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Myths and Legends, Shillong Chamber Choir

Aled Jones considers how myths and legends have inspired composers including Martinu, Wagner and Sibelius to write choral works. Aled also talks to conductor Neil Nongkynrih.

Aled Jones looks at the different ways in which myths and legends have inspired a range of composers including Martinu, Wagner and Sibelius to write choral works, and plays part of a new work by Francis Pott which draws its inspiration from the values of sixteenth century composers like Byrd and Tallis. He also talks to Neil Nongkynrih, the dynamic conductor of the Shillong Chamber Choir, a group from a remote part of North East India, about their kind of choral singing, which ranges from Handel to Bollywood.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    Les Troyens a Carthage - Opening choruses from Act 3, De Carthage les Cieux, National Anth

    Conductor: Colin Davis Performer: Michelle Deyoung (mezzo-soprano), Sara Mingardo (contralto), London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus

    • LSO LIVE.
    • LS000-10.
  • John Rutter

    The Reluctant Dragon

    Performer: City Of London Sinfonia, King's Singers

    • Collegium Records.
    • CSCD-513.
  • Neil Nongkynrih

    dil hai chota sa

    Performer: Shillong Chamber Choir, Neil Nongkynrih (director)

    • private recording.
  • Neil Nongkynrih

    dil hai chota sa

    Performer: Shillong Chamber Choir, Neil Nongkynrih (director)

    • private recording.
  • Richard Wagner - Der Fliegende Hollander - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Christoph von DOHNANYI Performer: Hildegard Behrens (soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus

  • Bohuslav Martinu

    The Legend of the smoke from the potato-tops

    Conductor: Jaroslav Brych Performer: Agatha Hauserova (contralto), Marie Nemcova (soprano), Roman Vocel (baritone), Prague Philharmonic Choir

    • Praga.
    • PRD 250 170/171.
    • 3.
  • Francis Pott

    Mass for Eight Parts - Kyrie eleison

    Conductor: Matthew Berry Performer: Commotio

    • Naxos.
    • 8.572739.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Vainon virsi [Vainon's song]

    Conductor: Osmo Vanska Performer: Dominante, Lahti Symphony Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • CD-1565.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah - Lift up your heads

    Performer: Shillong Chamber Choir, Neil Nongkynrih (director)

    • private recording.
  • Neil Nongkynrih & Resul Pookutty

    Madi Madi - the Madi song for lazy boys and girls

    Performer: Shillong Chamber Choir, Neil Nongkynrih (director)

    • private recording.
  • Robert Schumann

    Scenes from Goethe's Faust - Finale to Part 3 - Faust's Verklarung (Faust's Transfiguratio

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado Performer: Brigitte Poschner-Klebel (soprano), Bryn Terfel (baritone), Harry Peeters (bass), Iris Vermillion (contralto), Karita Mattila (soprano), Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir, Tolz Boys' Choir

    • SONY.
    • S2K-66308.
  • Trad.

    The Mermaid arranged by Michael McGlynn

    Performer: Anuna

    • UNIVERSAL.
    • UND-53098.

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