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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

BBC Singers
Richard Pearce, Gavin Roberts piano duet
Paul Brough conductor.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • BBC Singers

    • Francis Poulenc

      8 Chansons francaises Op.130

      Conductor: Paul BROUGH Performer: BBC Singers

    • Cole Porter

      In the still of the night [from the film 'Rosalie']

      Performer: Gavin Roberts - Piano Performer: Richard PEARCE - Piano

    • Cole Porter

      Ev'ry time we say goodbye from Seven Lively Arts - revue

      Conductor: Paul BROUGH Performer: Stephen JEFFES - Tenor Performer: BBC Singers

    • Cole Porter

      From this moment on [from the film 'Kiss me Kate']

      Performer: Gavin Roberts - Piano Performer: Richard PEARCE - Piano

    • Richard Rodney Bennett

      The Ballad of Sweet William

      Conductor: Paul BROUGH Performer: Gavin Roberts - Piano Performer: Richard PEARCE - Piano Performer: BBC Singers

    • Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur

      Le Cantique des cantiques for chorus

      Conductor: Paul BROUGH Performer: BBC Singers

Broadcast

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