Composer Of The Week In Venice

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2006091820060925Donald Macleod takes a musical journey around Venice, visiting some of the historic institutions still thriving today.

1/5. Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Donald begins at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, an organisation which dates from the 13th Century.

G Gabrieli: Deus qui beatum Marcum a 10

Gabrieli Consort and Players

Paul McCreesh (director)

Monteverdi: Beatus vir

Cantus Cölln

Konrad Junhängel (director)

Padovano: Toccata del 6° tono

Robert Micconi (organ)

Caldara: Crucifixus a 16

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (conductor)

Monteverdi: Gloria a 7 voci, Selva morale et spirituale

Schütz Akademie

Howard Arman (director)

Vivaldi: Concerto for lute, strings and continuo, RV 93

Accademia di San Rocco Ensemble

20060919200609262/5. La Fenice

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the musical institutions of Venice with a look at the chequered history of its opera house, la Fenice. Justifying its position as one of the most important European theatres, la Fenice has premiered works by composers such as Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Stravinsky.

Verdi: Sempre libera, Act 1, la Traviata

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

National Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Bonynge (conductor)

Cavalli: Ardo, sospiro e piango, Act 1, La Calisto

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Raymond Leppard (conductor)

Verdi: Finale to Act 1, Simon Boccanegra

Mirella Freni (soprano)

Jos退 Carreras (tenor)

Piero Cappuccilli (baritone)

Nicolai Ghiaurov, Giovanni Foiani (bass)

Jos退 van Dam (baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala

Claudio Abbado (conductor)

Rossini: Excerpt from Scene 3, Act 2, Semiramide

Marilyn Horne (mezzo soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Stravinsky: Excerpt from Act 1, The Rake's Progress

Jerry Hadley (tenor)

Samuel Ramey (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon Opera

Kent Nagano (conductor)

Handel: Non ho cor che per amarti, Act 1, Agrippina

Della Jones (mezzo soprano)

English Baroque Soloists

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Jos? Carreras (tenor)

Jos? van Dam (baritone)

20060920200609273/5. Ospedale della Pietà

Donald Macleod visits the Ospedale della Pieta, famous both for its association with Vivaldi and its reputation for outstanding music performance. In the company of Micky White, who since 1996 has been researching the life of Vivaldi at the Pieta, Donald finds out more about the musical activities at this ancient institution and visits the archive.

Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings, 1st movement, RV 149

Academy of Ancient Music

Andrew Manze (director)

Vivaldi: Concerto in due Cori, RV 585

Ensemble Matheus

Jean-Christophe Spinosi (director)

Vivaldi: Gloria, excerpt

Taverner Choir and Players

Andrew Parrott (director)

Vivaldi: Laetatus sum, RV 607

Vivaldi: Concerto for two mandolins, strings and continuo, RV 532

James Tyler, Douglas Wootton (mandolin)

Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields

Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin, RV 222

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Andrea Marcon (conductor)

Donald Macleod visits the Ospedale della Pieta, famous both for its association with Vivaldi and its reputation for outstanding music performance. In the company of Micky White, who since 1996 has been researching the life of Vivaldi at the Pieta, Donald Macleod finds out more about the musical activities at this ancient institution and visits the archive.

20060921200609284/5. Ca' Rezzonico

One of Venice's most imposing statements of affluence and artistic achievement is the Ca' Rezzonico on the Grand Canal. Since 1935, the palace has been the home of the Museum of 18th century Venice and, amid its treasures, Donald Macleod celebrates an age of splendour, profligacy and destitution as witnessed by the many composers who visited Venice and were beguiled by her charms.

Hahn: Sopra l'acqua indormenzada

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)

Graham Johnson (piano)

Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos (1st movement)

Sylviane Deferne, Pascal Rog退 (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

Vivaldi: Concerto for flute in G all quarta bassa, RV 443

S退bastien Marq

Ensemble Matheus

Jean-Christophe Spinosi (director)

Lizst: Venezia e Napoli (excerpt)

Leslie Howard (piano)

Gounod: Venise

Wagner: Excerpt from Act 2 (Tristan und Isolde)

Waltraud Meier (soprano)

Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor)

Berlin Philharmonic

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Mendelssohn: A Venetian Gondola song

Cole Porter: We Open in Venice (Kiss Me Kate)

Josephine Barstow, Kim Criswell (soprano)

Thomas Hampson, George Dvorsky (baritone)

Ambrosian Chorus

London Sinfonietta

John McGlinn (conductor)

Andrea Marcon (conductor)

Sylviane Deferne, Pascal Rog? (piano)

S?bastien Marq

20060922200609295/5. Death in Venice

Venice's air of melancholy and decay has captured the imaginations of literary giants such as Proust, Thomas Mann and Henry James. Donald Macleod follows the theme of Mann's novella and searches for 'Death in Venice'.

His travels take him to the island cemetery at San Michele - originally a prison island before Napoleon turned it into a final resting place for Venetians - and to Venice's Casino, a palace which houses the mezzanine apartment once occupied by Richard Wagner.

Offenbach: Barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Jessye Norman (soprano)

Ann Murray (mezzo soprano)

Symphony Orchestra of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels

Sylvain Cambreling (conductor)

Liszt: La lugubre gondola

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Stravinsky: Requiem Canticles (excerpt)

Susan Bickley (contralto)

New London Chamber Choir

London Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Wagner: Siegfried's Death and Funeral March (Götterdamerung)

Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

Wagner: Prelude to Act 3 (Tristan und Isolde)

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Britten: Death in Venice (excerpt from Scene 2/3)

Peter Pears (tenor)

John Shirley Quirk (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra

Steuart Bedford (conductor)