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12/05/2011 Michael Nyman, Cambridge Union Debate, St Pancras Parish Church Choir

Presented by Sean Rafferty. With an interview with composer Michael Nyman, a celebration of Cecilia McDowall, and a Cambridge University classical music debate.

Michael Nyman talks to Sean Rafferty live in the studio about the re-release of his opera 'Facing Goya' on the MN Records label. Nyman's score for ballet 'Danse A Grande Vitesse' appears at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden London shortly.

Sean also talks to Suzi Digby OBE about a Cambridge Union debate carrying the motion: 'Classical music is irrelevant to today's young people' which has been opposed by Stephen Fry and Ivan Hewett.

Live performance by the St Pancras Parish Church Choir, directed by Christopher Batchelor ahead of their performance as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music at the Purcell Room where they will be celebrating the 60th birthday of Cecilia McDowall. The composer will talk to Sean live in the studio.

Presented by Sean Rafferty.
With a selection of music and guests from the music world.
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2 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chorus: Sicut erat in principo from Cantata, Gloria in excelsis Deo BWV 191

    Performer: The Monteverdi Choir Performer: English Baroque Soloists Performer: John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

    • SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG 174.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Minuet & Trio from String Quartet No.5 in A major Op.18 No.5

    Performer: Artemis Quartet

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS 50999 0708432 6.
  • Aldemaro Romero

    Fuga con Pajarillo from Suite for Strings no.1

    Performer: Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela Performer: Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    • DG 477 7457.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Motets: Locus iste

    Performer: Choir of St Bride’s Church Performer: Robert Jones Performer: Matthew Morley (organ) Performer: Daniel Norman (tenor) Performer: Simon Wills (trombone) Performer: Richard Cheetham (trombone) Performer: Adrian Lane (trombone) Performer: Steven Saunders (trombone)

    • Naxos 8.550956.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite for trumpet and strings in D: Overture

    Performer: Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Performer: Jorg Faerber

    • EMI 50999 6 279152 6.
  • Michael Nyman

    MGV – Musique a grande vitesse (Opening)

    Performer: Michael Nyman Band and Orchestra Performer: Michael Nyman, conductor

    • MN RECORDS MNRCD115.
  • Michael Nyman

    Psalm from Six Celan Songs

    Performer: Ute Lemper, singer Performer: Michael Nyman Band Performer: Michael Nyman, conductor

    • DECCA 425 227-2.
  • Michael Nyman

    The size of the brain from Facing Goya

    Performer: Winnie Böwe, soprano Performer: Harry Nicoll, tenor Performer: Hilary Summers, contralto Performer: Marie Angel, soprano Performer: Omar Ebrahim, baritone Performer: Michael Nyman Band Performer: Michael Nyman, conductor

    • MN RECORDS MNRCD121/122.
  • Alexander Borodin

    In the Steppes of Central Asia

    Performer: Halle Orchestra Performer: Vernon Handley, conductor

    • CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 5 74006 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dopo notte atra e funesta from Ariodante

    Performer: Joyce DiDonato, soprano Performer: Il Complesso Barocco Performer: Alan Curtis, conductor

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS 50999 07084423.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Songs without Words: Lieder ohne Worte Op 62 – No 2 Allegro con fuoco in B flat major, No

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim (piano)

    • Decca 478 0506.
  • LIVE

    • Howard Skempton

      Locus iste, motet for chorus

      Performer: Choir of St. Pancras Parish Church Performer: Christopher Batchelor, director

    • Cecilia McDowall

      Alma Redemptoris Mater

      Performer: Choir of St. Pancras Parish Church Performer: Christopher Batchelor, director

    • Cecilia McDowall

      I have done what is mine to do

      Performer: Choir of St. Pancras Parish Church Performer: Christopher Batchelor, director

    • Cecilia McDowall

      Psallite Domino

      Performer: Choir of St. Pancras Parish Church Performer: Christopher Batchelor, director

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    III - Kirje's wedding from Lieutenant Kirje Symphonic Suite Op 60

    Performer: Montreal Symphony Orchestra Performer: Charles Dutoit

    • Classic FM CFMFW 141.
  • Robert Schumann

    Carnaval Op 9, 'Chopin'

    Performer: Nelson Freire – piano

    • Decca 473 902-2.

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