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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
Set design by Ken Scar, Atmopshere Custom Painting
It was the “soundtrack music” of its day, written to underscore the live performance of a play—in this case, Edvard Grieg’s music for Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.
Grieg was just one of many classical composers who took on the task of writing what is called “incidental music.” And in most cases, the results are far better known than the plays they were written for—often justifiably so.
In this hour, music for the theatre by Purcell, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Grieg, and Vaughan Williams.
Grieg: Peer Gynt
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi.
Virgin Classics 7243 5 4522 2
Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Ronald Thomas
Chandos CHAN 8424
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophon 431655-2
Beethoven: Symphony #10, etc.
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Douglas Bostock
Classico Class CD 472
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream
London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn
EMI Classics CDC 7471632
Consort of London and Consort of Voices, Robert Haydon Clark
Collins Classics 1141-4
Vaughan Williams” Piano Concerto, etc.
Royal Liverpool Orchestra, James Judd
October 7, 2023
September 23, 2023
September 2, 2023