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Blessed Cecilia!

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.

PART ONE
Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia
Handel: Dixit Dominus

INTERVAL
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’.

PART TWO
Handel: Ode for St Cecilia’s Day

Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier (director)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Hymn to St Cecilia

    Choir: Vox Luminis. Director: Lionel Meunier.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dixit Dominus

    Choir: Vox Luminis. Director: Lionel Meunier.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Building of the House

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Choir: CBSO Chorus. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1739)

    Choir: Vox Luminis. Director: Lionel Meunier.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah)

    Choir: Vox Luminis. Director: Lionel Meunier.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Orchestral Suite No 4, BWV 1069, G major version

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Bach: Works for Orchestra: The English Concert/Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 14.
  • Claude Debussy

    Dr Gradus ad Parnassum (Children's Corner)

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • A Debussy Recital: Pascal Roge.
    • Decca.
    • 5.

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