Baroque Spring

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Katie Derham today spotlights some early works by JS Bach and some masterworks of the French Baroque as part of Baroque Spring. The choir which Bach himself conducted is heard in a joyful motet recorded in St Thomas's Church Leipzig and the famous 'Eurovision' trumpet fanfare which begins Charpentier's Te Deum is heard in the glorious acoustic of the Basilica of St Denis, the burial place of a host of French kings.

2pm

Charpentier Te Deum in D

Amel Brahim-Djelloul and Claire Lefilliâtre, (soprano), Jean-François Lombard (alto), Mathias Vidal (tenor), Benoît Arnould (bass), Les Cris de Paris, Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)

2.20pm

Bach Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV 540

Ulrich Böhme, Bach organ of St Thomas Church, Leipzig

Bach Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet, BWV 225

St Thomas Choir and Leipzig University Chorus, Georg Christoph Biller (conductor)

2.45pm

Telemann Overture-Suite in B flat, TWV 55:B5 ('Les Nations')

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Georg Kallweit (director)

3.10pm

Bach Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi)

Pier Damiano Peretti, historic organ of Stiftskirche, Ossiach

3.25

Bach Cantata 'Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir', BWV 131

Julian Prégardien (tenor), Markus Werba (baritone), Bavarian Radio Chorus and SO, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

3.50pm Marais Les Folies d'Espagne, from 'Pièces de viole, 2nd edition'

Simone Eckert (viola da gamba), Ulrich Wedemeier (theorbo)

4.10pm Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Georg Kallweit (director).

AO30120130304

Katie Derham today spotlights some early works by JS Bach and some masterworks of the French Baroque as part of Baroque Spring. The choir which Bach himself conducted is heard in a joyful motet recorded in St Thomas's Church Leipzig and the famous 'Eurovision' trumpet fanfare which begins Charpentier's Te Deum is heard in the glorious acoustic of the Basilica of St Denis, the burial place of a host of French kings.

2pm

Charpentier Te Deum in D

Amel Brahim-Djelloul and Claire Lefilliâtre, (soprano), Jean-François Lombard (alto), Mathias Vidal (tenor), Benoît Arnould (bass), Les Cris de Paris, Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)

2.20pm

Bach Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV 540

Ulrich Böhme, Bach organ of St Thomas Church, Leipzig

Bach Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet, BWV 225

St Thomas Choir and Leipzig University Chorus, Georg Christoph Biller (conductor)

2.45pm

Telemann Overture-Suite in B flat, TWV 55:B5 ('Les Nations')

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Georg Kallweit (director)

3.10pm

Bach Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi)

Pier Damiano Peretti, historic organ of Stiftskirche, Ossiach

3.25

Bach Cantata 'Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir', BWV 131

Julian Prégardien (tenor), Markus Werba (baritone), Bavarian Radio Chorus and SO, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

3.50pm Marais Les Folies d'Espagne, from 'Pièces de viole, 2nd edition'

Simone Eckert (viola da gamba), Ulrich Wedemeier (theorbo)

4.10pm Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Georg Kallweit (director).

AO30120130304

Katie Derham today spotlights some early works by JS Bach and some masterworks of the French Baroque as part of Baroque Spring. The choir which Bach himself conducted is heard in a joyful motet recorded in St Thomas's Church Leipzig and the famous 'Eurovision' trumpet fanfare which begins Charpentier's Te Deum is heard in the glorious acoustic of the Basilica of St Denis, the burial place of a host of French kings.

