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Presented by Katie Derham. The BBC Singers in Britten's Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria and Victoria's Requiem. Plus the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Rouse's Karolju.

This week's celebration of the human voice continues with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the first UK broadcast of a special Christmas piece by American composer Christopher Rouse. The BBC Singers perform one of the greatest of all Renaissance choral works, by the Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria, and it's introduced by a work he inspired from anniversary composer Benjamin Britten. Plus the BBC Concert Orchestra in the introduction to an opera by Franz Schmidt.

Presented by Katie Derham

Britten: Prelude and fugue on a theme of Vittoria
Iain Farrington (organ)

Victoria: Requiem
BBC Singers,
David Hill (conductor).

Christopher Rouse: Karolju
Philharmonia Chorus,
David Zinman (conductor).

Franz Schmidt: Notre Dame - Introduction
BBC Concert Orchestra,
Johannes Wildner (conductor).

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schmidt

    Notre Dame - opera in 2 acts :: Act 1; Introduction

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria

    Choir: BBC Singers. Performer: Iain Farrington. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria


    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill. Singer: Rebecca Lodge.
  • Christopher Rouse


    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Philharmonia Chorus. Conductor: David Zinman.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Nun wandre Maria

    Singer: Christine Brewer. Performer: Elizabeth Burley.