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BBC Singers/City of London Sinfonia/David Hill

Presented by Ian Skelly. In a concert from the Cadogan Hall, David Hill directs the BBC Singers and the City of London Sinfonia in penitential sacred works for chorus and orchestra.

Presented by Ian Skelly

David Hill directs the BBC Singers and the City of London Sinfonia in this Holy Week concert, recorded at London's Cadogan Hall, of penitential sacred works for chorus and orchestra. The composers are two of musical history's most precocious figures - Felix Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mendelssohn's "Verleih' uns Frieden ("In thy mercy, grant us peace") and "Wie der Hirsch schreit nach firshcem Wasse" (his setting of words from Psalm 42 - "Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks") - are works completed in his twenties, not long after his ground-breaking 1829 public performance of J S Bach's "St Matthew Passion" whose influence can be heard in these works. Mozart's great Requiem in D minor which, unfinished at the composer's death in 1791, has been the subject of a number of stories and myths concerning the mysterious, sinister, stranger who allegedly commissioned it and who caused the sickly Mozart to believe that the Requiem would become his own musical epitaph.

Mendelssohn - Die Schoene Melusina
Mendelssohn - Verleih' uns Frieden
Mendelssohn - Wie der Hirsch schreit - Psalm 42 op 42
Mozart completed Süssmayr: Requiem

Katharine Fuge (soprano)
Renata Pokupic (mezzo soprano)
Andrew Kennedy (tenor)
Matthew Brook (bass)

City of London Sinfonia
BBC Singers

David Hill, conductor

Followed by a focus on sacred music. Ian Skelly is joined by Harry Christophers, conductor of The Sixteen, to explore some of the music featured in the BBC4 series Sacred Music.

Gorecki: Totus Tuus
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor)
UCJ – REN 18CD

Part: De Profundis
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor)
UCJ 476160

Tavener: Song for Athene
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor)
UCJ 476160

Gorecki: Symphony no 3 (2nd mvt)
Dawn Upshaw (soprano)
London Sinfonietta
David Zinman (conductor)
ELEKTRA NONESUCH 7559 79282-2, Tr 2

Tavener: Song for Athene
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor)
UCJ 476160, Tr 2

2 hours, 15 minutes

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