2pm

Charpentier Te Deum in D

Amel Brahim-Djelloul and Claire Lefilliâtre, (soprano), Jean-François Lombard (alto), Mathias Vidal (tenor), Benoît Arnould (bass), Les Cris de Paris, Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)

2.20pm

Bach Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV 540

Ulrich Böhme, Bach organ of St Thomas Church, Leipzig

Bach Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet, BWV 225

St Thomas Choir and Leipzig University Chorus, Georg Christoph Biller (conductor)

2.45pm

Telemann Overture-Suite in B flat, TWV 55:B5 ('Les Nations')

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Georg Kallweit (director)

3.10pm

Bach Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi)

Pier Damiano Peretti, historic organ of Stiftskirche, Ossiach

3.25

Bach Cantata 'Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir', BWV 131

Julian Prégardien (tenor), Markus Werba (baritone), Bavarian Radio Chorus and SO, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

3.50pm Marais Les Folies d'Espagne, from 'Pièces de viole, 2nd edition'

Simone Eckert (viola da gamba), Ulrich Wedemeier (theorbo)

4.10pm Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050

AO30120130304

Katie Derham today spotlights some early works by JS Bach and some masterworks of the French Baroque as part of Baroque Spring. The choir which Bach himself conducted is heard in a joyful motet recorded in St Thomas's Church Leipzig and the famous 'Eurovision' trumpet fanfare which begins Charpentier's Te Deum is heard in the glorious acoustic of the Basilica of St Denis, the burial place of a host of French kings.

2pm

Charpentier Te Deum in D

Amel Brahim-Djelloul and Claire Lefilliâtre, (soprano), Jean-François Lombard (alto), Mathias Vidal (tenor), Benoît Arnould (bass), Les Cris de Paris, Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)

2.20pm

Bach Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV 540

Ulrich Böhme, Bach organ of St Thomas Church, Leipzig

Bach Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet, BWV 225

St Thomas Choir and Leipzig University Chorus, Georg Christoph Biller (conductor)

2.45pm

Telemann Overture-Suite in B flat, TWV 55:B5 ('Les Nations')

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Georg Kallweit (director)

3.10pm

Bach Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi)

Pier Damiano Peretti, historic organ of Stiftskirche, Ossiach

3.25

Bach Cantata 'Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir', BWV 131

Julian Prégardien (tenor), Markus Werba (baritone), Bavarian Radio Chorus and SO, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

3.50pm Marais Les Folies d'Espagne, from 'Pièces de viole, 2nd edition'

Simone Eckert (viola da gamba), Ulrich Wedemeier (theorbo)

4.10pm Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050

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Penny Gore this week highlights Baroque music making from around Europe.

There's a focus on the seldom-performed dramatic oratorios heard in eighteenth century Naples, Rome and Venice including the first performance in modern times of Pergolesi's 'Seven Words,' Porpora's Vespers and Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans, commissioned to celebrate the victory of the Republic of Venice over the Turks during the siege of Corfu in 1716 and first performed by the girls of a Venetian orphanage.

There will also be a chance to hear Johan Helmich Roman's 'Wedding Music,' the Swedish equivalent of Handel's Firework's Music - written for performance at Drottningholm Palace in 1744 and settings of the Magnificat by Jan Zelenka, Johann Kuhnau - Johann Sebastian Bach's predecessor at St Thomas' church Leipzig - and by the great master himself, all performed by the Bach Collegium of Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki.

Today there's Handel's youthful Dixit Dominus written in Italy and his Water Music first heard from a barge on the River Thames in honour of George I. There's also the chance to sample a similarly festive work by one of Handel's Danish contemporaries and a setting of the Magnificat by Bach's predecessor at St Thomas's Church, Leipzig.

Vivaldi: Vivaldi Concerto in C for sopranino recorder RV 444

Giardino Armonico, Milan, Giovanni Antonini (recorder and director)

2.10pm

Johann Kuhnau: Magnficat

Joanne Lunn (soprano), Hannah Morrison (soprano), Margot Oitzinger (contralto), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörne (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director)

2.30pm

Handel: Water Music Suite in G/D

Concerto Copenhagen, Jordi Savall (conductor)

2.45pm

Monteverdi: Dormo ancora o son desto? (Ulisse's aria from 'Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria')

Dario Castello (1590-1644): Sonata no 1

Monteverdi: Lamento della ninfa, from 'Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi'

Franceso Manelli: La Barchetta passagiera

Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano), Jan van Elsacker (tenor), Serge Goubioud (tenor), Arnaud Marzorati (bass), Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)

3.10pm

George Muffat: Passacaglia, from 'Apparatus Musico-Organisticus'

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

3.20pm

Handel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

Christiane Oelze, (soprano), Elisabeth von Magnus (contralto), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Arnold Schoenberg Chorus, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

3.55pm

Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758): 'Drottningholm Wedding Music' of 1744

1700 Lund Ensemble, Göran Karlsson (harpsichord).

AO30120130318

Penny Gore this week highlights Baroque music making from around Europe.

