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Honegger - Judith

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 18 April 2013

Thursday Opera Matinee. With Louise Fryer. Honegger's "Judith".

Honegger had great sucess in Paris between the wars with his 'dramatic psalm' "Le Roi David" - "King David" - and in 1926 he collaborated with the same librettist, Rene Morax, to produce another work that is half opera, half oratorio, based on the Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes. We only hear Judith (mezzo Paula Murrihy) and her servant (soprano Marie-Eve Munger) discussing the deed of decapitating the barbarian chief Holofernes, so there's not much onstage action, but the sound world Honegger creates suggests far more...

Plus complementary twentieth-century music from the BBC's orchestras.

Honegger: Judith
Judith ..... Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano)
Servant ..... Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)
Narrator ..... Liesbeth List
Olivia Vermeulen (mezzo-soprano)
Ani Sagsyan (mezzo-soprano)
Ludovic Provost (baritone)
Alan Belk (tenor)
Netherlands Radio Chorus
Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
Michael Schonwandt (conductor)

c. 2.45pm
Honegger: Cantique de Paques
Marie-Eve Munger (soprano)
Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano)
Olivia Vermeulen (mezzo-soprano)
Netherlands Radio Chorus
Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
Michael Schonwandt (conductor)

3.00pm
Florent Schmitt: Psalm 47
Christine Buffle (soprano)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer (conductor)

3.30pm
Ravel: Sheherezade
Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Clark Rundell (conductor)

3.50pm
Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor).

Music Played

4 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

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