The wfmt radio network

Merrie England

Ready your passport! We’re travelling to merrie, old England. Bill is our guide and this is one journey where the sounds are more important than the sights. Vaughn-Williams, Elgar, Dowland feature. 

 
Program 1

On Monday, we hearken back to the music of the Middle Ages and renaissance with Dowland, Purcell and a song composed by a king. 

Britten: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell, Op. 34 (excerpt)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Previn
Telarc 80126
1:05
Purchase

Dowland: My Lord Willoughby’s Welcome Home (excerpt)
Ronn McFarlane, lute
Dorian 90148
:50
Purchase

Anon: Ave Maria
New York Polyphony
Avie AV 2141
0:52
Purchase

Perotin: Beata Viscera
New York Polyphony
Avie AV 2141
1:54
Purchase

Anon: Coventry Carol
New York Polyphony
Avie AV 2141
2:29
Purchase

Anon: English Dance
New York’s Ensemble For Early Music/Renz
LEMS 8022
1:56
Purchase

Anon: Salve virgo virginum (An English Ladymass)
Anonymous 4
Harmonia Mundi HMX 2907210
2:36
Purchase

Anon: Ther Is No Rose Of Swych Vertu (Carol)
Anonymous 4 - Portrait
Harmonia Mundi HMX 2907210
3:42
Purchase

Henry VIII: Adieu! Madame et ma maistresse
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
London 417 524
2:28
Purchase

Tallis: Gloria from Missa Puer Natus
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
Linn 118
11:08
Purchase

Byrd: Prelude and ground à 5
The Newberry Consort
A Candle in the Dark
Harmonia Mundi 907140
5:14
Purchase

William Byrd: Ye Sacred Muses, Sons of Job
Alfred Deller
Vanguard 8101
3:50
Purchase

Greensleeves Variations
New York Consort Of Viols
Live recording
4:49

Burns: Greensleeves (arr.)
Linn Records CKD 086
3:40
Purchase

Purcell: Abdelazer, “Moor’s Revenge,” Z. 570 
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
1:18
Purchase

Program 2

On Tuesday, we plant our feet squarely in the renaissance with more from Dowland and Purcell. 

 

Dowland Pavan: 'Lachrimae Antiquae'
Fretwork
Virgin 61821
4:14
 
Dowland: In darkness let me dwell
Mark Padmore, ten.; Elizabeth Kenny, lute
Hyperion 67648
4:31
 
Britten: Nocturnal after John Dowland, op.70 (excerpts)
Craig Ogden, guitar
Hyperion 67648
8:08
 
Adès: Darknesse Visible (from John Dowland's In Darknesse 
Let Me Dwell)
Andreas Haefliger, pf.
Avie 41
6:57
 
Locke: Broken Consort in D - Ayre & Saraband
Palladian Ensemble
Linn Record CKD010
1:35; 1:20
 
Purcell: “If music be the food of love” & “I attempt from love’s sickness to fly” 
Kirkby, s. Hogwood, org & spinet; Rooley, lute; Campbell, vla. da gamba; Mackintosh, vn.
Decca 4759109
3:26 & 1:24
 
Purcell: Two in One upon a Ground 
Palladian Ensemble
Linn 321
2:50
 
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas (excerpts) 
Graham, s.; Bostridge, ten. Le Concert d’Astrée, European Voices/Haim (cond. & hpsd.)
Virgin 45605
7:52
 
Matteis: Bizzarie all’imor Scozzeze (Ground after the Scotch Humour) 
Palladian Ensemble
Linn 10
4:12
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program 3

On Wednesday, we get a little silly with Gilbert & Sullivan, follow the travels of Handel and listen to Beethoven’s take on the British Isles. 