There's a focus on the seldom-performed dramatic oratorios heard in eighteenth century Naples, Rome and Venice including the first performance in modern times of Pergolesi's 'Seven Words,' Porpora's Vespers and Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans, commissioned to celebrate the victory of the Republic of Venice over the Turks during the siege of Corfu in 1716 and first performed by the girls of a Venetian orphanage.

There will also be a chance to hear Johan Helmich Roman's 'Wedding Music,' the Swedish equivalent of Handel's Firework's Music - written for performance at Drottningholm Palace in 1744 and settings of the Magnificat by Jan Zelenka, Johann Kuhnau - Johann Sebastian Bach's predecessor at St Thomas' church Leipzig - and by the great master himself, all performed by the Bach Collegium of Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki.

Today there's Handel's youthful Dixit Dominus written in Italy and his Water Music first heard from a barge on the River Thames in honour of George I. There's also the chance to sample a similarly festive work by one of Handel's Danish contemporaries and a setting of the Magnificat by Bach's predecessor at St Thomas's Church, Leipzig.

Vivaldi: Vivaldi Concerto in C for sopranino recorder RV 444

Giardino Armonico, Milan, Giovanni Antonini (recorder and director)

2.10pm

Johann Kuhnau: Magnficat

Joanne Lunn (soprano), Hannah Morrison (soprano), Margot Oitzinger (contralto), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörne (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director)

2.30pm

Handel: Water Music Suite in G/D

Concerto Copenhagen, Jordi Savall (conductor)

2.45pm

Monteverdi: Dormo ancora o son desto? (Ulisse's aria from 'Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria')

Dario Castello (1590-1644): Sonata no 1

Monteverdi: Lamento della ninfa, from 'Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi'

Franceso Manelli: La Barchetta passagiera

Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano), Jan van Elsacker (tenor), Serge Goubioud (tenor), Arnaud Marzorati (bass), Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)

3.10pm

George Muffat: Passacaglia, from 'Apparatus Musico-Organisticus'

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

3.20pm

Handel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

Christiane Oelze, (soprano), Elisabeth von Magnus (contralto), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Arnold Schoenberg Chorus, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

3.55pm

Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758): 'Drottningholm Wedding Music' of 1744

1700 Lund Ensemble, Göran Karlsson (harpsichord).

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Katie Derham highlights some masterworks of the Baroque as part of Baroque Spring. Today Bach's monumental The Art of Fugue is heard in a performance given at the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, perched high on the cliffs above the river Danube. Before that, some jewel-like keyboard miniatures of Francois Couperin are juxtaposed with Ravel's homage to him in an unbroken sequence played by the French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud in the imposing cathedral in Gerona with its magnificent views of Catalonia.

2pm

Couperin Les barricades mystérieuses

Ravel Prélude, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin La logivière

Ravel Fugue, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Les jumelles

Ravel Forlane, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Les roseaux

Ravel Rigaudon, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Le tic-toc-choc, ou Les maillotins

Ravel Menuet, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Le carillon de Cithère

Ravel Toccata, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Les barricades mystérieuses

Alexandre Tharaud (piano

2.45pm

Michel P. de Montéclair (1667-1737)

Concerto No. 1 for Flute and Basso Continuo

Brian Berryman (flute solo), Ratsmusik, Hamburg

3pm

Telemann Singende Geographie, TWV 25:1, for soprano and basso continuo

Tanya Aspelmeier (soprano) Ratsmusik, Hamburg

3.10pm

Bach The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Ensemble La Dolcezza , Wolfgang Glüxam (harpsichord).

