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Al-Andalus

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's breakfast show including music connected with Al-Andalus and a Sounds of the Earth slow radio soundscape from Granada. Email 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, which today features music of Al-Andalus, an historical region and period in medieval Islamic Spain and Portugal. The programme also includes a Sounds of the Earth slow radio soundscape.

Contact the studio by emailing 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

On Sunday 29 September 2019, Radio 3 celebrates Al-Andalus: an historical area and period of Islamic Spain and Portugal, spanning 800 years of music, culture and history that still resonates throughout the region today. Throughout the day, we'll hear music and poetry from the period itself, alongside classical and contemporary music that traces its roots back to Al-Andalus, including Fado, Flamenco and Fandango.

From 12-3pm, Hannah French presents a live programme with guests including musicologist Jonathan Shannon, historian Hugh Kennedy and Sabiha Al Khemir, a historian of Islamic art. The Early Music Show is presented by the founder of Joglaresa - Belinda Sykes, and there will be contributions from food writer Claudia Roden and linguist Dr Alice Corr plus performers Amina Alaoui and the Moroccan-based Orchestre Arabo-Andaloui de Fez.

Later on, The Listening Service seeks out the essence of Spain in music of later centuries and asks how we can recognise a "Spanish" sound in the music of today. And Words and Music comes from the Alhambra in Granada: actors Candela Gomez and Khalid Abdalla perform readings alongside music and recordings from Spain as we journey around the world-famous palace, built in AD 889.

The day closes with Fado music from the Portuguese city of Coimbra (known during the time of Al-Andalus as Al-Madina), followed by highlights from a concert of early Renaissance music from the Granada Festival in June.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Two Arabesques for piano

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.3: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Francisco de Peñalosa

    Unica est columba mea

    Ensemble: New York Polyphony.
    • Lamentationes.
    • BIS.
    • 6.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Horn Trio in E flat, Op 40 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Teunis van der Zwart. Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Adolphe Adam

    Pas de deux des jeunes paysans (Giselle)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • Decca.
  • Francisco Tárrega

    Capricho arabe - serenata for guitar

    Performer: Miloš Karadaglić.
    • Milos: The Guitar.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 14.
  • King João IV of Portugal

    Crux fidelis

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Philip Ledger.
    • EMI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 103 in E flat major, 'Drum Roll' (4th mvt, Finale)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Georges Bizet

    Mi Par D'Udir Ancora (Les pêcheurs de perles)

    Singer: Richard Crooks. Conductor: Wilfrid Pelletier.
    • RCA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    11 Neue Bagatellen, Op. 119: No. 4 in A Major, Andante cantabile

    • Beethoven: The Complete Piano Variations & Bagatelles.
    • BIS.
    • 1004.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    11 Neue Bagatellen, Op. 119: No. 5 in C Minor, Risoluto

    • Beethoven: The Complete Piano Variations & Bagatelles.
    • BIS.
    • 1005.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    11 Neue Bagatellen, Op. 119: No. 6 in G Major, Andante - Allegretto

    • Beethoven: The Complete Piano Variations & Bagatelles.
    • BIS.
    • 1006.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    España

    Ensemble: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Musicales Actes Sud.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Granada [Suite Espanola, Op.47]

    Performer: Julian Bream.
    • RCA.
    • 88883746962.
    • 16.
  • Ernesto Lecuona

    Alhambra [Suite Andalucia]

    Performer: Clara Rodriguez.
    • Meridian.
    • CDE84501.
    • 24.
  • Trad.

    Nana de Alarcos

    Music Arranger: Eduardo Paniagua. Performer: Eduardo Paniagua.
    • Pneuma.
    • 1500.
    • 5.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Alhambra [El Sombrero de tres Picos, Suite No.1]

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 769037-2.
  • Carlos de Seixas

    Harpsichord Concerto in A Major

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Orchestra: Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música.
    • À Portuguesa.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 10.
  • Maurice Ravel

    String Quartet in F major (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • Ravel, Debussy & Fauré String Quartets.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg... (from BWV 149)

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • Bach - Cantatas Vol. 50.
    • BIS.
    • 001.
  • Winifred Atwell

    Coronation Rag

    Performer: Winifred Atwell.
    • Spectrum.

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