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Verdi, Fado, Bach

Amina Alaoui sings fado, plus there's tragedy from Verdi and upbeat music from Bach. Gesualdo provides darkness, Fanny Mendelssohn joy, and Eric Coates the bustle of 1930s London.

The Moroccan-born singer Amina Alaoui sings Fado Al-Mu'tamid from her album Arco Iris. Before that we hear the fingers of pianist Nikolai Lugansky flying through Liszt's Feux-follets, and we start with tragedy in the form of the overture to Act 3 of Verdi's La Traviata. Some lively music for string quartet from Fanny Mendelssohn follows Amina Alaoui singing fado, then we sink into the darkness of Gesualdo's Tenebrae. Some upbeat Bach cleanses the palate, and we end in the bustling heart of Covent Garden, part of Eric Coates' London Suite from the 1930s.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Die Vogel, D.691

    Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La traviata Act 3; Prelude

    Orchestra: Columbia S O.. Conductor: Thomas Schippers.
    • Sony Classical : SBK63053.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 4.
  • Franz Liszt

    Transcendental Study No 5 in B flat major, 'Feux-follets'

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Naive: AM205.
    • Naive.
    • 9.
  • Träd

    Fado Al-Mu'tamid

    Singer: Amina Alaoui.
    • ECM.
  • Fanny Hensel

    String quartet in E flat major (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • Virgin Classics : 50999464546 2 1.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 6.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Tenebrae factae sunt

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM NEW SERIES : 843867-2.
    • ECM NEW SERIES.
    • 14.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in D minor for oboe, violin and strings, BWV 1060; 3rd mvt

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI : 557091 2.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • Eric Coates

    Covent Garden (London Suite)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN9869.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 7.

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