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Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams

Sunday 22 June 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Michael Berkeley's guest is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. Many of his musical choices reflect his love of words and he includes two poetry readings, with a poem of his own reflecting on the events described in Bach's St Matthew Passion and another by Geoffrey Hill inspired by John Dowland's Lachrimae Pavan for lute.

His selections also include sacred vocal music by Byrd and Britten, vintage recordings of Bach's Concerto for oboe and violin, Schumann's Piano Concerto and a Welsh folksong, reflecting his deep love of his native country.


1 hour

Private Passions playlist 22 June 2008

M BerkeleyThe Wakeful Poet (Music from Chaucer) (pub OUP)
Beaux-Arts Brass Quintet
BBQ BBQ 003 T10

Bach Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder (final chorus the St Matthew Passion)
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner
Bach ARCHIV 469 774-2 CD5 T16

Rowan Williams Wir setzen uns (unpublished)

Bach Concerto in D minor for oboe and violin, BWV 1060
Leon Goossens (oboe) Bath Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
Leon Goossens TESTAMENT SBT 1130 T1

Geoffrey HillPavana dolorosa (from Tenebrae) (Andre Deutsch)

Dowland Lachrimae Pavan
Nigel North (lute)
Lute Lessons ARCANA A36 T22

Byrd Christ rising again from the dead
Yeachen Park & Ben Williamson (trebles), The Choir of Westminster Abbey, Robert Quinney (organ)/James O'Donnell
Byrd HYPERION CDA67533 T14

Mozart Opening of the finale of Act 1 of The Magic Flute
Uwe Heilmann (Tamino), Max Emanuel Cencic, Michael Rausch, Markus Leitner (3 boys), Vienna PO/Georg Solti
Mozart DECCA 433 210-2 CD1 9 [quick fade to 01 42]

Britten O all ye works of the Lord (from The Burning Fiery Furnace)
John Shirley-Quirk (Ananais), Robert Tear (Misrael), Stafford Dean (Azarias), The English Opera Group
Britten DECCA 475 6041 CD1 T12-13 [in at 02 04; fade to 03 01]

Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54 (Intermezzo Andante grazioso)
Moura Lympany (piano), RPO/Thomas Beecham
The Beecham Collection SOMM BEECHAM 19 T8-9 [fade to 00 22]

Welsh folksongY Deryn Pur (The pure bird)
Huw Rhys-Evans (tenor), Ieuan Jones (harp)
All through the night CLAUDIO CR4114-2 T7

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