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Alfred Deller Centenary

Catherine Bott celebrates the centenary of the birth of pioneering countertenor Alfred Deller. She is joined by singers James Bowman, Mark Deller and Robin Blaze.

Catherine Bott presents a programme to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the pioneering countertenor, Alfred Deller, who was born May 31st 1912. Catherine is joined in the studio by 3 countertenors, James Bowman, Robin Blaze and Alfred's son Mark, to discuss some of the many facets of Alfred's art. They play a selection of Alfred's many recordings dating from the 1950s, including some from the early days of Alfred's Deller Consort, one of his most important contributions to the early music movement. Catherine and Mark also chat about Stour Music, the Festival which Alfred founded and which celebrates its 50th anniversary this June. Music in the programme includes lute songs by Dowland and Campion, a scene from Handel's opera Orlando, and the 50 year old recording of father and son, Alfred and Mark, singing Purcell's Sound the Trumpet.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    Sound the trumpet

    Performers: Alfred Deller, Mark Deller (countertenors), Oriana Consert Orchestra

    • 08 9087 72.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    'Et misericordia ' from Magnificat in D major (mono recording)

    Performeres: Alfred Deller (countertenor), Wilfred Brown (tenor), Denis Vaughan (organ), Dr Thornton Lofthouse (harpsichord), The Kalmar Orchestra, Pierre Colombo (conductor)

    • DECCA.
    • 448 247-2.
  • John Wilbye

    Sweet honey-sucking bees

    Performers: The Deller Consort

    • 99220.
  • John Dowland

    In darkness let me dwell

    Performers: Alfred Deller (countertenor), Desmond Dupré (guitar)

    • EMI.
    • 5 65501 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Ah! stigie larve (mad scene from Orlando)

    Performers: Alfred Deller (countertenor), The Handel Festival Orchestra, Anthony Lewis (conductor)

    • 08 5043 71.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Moro lasso

    Performers: The Deller Consort

    • 99220.
  • Thomas Campion

    Shall I come sweet love to thee

    Performers: Alfred Deller (countertenor), Desmond Dupré (lute)

    • MC193.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Plaint

    Performers: Alfred Deller (countertenor), Leonhardt Baroque Ensemble

    • 08 9087 72.
  • Anon.

    Evening Prayer

    Performer: Alfred Deller (countertenor)

    • HMX 290261.64.