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We start with challenging music this week, first with the disonance of the gloomy sounding “From the House of the Dead” and move on to, in times of virus, doing the opposite of what the second piece commands, “Hide not thou thy face”.
But not all is gloomy. Bells (les cloches) lift our spirits in several pieces as we wait for Tavener’s peace and serenity when lockdown is over. That peace is entirely fitting – this programme was originally broadcast on Easter Sunday 2020.

Playlist: 12 April 2020

  • Janacek: From the House of the Dead – Orchestral Suite from the Opera: 1st movement. Prague SO/ Jiri Belohlavek.
  • Richard Farrant: Hide Not Thou Thy Face. Wells Cathedral Choir.
  • Debussy: Syrinx. Patrick Gallois, flute.
  • Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus: fifth movement: Adagio. Orchestra of the 18th Century/ Frans Bruggen.
  • Poulenc: Nocturnes 1-8: no.3. Les Cloches de Malines. Pascal Roge, pno.
  • Massenet: Manon: O Dolce Incanto. Giuseppe di Stefano, tenor.
  • Mozart: Clemenza di Tito: Non piu di fiori. Dame Janet Baker, mezzo. Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/ Sir Colin Davis.
  • Stamitz: Clarinet Concerto no.1: 2nd Movement Andante. Eduard Brunner clar. Munich CO/ Hans Stadlmair.
  • Bizet: Carmen: La Cloche a sonne (chorus of cigarette girls). Radio and Television France Orchestra and Chorus / Sir Thomas Beecham.
  • Tavener: Eternal Memory: 1st movement: With Great Peace & Serenity. Steven Isserlis, vlc.

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