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Tea for two and one for the road

From Broadway to Moscow. Today's In Tune Mixtape starts with a joke that backfired, nearly landing Shostakovich in deep trouble. And we spend a while north of Hadrian's Wall.

From Broadway to Moscow. Today's In Tune Mixtape starts with a joke that backfired nearly landing Shostakovich in deep trouble. His famous arrangement of the foxtrot, 'Tea for Two' from 'No, No, Nanette' coincided with a series of vitriolic press denunciations of bourgeois, dance hall decadence as exemplified by the 'Foxtrot'. Quick-thinking Shostakovich wrote an open letter saying that his piece was not a jolly orchestral encore, but instead a sarcastic comment on modern life - and he got away with it.
We also spend a little time north of Hadrian's Wall and in the company of one of the great Italian Baroque concertos not by Vivaldi. Add a dash of Bruckner and a cure for spider bites and you have a recipe to take your mind off the day's hardships for half an hour.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto no 2 in G minor Op. 22: 3rd mvt: Presto

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou. Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine.
    • Erato.
  • Vincent Youmans

    Tahiti trot (Tea for two) [from 'No, no, Nanette']

    Orchestrator: Dmitry Shostakovich. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Shostakovich: The Jazz Album - Brautigam, Masseurs.
    • Decca.
    • 16.
  • James Oswald

    Sonata on Scots Tunes

    Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia. Director: David McGuinness.
    • James Oswald: Colin's Kisses: Concerto Caledonia.
    • Linn.
    • 014.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    So Deep

    Lyricist: Robert Burns. Choir: The Elysian Singers. Conductor: Sam Laughton.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Saint Paul, Op.36 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • Mendelssohn: Paulus.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 01.
  • William Hurlstone

    The Witch's Death Dance (The Magic Mirror)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Braithwaite.
    • Lyrita.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto à 5 in D minor, Op 9 No 2 (Adagio)

    Performer: Paolo Grazzi. Director: Giovanni Antonini. Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico.
    • Artist Portrait: Il Giardino Armonico.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Ave Maria

    Choir: Winchester Cathedral Girls Choir and Lay Clerks. Conductor: Andrew Lumsden.
    • A Year at Winchester.
    • Regent.
    • 6.
  • Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger

    Toccata arpeggiata for chitarrone [no.2 in Libro 1o .. di chitarrone, 1604]

    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • Kapsberger: Lute Works.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Athanasius Kircher


    Composer: Santiago de Murcia. Composer: Francisco Xavier Cid. Music Arranger: Miriam Nerval. Ensemble: Palisander.
    • Beware the Spider!.
    • Palisander.
    • 009.


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