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Buddhist Chant

Aled Jones visits a Tibetan centre in South London to explore the Buddhist chant tradition. Plus a focus on choirs around the world tackling music from outside their national style.

With vocal techniques like no other singers Buddhist monks maintain a unique, yet largely unrecognised musical style. Aled Jones travels to a Tibetan centre in South London to hear the amazing sounds they produce, and meets the musician who gave up his successful IT career to learn the tradition's secrets. Plus a look at how choirs fare when they tackle music from well outside their national style as the Dutch sing Renaissance English polyphony, Americans tackle Purcell, and the British reinvent themselves as South Americans and Russians.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 4 Apr 2010 18:30

Music Played

  • The Gyuto Monks

    Sangwa Düpa

    • ELEKTRA NONESUCH 979198-2.
    • 1.
  • The Gyuto Monks

    Mahakala (excerpt)

    • RYKODISCS.
  • Gaden Shartse Monks (with instruments)

    Mila de Shag Gyad (medicine Buddha chant)

    • SACRED HEALING CHANTS OF TIBET.
  • Nuns From Jangchub Choeling Nunnery

    Gaden Lhagya

    • TIBET ‘Sacred Voice’.
    • 9.
  • Tashi Lhunpo Monks

    Dolma Puja

    • TASHI LHUNPO TLM250489.
    • 4.
  • Tashi Lhunpo Monks

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • TASHI LHUNPO TLM250489.
    • 8.
  • Tashi Lhunpo Monks

    Ngag-ki-rolyang (orchestral)

    • TASHI LHUNPO TLM250489.
    • 9.
  • Quire

    Chimwemwe wa Jesu

    • QUIRE PILGRIM.
    • 3.
  • Traditional (USA, Spiritual)

    Deep River

    Performer: King’s Singers

    • SIGNUMSIGCD021.
    • 7.
  • Traditional (Lapland)

    Joik

    Performer: Enkelit

    • ENKELIT.
    • 1.
  • Traditional (Cataluna)

    El Cant dels Ocells

    Performers: Coro Cervantes, Olazt Saitua (soprano), Carlos Aransay (conductor)

    • SIGNUM SIGCD0196.
    • 11.
  • Robert Parsons

    Ave Maria

    Performers: The Gents, Peter Dijkstra (conductor)

    • CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS 18998.
    • 1.
  • John Farmer

    Fair Phyllis I Saw

    Performer: Quink Vocal Ensemble

    • TELARC CD80328.
    • 12.
  • Traditional (Wales) arr. Mack Wilberg

    All Through the Night

    Performers: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mack Wilberg (conductor)

    • MTC 017.
    • 5.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Drop, Drop slow Tears

    Performer: Banchieri Singers

    • CORK INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2003.
  • Henry Purcell

    Rejoice in the Lord Always (excerpt)

    Performers: David Cordier (counter-tenor), John Elwes (tenor), Peter Kooy (bass), Tölz Boys’ Choir, instrumentalists, Gustav Leonhardt (conductor)

    • SONY SK53981.
    • 1.
  • Henry Purcell

    Rejoice in the Lord Always (excerpt)

    Performers: Kai Wessel (counter-tenor), William Kendall (tenor), Peter Kooy (bass), Choir and orchestra of Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901462.
    • 1.
  • Richard Rodgers

    I'm gonna wash that man right out my hair

    Performer: Miladies’ Chorus

    • YLE Recording.
  • John Stainer

    God So loved the World (from 'The Crucifixion')

    Performer: National Lutheran Choir

    • Conifer.
    • CDCF 193.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    The Blue Bird

    Performers: RIAS Chamber Choir

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901734.
    • 8.

Broadcast

  • Sun 4 Apr 2010 18:30

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