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New Beginnings

Half and hour of uninterrupted music themed around NEW BEGINNINGS. From daybreak to Spring and from newly weds to breaking up and moving on, the music celebrates all things new.

From Edgar Bainton’s And I Saw a New Heaven to Grieg’s depiction of Spring and Evelyn Glennie’s journey Crossing the Bridge,, the music is inspired by all aspects of starting anew. There is optimism at the start of Ravel’s new day and sadness in the newly wedded life of Gilbert and Sullivan’s heroine Elsie in Yeomen of the Guard. The journey begins at the bottom of the Rhine, the very start of Wagner's Ring Cycle, rising up from its watery source through the lower registers of the orchestra, and ends with Anna Jane Casey, washing that man out of her hair and starting afresh, in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific".

Producer Helen Garrison

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Das Rheingold (Prelude)

    Orchestra: English National Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Reginald Goodall.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Tis done! I am a bride (The Yeomen of the Guard)

    Librettist: William Gilbert. Singer: Sylvia McNair. Choir: Chorus of St Martin in the Fields. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Gilbert & sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard highlights: Academy of St Martin in.
    • Philips.
  • Evelyn Glennie

    Crossing the Bridge

    Performer: Evelyn Glennie.
    • Shadow Behind the Iron Sun.
    • Catalyst.
    • 002.
  • Edgar Bainton

    And I saw a new Heaven

    Choir: The Sixteen. Performer: Robert Quinney. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • A New Heaven, The Sixteen.
    • UCJ.
    • 9.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis et Chloé (Lever du jour)

    Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Boulez Conducts Debussy & Ravel.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Edvard Grieg

    To the Spring, Op 43 No 6 (Lyric Pieces)

    Performer: Andrei Gavrilov.
    • Grieg: Lyric Pieces: Andrei Gavrilov.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Richard Rodgers

    South Pacific: I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair

    Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein. Singer: Anna-Jane Casey. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Choir: Maida Vale Singers. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies.
    • Warner Classics.


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