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A tribute to Jessye Norman

Jamie pays tribute to the trailblazing opera singer Jessye Norman who died earlier this week, with reflections from British American mezzo soprano Andrea Baker.

Jamie pays tribute to the trailblazing opera singer Jessye Norman who died earlier this week, whose voice was once described as “a grand mansion of sound”. British American Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker shares her own reflections on this remarkable woman and a couple of special recordings. There’s music from the prestigious 2019 Gramophone Awards shortlist and Principal Cello at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Aleksei Kiseliov chooses his My Music.

1 hour, 55 minutes

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    Les Nuits d'ete Op.7 (no.1; Villanelle)

    Singer: Jessye Norman. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Berlioz: Les Nuits D'Été/Ravel: Shéhérazade.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Swiss Baroque Soloists. Director: Andrés Gabetta.
    • J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos.
    • Naxos.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Mahler: Symphony 2 (Urlicht, Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht)

    Singer: Jessye Norman. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • Mahler: Symphony No 2.
    • CBS.
  • Trad.

    Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass

    Music Arranger: Evelyn Simpson-Curenton. Singer: Jessye Norman. Orchestra: Members Of The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Conductor: James Levine.
    • Spirituals In Concert.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Semiramide (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Rossini: Semiramide.
    • Opera Rara.
    • 1.
  • Kaija Saariaho

    Sept Papillons: Papillon no.2

    Performer: Anssi Karttunen.
    • ONDINE.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Swiss Baroque Soloists. Director: Andrés Gabetta.
    • J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos.
    • Naxos.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Connie Shih.
    • The Cello In Wartime.
    • BIS.
    • 12.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Symphony No 5 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Choir: The Sixteen. Choir: Genesis Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in B minor, Op.32 No.10

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • The Berlin Recital.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Song without Words in D major, Op 109

    Performer: Antônio Meneses. Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • The Wigmore Hall Recital: Schubert; Brahms; Mendelssohn.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 7.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G major (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Gershwin, Ravel: Piano Concertos: Grimaud, Zinman.
    • Erato.
    • 6.
  • César Franck

    Violin Sonata in A (1st mvt)

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Vierne; Franck: Violin Sonatas.
    • Hyperion.
    • 2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata, Act 1: Prelude

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Viva Verdi.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on Greensleeves

    Conductor: Robert Haydon Clark. Orchestra: Consort of London.
    • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves/Lark Ascending etc: Consort of London.
    • 1.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Symphony No 5 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Choir: The Sixteen. Choir: Genesis Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs (September)

    Singer: Jessye Norman. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 2.

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