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Prom 64: WF Bach, Arne, Pergolesi

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 02 September 2010


Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The Early Opera Company and its conductor Christian Curnyn feature three composers born in 1710 who straddled the divide between the baroque and classical styles. Thomas Arne was the leading figure in London in his day, and his symphonies show off the latest trends in taste and refinement. JS Bach's eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann, showed great promise, but had a disappointingly uneven career, although his music forged a new path. Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, a work of great lyrical beauty, is still as popular today as it was in the composer's tragically short lifetime.

W. F. Bach: Sinfonia in D minor
Arne: Symphony No. 4 in C minor
Pergolesi: Stabat mater

Elizabeth Watts, soprano
Anna Stephany, mezzo-soprano
Early Opera Company
Christian Curnyn, conductor.


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