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By the fireside

Half and hour of uninterrupted music featuring Bruckner's choral music, cello dreams from Any Beach, a Dowland dance, Ravel's Spanish whirling fairground and the voice of Al Bowlly

Half and hour of uninterrupted music featuring an eclectic mix of styles and moods, opening with a hefty slab of liturgical pomp from Bruckner in his anthem "Ecce sacerdos", written to welcome a bishop into his cathedral. Amy Beach's languid and beautiful "Dreaming" leads into a world of dance, ranging from Medieval stomps, via the Elizabethan court to the rhapsodic Spanish whirling of the fairground as depicted by Ravel. Malcolm Arnold's whimsical "Little Suite" calms things down, and a Handelian concerto steals some well known tunes from his own more famous seasonal oratorio, until it's time to settle down in front of the fire for a romantic evening with the peerless crooning of Al Bowlly.

Producer Helen Garrison

5 days left to listen

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Anton Bruckner

    Ecce sacerdos

    Performer: Mark Templeton. Performer: Helen Vollam. Performer: Patrick Jackman. Performer: Alexander Mason. Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Amy Beach


    Performer: Judith Herbert. Performer: Diana Ambache.
    • Beach: Violin Sonata Etc. - Ambache.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • John Dowland

    My Lady Hunsdons Puffe

    Performer: Nigel North.
    • Dowland: Lute Music, Vol. 1 - Fancyes, Dreams and Spirits: North.
    • Naxos.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto à due cori No 1 in B flat major, HWV 332 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Nigel Shore. Performer: Gerald Frohlich. Performer: Ingo Reuter. Performer: Martin Letz. Performer: Dieter Wagner. Performer: Ottfried Bienert. Performer: Klaus Kirbach. Performer: Dietmar Hiller. Orchestra: Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen.
    • Christmas Concertos - Kammerochestrer Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 11.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Feria (Rapsodie espagnole)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Alfonso X el Sabio

    Cantigas de Santa Maria (Ben pode Santa Maria)

    Ensemble: Martin Best Ensemble.
    • Cantigas of Santa Maria of Alfonso X El Sabio: Martin Best Ensemble.
    • Nimbus.
    • 15.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Little suite for orchestra No 1 (Dance)

    Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Arnold: Concerto for 28 players etc.: City of London Sinfonia/Hickox.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Ray Noble

    By the Fireside

    Singer: Al Bowlly. Ensemble: Ray Noble Orchestra.
    • ASV.


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