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Men in Choirs

Aled Jones extols the splendours of men-only choruses in contrasting works by Wagner and Gavin Bryars, and he asks why British choirs often struggle to match their ranks of female singers with equal numbers of tenors and basses.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • [traditional]

    Drunken Sailor

    Performer: Orphei Dränger, conducted by Robert Sund

    • BIS/Northern Lights BIS-NL-CD-5030.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Ecce nunc Benedicte Domino

    Performer: Theatre of Voices (Men), The TOV Band, conducted by Paul Hillier

    • Da Capo 6.220534.
  • Hugo Distler

    Singet dem Herrn

    Performer: Calmus Ensemble

    • Querstand VKJK 0803.
  • Gavin Bryars

    Piano Concerto (The Solway Canal)

    Performer: Ralph van Raat (piano), Cappella Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, conducted by Otto Tausk

    • Naxos 8572570.
  • Frank Ticheli

    There will be rest

    Performer: Phoenix Bach Choir, Kansas City Choral, conducted by Charles Bruffy

    • Chandos CHSA 5045.
  • Richard Wagner - Das Liebesmahl der Apostel / The Apostles Love Feast

    Performer: The combined gentlemen of the Vienna Singverein, the Vienna Chamber Choir, and the Dresden Philharmonic Chorus Youth Choir, and Dresden Philharmonic, conducted by Michel Plasson

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