Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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Henry Purcell (1659-95).

1/5. England's Greatest Composer

Donald Macleod examines Purcell's reputation and explains why he thinks Purcell deserves to be championed above all his compatriots.

Trumpet Overture (The Indian Queen)

Purcell Simfony

Catherine Mackintosh (director)

From rosy bow'rs

Nancy Argenta (soprano)

Nigel North (baroque guitar)

Richard Boothby (viola da gamba)

Paul Nicholson (harpsichord)

The Virtuous Wife - suite

Parley of Instruments

Peter Holman (director)

Golden Sonata

London Baroque

Three parts on a ground

Welcome to all the pleasures

Taverner Consort and Choir

Taverner Players

Andrew Parrott (director)

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976).

1/5. To mark the 30th anniversary of Britten's death, Donald Macleod is joined by Philip Reed to discuss Britten's precocious early career, including the remarkable music produced in his first job for the Film Unit of the General Post Office.

A Hymn to the Virgin

Finzi Singers

Paul Spicer (director)

Night Mail - end sequence

Nash Ensemble

Nigel Hawthorne (narrator)

Lionel Friend (conductor)

AMDG

Polyphony

Stephen Layton (conductor)

The Sword in the Stone - concert suite

Bunyan's Farewell: Litany (Paul Bunyan)

Kenneth Cranham (voice of Paul Bunyan)

Fido....Lillian Watson

Moppet....Pamela Helen Stephen

Poppet....Leah-Marian Jones

Tiny....Susan Gritton

Hel Helson....Jeremy White

Inkslinger....Kurt Streit

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Richard Hickox (conductor)

2006121120061218

Gustav Mahler began early in life to carve out a career as a successful if controversial conductor. Donald Macleod begins his exploration of Mahler's life with his only surviving piece of chamber music and two works inspired by a love affair.

Piano Quartet movement

Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

David Kim (violin)

Choong-Jin Chang (viola)

Efe Baltacigil (cello)

Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen

Thomas Hampson (baritone)

David Lutz (piano)

Symphony No 1 (last movement)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

1/5. To mark the 30th anniversary of Britten's death, Donald Macleod is joined by Philip Reed to discuss Britten's precocious early career, including the remarkable music produced in his first job for the Film Unit of the General Post Office.

A Hymn to the Virgin

Finzi Singers

Paul Spicer (director)

Night Mail - end sequence

Nash Ensemble

Nigel Hawthorne (narrator)

Lionel Friend (conductor)

AMDG

Polyphony

Stephen Layton (conductor)

The Sword in the Stone - concert suite

Bunyan's Farewell: Litany (Paul Bunyan)

Voice of Paul Bunyan....Kenneth Cranham

Fido....Lillian Watson

Moppet....Pamela Helen Stephen

Poppet....Leah-Marian Jones

Tiny....Susan Gritton

Hel Helson....Jeremy White

Inkslinger....Kurt Streit

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Richard Hickox (conductor)

0420100708

Donald Macleod introduces arrangements of two Mahler songs by jazz musician Uri Caine.

On 11th May 1897, aged just 37, Mahler made a triumphant debut as the director of the Vienna Opera - the post seen almost universally as the peak of his entire profession. It was the culmination of years of careful political machinations, and arguably the high point of his musical career. Little did anyone know that he had already lived nearly three quarters of his life.

In today's episode, Donald Macleod introduces sparkling arrangements of two songs by the American jazz musician and musicogist Uri Caine, as well as the finale of the immense Third Symphony, itself closely related to Mahler's "Wunderhorn" settings.