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Stephen Hough

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores the world of choral music. She is joined by pianist and composer Stephen Hough, who selects choral works by Britten, Elgar and Walton.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores the world of choral music. Today's Choral Interviewee is pianist and composer Stephen Hough, who chooses works by Britten, Elgar and Walton - and there's a festive choral classic in the form of Poulenc's "Quatre Motets Pour Le Temps De Noel". We'll also be meeting another of the UK's amateur singing groups in "Meet My Choir", as well as listening to a host of choral music for the Christmas season from Finzi to Palestrina to Pärt.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Arvo Pärt

    Bogoroditse Dyevo

    Choir: Radiokören. Conductor: Tõnu Kaljuste.
    • BIS : BIS-CD-1434.
    • BIS.
    • 3.
  • Hector Berlioz

    The Shepherds' Farewell

    Orchestra: Corydon Orchestra. Conductor: Matthew Best. Choir: Corydon Singers.
    • HYPERION : CDD-22067.
    • 2.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Sleigh Ride

    Ensemble: U S Air Force Band. Conductor: Lowell Graham.
    • Altissimo 75442260522.
    • Altissimo.
    • 5.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Hodie Christus Natus Est

    Ensemble: New York Polyphony.
    • AVIE : AVIE-2141.
    • Avie.
    • 3.
  • Harold Edwin Darke

    In the bleak midwinter

    Choir: King's College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • EMI CDC 747500.
    • EMI.
    • 13.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Und ist zum Heil ein Kind geboren (Der Messias)

    Singer: Donna Brown. Singer: Cornelia Kallisch. Singer: Roberto Saccà. Singer: Alastair Miles. Orchestra: Stuttgart Bach Collegium. Director: Helmuth Rilling.
    • Hanssler Classic CD 09802.
    • Hanssler Classic.
    • 13.
  • Kenneth Leighton

    Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child

    Ensemble: New York Polyphony.
    • AVIE : AVIE-2141.
    • Avie.
    • 5.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Gloria (Missa Brevis)

    Performer: James OʼDonnell. Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: David Hill.
    • HYPERION : CDA-66220.
    • 14.
  • Edward Elgar

    Praise to the Holiest (The Dream of Gerontius)

    Singer: Janet Baker. Singer: Richard Lewis. Choir: Hallé Choir. Choir: Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI: 7 63185 2.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    TC_Mass In D Major B.153, Op.86 For Soloists, Chorus And Organ - Kyrie

    Performer: Nicholas Cleobury. Choir: Christ Church Cathedral Oxford Choir. Conductor: Simon Preston.
    • DECCA : 448-0892.
    • DECCA.
    • 4.
  • Stephen Hough

    Credo (Missa Mirabilis)

    Choir: Colorado Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: Colorado Symphony. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Hyperion CDA69096.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Francis Poulenc

    4 Motets pour le temps de Noel

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67623.
    • 12.
  • Gerald Finzi

    In Terra Pax

    Singer: Libby Crabtree. Singer: Donald Sweeney. Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir. Orchestra: Bournemouth S O. Conductor: David Hill.
    • DECCA : 468-807-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 1.


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