The program begins with "An Orkney wedding, with sunrise", to mark the birthday of the Scottish-born composer, Peter Maxwell Davies.
Because of interest indicated by visits on the Mixed Up Class web pages following the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, the hymn, "I vow to thee, my country" is included in this program, as well as the portion of Gustav Holst's The Planets from which the hymn's music originates.
This week's representative work from the BBC Promenade Concerts is Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, from Prom 72, performed on September 12. It also commemorates the life of Sir Georg Solti, who was scheduled to conduct the Proms concert, but died on September 5, less than 2 months short of his 85th birthday. Hence, the present performance is Solti's own, recorded in 1977 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Note: The Proms performance of the Requiem was conducted by Sir Colin Davis and dedicated to the memory of both Sir Georg Solti and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Finally, to commemorate the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who also died this past week, Nanci Griffith's song, "St. Teresa of Avila" concludes the program. Purists will note that Mother Teresa took her name from St. Teresa of Lisieux, patronness of missionaries, but I still think it's a good tune...
Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) Peter Maxwell Davies: An Orkney wedding, with sunrise (CD: A Celebration (Scottish Chamber Orchestra; of Scotland) Peter Maxwell Davices) Gavin Bryars: Farewell to Philosophy (CD: Farewell (Julian Lloyd Webber, cello; English to Philosophy) Chamber Orchestra; James Judd) Abraham Goldfaden: Raisins and almonds (arr. Anthony (CD: Hebraic & Collins) Russian Melodies) (Mischa Elman, violin; Joseph Seiger, piano)
Londonderry air ("I would be true") (LP: Belfast (Choir of Belfast Cathedral) Cathedral Choir) Virgil Thomson: Five songs to poems of William Blake (CD: Virgil Thomson) The divine image Tiger! Tiger! The land of dreams The little black boy And did those feet? (Philip Frohnmayer, baritone; H. Jac McCracken, piano) John Tavener: The lamb (CD: Innocence) (Choir of Westminster Abbey; Martin Neary) Saltarello Sancto Antonio (CD: St. Francis and (Altramar Medieval Music Ensemble) the Minstrels of God) Mimi Dye: Mirrored Divinity (CD: Spiritual (Mimi Dye, viola) Songs of Hildegard) Mimi Dye: For Don (CD: Spiritual (Mimi Dye, viola) Songs of Hildegard) Herbert Howells: Master Tallis's testament (CD: A Grand Chorus) (Andrew Lumsden, organ) Orlando Gibbons: Great Lord of lords (CD: Great Cathedral (Choir of Lincoln Anthems IV) Cathedral; Colin Walsh) Ralph Vaughan Williams: Alistair McAlpine's lament (CD: Over Hill, (The Holst Singers; Stephen Layton) Over Dale)
Gustav Holst: The Planets (CD: Holst: Jupiter, the bringer of jollity The Planets) (Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Charles Dutoit) Gustav Holst: I vow to thee my country (LP: The Royal Tribute) Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem (CD: Verdi: Requiem) Dies irae (Leontyne Price, soprano; Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano; Veriano Luchetti, tenor; José Van Dam, bass; Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chours; Georg Solti) Nanci Griffith: Saint Teresa of Avila (CD: Blue Roses from the Moon)
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