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Jazz-Inspired Choral Music

Choral music influenced by jazz is the topic for discussion with Aled Jones, who's joined by composer and pianist Will Todd. Music during the programme includes works by Will Todd, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, and a large piece called I Prefer the Gorgeous Freedom by Gwilym Simcock.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Oh, Kay! - stage musical

    Conductor: Eric STERN Performer: Joseph Thalken & Kevin COLE (pianos), Patrick CASSIDY (singer), ST LUKE'S ORCHESTRA

    • NONESUCH.
    • 7559-79361 2.
  • Judith Weir

    2 Human hymns - Like to the Falling of a Star

    Conductor: Geoffrey WEBBER Performer: Annie Lydford (organ), performer: GONVILLE AND CAIUS COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE CHOIR

    • Delphian.
    • DCD-34095.
  • Duke Ellington

    Ninety Nine Percent

    Performers: OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Michael Brockman & Gill Seeley (conductors)

    • STATUS.
    • DSTS1015.
  • Will Todd

    Mass in blue (jazz mass) Op.28

    Conductor: Jeremy BACKHOUSE Performer: VASARI SINGERS, Will Todd Ensemble

    • SIGNUM.
    • SIG CD-083.
  • Dave Brubeck

    Pange Lingua Variations: Panga Lingua - Sing my tongue sing & Nobis datus

    Conductor: Russell GLOYD Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET, LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL SCHOLA, LONDON VOICES

    • Telarc.
    • CD-80621-A.
  • Will Todd

    Give me Joy in my Heart (Trad. arr. Will Todd)

    Conductor: Andrew Earis Performer: Choir of St Martin in the Fields, Will Todd Ensemble

    • St Martin in the Fields.
    • SMITFCD02.
  • Gwilym Simcock

    I Prefer the Gorgeous Freedom

    Conductor: Sian CROOSE Performers: Gwilym SIMCOCK (piano), James MADDREN (drums), Jeremy AVIS (tenor), Jonathan Baker (bass), Lkaus Gesing (reeds), Rebecca ASKEW (soprano), Sianed JONES (violin), Yuri GOLOUBEV (double bass), The Voice Project

    • BBC recording from the premiere performance, at the 2009 London Jazz Festival.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Lauda Jerusalem - motet RV.609 for soloists, 2 choirs and orchestra

    Conductor: Robert KING Performer: Lisa MILNE (soprano), Susan GRITTON (soprano), KING'S CONSORT CHORISTERS, The KING'S CONSORT

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA 66769-.

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