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Easter at King's MacMillan, Palestrina, Tavener

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 06 April 2012

Live from King's College,Cambridge

Presented by Martin Handley

Music for Good Friday by Palestrina, James MacMillan and John Tavener sung by the world famous college chapel choir who are joined by the Britten SInfonia

James MacMillan's profoundly moving meditation on Christ's last words has rapidly taken its place as a modern classic. It is partnered by the Renaissance master, Palestrina's intense setting of the Stabat Mater: Mary, mother of Jesus's lament at the foot of the Cross and John Tavener's setting of the Good Friday Reproaches: "O my people, what have I done to you?" The expressive solo cello and serene strings present unwavering faith against the sound and fury of the timpani.

MacMillan: Kiss on Wood
Palestrina: Stabat Mater
Tavener: Popule Meus
MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross

King's College Choir,
Guy Johnston (cello),
Britten Sinfonia,
Stephen Cleobury (conductor).

Music Played

6 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Easter at Kings

    • Image for James MacMillan
      00:00

      James MacMillan Kiss on wood vers. cello and piano

      Conductor: Stephen CLEOBURY Performer: Guy JOHNSTON - Cello Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Image for Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
      00:06

      Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Stabat mater - motet for 8 voices [H vi,96]

      Conductor: Stephen CLEOBURY Performer: King's College Cambridge Choir

    • Image for John Tavener
      00:15

      John Tavener Popule meus for cello, strings and timpani

      Conductor: Stephen CLEOBURY Performer: Guy JOHNSTON - Cello Performer: Britten Sinfonia

  • Music Interval

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach
    00:29

    Johann Sebastian Bach O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sunde gross - chorale-prelude BWV.622 for organ

    Performer: Stephen CLEOBURY - Organ

    Priory, PRDVD 3, -10

  • Easter at Kings

    • Image for James MacMillan
      00:29

      James MacMillan Seven last words from the cross for chorus & ensemble

      Conductor: Stephen CLEOBURY Performer: Britten Sinfonia Performer: King's College Cambridge Choir

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