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Oratorio

Conductor Paul McCreesh welcomes singer John Mark Ainsley and writer Peggy Reynolds to the studio to argue that oratorio can be just as glamorous, intense and rewarding as opera.

Is oratorio the 'poor cousin' of opera? In this edition of The Choir, conductor, Paul McCreesh welcomes tenor John Mark Ainsley and writer Peggy Reynolds to the studio for a celebration of the oratorio form; exploring how it can be every bit as glamorous, intense and rewarding as opera.

Featuring highlights from more than four centuries of oratorio, including works by Carissimi, Handel, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Berlioz and Britten.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 30 Jun 2013 17:00

Music Played

  • Giacomo Carissimi

    Jepthe-Final Chorus - Mourn Children Of Israel

    Performers: Gabrieli Consort and Players

  • George Frideric Handel

    La Resurezzione - Act 1, Scene 1 - Aria-Disserratevi, O Porte D Averno

    Performers: Les Musiciens Du Louvre Performer: Annick Massis (Soprano) Conductor: Marc Minkowski

  • George Frideric Handel

    La Resurezzione -Act 11, Scene 5-Aria-Caro Figlio

    Performers: Les Musiciens Du Louvre Performer: John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)Conductor: Marc Minkowski

  • George Frideric Handel

    Theodora-Part 2-scene 5-Prison Scene

    Performer: Robin Blaze (Didymus, Countertenor) Performer: Susan Gritton (Theodora, Soprano) Performers: Gabriel Consort and Players Cpnductor: Paul McCreesh

  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons - Der Winter

    Performer: Andreas Schmidt (Baritone), Performer: Antony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Performer: Barbara Bonney (Soprano) Performer: Monteverdi Choir Performer: English Baroque Soloists Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Elijah-Part 2 (Excerpt)

    Performer: Rosemary Joshua (Soprano) Performer: Sarah Connolly (Mezzo) Performer: Robert Murray (Tenor) Performer: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone) Performer: Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir Performer: Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme Performer: Gabrieli Consort & Players Conductor: Paul McCreesh

  • Hector Berlioz

    L Enfance Du Christ-Part 3-L Arivee a Sais: Epilogue-O Mon Ame

    Performer: Yann Beuron – Narrator (Tenor) Performer: Tenebrae Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius - Part 2 (Excerpt)

    Performer: Dame Janet Baker (Soprano), Performer: Richard Lewis (Tenor) Performers:Ambrosian Singers Performer: Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus Performer:Halle Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

  • Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem - Let Us Sleep Now

    Performer: Peter Pears (tenor) Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone) Performer: Highgate Boys’ School Choir Performer: Melos Ensemble Performer: Bach Choir Performer: London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Conductor: Benjamin Britten

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