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Bodleian Library Exhibition

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 04 January 2009

Presented by Aled Jones. Conductor Harry Christophers reports from Oxford's Bodleian library on its exhibition of almost 800 years of priceless British choir manuscripts and also gets a chance to hear what is universally regarded as the worst oratorio of all time, George Tolhurst's Ruth. Plus a look ahead to the big choral anniversaries of 2009.


Haydn: Chorus of the Danes (Incidental music to Alfred, König der Angelsachsen)

Collegium Musicum 90 conducted by Richard Hickox

CHACONNE CHAN0633, track 14

Davy: O Domine Caeli Terraeque Creator (excerpt)

The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers

COROCOR16022, track 1

Taverner: Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas: Gloria (part 1)

Taverner Choir conducted by Andrew Parrott

EMI CDC 749103 2, track 3

Tallis: If Ye Love Me

The Tallis Scholars conducted by Peter Phillips

GIMELL CDGIMB450 CD3, track 1

Purcell: Jubilate

Choir of Christ Church Oxford and The English Concert conducted by Simon Preston

ARCHIV 4271242, track 2

Handel: Messiah – Glory to God

Choir of New College Oxford, with the Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Edward Higginbottom

NAXOS 8570131-32 CD1, track 14-15

Barnby: Sweet and Low

Cheltenham Bach Choir conducted by Brian Kay

SOMMCD207, track 10

Tolhurst: Ruth (extract)

soprano soloist, Antony Hopkins (stage introduction and conductor), Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music

BBC Archive recording (from 6 March 1973), track 2

Mendelssohn: Elijah

– Wer bis an das Ende beharrt (Part 2, no/32)

La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale, and Orchestre des Champs Elysées, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe

HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901463 CD2 track 10

Walton: The Twelve

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford conducted by Stephen Darlington

NIMBUS NI5362, track 15

Haydn: Il Ritorno di Tobia: Svanisce in un momento (from Part II)

VokalEnsemble Köln and Capella Augustina, conducted by Andreas Spering

NAXOS 857030002 CD3, track 5

Haydn: Theresienmesse – Kyrie; Credo

Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists, Donna Brown (soprano), Sally Bruce-Payne (mezzo-soprano), Peter Butterfield (tenor), and Gerald Finley (bass), conducted by John Eliot Gardiner

PHILIPS 470 286-2 CD2 tracks 1 & 5-7

Stephen Hatfield: 3 Ways to Vacuum Your House (extract)

Juice Vocal Ensemble

Private recording


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