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BBC Singers - Bath Festival 2013

In St Mary's Church, Bathwick, the BBC Singers conducted by Paul Brough perform a wide-ranging programme for the 2013 Bath Festival, including music by Ravel, Kodaly and Gesualdo.

Recorded in St Mary's Church, Bathwick

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Singers, conducted by Paul Brough, perform a characteristically wide-ranging programme for the 2013 Bath Festival.

Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories
Paul Crabtree: Nine Tenebrae Responsories on Songs by Bob Dylan
Maurice Ravel: Trois Chansons
Jazeps Vitols: The Castle of Light
Bernard Hughes: The Death of Balder
Zoltan Kodaly: Matra Pictures

Myths, monsters and magic are the themes of the 2013 Bath Festival, and this BBC Singers concert explores them in choral form. Ogres and birds-of-paradise can be found in Ravel's enchanting Trois Chansons, Jazeps Vitols tells of a magical underwater castle, and Zoltan Kodaly conjures up peasant life in the Matra mountains - including an appearance by Hungary's own Robin Hood. Bernard Hughes' miniature choral opera retells a Nordic myth about the death of Balder - favoured son of the Norse Gods.

In the first part of tonight's concert, the BBC Singers acknowledge the death, 400 years ago this year, of one of music's most tortured souls - the great Renaissance Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo, performing a selection of his anguished motets for Holy Week. Alongside them, modern reinterpretations of those sacred texts, in which they are fused with the words and melodies of Bob Dylan, by the Anglo-American composer Paul Crabtree.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Bath International Music Festival

    • Paul Crabtree

      Tenebrae Responsories on Songs by Bob Dylan: First Nocturn

      Conductor: Paul Brough Performer: BBC Singers

    • Carlo Gesualdo

      Tenebrae responses for Good Friday: Velum templi

      Conductor: Paul Brough Performer: BBC Singers

    • Paul Crabtree

      Tenebrae Responsories on Songs by Bob Dylan: Second Nocturn

      Conductor: Paul Brough Performer: BBC Singers

    • Carlo Gesualdo

      Tenebrae responses for Good Friday: Tenebrae factae sunt: Animam meam

      Conductor: Paul Brough Performer: BBC Singers

    • Paul Crabtree

      Tenebrae Responsories on Songs by Bob Dylan: Third Nocturn

      Conductor: Paul Brough Performer: BBC Singers

    • Maurice Ravel

      3 Chansons for unaccompanied chorus

      Conductor: Paul Brough Performer: Olivia Robinson Performer: Rebecca Lodge Performer: Christopher Bowen Performer: Edward Price Performer: BBC Singers

    • Jazeps Vitols

      Gaismas Pils (The Castle of Light ) for chorus

      Conductor: Paul Brough Performer: BBC Singers

    • Bernard Hughes

      The Death of Balder for chorus

      Conductor: Paul Brough Performer: Charles Gibbs Performer: Cherith Millburn-Fryer Performer: Christopher Bowen Performer: Elizabeth Poole Performer: Jennifer Adams-Barbaro Performer: Michael Bundy Performer: Rebecca Lodge Performer: Robert Johnston Performer: Stephen Jeffes Performer: BBC Singers

    • Zoltán Kodály

      Matrai kepek [Matra pictures] for chorus

      Conductor: Paul Brough Performer: Edward Price Performer: BBC Singers

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