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Purcell Weekend

Aled Jones is joined on the streets of Westminster by music historian Bruce Wood to recreate a choral 'day in the life' of Purcell. Plus a look at the incomplete Hear My Prayer.

As part of BBC Radio 3's Purcell celebrations, Aled Jones is joined on the streets of Westminster by music historian Bruce Wood to recreate a choral 'day in the life' of the composer, with music for voices from the Chapel Royal, Westminster Abbey, the theatre and the ale house.

We hear how three modern composers have responded to Purcell's incomplete masterwork Hear My Prayer, now thought to have been intended as a funeral anthem for King Charles II.

Playlist
Henry Purcell
Hear my Prayer O Lord
BBC Singers, conducted by Andrew Carwood
BBC studio recording

Henry Purcell
The Lord is my Light Z55
Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), and The King’s Consort conducted by Robert King
Hyperion CDA66693, track 1

Henry Purcell
Blow up the Trumpet in Sion
Choir of King’s College Cambridge, conducted by Sir David Wilcocks
TELDEC 3984217682 CD1, track 2

Bob Chilcott
My Prayer
BBC Singers, conducted by Andrew Carwood
BBC studio recording

Henry Purcell
Soft Notes, and Gently Rais’d
members of Red Byrd, with Parley Of Instruments, conducted by Peter Holman
HYPERION CDA66750, track 11

Jacques Hétu
Hear My Prayer O Lord
BBC Singers, conducted by Andrew Carwood
BBC studio recording

Henry Purcell
Songs for Theodosius:
Prepare, Prepare
Hark! Hark! Behold the heavn’ly choir
Judith Nelson (soprano), David Thomas (bass), Martyn Hill (tenor), James Bowman (counter-tenor), with the Academy of Ancient Music, directed by Christopher Hogwood
DECCA 4755292 CD4, tracks 14 & 17

Tobin Stokes
Hear my Prayer o Lord
BBC Singers, conducted by Andrew Carwood
BBC studio recording

Henry Purcell
My Wife has a Tongue
Paul Elliott, Alan Byers, Peter Bamber (tenors)
DECCA 4755292 CD5, track 14

Henry Purcell
Welcome to all the Pleasures
Taverner Consort, Choir and Players, conducted by Andrew Parrott
Virgin Veritas 7243 5 61582 2 1, track 1-6

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Sun 22 Mar 2009 18:30

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