Following the January 25 death of Robert Shaw, several of his performances are presented in his memory. In short, Shaw was the dean of American choral conductors, with unparalleled influence on choral performance in the United States.
Jacqueline Du Pré's life has been cinematized in the recent film Hilary and Jackie. In the previous edition of Mixed Up Class, some of her cello performances were featured. On this day, the anniversary of Du Pré's birth in the year 1945, we feature a performance of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, with Du Pré's narration, circa 1980, when she no longer played cello.
Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) Igor Stravinsky: Le chant du rossignol (CD: Stravinsky: (Ensemble Intercontemporain Orchestre Pulcinella / Le National de France; Pierre Boulez) Chant du Rossignol) Dmitri Shostokovitch: String quartet no. 3 in F major, (CD: Shostokovitch: op. 73 String Quartets 1, (Manhattan String Quartet) 2, 3) John Wolf Brennan: to Henry C. (O Well) (CD: The Well-Prepared Clavier)
S. S. Wesley: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace (CD: Cathedral Anthems (Choir of Worcester by S. S. Wesley, Vol. Cathedral; Donald Hunt) 1) Imant Raminsh: Songs of the lights (CD: Imant Raminsh: (Vancouver Chamber Choir; CBC Songs of the Lights) Vancouver Orchestra; Jon Washburn) John Sheppard: Hostis Herodes impie (CD: Music by John (The Sixteen; Harry Christophers) Sheppard, Vol. 2) John Rutter: What sweeter music (CD: Rutter: Requiem) (Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury) Matthew Locke: Consort of 4 parts (CD: The English Viol) William Byrd: Christe Redemptor à 4 Orlando Gibbons: The silver swan (Fretwork; Jeremy Budd, treble) Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei (CD: Evocation (Robert Shaw Festival of the Spirit) Singers; Robert Shaw) John David: You are the new day (CD: The King's Singers (The King's Singers) 20th Anniversary Celebration Sampler)
Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D major, R. 589 (CD: Vivaldi: Gloria Quoniam tu solus sanctus / Bach: Magnificat) Cum Sancto Spirito (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus; Robert Shaw) Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem (CD: Verdi: Requiem Libera me, Domine / Te Deum / Others) (Herva Nelli, soprano; Robert Shaw Chorale; NBC Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Toscanini) Frank Martin: Mass (CD: Evocation Kyrie of the Spirit) (Robert Shaw Festival Singers; Robert Shaw) Serge Prokofiev: Peter and the wolf (LP: Prokofiev: (Jacqueline du Pré, narrator; English Peter and the Wolf) Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim) Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for cello no. 2 in D major (CD: Jacqueline du Pré: (Jacqueline du Pré, cello) Les Introuvables, Vol. 2) Fanfare II (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ)
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