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Britain at War - The Home Front

Penny Gore introduces Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera The Silver Tassie, based on Sean O'Casey's play about World War I. Plus Stanford: Verdun: Solemn March and Heroic Epilogue.

Part of Radio 3's WWI season, Music in the Great War.

Penny Gore returns to the home front in today's afternoon exploration of music connected with World War One; starting with the recording from English National Opera of Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera The Silver Tassie, based on Sean O'Casey's play about the First World War. It is followed by the first modern performance of Stanford's own orchestration of the 2nd and 3rd movements of his 2nd Organ Sonata, edited by Jeremy Dibble. The programme includes partsongs by Ernest Farrar who was killed after two days on the Western Front.

Turnage
The Silver Tassie
Opera in 4 Acts
Harry Heegan ..... Gerald Finley (baritone)
Sylvester Heegan ..... John Graham-Hall (tenor)
Mrs Heegan ..... Anne Howells (mezzo-soprano)
Susie Monican ..... Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
Mrs Foran ..... Vivian Tierney (soprano)
Teddy Foran ..... David Kempster (baritone)
Barney Bagnal ..... Leslie John Flanagan (baritone)
Jessie Taite ..... Mary Hegarty (soprano)
Dr Maxwell ..... Mark Le Brocq (tenor)
The Croucher ..... Gwynne Howell (bass)
Staff officer ..... Bradley Daley (tenor)
Corporal ..... Jozef Koc (baritone)
Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera
Paul Daniel (conductor)

3.54pm Stanford
Verdun: Solemn March and Heroic Epilogue, Op.151
(an orchestration by Stanford of the 2nd and 3rd movements of his 2nd Organ Sonata, edited by Jeremy Dibble)
Ulster Orchestra
Howard Shelley (conductor)

4.10pm Farrar
To daffodils; Care, thou canker of our joys; There was a maid
BBC Singers
Paul Brough (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Farrar

    To Daffodils

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Farrar

    Care, thou canker of our joys

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Farrar

    There was a maid

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Trad

    On Christmas night

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough. Composer: George Butterworth.
  • Henry Walford Davies

    Hymn before action

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Brough.
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage

    The Silver tassie - Acts 1 & 2

    Orchestra: English National Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Paul. Choir: English National Opera Chorus.
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage

    The Silver tassie - Acts 3 & 4

    Orchestra: English National Opera Orchestra. Choir: English National Opera Chorus.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Marcia Solenne & Verdun from Sonata no. 2 in G minor Op.151 for organ

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Orchestrator: Dibble. Conductor: Kenneth Montgomery. Performer: David Leigh.

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