3:00 THE ART OF OTTORINO RESPIGHI
Prepared by Rex Burgess
Respighi, O. Overture to Belfagor (1925). BBC PO/Edward Downes.
Chandos CHAN 9311 12
Ancient airs and dances, suite no 2 (1924). Philharmonia Hungarica/Antal Dorati.
Mercury 416 496-2 19
Il tramonto (1914). Sena Jurinac, sop; Barylli Quartet.
DG 471 269-2 18
Roman festivals (1928). Royal PO/Enrique Bátiz.
Naxos 8.550539 25
Sonata in B minor (c1917). Franco Gulli, vn; Enrica Cavallo, pf.
Dynamic CDS 39 26
La sensitiva (1914). Linda Finnie, mezz; BBC PO/Richard Hickox.
Chandos CHAN 9453 32
Church windows (1926). Pacific SO/Keith Clark.
Reference Recordings RR15CD 29
Field, J. Air du bon Roi Henri IV. Míceál O'Rourke, pf.
Chandos CHAN 9315 6
6:00 SUNDAY MORNING MUSIC
with Terry McMullen
9:00 FRIENDS AND STRANGERS
Presented by Peter Kurti
Beethoven, L. Overture to Egmont, op 84 (1810). Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
DG 445 112-2 8
Zemlinsky, A. Rustic dances, op 1 (1891). Silke Avenhaus, pf.
Naxos 8.557331 15
Cui, C. Suite concertante for violin and orchestra, op 25 (1884). Takako Nishizaki, vn; Hong Kong PO/Kenneth Schermerhorn.
Naxos 8.555244 21
Fossa, F. de Guitar trio no 1 in A, op 18 (1808). Simon Wynberg, gui; Martin Beaver, vn; Bryan Epperson, vc.
Naxos 8.550760 26
Borodin, A. String quartet no 2 in D (1881). Takács Quartet.
Decca 476 280-2 26
Liszt, F. Piano concerto No 1 in E flat (1849/53/56). Leslie Howard, pf; Budapest SO/Karl Anton Rickenbacher.
Hyperion CDA67401/2 20
11:00 THE MAGIC OF STAGE AND SCREEN
Prepared by Sue Jowell
The finest Finales
12:00 SUNDAY SPECIAL
Vale Jiri Belohlávek
Prepared by Sheila Catzel
Martinu, B. Concerto for double string orchestra, piano and timpani (1938). Jaroslav Saroun, pf; Vláclav Mazácek, timp.
Chandos CHAN 8950 22
Dvorák, A. Slavonic dance no 8 in G minor, op 46 (1878). Alisa Weilerstein, vc.
Decca 0289 478 5705 1 4
Janácek, L. Sinfonietta (1926).
Chandos CHAN 8897 23
Dvorák, A. Violin concerto in A minor, op 53 (1879). Frank Peter Zimmermann, vn.
Decca 478 6757 30
Suk, J. Serenade in E flat for strings, op 6 (1892).
Chandos CHAN 9640 30
Czech PO/Jiri Belohlávek (all above)
14:00 AT THE OPERA
Prepared by Angela Cockburn
Halévy, F. La juive. Opera in five acts. Libretto by Eugène Scribe. First performed Paris, 1835.
ELEAZAR: José Carreras, ten
RACHEL: Julia Varady, sop
LEOPOLD: Dalmacio Gonzales, ten
PRINCESS EUDOXIA: June Anderson, sop
CARDINAL OF BROGNI: Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass
Ambrosian Opera Ch; Philharmonia O/Antonio de Almeida.
Philips 420 190-2 3:03
Beforehand: Jewish goldsmith Eléazar fled Italy after Count Brogni executed his sons. He rescued a baby from the Count's burnt-out house and raised her, naming her Rachel. The Count, believing his family dead, became a priest and then a cardinal.
