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Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores how choral composers have been inspired by flowers, introducing Handel, Paul Mealor and Bob Chilcott. Plus a Choral Classic: Britten's Five Flower Songs.

As Radio 3 celebrates music inspired by gardens and flowers, organic gardener Bob Flowerdew joins Sara Mohr-Pietsch to chat about a selection of choral music he's especially chosen for the programme. Sara also explores choral music with horticultural links on this special edition of The Choir, including Handel's Acis and Galatea, first performed in the garderns of the Earl of Chandos, Paul Mealor's Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal and Bob Chilcott's The Lily and the Rose. The Choral Classic this week is Britten's Five Flower Songs, written for a couple who were keen botanists, and Riverside Opera introduce themselves in Meet My Choir.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 5 Apr 2015 16:00


Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Preis und Dank! (Easter Oratorio BWV249)

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Players.
    • Soli Deo Gloria SDG719.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 19.
  • Morten Lauridsen

    En une seule fleur (Les Chansons des Roses)

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67580.
    • 6.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Oh, the pleasure of the plains (Acis and Galatea)

    Ensemble: Dunedin Players. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • LINN CKD 319.
    • LINN.
    • 2.
  • Bob Chilcott

    The Lily and The Rose

    Performer: Alexander Wells. Conductor: Ronald Corp. Choir: New London Children's Choir.
    • Naxos 8.572113.
    • Naxos.
    • 13.
  • Paul Mealor

    Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal

    Conductor: Nigel Short. Choir: Tenebrae.
    • DECCA : 278-114-9.
    • DECCA.
    • 1.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Das ist je gewisslich wahr, SWV277

    Conductor: Lionel Meunier. Ensemble: Vox Luminis.
    • RICERCAR : RIC 311.
    • 4.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Old Hundredth Psalm

    Choir: Waynflete Singers. Orchestra: Bournemouth S O. Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir. Conductor: David Hill.
    • ARGO : 436-120 2.
    • ARGO.
    • 1.
  • Carl Orff

    O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)

    Performer: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
    • TELARC CD80575.
    • TELARC.
    • 1.
  • John Phillips / Michelle Phillips

    California Dreamin'

    Performer: The Mamas & the Papas. Ensemble: The Mamas & the Papas.
    • Best Of The Mamas and The Papas.
    • MCA Records.
    • 1.
  • anon

    Cameroonian Cat

    Performer: Bob Flowerdew. Singer: Bob Flowerdew.
  • Plainchant.Solesmes

    Traditor Autem - Benedictus - Antifona - Cantico

    Performer: The Benedictine Monks of Santa Domingo De Silos.
  • Benjamin Britten

    5 Flower Songs, Op 47

    Conductor: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
    • CORO : COR16038.
    • CORO.
    • 11.
  • Richard Wagner

    Komm, komm, holder Knabe! (Parsifal, Act II)

    Conductor: Reginald Goodall. Singer: Elizabeth Ritchie. Choir: Welsh National Opera Chorus. Singer: Kathryn Harries. Singer: Waltraud Meier. Singer: Elizabeth Collins. Orchestra: English National Opera Orchestra. Singer: Rita Cullis. Singer: Christine Teare. Singer: Warren Ellsworth. Singer: Catriona Bell.
    • EMI : CMS-565665-2.
    • EMI.
    • 3.