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BBC Singers - Modern Sacred Music

From St Paul's, Knightsbridge, BBC Singers in modern sacred choral music, by Britten, Bingham, Tallis, Guy Bovet, Daniel Saleeb, Nico Muhly, Elizabeth Poston and Richard Blackford.

Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC Singers perform modern sacred choral music - from Britten to the brand new.

Benjamin Britten: Jubilate in C
Judith Bingham: The Spirit of Truth
Thomas Tallis: If ye love me

Guy Bovet: Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt
Daniel Saleeb: Erhalt' uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort
Nico Muhly: Weltlich Ehr' und zeitlich Gut (world premiere)

Nico Muhly: Spiral Mass (joint BBC commission: UK premiere)

8.15 Interval music, and Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to Nicholas Kok

Elizabeth Poston: Jesus Christ, the apple tree
Richard Blackford: Within the Seed (BBC commission: world premiere)
Benjamin Britten: Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria
Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb

BBC Singers
James McVinnie (organ)
Nicholas Kok (conductor)

In their 90th anniversary season, demonstrating their long-standing commitment to new music , the BBC Singers tonight premiere Richard Blackford's settings of the spiritually-charged poems of Kathleen Raine, and Nico Muhly's 'Spiral Mass' - a piece reflecting its composer's own musical preoccupation with twisting symmetries and helix figures.

Alongside these, pieces which cast a glance back to the music of the past: Judith Bingham's 'The Spirit of Truth' is based on a much-loved anthem by Tallis while Britten's 'Rejoice in the Lamb' pays affectionate homage to the music of Purcell, and his Prelude and Fugue is based on a theme from a Renaissance motet.

Organist James McVinnie performs three new pieces from The Orgelb├╝chlein Project - in which contemporary composers have written short organ chorale-preludes to fill the pages left blank in J S Bach's famous collection from the early 18th century.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Jubilate in C

  • Bingham

    The Spirit of Truth

  • Thomas Tallis

    If ye love me

  • Bovet

    Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt

  • Saleeb

    Toccata on 'Erhalt'uns, Herr, bei deinem wort

  • Muhly

    Weltlich 'Ehr und zeitlich Gut

  • Muhly

    Spiral Mass

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chorale Preludes from Orgelbuchlein

  • Elizabeth Poston

    Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree

  • Blackford

    Within the Seed

  • Benjamin Britten

    Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria

  • Benjamin Britten

    Rejoice in the Lamb

  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasy in C Wanderer

    Performer: Kevin Kenner.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet K155

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.


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