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Jane Jones celebrates some great composers who were also accomplished performers or conductors, including Gustav Mahler.
Today marks the 110th anniversary of Rachmaninov’s conducting debut at the Bolshoi Ballet. We hear the composer himself playing his piano Prelude in G minor.
September 16 was also the date that Mahler agreed to become the conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, following a vote by members. Jane introduces Mahler's first symphony, known as the 'Titan'. In it, the 28-year old composer called for a much larger orchestra than would have been expected. Orchestral sections were introduced, extra players were added, and the result was a symphony that very much lives up to its nickname.
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland conducts the London Symphony Orchestra
John Rutter: Suite Lyrique
Harp: Catrin Finch
John Rutter conducts Sinfonia Cymru
Sergei Rachmaninov: Prelude in G minor Opus 23 No.5
Piano: Sergei Rachmaninov
Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Op.34
Benjamin Britten conducts the London Symphony Orchestra
Howard Goodall: Though Rivers Soar – Psalm 93
Howard Goodall conducts the Enchanted Voices and the Tippett Quartet
Organ: Daisy Fancourt
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.1 in D major 'Titan'
Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra