Opera and classical for the cultured queer in us all
Opera and classical for the cultured queer in us all
Sad but uplifting – only in music is this not a contradiction. This edition of Queen of the Night farewells Harriet, who died during the past week. Harriet was a long-time JOY volunteer – behind the scenes, on the phones, on the desk, on air – and she was preparing to collaborate with your presenter Tim in an “in the pipeline” idea for a possible future classical music show. Sadly not to be.
The music in this podcast both is and is not a collection of Harriet’s favourites. She named no favourites but adored everything played on Queen of the Night. She thought it was all wonderful, always trusting Tim’s choices.
Farewell Harriet. You will be very sadly missed. RIP
Playlist: 26 July 2020
* Barber: Agnus Dei. The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers.
* Richter: The Leftovers (TV series): The Departure.
* Nyman: Gattaca: The Departure.
* Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus/ Herbert von Karajan.
* Delibes: Lakmé: Flower Duet. Mady Mesplé, sop. Danielle Millet, mezzo.
* Purcell: Funeral Music for Queen Mary II: I. March. English Baroque Soloists/ John Eliot Gardiner.
* Liszt: Consolation no.3. Jorge Bolet, pno.
* Preisner: Requiem for My Friend: Lux Aeterna.
* Savall: Granada: Andalusian Romantic Prayer. Hesperion XXI/ Jordi Savall.
* Faure: Requiem: In Paradisum. La Chapelle Royale/ Philippe Herreweghe.
* Verdi: Aida: O Terra Addio. Leontyne Price, sop. Carlo Bergonzi, ten. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus/ Georg Solti.
* Trad. Spiritual: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child. Paul Robeson, bass.
* Vivaldi: Nulla in mondo pax. Julia Lezhneva, sop.
Exult and rejoice
This Queen of the Night podcast is for our times, music to soothe the stresses and strains of living in a time of pandemic.
If it’s hard to find a bright spot in your day, there’s always the beauty of music to embrace – exult and rejoice.
Playlist: 19 July 2020
* Kalliwoda: 6 Nocturnes for Viola and Piano: I. Larghetto. IV. Allegretto. Hiyoli Tagawa, vla.
* Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata: 1st movement. Wilhelm Kempff, pno.
* Jenkins: Exsultate, Jubilate. Polyphony/ Stephen Layton.
* Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate (opening). Julia Lezhneva, sop. Il Giardino Armonico/ Giovanni Antonini.
* Dvorak: Silent Woods. Sol Gabetta, vlc. Danish National Symphony Orchestra/ Mario Venzago.
* Johannsson: Arrival (soundtrack): Kangaru.
* Leveridge: Sailors Farewell. Robert Lloyd, bass.
* Richter: Mercy. Hilary Hahn, vln.
* Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate (conclusion): Alleluja. Barbara Bonney, sop. English Concert/ Trevor Pinnock.
Queen of the Night celebrates birthdays, keyboards (3 pieces this week), and Morricone.
Ennio Morricone, who died on 06 July 2020 at the age of 91, composed 400+ film scores, over 100 classical pieces, and music for TV and radio. In this podcast we hear one piece by Morricone and the final piece, longer than usual, is dedicated to him.
Playlist: 12 July 2020
* Juan Del Encina: Amor con fortuna. Jordi Savall.
* Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.12 op. 26: II. Funeral March. Glenn Gould, pno.
* Morricone: Un Jour Tu Reviendras (One Day You Shall Return). Arrangement of the theme from Once Upon a Time in the West. Mireille Mathieu, vocals.
* Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad: Is My Team Ploughing. Benjamin Luxon, ten.
* Purcell: A New Ground in E minor. Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord.
* Arensky: Vocal Quartet with Cello accompaniment: I. Serenade. Dmitri Miller, vlc. State Symphony Capella of Russia, Russian State Symphony Orchestra/ Valery Polyansky.
* Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suite no.1: I. Prelude. Barcelona Symphony Orchestra/ Pablo Gonzalez
* Arensky: In the Fields. Marko Cirkovic, pno.
* Nyman: The Draughtsman’s Daughter: Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds.
* Beethoven: Symphony no.3: II. Funeral March. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Herbert von Karajan.
Picture credit : Ennio Morricone – Book cover
Sax on the brain
In 1846 one Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax, a Belgian musician and inventor, patented the saxaphone.
The saxophone is celebrated in this edition of Queen of the Night with music from various composers and players and … some groan-worthy puns from your host!
Playlist: 28 June 2020
* Beethoven Piano sonata no.15, op.28 “Pastoral”: IV Rondo. Alfred Brendel, pno.
* Jean Francaix: Petit Quatour pour Saxophones: II. Cantilène. Italian Saxophone Quartet.
* Nyman: Wonderland (score) (1999): Eddie. Michael Nyman Band.
* JS Bach: Cantata BWV 21: Ich hatte viel Bekummernis. Collegium Vocale Gent/ Philippe Herreweghe
* Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor: III. Largo. Maria Kliegel, vlc.
* Debussy: Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra. Jean-Marie Londeix, sax. French National Television & Radio Orch/ Jean Martinon.
* Bruckner: Tantum Ergo. Prague Chamber Choir.
* Adam: Giselle: no. 21: Andante. London Symphony Orch/ Michael Tilson Thomas.
* Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel): The Old Castle. Montreal Symphony Orch/ Charles Dutoit.
Calm and relaxing – but definitely not bland, boring or saccharine! That’s this edition of Queen of the Night.
Playlist: 21 June 2020
* Wassenaer (attributed to Pergolesi): Concerto Armonici no.1: IV. Allegro. I Musici de Montreal/ Yuli Turovsky.
* Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite: Lullaby & Finale.
* Glière: The Red Poppy Suite: IV. Phoenix.
* Beethoven: 23 Songs of Various Nationality: XVII. Lilla Carl (Swedish).
* Trad. Swedish: Allt under himmelens fäste. Jussi Björling, tenor.
* Nielsen: Symphony no.3 “Espansiva”: II Andante Pastorale.
* Beethoven: Symphony no.6 “Pastorale”: I. Happy Feelings Upon Arrival in the Countryside.
Photo: Franz Hegi (1754-1850), Swiss. Beethoven composes the pastoral – aquatint etching based on a drawing.
This week’s show includes music that is rousing, dreamy, crazy and more. It also celebrates the birth in 1799 of a writer who inspired so many composers, one Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet, playwright, and novelist.
Playlist: 07 June 2020
* Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmilla: Overture. Mariinsky Orchestra/ Valery Gergiev.
* Debussy: Reverie. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pno.
* Nyman: War Work: Eight Songs with Film: Dreaming of Home.
* Puccini: Nessun Dorma. Giuseppe di Stefano, ten. National Academy of St. Cecilia Orchestra/ Franco Patané.
* Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes: I. Dawn; II. Sunday Morning; III. Moonlight. London SO/ Andre Previn
* Pachelbel (Arr. Chilcott): Canon (Rosa Mystica). The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers.
* Rimsky-Korsakov: Tale of the Tsar Sultan: Flight of the Bumblebee. Philharmonia Orch/ Vladimir Ashkenazy.
* Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Lensky’s Aria. Leonid Sobinov, ten.
Photo: Pushkin in St Petersburg