Boyce: Symphony No.1 in B-flat major 
Academy Of Ancient Music/Hogwood
L’oiseau-Lyre 436761
7:14
Purchase

Arne: Rule Britannia 
BBC Concert Orchestra & The Royal Choral Society/Wordsworth; Della Jones, s.
Phil 454172
4:48
Purchase

Beethoven: Variations in D on “Rule Britannia” (excerpts) 
Brendel, p.
Philips 432093
2:11
Purchase

Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks- La Paix, La Rejouissance 
Le Concert Des Nations/Savall
Astree ES9920
3:26
Purchase

Haydn: Symphony 104, London, I 
NY Phil./Bernstein
Sony 47557
7:27
Purchase

Mendelssohn: Symphonie Nr 3 a-moll op.56, Scotch, II 
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Masur
Teldec 43463
4:18
Purchase

Sullivan: Macbeth – Overture 
RTE Concert Orchestra/Penny
EMI 764397-23
7:56
Purchase

Gilbert/Sullivan: “I’m Called Little Buttercup” fr. H.M.S. Pinafore 
Pro Arte Orchestra/Sargent; Monica Sinclair, s.
EMI 764397-23
1:48
Purchase

Gilbert/Sullivan: “I am the Captain of the Pinafore” fr. H.M.S. Pinafore 
Pro Arte Orchestra/Sargent; Baker, bar.
EMI 764397-23
1:58
Purchase

Elgar: Enigma Variations- Variation IX (Nimrod) 
Philharmonia Orchestra/Barbirolli
EMI 69185
3:34
Purchase

Handel: Air fr. Water Music (excerpt) 
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner
Decca 414596
1:13
Purchase

Wagner: Flying Dutchman Overture (excerpt) 
Berlin Phil/Abbado
DG 289471
:26
Purchase

Program 4

On Thursday, we jump even further forward in time with selections by Vaughn-Williams and Elgar. 

Elgar: Symphony #2 In E Flat, Op. 63, I 
London Symphony Orchestra/Davis
LSO 0018
18:23
Purchase

Elgar: Cello Concerto, Op. 85, II 
London Symphony Orchestra/Previn; Ma, cello
CBS 39541
5:00; 2:57
Purchase

Tallis: “Why fum’th in Sight” 
Theatre of Voices/Hillier
HM 907154
3:45
Purchase

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 
Symphony Orch. of Curtis Institute of Music/Previn
EMI 55371
16:35
Purchase

Vaughan Williams: “The Turtle Dove” 
Finzi Singers/Spicer; Oxley, t.
Chandos 9425
3:12
Purchase

Program 5

On Friday, Bill showcases some smaller names from Great Britten, including, Butterworth, Finzi, Taverner, Bridge and Davies. 

Holst: Ave Maria, Op. 9b 
Finzi Singers/Spicer
Chandos 9425
3:54
Purchase

Holst: First Suite in E-flat for Military Band 
Central Band of the Royal Air Force/Banks
EMI 49608
10:06
Purchase

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad 
English Sinfonia/Dilkes
Angel EMI 724356561526
8:57

Bridge: Lament 
English String Orchestra/Boughton
Nimbus NI 5366
4:45
Purchase

Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18
2. Who Is Silvia?
4. O Mistress Mine 

Bryn Terfel, t.; Malcolm Martineau, p.
DG 445946 2
1:22, 2:11
Purchase

Tavener: Tears of the Angels 
BT Scottish Ensemble/Gould, vln and cond.
Linn 085
13:48
Purchase

Britten: Finale fr. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell/Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
Telarc 80126
3:03
Purchase

Davies: Farewell to Stromness 
Peter Maxwell Davies, p.
Unicorn 9070
1:57
Purchase

 

The Exploring Music streaming website is made possible by Mr. & Mrs. William Gardner Brown and Susan & Richard Kiphart.
You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
Steffen Demeter
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
Walther Davies
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
Michael Sanders
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
Kourtney
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Claudia Wertz
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Christine Anderson
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
Sally Rosenbaum
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.
Jean Quay
Newsletters Thank You!