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