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Katie Derham highlights some masterworks of the Baroque as part of Baroque Spring. Today Bach's monumental The Art of Fugue is heard in a performance given at the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, perched high on the cliffs above the river Danube. Before that, some jewel-like keyboard miniatures of Francois Couperin are juxtaposed with Ravel's homage to him in an unbroken sequence played by the French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud in the imposing cathedral in Gerona with its magnificent views of Catalonia.

2pm

Couperin Les barricades mystérieuses

Ravel Prélude, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin La logivière

Ravel Fugue, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Les jumelles

Ravel Forlane, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Les roseaux

Ravel Rigaudon, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Le tic-toc-choc, ou Les maillotins

Ravel Menuet, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Le carillon de Cithère

Ravel Toccata, from 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Couperin Les barricades mystérieuses

Alexandre Tharaud (piano

2.45pm

Michel P. de Montéclair (1667-1737)

Concerto No. 1 for Flute and Basso Continuo

Brian Berryman (flute solo), Ratsmusik, Hamburg

3pm

Telemann Singende Geographie, TWV 25:1, for soprano and basso continuo

Tanya Aspelmeier (soprano) Ratsmusik, Hamburg

3.10pm

Bach The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Ensemble La Dolcezza , Wolfgang Glüxam (harpsichord).

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Penny Gore this week highlights Baroque music making from around Europe. Today there's the premiere in modern times of an oratorio by Pergolesi and a cantata by Handel's teacher, Friederich Zachow.

Zelenka

Magnificat in C, ZWV 107

Hannah Morrison (soprano), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director)

2.10pm

Handel

Concerto Grosso in B flat, op. 3/2, HWV 313

1700 Lund Ensemble, Göran Karlsson (director)

2.20pm

Friedrich W. Zachow (1663-1712)

Cantata: Ruhe, Friede, Freud und Wonne

Verena Gropper (soprano), Franz Vitzthum (alto), Immo Schröder (tenor), Markus Flaig (bass), Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Hermann Max (director)

2.40pm

Arvo Part

For Lennart in memoriam

Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra (director)

2.50pm

Pergolesi

Septem verba a Christo (first performance in modern times)

Oratorio based on the Gospels of St John, St Luke and St Matthew

Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Christophe Dumaux (alto), Julien Behr (tenor), Konstantin Wolff (bass), Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, René Jacobs (director)

4.10pm

Lully

Suite from Alceste

Concerto Copenhagen, Jordi Savall (director).

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Penny Gore this week highlights Baroque music making from around Europe. Today there's the premiere in modern times of an oratorio by Pergolesi and a cantata by Handel's teacher, Friederich Zachow.

Zelenka

Magnificat in C, ZWV 107

Hannah Morrison (soprano), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director)

2.10pm

Handel

Concerto Grosso in B flat, op. 3/2, HWV 313

1700 Lund Ensemble, Göran Karlsson (director)

2.20pm

Friedrich W. Zachow (1663-1712)

Cantata: Ruhe, Friede, Freud und Wonne

Verena Gropper (soprano), Franz Vitzthum (alto), Immo Schröder (tenor), Markus Flaig (bass), Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Hermann Max (director)

2.40pm

Arvo Part

For Lennart in memoriam

Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra (director)

2.50pm

Pergolesi

Septem verba a Christo (first performance in modern times)

Oratorio based on the Gospels of St John, St Luke and St Matthew

Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Christophe Dumaux (alto), Julien Behr (tenor), Konstantin Wolff (bass), Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, René Jacobs (director)

4.10pm

Lully

Suite from Alceste

Concerto Copenhagen, Jordi Savall (director).

