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Writing for an Acoustic

Aled Jones launches the new season with a trip to a pioneering choral festival in Petra, Jordan. Aswatuna brings together choirs from across the Middle East, including groups from Palestine and Iraq. Plus Judith Bingham is in the studio for a look at how choral compositions reflect the spaces for which they are written.

Playlist:

BINGHAM, Judith: Hidden city for chorus, harp and percussion (extract)
BBC Singers
BBC location recording

Armenian folksong arr. Robert Petrossian: Abaran
Syrian Chamber Choir of the Higher Institute of Music directed by Viktor Babenko
BBC location recording from the Aswatuna Festival (19th-23rd August 2008)

Trad Swedish: Limu Limu
Voces Nordicae conducted by Lone Larsen, with Lennart Andriesson on cow-horn
BBC location recording from the Aswatuna Festival (19th-23rd August 2008)

Trad Iraqi arr. Salem Bali: Fog Ilna Kil
Fayha Choir, Lebanon conducted by Barkev Taslakian
BBC location recording from the Aswatuna Festival (19th-23rd August 2008)

Trad. arr. Firas Hattar: Ya Henna
Dozan Wa Awtar Singers conducted by Shireen Abu Khader
BBC location recording from the Aswatuna Festival (19th-23rd August 2008)

Backstreet Boys: Show me the Meaning of Being Lonely
Voces Nordicae conducted by Lone Larsen
BBC location recording from the Aswatuna Festival (19th-23rd August 2008)

Improvisation, then Bobby McFerrin/Roger Treece: The Garden
Voces Nordicae conducted by Lone Larsen
BBC location recording from the Aswatuna Festival (19th-23rd August 2008)

BINGHAM, Judith: God would be born in thee for choir
Choir of King’s College Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury
EMI 724355807021, track 3

GABRIELI, Giovanni: Magnificat for 33 voices
Gabrieli Consort and Players directed by Paul Mccreesh
ARCHIV 449180 2, track 18

BERLIOZ, Hector: Te Deum for tenor, chorus, orchestra and organ (Op.22)
6th movement (opening)
London Symphony Chorus and massed choirs with Martin Haselbock on organ, with the European Union Youth Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 410696 2, track 6

BYRD, William: Mass for 4 voices (extract)
King's Singers and Concordia
SIGNUM SIGCD 061, track 4

Sachidao (Georgian wrestling song)
Mtiebi
Private tapes

BINGHAM, Judith: Gleams of a remoter world
BBC Singers conducted by David Hill
SIGNUM forthcoming CD release (due for release in December 2008)

WIDOR, Charles-Marie: Mass for double choir and 2 organs (Op.36)
Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Andrew Reid and Joseph Cullen on organ, and ‘Hyperion’ Chorus of Baritones, conducted by James O’Donnell
HYPERION CDA 66898, tracks 12, 14 & 16

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Sun 14 Sep 2008 18:30

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