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Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
The BBC Singers, conducted by Paul Brough, with a programme of choral sea songs and maritime music.
Palestrina: De profundis clamavi
Jaakko Mantyjarvi: Canticum Calamitatis Maritiamae
Granville Bantock: The Seal-Woman's Croon
Steve Martland: Sea Songs
Maritime subjects - real and imaginary, triumphant and tragic - have always been a source of fascination for poets and composers, and in this concert the BBC Singers conjure up a series of musical seascapes from Moeran, Coleridge-Taylor, Bantock and two Renaissance masters. Richard Rodney Bennett, who died just a few weeks ago, composed his typically imaginative and creative settings of Elizabethan words in 1984. Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae by Finnish composer Mantyjarvi was composed after the sinking of the MS Estonia and the loss of over 800 lives at sea in 1994, while Steve Martland's new Sea Songs (here receiving its English premiere) references a range of sea songs and texts.