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Katie Derham introduces Alessandro Scarlatti's oratorio The Martyrdom of St Theodosia

A terrible drama of life, love and death, Il martirio di Santa Teodosia was probably performed for the first time in Rome, under the auspices of Christine, queen of Sweden in 1684. It tells the history of Theodosia, a martyr in Tyre under Roman persecution. Scarlatti's libretto concentrates on the virginal aspect of Teodosia as she rejects prince Arsenio's love and surrenders to divine love. Arsenio, the son of the Roman governor Urbano, is hopelessly in love with her. Urbano tries to pursue Teodosia but she rejects him as she does too the crafty Roman prefect, Decio. The tyrannical and violent Urbano threatens Teodosia and finally orders her martyrdom. She dies, aged just eighteen in 308 A.D.

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Il Martirio di Santa Teodosia, oratorio

Teodosia....Maria Esopada.... (soprano),

Decio....Carlos Mena (alto),

Arsenio....Andrew Tortoise (tenor),

Urbano....Luigi de Donato (baritone),

Al Ayre Español

Eduardo López Banzo (director).

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Katie Derham introduces Alessandro Scarlatti's oratorio The Martyrdom of St Theodosia

A terrible drama of life, love and death, Il martirio di Santa Teodosia was probably performed for the first time in Rome, under the auspices of Christine, queen of Sweden in 1684. It tells the history of Theodosia, a martyr in Tyre under Roman persecution. Scarlatti's libretto concentrates on the virginal aspect of Teodosia as she rejects prince Arsenio's love and surrenders to divine love. Arsenio, the son of the Roman governor Urbano, is hopelessly in love with her. Urbano tries to pursue Teodosia but she rejects him as she does too the crafty Roman prefect, Decio. The tyrannical and violent Urbano threatens Teodosia and finally orders her martyrdom. She dies, aged just eighteen in 308 A.D.

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Il Martirio di Santa Teodosia, oratorio

Teodosia....Maria Esopada.... (soprano),

Decio....Carlos Mena (alto),

Arsenio....Andrew Tortoise (tenor),

Urbano....Luigi de Donato (baritone),

Al Ayre Español

Eduardo López Banzo (director).

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Penny Gore pesents the Vespers for the Assumption by Nicola Antonio Porpora.

The fabled Naples-born singing teacher of the great castrati of the day, sometime rival to Handel in London and teacher of the young Haydn in Vienna, Porpora was once one of the most fashionable composers of the Baroque.

This afternoon there is a rare chance to hear a complete performance of his extended Vespro per la Festività dell'Assunta which was first performed in Venice in 1744 by the girls of the Ospedaletto, one of four orphanages that specialised in music, and a rival to Vivaldi's Pietà. Maestro Porpora of the Ospedaletto would later become a character in George Sand's novel 'Consuelo.'

Porpora: Vespro per la Festività dell'Assunta

Laudate pueri Dominum

Nisi Dominus

Laetatus sum

Salve Regina

Lauda Jerusalem

Marilia Vargas and Michiko Takahashi (sopranos), Delphine Galou (contralto), Maîtrise de Bretagne, Parlement de Musique, Martin Gester (director).

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Penny Gore pesents the Vespers for the Assumption by Nicola Antonio Porpora.

The fabled Naples-born singing teacher of the great castrati of the day, sometime rival to Handel in London and teacher of the young Haydn in Vienna, Porpora was once one of the most fashionable composers of the Baroque.

This afternoon there is a rare chance to hear a complete performance of his extended Vespro per la Festività dell'Assunta which was first performed in Venice in 1744 by the girls of the Ospedaletto, one of four orphanages that specialised in music, and a rival to Vivaldi's Pietà. Maestro Porpora of the Ospedaletto would later become a character in George Sand's novel 'Consuelo.'

Porpora: Vespro per la Festività dell'Assunta

Laudate pueri Dominum

Nisi Dominus

Laetatus sum

Salve Regina

Lauda Jerusalem

Marilia Vargas and Michiko Takahashi (sopranos), Delphine Galou (contralto), Maîtrise de Bretagne, Parlement de Musique, Martin Gester (director).

