Saturday 21 November - ANNIVERSARY OF PURCELL'S DEATH DAY
CD Review, with Andrew McGregor
A Survey of recent Purcell releases with Bruce Wood
Tom Service looks at Purcell’s legacy, and how his music has continued to influence British composers until the present day with contributions from Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Nyman and - from the archives - Britten and Tippett. Conductor Andrew Parrott looks at Purcell’s funeral and his reputation at the time of his death. The American choreographer Mark Morris talks about his approaches to staging Purcell. Nicholas Kenyon and James Bowman discuss Purcell’s influences and his word setting. And there’s a visit to an education project in York using the music of Purcell
The Early Music Show
With Mahan Esfahani (organ)
Programme includes organ music by Purcell and his contemporaries.
Sunday 22 November - ST CECILIA’S DAY
Sunday Morning with Iain Burnside
A special Purcell edition in which Iain accompanies the tenor John Mark Ainsley in songs by Purcell realised by Britten and Tippett and the Purcell Quartet play live Sonatas by Purcell and Corelli. Tony Palmer also talks about his film about Purcell which has recently been reissued.
The Early Music Show
A concert, recorded at London's Wigmore Hall, focused on Purcell's 'Symphony Songs' - or what were once referred to as 'chamber cantatas'. They come from a manuscript compiled by Purcell himself between 1681 and 1690, which also contains a number of charming court odes.
With Concordia: Mark Levy (viola da gamba), Rodolfo Richter (violin), Emilia Benjamin (viol), Roger Hamilton (keyboards), Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo) with Sophie Daneman (soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) and Roderick Williams (baritone).
From the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace
Purcell: Remember Not Lord Our Offences; Evening Canticles in G minor; and Britten: Hymn To St Cecilia
Choir Director Huw Williams; Organist Ashok Gupta
Laurence Dreyfus and his acclaimed viol group, Phantasm, take us on a guided tour through the Golden Age of English viol music which culminated in the extraordinary Fantasies and In Nomines of Henry Purcell.
In conversation with Radio 3's Catherine Bott, Laurence offers an illustrated, insider's view of this music, explaining the ideas that inspired it and highlighting many of characteristics that define it. He draws on music by Robert Parsons and William Byrd; Orlando Gibbons, John Jenkins and William Lawes - all of whom provided the bedrock for the remarkable 4th Fantasia of Henry Purcell which tops and tails the programme.
Purcell from Westminster Abbey
Purcell Te Deum and Jubilate in D; Funeral Sentences: Man That is Born of Woman; Ode for St Cecilia’s Day: Hail Bright Cecilia (1692)
With soloists, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and St James's Baroque conducted by James O’Donnell
Drama on 3
Don Quixote, by Thomas D’Urfey in a version by Don Taylor - an updating of one of Purcell’s semi-operas composed in 1694.
Cast: Don Quixote Paul Scofield; Sancho Panza Roy Hudd; Thomas Betterton Roger Allam; Henry Purcell Douglas Hodge; Thomas D’Urfey Bill Wallis
With soloists, the Consort of Musicke, the City Waites, and Purcell Simfony, directed by Anthony Rooley
The Composers of the Year feature in a BBC 2 series, in May 2009 - Charles Hazlewood introduces the programmes.More about the series
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