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BBC Singers - Creation Songs

Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, Stephen Cleobury conducts the BBC Singers in music celebrating the glories of the natural world, from the Renaissance to our own day.

Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge,

Presented by Martin Handley

The BBC Singers, conducted by Stephen Cleobury perform music to sing the whole of creation into being.

Aaron Copland: In the beginning
William Byrd: Laudibus in Sanctis
Andrea Bianchi da Sarzana: Benedicite
Bernhard Lewkovitch: Il Cantico delle Creature
William Walton: Cantico del Sole

8.15 Interval: Martin Handley talks to Stephen Cleobury about tonight's programme, and listens to a striking musical portrayal of the elements composed in 18th-century France.

8.35pm
Howard Helvey: Song of Creation
Augusta Read Thomas: Juggler of Day
Orlandus Lassus: Benedicite
Forrest Pierce: Gratitude Sutra (UK premiere)

BBC Singers
Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

The BBC Singers, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, perform a concert of choral music celebrating the glories of the natural world - from the Biblical account of the seven days of Creation, in Aaron Copland's masterly setting, to the premiere of a brand-new work which looks to Native American Mohawk traditions for inspiration and which its composer, Forrest Pierce, describes as "a discourse on the generous beauties that sustain us on this voyage around the sun". In between, music from the Renaissance and from our own day which praise the wonders of all that surrounds us - sun and stars, sea and sky, flora and fauna.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Aaron Copland

      In the beginning

      Performer: Margaret Cameron. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • William Byrd

      Laudibus in Sanctis

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • Bianchi da Sarzana

      Benedicite omnia opera

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • Bernhard Lewkovitch

      Il Cantico delle Creature

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • William Walton

      Cantico del Sole

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
  • Interval

    • Jean‐Féry Rebel

      Le Cahos from Les Elémens

      Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • Rebel: Les Éléments; Les Caractères de la Danse; Tombeau.
      • Erato.
      • 8573829062.
    • Jean‐Féry Rebel

      Dances from Les Elémens

      Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • Rebel: Les Éléments; Les Caractères de la Danse; Tombeau.
      • Erato.
      • 8573829062.
  • Part 2

    • Howard Helvey

      Song of Creation

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • Augusta Read Thomas

      Juggler of Day

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • Orlande de Lassus

      Benedicite omnia opera

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • Pierce

      Gratitude Sutra

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
  • Post concert

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

      Performer: Stephen Cleobury.
      • The splendour of King's : essential organ favourites.
      • Collins Classics.
      • 14012.
    • George Frideric Handel

      Serse / Act 1 - Largo ('Ombra mai fù') arr. Stephen Cleobury

      Performer: Stephen Cleobury.
      • Favourite Wedding Music.
      • Decca.
      • 4216382.
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Fantasia in F minor for a mechanical organ, K608

      Performer: Stephen Cleobury.
      • Great European Organs No. 1: King's College Cambridge.
      • Priory.
      • PRCD185.
    • Alexandre Guilmant

      Grand Choeur in D, 'alla Handel', Op.18 (arr. Bonnet and Hull)

      Performer: Stephen Cleobury.
      • Favourite Wedding Music.
      • Decca.
      • 4216382.
    • Maurice Ravel

      Bolero (arr. Benny Goodman)

      Orchestra: Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.
      • Benny Goodman - Classics 1939.
      • Classics.
      • 1025.

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