Andrew McGregor introduces music by BBC Radio 3's four Composers of the Year in 2009, beginning with one of the great masterpieces of English opera in a highly acclaimed production by the Royal Opera House.
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Dido....Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
Belinda....Lucy Crowe (soprano)
Aeneas....Lucas Meacham (baritone)
Second Woman....Anita Watson (soprano)
Sorceress....Sara Fulgoni (mezzo-soprano)
First Witch....Eri Nakamura
Second Witch....Pumeza Matshikiza (soprano)
Spirit....Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Sailor....Ji-Min Park (tenor)
Royal Opera Extra Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Mendelssohn at Buckingham Palace
Sean Rafferty and Jonathan Marsden of the Royal Collection follow the trail of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's favourite composer.
Andrew McGregor introduces one of Handel's charming Italian cantatas, a cautionary tale of the dendrological results of attempted seduction.
Handel: Apollo e Dafne
Nuria Rial (soprano)
Fulvio Bettini (bass)
Alfredo Bernardini (director)
Recorded at the Foundling Museum
Richard Briers plays Haydn in a short play about the last days of the composer's life.
In May 1809, as French troops take Vienna, Napoleon arranges for one of his officers to visit Joseph Haydn.
Joseph Haydn....Richard Briers
Johann Elssler....Ben Askew
French Officer....Matt Addis
Written by Stephen Wyatt.
Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.
Last Chance to Hear...
Andrew McGregor introduces some of the best music BBC Radio 3's four Composers of the Year have to offer.
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Le Concert Spirituel
Herve Niquet (director)
Haydn: Cello Concerto No 1 in C
Truls Mork (cello)
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Iona Brown (director)
Purcell: Arise, my muse, Z320
Michael Chance, James Bowman (countertenors)
Charles Daniels (high tenor)
Robert King (director)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture and selection of incidental music
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Frans Bruggen (conductor).
Andrew McGregor introduces music by BBC Radio 3's four Composers of the Year in 2009.