9 Jun 2019

The Violin in all its glory and Cole Porter misbehaves

From Pick and Mix, 12:05 pm on 9 June 2019

Pick and Mix has a focus on the versatile violin: the so-called instrument of the devil easily adapts to different styles, from classical to folk and bluegrass. Irrepressible fiddler Nigel Kennedy plays klezmer and jazz.


Angèle Dubeau’s album ‘Infernal Violins’ features devil themed music played with La Pietà, an ensemble of female string players she founded 20 years ago.  We hear them in all their show-stopping brilliance.


We celebrate the music of the original bad boy of musical theatre Cole Porter who was born 9 June 1891. The film ‘De-lovely’ was loosely based on Porter’s hedonistic life style. We hear Porter himself sing, plus performances of his many contributions to The Great American Songbook from the King’s Singers and pop singer Robbie Williams.  


Music details:

TRAD: Tribute to Maria Tanase - Nigel Kennedy (vln), Kroke (EMI 5 57511)
DOMPIERRE: Les Beautés du diable - Angèle Dubeau (vln), Thérèse Motard (cello), La Pietà (Analekta N 2 8723)
GERSHWIN arr Kennedy: They can't take that away - Nigel Kennedy (Warner 571535)
PORTER: You're the top - Cole Porter (voice, pno) (Columbia 517334)
PORTER arr: It's de-lovely - Robbie Williams (Columbia 517334)
MARSHALL: Big man from Syracuse - Darol Anger (vln), Mike Marshall (gtr) (Compass 974333)
EVANS: Kobe Blues - Bill Evans (banjo), Darol Anger (vln) (Mighty Fine Records 2001)
AMPER: Johanna's bicycle - Emilia Amper (nykelharpa) (BIS 2243 SACD)
TRAD: Polska after Sven Donat - Emilia Amper (nykelharpa) (BIS 2243 SACD)
DOMPIERRE arr Rozankovic: La reel du diable - Angèle Dubeau (vln), La Pietà (Analekta N 2 8723)
PORTER arr L'Estrange: Let's Misbehave - Kng's Singers (Signum SIGCD 341)
PORTER arr L'Estrange: Night and Day - Kng's Singers (Signum SIGCD 341)
SHANKAR: Variant Moods: Duet for Sitar & Violin (abridged version) - Joshua Bell (vln), Anoushka Shankhar (sitar), Samir Chatterjee (tabla), Kenji Ota (tampura) (Sony 88697 55436)