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BBC Singers in Good Friday music

Repertoire for Good Friday by Victoria, Jonathan Weeks, Schutz, Leighton and Drayton with the BBC Singers. Also Our Classical Century: Britten's War Requiem - Agnus Dei.

James Weeks conducts the BBC Singers in a programme featuring his own work for choir and narrator, Orlando Tenebrae, as part of repertoire linked to Good Friday. At the heart of the programme are Lenten-related works that make no reference to Christian or religious specifics in their texts. The Orlando Tenebrae takes these ancient texts into a modern, secular frame of reference, where the theme becomes oppression, suffering and hope. The programme continues with two pieces inspired by Good Friday, with the BBC Singers performing first Kenneth Leighton's Crucifixus Pro Nobis and then, Paul Drayton's The Passion of Christ as told by Mark the Evangelist.
Also today, Our Classical Century, as we continue to explore repertoire that was crucial in the development of our contemporary music. Today, it's Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, from which we hear the Agnus Dei in the celebrated version featuring tenor Peter Pears and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by the composer. Presented by Hannah French.

2.00pm
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Three Tenebrae Responsories

Ecce quomodo moritur iustus
Aestimatus sum
O vos omnes

James Weeks: Orlando Tenebrae (with narrator)

Heinrich Schütz:
Quid commisisti, o puer SWV56
Die mit Tränen saen, SWV378
Die mit Tränen saen, SWV42

BBC Singers
James Weeks, conductor [& chamber organ in last Schutz piece (SWV42)]

Kenneth Leighton: Crucifixus Pro Nobis

Christopher Bowen - tenor solo
Richard Pearce – organ
BBC Singers
Paul Spicer – conductor

Paul Drayton: The Passion of Christ as told by Mark the Evangelist

Jesus: Andrew Rupp - baritone
High Priest & Pilate: Jamie W. Hall - bass
Narrator: Olivia Robinson – soprano
Peter: Stephen Jeffes – tenor
BBC Singers
Marin Andre – conductor

4.10pm
Our Classical Century -
Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66 - Agnus Dei

Peter Pears, tenor
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Benjamin Britten, conductor

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2 hours, 31 minutes

Music Played

  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Ecce quomodo moritur iustus

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Weeks.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Aestimatus sum

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Weeks.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    O vos omnes

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Weeks.
  • James Weeks

    Orlando Tenebrae

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Weeks. Narrator: Andrea Hall.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Die mit Tranen saen, SWV378

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Weeks.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Quid commisisti, o puer, SWV56

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Weeks.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Die mit Tranen saen, SWV42

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Weeks.
  • Kenneth Leighton

    Crucifixus Pro Nobis

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
  • Paul Drayton

    The Passion of Christ as told by St Mark the Evangelist [excerpts]

    Performer: Richard Pearce. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Martin André.
  • Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem, Op 66 (Agnus Dei)

    Singer: Peter Pears. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • Decca.
  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

    Maria Magdalene stabat

    Ensemble: Musica Secreta.
    • Dialogues with Heaven.
    • LINN.
    • 5.

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