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PCM 5: Holst and Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Live from Cadogan Hall, the Nash Ensemble and BBC Singers perform music by Gustav and Imogen Holst, a premiere by Harrison Birtwistle and two choral pieces from the Eton Choirbook.

The Nash Ensemble and the BBC Singers join forces for a programme of 20th-century and contemporary works alongside two choral gems from the Tudor period.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Gustav Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda (Group 3)
William Cornysh: Ave Maria Mater Dei
Imogen Holst: Hallo, my fancy, whither wilt thou go?
Walter Lambe: Stella Caeli
Harrison Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem (UK premiere)

BBC Singers
Nash Ensemble
Nicholas Kok (conductor)

Nicholas Kok conducts the UK premiere of a recent work by Sir Harrison Birtwistle - an elegy to twelve extinct species of lepidoptera, commemorated through their Latin names which are set for women's voices and ensemble of three harps and alto flute.
Also in the programme, Gustav Holst's ravishing set of Sanskrit words - for which he made his own translations from the ancient texts - and one of the handful of compositions left behind by his daughter, Imogen. Completing the mix, two motets from that treasury of early Tudor sacred music compiled as the Eton Choirbook - an extraordinary part of the English musical history from a period whose music was a source of fascination to all three of the other composers in this afternoon's concert.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Gustav Holst

    Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda - Group 3

  • William Cornysh

    Ave Maria, Mater Dei

  • Imogen Holst

    Hallo, my fancy, whither wilt thou go?

  • Walter Lambe

    Stella caeli

  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    The Moth Requiem

  • Gustav Holst

    Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda - Group 3

  • William Cornysh

    Ave Maria, Mater Dei

  • Imogen Holst

    Hallo, my fancy, whither wilt thou go?

  • Walter Lambe

    Stella caeli

  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    The Moth Requiem

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