Poulenc, Cole Porter, Richard Rodney Bennett, Daniel-Lesur
From St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, Paul Brough leads the BBC Singers in music exploring various facets of love. With Poulenc, Cole Porter, Richard Rodney Bennett, Daniel-Lesur.
Radio 3 Live in Concert: Music for St Valentine's Day
Presented be Ian Skelly Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge in London
For St Valentine's Day, Ian Skelly introduces a concert of choral music which explores some of the many facets of love - sacred and secular, human and divine.
Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, the BBC Singers with Principal Guest Conductor Paul Brough are joined by piano duettists Richard Pearce and Gavin Roberts in lovesongs which range from Francis Poulenc's witty reworkings of old French folk tunes to Johannes Brahms' collection in waltz-time. In between come Daniel-Lesur's settings of erotic verse from the Biblical Song of Songs, and Peter Cornelius' trilogy of highly-charged 17th-century poems expressing the love of the enraptured human soul for the divine. And, keeping matters firmly in the secular sphere, three songs by Cole Porter and Richard Rodney Bennett's setting of 18th C Scottish words are a reminder that the course of true love rarely runs smooth.
Francis Poulenc: Chansons Francaises (selection)
Cole Porter arr Trude Rittman: In the still of the night
Cole Porter arr Richard Rodney Bennett: Every time I say goodbye
Cole Porter arr Trude Rittman: From this moment on
Richard Rodney Bennett: The Ballad of Sweet William
Daniel-Lesur: Le cantique des cantiques
Richard Pearce, Gavin Roberts piano duet
Paul Brough conductor.
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