Vox Luminis and Lionel Meunier celebrate music's patron saint at this year's Aldeburgh Festival with works by Britten and Handel. Presented by Martin Handley.
Benjamin Britten chose to celebrate the opening of Snape Maltings Concert Hall and its glowing acoustic at the 1967 Aldeburgh Festival with Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day, a setting of Dryden's dedication to music's patron saint. Five decades later at a concert from this year's Festival recorded in the same venue, one of Europe's finest choirs echoes that programme and adds more Handel - and another tribute to St Cecilia, a setting of Auden from Britten himself.
Presented by Martin Handley.
Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia
Handel: Dixit Dominus
During the interval Martin Handley looks back to the opening of the Snape Maltings in 1967 through archive recordings from the time, and features a recording of a piece that Benjamin Britten wrote for the opening, his Overture ‘The Building Of The House’.
Handel: Ode for St Cecilia’s Day
Lionel Meunier (director)