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Iestyn Davies, Beethoven Ode to Joy

Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by countertenor Iestyn Davies, who talks about his time as a Cambridge chorister under music director George Guest. Plus the Esoterics.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to countertenor, Iestyn Davies about his time as a Cambridge chorister under legendary music director, George Guest, and finds out from founding director Eric Banks about The Esoterics, a choir based in Seattle that performs twentieth century a cappella choral settings of poetry, philosophy, and spiritual writings from around the world. We catch up with Junction 14 Ladies Barbershop Choir in "Meet my choir", and Sara's choral classic is Beethoven's triumphal setting of Schiller's "Ode to Joy", the final movement of his Symphony no.9.

First broadcast in April 2014.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Gregorio Allegri

    Miserere mei Deus [Psalm 51] for 9 voices

    Choir: St John's College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: George Guest.
    • CD EMX 2180.
    • CD EMX.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 9 in D minor Op.125 - Ode to Joy

    Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Choir: Swedish Radio Choir. Singer: Karita Mattila. Singer: Violeta Urmana. Singer: Thomas Moser. Singer: Thomas Quasthoff. Choir: Eric Ericsons Kammarkör.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 469-005-2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 5.
  • Irving Berlin

    Alexander's Ragtime Band

    Choir: Junction 14.
  • Peter Warlock

    I saw a fair maiden for chorus

    Choir: Blossom Street. Conductor: Hilary Campbell.
    • RESONUS: RES-10129.
    • RESONUS.
    • 14.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Ceremony of carols Op.28 for boys' voices and harp

    Choir: St John's College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: George Guest.
    • DECCA : 430-097-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 7.
  • Carter

    Keep on the Sunny Side

    Choir: The Carter Family.
    • The Carter Family Greatest Hits 1927 - 1934.
    • Fabulous.
    • 4.
  • ERIC BANKS

    12 Qur'anic Visions

    Choir: The Esoterics. Director: ERIC BANKS.
    • Ru'ia: Sacred Visions Inspired by Islam.
    • Terpsichore.
    • 4.
  • Gösta Nystroem

    Havet, 3rd mvmt: Three sea Visions (Tre Havisioner) for 8 part chorus

    Choir: The Esoterics. Director: ERIC BANKS.
  • Georgian Traditional

    Shen khar venakhi (You are the Vine)

    Choir: Rustavi Choir of Georgia.
    • Sony Classical: SK66823.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Herbert Howells

    Requiem - Salvator Mundi

    Choir: St John's College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: George Guest.
    • Regis : RRC-1341.
    • Regis.
    • 16.
  • Bill Withers

    Lean on Me

    Choir: Junction 18.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Cantate Domino for 6 voices and continuo

    Choir: VOCES8.
    • SIGNUM : SIGCD-283.
    • SIGNUM.
    • 4.
  • Lillebjørn Nilsen

    Time is Now

    Choir: Voces Nordicae. Music Arranger: Lone Larsen.
    • Footprint: FRCD 036.
    • Footprint.
    • 4.
  • Charles Hylton Stewart

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    Choir: St John's College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: George Guest.
    • DECCA:4529412.
    • DECCA.
    • 15.
  • Trad.

    Do What the Spirit Say Do

    Choir: Sweet Honey in the Rock.
    • APPLESEED : APR CD-1104.
    • APPLESEED.
    • 5.

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