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Greek Myths

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 June 2012

From the early years of Renaissance, composers portrayed subjects from Greek mythology. These stories provided particular inspiration as the new operatic genre took hold in the early 17th century. The 18th century saw the philosophical revolution of the Enlightenment spread throughout Europe and accompanied by a certain reaction against Greek myth, there was a tendency to insist on the scientific and philosophical achievements of Ancient Greece. The myths, however, continued to provide an important source of raw material for dramatists and composers. Lucie Skeaping introduces a diverse selection of early music inspired by these Greek myths, including works by Monteverdi, Handel, Purcell, Cavalli, Rameau and Gluck.

Music Played

19 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Claudio Monteverdi Orfeo (Overture)

    Performers: Concerto Vocale, Rene Jacobs (director)

    HARMONIA MUNDI, HMC 901553/54, Disc 1 Track 1

  • Image for William Byrd

    William Byrd Come wofull Orpheus

    Performers: The Hilliard Ensemble

    EMI, CDC 7 47961-2, Track 11

  • Image for Guillaume de Machaut

    Guillaume de Machaut Quant Theseus, Hercules et Jazon

    Performers: Studio der Fruhen Musik, Thomas Binkley (director)

    EMI, CDM 7 63424-2, Track 2

  • Image for Francesco Cavalli

    Francesco Cavalli Ovunque il pie rivolgo (from ‘Giasone’)

    Performers: Michael Chance (Giasone), Concerto Vocale, Rene Jacobs (director)

    HARMONIA MUNDI, HMC 901282/84, Disc 3 Track 13

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Where’re you walk (from ‘Semele’)

    Performers: Richard Croft (Jupiter), Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn (conductor)

    CHANDOS, CHAN 0745, Disc 2 Track 16

  • Image for Johann Christian Bach

    Johann Christian Bach Overture No.1 in D, “Orione”

    Performers: The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (director)

    L’OISEAU LYRE, 417 148-2, Tracks 1-3

  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Les Cyclopes

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

    AVIE, AV 2056, Track 1

  • Image for Johann Heinrich Schmelzer

    Johann Heinrich Schmelzer Balletto di Centauri, Ninfe e Salvatici

    Performers: Musica Fiata, Roland Wilson (director)

    CPO, 999 878-2, Tracks 3-6

  • Johann Conradi Schonster Augen Sonnenschein (from ‘Ariadne’)

    Performers: Karina Gauvin (Ariadne), Orchestra of the Boston Early Music Festival, Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs (directors)

    CPO, 777 073-2, Disc 2 Track 2

  • Image for Claudio Monteverdi
    00:02

    Claudio Monteverdi Overture (Orfeo)

    Ensemble: Concerto Vocale. Conductor: René Jacobs.

    HARMONIA MUNDI : HMC 901553/54, 1

  • Image for William Byrd
    00:04

    William Byrd Come wofull Orpheus

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.

    EMI : CDC 7 47961-2, 11

  • Image for Guillaume de Machaut
    00:09

    Guillaume de Machaut Quant Theseus, Hercules et Jazon

    Ensemble: Studio der Fruhen Musik. Director: Thomas Binkley.

    EMI : CDM 7 63424-2, 2

  • Image for Francesco Cavalli
    00:18

    Francesco Cavalli Ovunque il pie rivolgo (from the opera 'Giasone')

    Singer: Michael Chance. Ensemble: Concerto Vocale. Conductor: René Jacobs.

    HARMONIA MUNDI : HMC 901282/84, 13

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:24

    George Frideric Handel Where're you walk (from the opera 'Semele')

    Singer: Richard Croft. Orchestra: Early Opera Company Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Curnyn.

    CHANDOS : CHAN 0745, 16

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach
    00:30

    Johann Sebastian Bach Aria 'Zu Tanze, zu Sprunge, so wakkelt das Herz' (from Cantata no 221)

    Singer: Donald Bentvelsen. Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.

    ERATO : 0630-15562-2, 15

  • Image for Johann Christian Bach
    00:37

    Johann Christian Bach Overture no.1 in D major "Orione"

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.

    L'OISEAU-LYRE : 417 148-2, 1

  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau
    00:48

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Les Cyclopes

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.

    AVIE : AV 2056, 1

  • Image for Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
    00:52

    Johann Heinrich Schmelzer Balletto di Centauri, Ninfe e Salvatici

    Ensemble: Musica Fiata Koln. Director: Roland Wilson.

    CPO : 999 878-2, 3

  • Image for Johann Conradi
    00:56

    Johann Conradi Schonster Augen Sonnenschein

    Singer: Karina Gauvin. Orchestra: Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Director: Paul O'Dette. Director: Stephen Stubbs.

    CPO : 777 073-2, 2

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