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The Real Group and Rajaton

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 April 2010

Forget Eurovision - if you really want to experience a sensational European singing outfit then Sweden's Real Group is the answer. Aled Jones talks to Anders Jalkéus who co-founded the group 26 years ago and has seen its members reach celebrity status in their home country. Plus a view from the next generation, and the Finnish group Rajaton which has paved the way for ensembles coming in the wake of their seemingly insurpassable heroes.

Also in the programme, new Vaughan Williams interpretations from the Choir of Clare College Cambridge, and a look at how the poetry of Spaniard Federico García Lorca has captured the imagination of countless choral composers.

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for The Real Group

    The Real Group Lift Me Up

    GAZELL GAFCD 1034, 8

  • Image for Eric Whitacre

    Eric Whitacre 3 Flower Songs - no. 2 With a Lily in your Hand

    Performer: Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)

    HYPERION CDA67543, 9

  • Image for Anders Edenroth

    Anders Edenroth Thousand Things

    Performer: The Real Group

    GAZELL GAFCD-1045, 4

  • Image for Peder Karlsson

    Peder Karlsson Cage of Promises

    Performer: The Real Group

    GAZELL GAFCD-1045, 4

  • Image for Franz Xaver Gruber

    Franz Xaver Gruber Stilla Natt (Silent Night) (arr. Anders Jalkéus)

    Performer: The Real Group

    VIRGIN 7243 811406-2 8 CD2, 3

  • Image for John Lennon & Paul McCartney

    John Lennon & Paul McCartney John Lennon & Paul McCartney - Lady Madonna (arr. Jussi Chydenius)

    Performer: Rajaton

    PLACD034, 8

  • Image for Déodat de Séverac

    Déodat de Séverac Läksin mina kesäyönä käymään (arr. Jussi Chydenius)

    Performer: Rajaton


  • Image for David Wikander

    David Wikander Förvårskväll

    Performer: The Real Group

    VIRGIN 7243 812595 2 6, 9

  • Image for Anders Edenroth

    Anders Edenroth Chili Con Carne

    Performer: The Real Group

    VIRGIN 7243 811406 2 8, 1

  • Image for Jussi Chydenius

    Jussi Chydenius We Walk in a Fog

    Performer: The Real Group & Rajaton


  • Image for Z. Randall Stroope

    Z. Randall Stroope The Conversion of Saul

    Performer: Prairie Voices, Kristel Peters (director)


  • Image for Samuel Barber

    Samuel Barber 2 Choruses for mixed voices Op.8 - no. 1 The Virgin Martyrs

    Performer: The Dunedin Consort, Ben Parry (director)

    LINN CKD117, 8

  • Image for Manuel Oltra

    Manuel Oltra Preludio

    Performer: Voices of Ascension, Dennis Keene (conductor)

    NAXOS 8.570533, 19

  • Image for Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Einojuhani Rautavaara Lorca Suite (Op.72)

    Performer: Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Jamie Burton (conductor)

    HYPERION CDA67787, 1 to 4

  • Image for Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Romancero Gitano Op.152 - 1st movement

    Performer: Benjamin Verdery (guitar), New York Concert Singers, Judith Clurman (conductor)

    NEW WORLD 805472, 15

  • Image for Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

    Jaakko Mäntyjärvi Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae

    Performer: Kerttu Werkman (soprano), Martti Nissinen (tenor), Tapiola Chamber Choir, Hannu Norjanen (conductor)

    Finlandia 0927415632, 13


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