Grown-up, Rachel lives with her adopted father in Constance. The crowd attacks Eléazar for working during a Christian Holy Day. Brogni saves him, but recognises Eléazar as his old enemy. Married war hero Prince Léopold is courting Rachel disguised as Samuel, a Jewish artist. The angry crowd returns, but 'Samuel' instructs his troops to calm things down.
Rachel invites 'Samuel' for the Passover celebration but she's worried when he refuses to eat unleavened bread. He admits he's Christian, although not who he is. Rachel, horrified, reminds him that local law prohibits relations between Christians and Jew. Léopold's wife Eudoxie comes to order a jewel from Eléazar: ‘Samuel hides. After Eudoxie leaves, Léopold promises to take Rachel away. Just as she is about to agree, Eléazar confronts them and curses Léopold.
Rachel follows 'Samuel' to the Palace, and offers her services as lady's maid to Princess Eudoxie. Eléazar arrives to deliver the jewel. He and Rachel recognise Léopold as 'Samuel'. Rachel declares that Léopold seduced her and Cardinal Brogni imprisons Rachel, Eléazar and Léopold. Princess Eudoxie visits Rachel and persuades her to withdraw her allegations. Cardinal Brogni agrees to commute Léopold's sentence and to spare Rachel and Eléazar if they convert. Eléazar tells the Cardinal that his baby didn't die in the fire: she was saved by a Jew and only he knows where she is.
Then Eléazar realises that the only way to save Rachel is to admit that the Cardinal is her father and that she is not Jewish but Christian. However, when Eléazar hears the cries from a pogrom in the streets, he decides God wants him to bear witness in death with his daughter.
Eléazar and Rachel are brought to the gallows to be thrown into a cauldron of boiling water. Rachel is terrified but she refuses to convert to Christianity and climbs to the gallows before him. Cardinal Brogni asks Eléazar if his own daughter is still alive. Eléazar says she is. Cardinal Brogni asks where. Eléazar points to the cauldron, saying ‘There she is!’ He then climbs to his own death.
Halévy, F. Come dolce a me favelli, from Clari (1828). Cecilia Bartoli, mezz; Ada Pesch, vn; Orchestra La Scintilla/Adám Fischer.
Decca 475 9077 5
17:30 BAROQUE PIANO
Prepared by Brian Drummond
Scarlatti, D. Sonata in A minor, Kk175. András Schiff, pf.
Decca 421 422-2 4
Handel, G. Suite no 2 in F, HWV427 (pub. 1720). Murray Perahia, pf.
Sony SK 62785 8
Bach, J.S. Italian concerto in F, BWV971. Vladimir Ashkenazy, pf.
Decca 478 6773 12
18:00 IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
with Maureen Meers
Nostalgic music and artists from the 30s, 40s and 50s and occasionally beyond, in a trip down many memory lanes
19:00 JAZZ IN CONCERT
with Peter Nelson
20:00 AUSTRALIANS PERFORM
Presented by Debbie Scholem
Khachaturian, A. Trio for clarinet, flute (violin) and piano (1932; arr Power of Three). The Power of Three.
ABC/Three Bracelets 94504 47232 17
Arriaga, J. Erminia. Rosamund Illing, sop; Melbourne SO/Heribert Esser.
ABC 434 898-2 14
Mozart, W. Piano concerto no 23 in A, K488 (1786). Simon Tedeschi, pf; Tasmanian SO/Alexander Briger.
ABC 481 0189 27
21:00 SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Prepared by Rex Burgess
Bourgault-Ducoudray, L-A. Rhapsodie cambodgienne (1882). Slovak RSO.
Marco Polo 8.225234 17
Respighi, O. Cantata: La primavera (1922). Jana Valaskova, sop; Richard Haan, bar; Miroslav Dvorský, ten, Vladimir Kubovcik, bass; Slovak Philharmonic Ch & O.
Naxos 8.570741 45
Ibert, J. Suite élizabéthaine (1942). Slovak RSO.
Naxos 8.555568 22
Adriano, cond (all above)
22:30 ULTIMA THULE
Ambient and atmospheric music