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Brahms's Schicksalslied

Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by economics editor of Channel 4 news Paul Mason, plus the London Oriana Choir and a romantic selection of music for Valentine's Day.

If, as Shakespeare suggested, music be the food of love, then surely choral music is its feast - and today Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents a Valentine's Day edition of The Choir. Alongside some lushly romantic choral music we'll meet the London Oriana Choir, whose message seems to be that singing is a great way to meet your life partner!

The Choral Classic is Brahms's magnificent Schicksalslied or Song of Destiny, in which the composer set Hölderlin's poem contrasting the lives of Elysium's blessed ones with the struggles of us mere mortals on earth: it's a work of radiant, haunting beauty.

And ensuring things don't get too loved-up, Sara's guest is Paul Mason, Guardian journalist and Economics Editor of Channel 4 News. Paul's uncompromising analyses of national and international economics are familiar to television audiences - perhaps less so is his interest in music. As a postgraduate student he researched the Second Viennese School, and went on to become a lecturer in music at Loughborough University. Expect some fascinating insights into music and economics, and some intriguing music choices!

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 14 Feb 2016 16:00


Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Ein kleiner, hubscher Vogel (Liebesliederwalzer Op 52 No 6)

    Performer: Philip Fowke. Performer: Alisdair Hogarth. Ensemble: The Prince Consort. Director: Alisdair Hogarth.
    • Linn : CKD-382.
    • Linn.
    • 6.
  • Henry Purcell

    My Beloved Spake

    Singer: Julian Podger. Singer: Charles Daniels. Singer: Charles Pott. Singer: Peter Harvey. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Director: Paul McCreesh.
    • ARCHIV : 445-882-2.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 14.
  • Gavin Bryars

    Io Amai Sempre

    Performer: Juice. Ensemble: Juice Vocal Ensemble.
    • Laid Bare: Love Songs.
    • 3.
  • Willie Cobbs

    You don't love me

    Performer: Willie Cobbs. Performer: Sarah Dacey. Ensemble: Juice Vocal Ensemble.
    • Laid Bare: Love Songs.
    • 6.
  • John Ireland

    Greater Love Hath No Man

    Singer: Frances Wimpress. Singer: William Fullbrook.
    • EMI : CD-EMX-2161.
    • EMI.
    • 11.
  • George Frideric Handel

    And He Shall Purify (Messiah)

    Choir: The English Concert Choir. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV : 423-630-2.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 7.
  • Kurt Weill

    Es ist keine Spur (Der Silbersee - Act 3 finale)

    Singer: Juanita Lascarro. Choir: London Sinfonietta Chorus. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Markus Stenz.
    • RCA : 09026-63447 2.
    • RCA.
    • 12.
  • Richard Wagner

    Wach auf (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg)

    Choir: Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca 4174972.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Oscar Allen

    How Could You

    Ensemble: The Companions.
    • Amy Records 852.
    • Amy Records.
    • 1.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Missa Papae Marcelli: Kyrie

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Hyperion CDA66266.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Johannes Brahms


    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Champs-Elysees Orchestra. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • PHI : LPH-003.
    • PHI.
    • 1.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ohime il bel viso

    Ensemble: Arcangelo. Director: Jonathan Cohen.
    • HYPERION : CDA-68019.
    • 9.
  • Trad Arr. Simon Carrington

    My love is like a red, red rose

    Choir: The King’s Singers.
    • Postcards.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 3.


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