    Singer: Maria Callas. Orchestra: La Scala Orchestra, Milan. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
    • Diva: The Ultimate Collection.
    • EMI.
    • 9.
  • Johann Strauss II

    The Blue Danube, Op 314

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • Strauss: Waltzes.
    • RCA.
    • 6.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No 3 in D minor (Scherzo)

    Orchestra: London Classical Players. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • Bruckner: Symphony 3.
    • 3.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13 (Allegro animato)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1.
    • LSO LIVE.
    • 002.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Symphony No.2 in B minor (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Borodin: Symphonies 1 & 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 7.
  • Richard Wagner

    Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhäuser)

    Choir: Chorus of German Opera, Berlin. Orchestra: German Opera Berlin Orchestra. Conductor: Hansgeorg Otto.
    • Wagner: Tannhauser.
    • Teldec.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 15 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels. Conductor: Eugen Jochum. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.


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