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OAE - Handel, Boyce

3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 12 June 2014

Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is joined by Mary Bevan (soprano) and James Gilchrist (tenor) in William Boyce's serenata 'Solomon', plus works by Handel.

Handel: Overture and Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from 'Solomon'
Handel: Chandos Anthem 'Let God Arise'

7.35pm: Interval

Boyce: Solomon

Mary Bevan (soprano)
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Choir of the Enlightenment
director Steven Devine

Boyce is less famous today than his contemporary Handel, but his serenata 'Solomon' was as popular as Handel's Messiah in its time. Its lyrics however were considered too racy for later, more conservative tastes, so it lay virtually unperformed after 1800. Modern audiences are likely to be more open-minded.

  • Handel's Solomon

    Jeremy Summerly with a personal recommendation from recordings of Handel's Solomon

Music Played

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


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