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Plainchant

Aled Jones explores all things choral. Aled learns how plainchant, an ancient form of singing, has inspired composers including Robert Whyte, Holst and Roxanna Panufnik.

Aled Jones takes a look at plainchant, from the middle ages to the present day. The influence of plainchant can be heard in works by sixteenth century composers like Robert Whyte. Subsequently, it became less often heard, until the nineteenth century, when this ancient form of singing was revived by the monks of Solesmes Abbey in France. Since then different forms of chant have inspired a diverse range of composers including Holst, John Tavener and Roxanna Panufnik to draw on its melodic lines.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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  • Plainchant

    Inchcolm antiphoner - Salve splendor (extract)

    Performers: Canty, Rebecca Tavener (director)

    • LINN RECORDS.
    • CKD-378.
  • Plainchant

    Beatus Gallus

    Performers: Canty, Rebecca Tavener (director), William Taylor (harp)

    • Linn Records.
    • CKD-378.
  • Robert Whyte

    Christe qui lux es et dies

    Conductor: Timothy Brown Performer: Clare College Cambridge Choir

    • COLLEGIUM.
    • CSACD 902.
  • [religious music]

    The service for the first Sunday in Ordinary time (excerpt)

    Performers: The Monastic Choir of St. Peters Abbey, Solesmes, Father Yves-Marie Lelievre (director)

    • Solemnis.
    • SN18.
  • Plainchant

    Sacred Music from Medieval St. Andrews - Sanctus

    Performers: Yorvox, John Potter (tenor)

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA-67299.
  • Roxanna Panufnik

    All Shall Be Well

    Conductor: David Ogden Performers: Exultate Singers, Richard May (cello)

    • Naxos.
    • 8.572760.
    • -1.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Hymn of Jesus Op.37

    Conductor: Richard Hickox Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-2416.
  • John Tavener

    Funeral ikos (The Greek funeral sentences)

    Performers: Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse (director)

    • Classics for Pleasure.
    • HMV 72521 2.
  • Unknown

    Virgo flagellatur

    Performers: Hilliard Ensemble, Jan Garbarek (saxophone)

    • ECM RECORDS.
    • ECM-1525.

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