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Penny Gore presents Vivaldi's masterful oratorio Juditha Triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie, written for performance by the orphans of the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice

The story of Judith and her victory on the invading Holofernes was an allegory of Venice defeating the invading Turks in Corfu: the Assyrian king Nebuchadnezzar sends an army against Israel to demand overdue tributes. Under the leadership of the general Holofernes, the Assyrians lay siege to the town of Bethulia and are about to conquer it. The young Jewish widow Judith goes to him to implore mercy. He falls in love with her and she indulges him. After a rich banquet and having drunk much wine, Holofernes falls asleep. Judith beheads him, flees the enemy camp, and returns victorious to Bethulia.

Holofernes, Assyrian General... Delphine Galou (contralto),

Juditha, a young Bethulian widow....José Maria Lo Monaco (mezzo-soprano),

Vagaus, eunuch, Holofernes's squire....Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano),

Abra, Juditha's handmaid....Maria Hinojosa Montenegro (soprano),

Ozias, high priest of Bethulia....Alessandra Visentin (contralto),

Assyrian soldiers and Bethulian women....Capella Cracoviensis Vocal Ensemble,

Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord and director)

(recorded at the Misteria Paschalia Festival, Krakow in April 2012)

Based on the the Book of Judith, Vivaldi's Judith triumphant over the barbarians of Holofernes was commissioned to celebrate the victory of the Republic of Venice over the Turks during the siege of Corfu in July 1716 and in this, his sole surviving oratorio, Vivaldi certainly rose to the occasion: the orchestra deploys an extraordinary panoply of exotica including timpani, 2 trumpets, mandolin, four theorbos, five violas all'inglese (viola da gamba), a viola d'amore, two recorders and two soprano chalumeaux, the latter depicting the chirping turtle doves.

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Penny Gore presents Vivaldi's masterful oratorio Juditha Triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie, written for performance by the orphans of the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice

The story of Judith and her victory on the invading Holofernes was an allegory of Venice defeating the invading Turks in Corfu: the Assyrian king Nebuchadnezzar sends an army against Israel to demand overdue tributes. Under the leadership of the general Holofernes, the Assyrians lay siege to the town of Bethulia and are about to conquer it. The young Jewish widow Judith goes to him to implore mercy. He falls in love with her and she indulges him. After a rich banquet and having drunk much wine, Holofernes falls asleep. Judith beheads him, flees the enemy camp, and returns victorious to Bethulia.

Holofernes, Assyrian General... Delphine Galou (contralto),

Juditha, a young Bethulian widow....José Maria Lo Monaco (mezzo-soprano),

Vagaus, eunuch, Holofernes's squire....Vivica Genaux (mezzo-soprano),

Abra, Juditha's handmaid....Maria Hinojosa Montenegro (soprano),

Ozias, high priest of Bethulia....Alessandra Visentin (contralto),

Assyrian soldiers and Bethulian women....Capella Cracoviensis Vocal Ensemble,

Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord and director)

(recorded at the Misteria Paschalia Festival, Krakow in April 2012)

Based on the the Book of Judith, Vivaldi's Judith triumphant over the barbarians of Holofernes was commissioned to celebrate the victory of the Republic of Venice over the Turks during the siege of Corfu in July 1716 and in this, his sole surviving oratorio, Vivaldi certainly rose to the occasion: the orchestra deploys an extraordinary panoply of exotica including timpani, 2 trumpets, mandolin, four theorbos, five violas all'inglese (viola da gamba), a viola d'amore, two recorders and two soprano chalumeaux, the latter depicting the chirping turtle doves.

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Katie Derham presents a performance of Handel's oratorio, Jeptha.

Written in the autograph score, at the end of the chorus "How dark, O Lord, are thy decrees" is the moving note: "Reached here on 13 February 1751, unable to go on owing to weakening of the sight of my left eye." This was to prove the ailing Handel's last oratorio and in it he returns to many of the preoccupations of his earlier music in a three-part drama based on the warlike pages of the 'Book of Judges' in the Old Testament.

