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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 30 June 2013

Is oratorio the 'poor cousin' of opera? In this edition of The Choir, conductor, Paul McCreesh welcomes tenor John Mark Ainsley and writer Peggy Reynolds to the studio for a celebration of the oratorio form; exploring how it can be every bit as glamorous, intense and rewarding as opera.

Featuring highlights from more than four centuries of oratorio, including works by Carissimi, Handel, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Berlioz and Britten.

Music Played

9 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Giacomo Carissimi

    Giacomo Carissimi Jepthe-Final Chorus - Mourn Children Of Israel

    Performers: Gabrieli Consort and Players

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel La Resurezzione - Act 1, Scene 1 - Aria-Disserratevi, O Porte D Averno

    Performers: Les Musiciens Du Louvre Performer: Annick Massis (Soprano) Conductor: Marc Minkowski

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel La Resurezzione -Act 11, Scene 5-Aria-Caro Figlio

    Performers: Les Musiciens Du Louvre Performer: John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)Conductor: Marc Minkowski

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Theodora-Part 2-scene 5-Prison Scene

    Performer: Robin Blaze (Didymus, Countertenor) Performer: Susan Gritton (Theodora, Soprano) Performers: Gabriel Consort and Players Cpnductor: Paul McCreesh

  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn The Seasons - Der Winter

    Performer: Andreas Schmidt (Baritone), Performer: Antony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Performer: Barbara Bonney (Soprano) Performer: Monteverdi Choir Performer: English Baroque Soloists Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

  • Image for Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn Elijah-Part 2 (Excerpt)

    Performer: Rosemary Joshua (Soprano) Performer: Sarah Connolly (Mezzo) Performer: Robert Murray (Tenor) Performer: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone) Performer: Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir Performer: Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme Performer: Gabrieli Consort & Players Conductor: Paul McCreesh

  • Image for Hector Berlioz

    Hector Berlioz L Enfance Du Christ-Part 3-L Arivee a Sais: Epilogue-O Mon Ame

    Performer: Yann Beuron – Narrator (Tenor) Performer: Tenebrae Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar The Dream of Gerontius - Part 2 (Excerpt)

    Performer: Dame Janet Baker (Soprano), Performer: Richard Lewis (Tenor) Performers:Ambrosian Singers Performer: Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus Performer:Halle Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten War Requiem - Let Us Sleep Now

    Performer: Peter Pears (tenor) Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone) Performer: Highgate Boys’ School Choir Performer: Melos Ensemble Performer: Bach Choir Performer: London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Conductor: Benjamin Britten


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