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Monteverdi's Beatus Vir

Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to composer Iain Bell, whose favourite choral works are full of joy, laughter and exuberance. Music by Will Todd and Eriks Esenvalds directs our thoughts towards the stars, and Sara's choral classic is Monteverdi's Beatus Vir, one of that composer's most appealing settings.

1 hour


Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Ballad of Green Broom (5 Flower Songs)

    Performer: Nederlands Kamerkoor. Conductor: John Alldis.
    • GLOBE : GLO-5170.
    • GLOBE.
    • 18.
  • Herbert Howells

    A Maid Peerless

    Performer: Tristan Russcher. Choir: Christ Church Cathedral Dublin Choir. Conductor: Judy Martin.
    • SIGNUM : SIGCD-151.
    • SIGNUM.
    • 18.
  • György Ligeti

    Lux Aeterna

    Ensemble: Cappella Amsterdam. Conductor: Daniel Reuss.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMC901985.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 2.
  • Henry Purcell

    Young Colin, cleaving of a Beam

    Ensemble: The City Waites. Director: Roderick Skeaping.
    • Saydisc: CD-SDL 382.
    • Saydisc:.
    • 19.
  • Pérotin

    Viderunt omnes

    Performer: The Hilliard Ensemble. Director: Paul Hillier.
    • Coro COR16046.
    • Coro.
    • 4.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Cum Sancto Spiritu (Gloria)

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • EMI CDC7542832.
    • EMI.
    • 24.
  • Vasari Singers C.B. Jeremy Backhouse

    Christus est stella

    • 7.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Beatus Vir

    Ensemble: Taverner Consort. Orchestra: Taverner Players. Conductor: Andrew Parrott. Singer: Emma Kirkby. Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump. Singer: David Thomas.
    • EMI : CDC-7 47016 2.
    • EMI.
    • 3.


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