Handel Jeptha

Jephtha....Kurt Streit (tenor),

Storgè....Kristina Hammarström (mezzo),

Iphis....Katherine Watson (soprano),

Hamor....David DQ Lee (countertenor),

Zebul....Neal Davies (bass-baritone),

Angel....Rachel Redmond (soprano),

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor).

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Katie Derham presents a performance of Handel's oratorio, Jeptha.

Written in the autograph score, at the end of the chorus "How dark, O Lord, are thy decrees" is the moving note: "Reached here on 13 February 1751, unable to go on owing to weakening of the sight of my left eye." This was to prove the ailing Handel's last oratorio and in it he returns to many of the preoccupations of his earlier music in a three-part drama based on the warlike pages of the 'Book of Judges' in the Old Testament.

Handel Jeptha

Jephtha....Kurt Streit (tenor),

Storgè....Kristina Hammarström (mezzo),

Iphis....Katherine Watson (soprano),

Hamor....David DQ Lee (countertenor),

Zebul....Neal Davies (bass-baritone),

Angel....Rachel Redmond (soprano),

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor).

AO305 LAST20130322

Penny Gore this week highlights Baroque music making from around Europe including today a setting of the Magnificat by Zelenka and by his admirer, JS Bach.

Jan Dismas Zelenka: Magnificat in D, ZWV 108

Joanne Lunn (soprano), Margot Oitzinger (contralto), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director)

2.10pm

Rameau: Suite from Nais

Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

2.45pm

Anon: Villanella ch'all acqua vai, bergamasca

Francesco Manelli: Aria alla napolitana, jacara

Francesco Manelli: Acceso mio core, ciaccona

Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano), Jan van Elsacker (tenor), Serge Goubioud (tenor), Arnaud Marzorati (bass), Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)

3.00pm

Friedrich W. Zachow (1663-1712): Wie bin ich doch so herzlich froh:

Veronika Winter (soprano), Verena Gropper (soprano), Franz Vitzthum (alto), Immo Schröder (tenor), Markus Flaig (bass), Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Hermann Max (conductor) 00:15:08

3.10pm

Telemann Suite in D for Viola da Gamba and Strings, TWV 55:d5

Concerto Copenhagen, Jordi Savall (viola da gamba and director)

3.30pm

Bach: Orchestral Suite no 1 in C, BWV 1066

Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor) 00:22:43

3.55pm

Bach: Magnificat in D, BWV 243

Joanne Lunn and Hannah Morrison (sopranos), Margot Oitzinger (contralto), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörne (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director).

AO305 LAST20130322

Penny Gore this week highlights Baroque music making from around Europe including today a setting of the Magnificat by Zelenka and by his admirer, JS Bach.

Jan Dismas Zelenka: Magnificat in D, ZWV 108

Joanne Lunn (soprano), Margot Oitzinger (contralto), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director)

2.10pm

Rameau: Suite from Nais

Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor)

2.45pm

Anon: Villanella ch'all acqua vai, bergamasca

Francesco Manelli: Aria alla napolitana, jacara

Francesco Manelli: Acceso mio core, ciaccona

Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano), Jan van Elsacker (tenor), Serge Goubioud (tenor), Arnaud Marzorati (bass), Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)

3.00pm

Friedrich W. Zachow (1663-1712): Wie bin ich doch so herzlich froh:

Veronika Winter (soprano), Verena Gropper (soprano), Franz Vitzthum (alto), Immo Schröder (tenor), Markus Flaig (bass), Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Hermann Max (conductor) 00:15:08

3.10pm

Telemann Suite in D for Viola da Gamba and Strings, TWV 55:d5

Concerto Copenhagen, Jordi Savall (viola da gamba and director)

3.30pm

Bach: Orchestral Suite no 1 in C, BWV 1066

Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen (conductor) 00:22:43

3.55pm

Bach: Magnificat in D, BWV 243

Joanne Lunn and Hannah Morrison (sopranos), Margot Oitzinger (contralto), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörne (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director).