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BBC Singers - Copland, Whitacre, Reich (part 1)

40 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 15 October 2013

Live from Milton Court the BBC Singers perform Copland, Whitacre and Reich, and time travel from the Biblical beginnings of the world to the apocalypse of the post-nuclear age.

Copland: In the beginning

Whitacre: Three Songs of faith; Waternight; Sleep

c 8.10pm: Interval

c 8.30pm
Reich: The Desert Music (chamber version)

BBC Singers
David Hill (conductor)

Presented by Martin Handley

Live from Milton Court, London

In one of the opening concerts from London's newest concert hall, the BBC Singers perform a programme of American music which journeys from the Biblical beginnings of time to the end of the world as imagined in the apocalypse of the post-nuclear age. Aaron Copland's tender re-telling of the Creation story is a much-loved 20th-century choral classic, while The Desert Music contemplates the devastation of nuclear war. In between, three characteristically richly-scored works by one of the most charismatic figures on the contemporary choral scene: composer-conductor Eric Whitacre. David Hill conducts the BBC Singers, specialist contemporary music ensemble Endymion, and leading young mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston.


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