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Britain and France

Aled Jones in discussion with the musical director of the Maîtrise de Toulouse, Mark Opstad, explores some of the choral traditions in France, and how that country has also inspired some British composers.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Guillaume Bouzignac

    Ecce festivitas amoris

    Performer: Maîtrise at the Baroque Centre of Versailles, Les arts Florissants, William Christie (director)

    • Harmonia Mundi HMC901471.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Missa Brevis Op. 63

    Performer: La Maîtrise de Toulouse, William Whitehead (organ), soloists Julia Bertrand, Paul Abadie Performer: and Laurie Hamiche, Mark Opstad (director)

    • Regent REGCD340.
  • Pérotin

    Beata viscera

    Performer: The Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier (director)

    • ECM 8377512.
  • Jean Gilles

    Lamentation for Thursday Evening, from Trois Lamentations

    Performer: Choir and Orchestra of Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet (director)

    • ADDA 581119.
  • Sébastien de Brossard

    Miserere Mei

    Performer: Cyrille Debois (soprano), Maîtrise de Caen, Juan-Sebastian Lima (theorbo), Jean-Marie Quint (cello), Robert Weddle (organ & director)

    • Assai 207582.
  • Edward Elgar

    O happy eyes – Love – My love dwelt in a Northern Land, from Three Part-songs Op. 18

    Performer: The Finzi Singers, Paul Spicer (director)

    • Chandos CHAN9269.
  • André Caplet


    Performer: La Maîtrise de Toulouse, Mark Opstad (director)

    • Regent REGCD340.


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