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Greg Beardsell - Covent Garden Choirs

Greg Beardsell introduces a selection of choral music, talks to amateur choirs at Covent Garden as they prepare to sing Verdi and meets choral director Iain Simcock.

Greg Beardsell introduces a selection of choral music, catches up with amateur choirs at Covent Garden as they prepare to sing Verdi with the professionals, and meets Iain Simcock, choral director of l'Académie Vocale de Paris, which has been introducing young singers in the French capital to the glories of the English cathedral tradition.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Vedi, Le fosche notturne (Anvil Chorus)

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan.
    • Deutsche Gramophon, 413 448-2.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Bless the Lord O My Soul

    Choir: Accentus. Choir: Eric Ericsons Kammarkör.
    • Naïve V5290.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Figure Humaine

    Choir: Accentus Chamber Choir. Conductor: Laurence Equiliby.
    • Naïve V4883.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    O Sacrum Convivium

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Conductor: John Rutter.
    • Collegium COLCD 124.
  • Peter Gabriel

    Don't Give Up

    Choir: The Choir with No Name.
    • Own release.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dixit Dominus

    Choir: Queen's College Oxford. Conductor: Owen Rees.
    • Avie AV2274.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dominus a Dextris tuis

    Choir: Queen's College Oxford. Conductor: Owen Rees.
    • Avie AV2274.
  • Pierre Villette

    Hymne a la Vierge

    Choir: L’Academie Vocale. Composer: Iain Simcock.
    • Private recording.
  • Pierre de Manchicourt

    Dulcis Mater Dulcignato

    Choir: L’Academie Vocale. Conductor: Iain Simcock.
    • Private recording.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Ave maris stella

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Martin Baker.
    • Hyperion CDA67970.

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