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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Entente Cordiale

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill in music from England and France. Poulenc: Les biches Suite. Elgar: Sea Pictures. Bridge: The Sea. Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3 (Organ).

Presented by Catherine Bott.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hill perform a programme entitled 'Entente Cordiale', featuring music from England and France.

Recorded at the orchestra's home in the Lighthouse, Poole, the concert starts with Poulenc's youthful and impish ballet Les biches. Then two pieces reflect the English love of the sea - Elgar's Sea Pictures, dealing with the fragility of man when confronted by its elemental forces, and Frank Bridge's symphonic suite The Sea, a more impressionist portrayal, depicting both the benign tranquillity and terrifying ferocious power of the oceans. The concert ends with Saint-Saens' ever-popular Organ Symphony.

Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
David Hill (conductor)

Poulenc: Les biches Suite
Elgar: Sea Pictures
Bridge: The Sea
Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3 (Organ)

Followed by Handel's Italian Cantatas - a series featuring some of the cantatas Handel wrote in Italy during the first decade of the 18th century when he was still in his early 20s.

Including La Lucrezia, HWV 145, sung by Janet Baker with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard.

2 hours, 15 minutes