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PSM 03 - Hildegard, Britten, Birtwistle, Wishart

Duration:
1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 27 August 2011

BBC PROMS SATURDAY MATINEES 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall

Presented by Christopher Cook

Medieval and modern, mystical and material all collide in this Prom which has as its focus songs by the 11th century German Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, performed both in their original versions and as re-imagined in a brand new work by Stevie Wishart. Her BBC commission takes Hildegard's words to create "a sonic tapestry of frayed threads from hundreds of years ago, woven into a new pattern".

Completing the programme, two modern works which also have their roots in the medieval world - Britten's cycle wittily juxtaposes sacred and secular lyrics and is one of his last works, while Harrison Birtwistle's setting takes words from a source that was to become a well-spring of inspiration in his later career - the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - and is one of his earliest published pieces

Hildegard of Bingen: Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum - selection
Britten: Sacred and Profane
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Narration: A Description of the Passing of a Year
Stevie Wishart: Out of This World (BBC Commission; world premiere)

BBC Singers
Sinfonye
Stevie Wishart (director)
Robert Hollingworth (conductor).

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4 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Hildegard von Bingen Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum - selection

    Performer: Robert Hollingworth - Director Performer: BBC Singers

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten Sacred and profane - 8 medieval lyrics Op.91

    Performer: Robert Hollingworth - Director Performer: BBC Singers

  • Image for Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Sir Harrison Birtwistle Narration - a description of the passing of a year for chorus

    Performer: Robert Hollingworth - Director Performer: BBC Singers

  • Image for Stevie Wishart

    Stevie Wishart Out of this world for chorus and ensemble

    Performer: Robert Hollingworth- Director Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Sinfonye

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