Choral Voices

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01Fairest Oriana19980721

Paul Guinery presents an eight-part series in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

1: `Fairest Oriana'.

BBC Singers/Bo Holten.

Byrd: O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth; Agnus Dei.

Weelkes: When David heard.

Tallis: If ye love me; O nata lux.

Morley: Now is the month of Maying.

Gibbons: What is our life? Plus music by Gibbons and Wilbye.

02Love Divine19980728

Paul Guinery presents the second of eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

2: `Love Divine'.

The treasures of 20th-century French music for the church - from the cool elegance of a little mass by Faure to the luscious and worldly harmonies of Poulenc, Villette and Messiaen.

BBC Singers, Richard Pearce (organ)/Stephen Cleobury.

Faure: Messe basse.

Poulenc: Tumor et tremor; Vinea mea electa.

Villette: Hymne a la Vierge.

Messiaen: O sacrum convivium.

And motets by Durufle and Desenclos.

03I Got Rhythm19980804

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

3: `I Got Rhythm'.

A look at the great American choral tradition.

BBC Singers, David Knotts (piano)/Ronald Corp.

Gershwin: Summertime.

Copland: Old American Songs.

Belcher: The Jointly All the Harpers Round.

Billings: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.

Ives: Psalm 67.

Weill: Train to JOHANNESBURG.

Barber: Reincarnations.

And music by Bernstein, Schuman and Thompson.

04The Bach Family19980811

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

4: `The Bach Family'.

The amazing Bach family was one of the greatest - and longest - of all musical dynasties: a sprawling network of composers and organists which dominated German church music for four hundred years.

Johann Sebastian was the most famous member of the family, but this programme also includes pieces by five of his relatives.

BBC Singers, Stephen Farr (organ)/Stephen Cleobury.

05Empire, Hearth And Home - The Musical Circle Of Queen Victoria19980818

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

5: `Empire, Hearth and Home - the Musical Circle of Queen Victoria'.

How did Queen Victoria keep herself amused? Music was one way: the queen was a keen amateur performer, and this programme presents pieces written in her honour by well-known British composers of the time as well as part-songs by Mendelssohn, who she met on several occasions and much admired.

Plus a right royal curiosity: a tiny carol by Prince Albert.

06Sing We And Dance It - Traditional Songs And Melodies19980825

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

6: `Sing We and Dance It - Traditional Songs and Melodies'.

Traditional tunes in a variety of guises, including classics like Percy Grainger's arrangement of `LONDONderry Air' and Joseph Canteloube's ravishing choral version of his `Bailero'.

BBC Singers/Ronald Corp.

Holst: I Love My Love, Op 36b No 4.

Vaughan Williams: ENGLISH Folk Songs.

Grainger: Song of Vermland; LONDONderry Air.

Plus settings by Tippett, Finnissy and others.

0719980901

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

7: Songs of Freedom.

This programme includes music with a political agenda.

BBC Singers/Stephen Cleobury.

Britten: Advance Democracy.

Tippett: Spirituals (A Child of Our Time).

Veljo Tormis: Karelian Destiny.

Plus music by Weber, Josquin Desprez and Stravinsky.

08 LASTThe Orthodox Line19980908

`The Orthodox Line'.

To conclude the series, Paul Guinery and the BBC Singers explore the rich solemnity of the music of the RUSSIAn Orthodox church.

BBC Singers/Stephen Layton.

Tchaikovsky: Cherubic Hymn (Liturgy of St John Chrysostom).

Rachmaninov: Eucharistic Prayer (Liturgy of St John Chrysostom).

Stravinsky: Blessed Virgin.

Tavener: Hymn to the Mother of God.

Plus music by Gretchaninov, Titov and Kalinnikov.

198C01Fairest Oriana19980721

Paul Guinery presents an eight-part series in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

1: `Fairest Oriana'.

BBC Singers/Bo Holten.

Byrd: O Lord make thy servant Elizabeth; Agnus Dei.

Weelkes: When David heard.

Tallis: If ye love me; O nata lux.

Morley: Now is the month of Maying.

Gibbons: What is our life? Plus music by Gibbons and Wilbye.

198C02Love Divine19980728

Paul Guinery presents the second of eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

2: `Love Divine'.

The treasures of 20th-century French music for the church - from the cool elegance of a little mass by Faure to the luscious and worldly harmonies of Poulenc, Villette and Messiaen.

BBC Singers, Richard Pearce (organ)/Stephen Cleobury.

Faure: Messe basse.

Poulenc: Tumor et tremor; Vinea mea electa.

Villette: Hymne a la Vierge.

Messiaen: O sacrum convivium.

And motets by Durufle and Desenclos.

198C03I Got Rhythm19980804

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

3: `I Got Rhythm'.

A look at the great American choral tradition.

BBC Singers, David Knotts (piano)/Ronald Corp.

Gershwin: Summertime.

Copland: Old American Songs.

Belcher: The Jointly All the Harpers Round.

Billings: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.

Ives: Psalm 67.

Weill: Train to JOHANNESBURG.

Barber: Reincarnations.

And music by Bernstein, Schuman and Thompson.

198C04The Bach Family19980811

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

4: `The Bach Family'.

The amazing Bach family was one of the greatest - and longest - of all musical dynasties: a sprawling network of composers and organists which dominated German church music for four hundred years.

Johann Sebastian was the most famous member of the family, but this programme also includes pieces by five of his relatives.

BBC Singers, Stephen Farr (organ)/Stephen Cleobury.

198C05Empire, Hearth And Home - The Musical Circle Of Queen Victoria19980818

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

5: `Empire, Hearth and Home - the Musical Circle of Queen Victoria'.

How did Queen Victoria keep herself amused? Music was one way: the queen was a keen amateur performer, and this programme presents pieces written in her honour by well-known British composers of the time as well as part-songs by Mendelssohn, who she met on several occasions and much admired.

Plus a right royal curiosity: a tiny carol by Prince Albert.

198C06Sing We And Dance It - Traditional Songs And Melodies19980825

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

6: `Sing We and Dance It - Traditional Songs and Melodies'.

Traditional tunes in a variety of guises, including classics like Percy Grainger's arrangement of `LONDONderry Air' and Joseph Canteloube's ravishing choral version of his `Bailero'.

BBC Singers/Ronald Corp.

Holst: I Love My Love, Op 36b No 4.

Vaughan Williams: ENGLISH Folk Songs.

Grainger: Song of Vermland; LONDONderry Air.

Plus settings by Tippett, Finnissy and others.

198C0719980901

Paul Guinery presents eight programmes in which the BBC Singers explore the glories of four hundred years of choral music.

7: Songs of Freedom.

This programme includes music with a political agenda.

BBC Singers/Stephen Cleobury.

Britten: Advance Democracy.

Tippett: Spirituals (A Child of Our Time).

Veljo Tormis: Karelian Destiny.

Plus music by Weber, Josquin Desprez and Stravinsky.

198C08The Orthodox Line19980908

`The Orthodox Line'.

To conclude the series, Paul Guinery and the BBC Singers explore the rich solemnity of the music of the RUSSIAn Orthodox church.

BBC Singers/Stephen Layton.

Tchaikovsky: Cherubic Hymn (Liturgy of St John Chrysostom).

Rachmaninov: Eucharistic Prayer (Liturgy of St John Chrysostom).

Stravinsky: Blessed Virgin.

Tavener: Hymn to the Mother of God.

Plus music by Gretchaninov, Titov and Kalinnikov.