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Mark How the Lark and Linnet Sing

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 13 February 2010

The "freshwater pearl" voice of soprano Tessa Bonner, who died little more than a year ago, lent itself equally to baroque solo repertoire and Tudor polyphony. Catherine Bott pays tribute to a much-missed colleague and looks at the vital role that so called "jobbing" singers make to the early music scene. The programme includes contributions from singers Don Greig, Deborah Roberts and Cecilia Osmond and music by Purcell, Mozart, Palestrina, Bach, Monteverdi and Luzzaschi.

PLAYLIST:

PURCELL Indian Queen, Act 1: 'Why should men quarrel'
The Purcell Simfony & The Purcell Simfony Voices
LINN CKD 035
Track 4

VICTORIA: Requiem: 'Libera Me'
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips (director)
GIMELL CDGIM 205
Disc 1 Track 8

THOMAS TOMKINS: O Sing unto the Lord a new Song
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips (director)
GIMELL GIMSE 403
Track 18

MOZART: Trio - 'Seid uns zum Zweiten Mal willkommen' (from 'The Magic Flute')
London Classical Players
Roger Norrington (director)
EMI CDS 7 54287 2
Disc 2 Track 13

TRADITIONAL: Splendens ceptigera - from Llibre vermell
New London Consort
Philip Pickett (director)
L'OISEAU-LYRE 433 186-2
Track 7

ANONYMOUS: The Feast of Fools: Gregis pastor tityrus
New London Consort
Philip Pickett (director)
L'OISEAU-LYRE 433 194-2
Track 27

BIBER: Missa Salzburgensis: Kyrie
The Gabrieli Consort and Players
Musica Antiqua Koln
Paul McCreesh (conductor)
Archiv 457 611-2
Track 2

ANONYMOUS: Una Stravaganza di Medici: O fortunato giorno
Taverner Consort
Andrew Parrott (conductor)
EMI CDC 7 47998-2
Track 28

LUZZASCO LUZZASCHI: Deh vieni ormai cor mio
Musica Secreta
AMON RA CD-SAR 58
Track 11

MONTEVERDI: Vespro della Beata Vergine: Laetatus sum
New London Consort
Philip Pickett (director)
L'OISEAU-LYRE 425 823-2
Track 11

JS BACH: Magnificat in D major, BWV.243: Et Exsultavit
Collegium Musicum 90
Richard Hickox (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN 0518
Track 17.

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