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Join Bill for a two-week musical history tour of London. We will listen to medieval chant, folksongs, court composers and more. Bill will stroll the South Bank, now a rejuvenated part of London, but in the past home to brothels and bear fighting arenas, plus Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Artists of all times and disciplines wandered this district, with a bird’s-eye view of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster. During the English Reformation, Anglican Chant developed with the decree that all chants were to be in English, adhering to the cadence of the spoken word. We will listen to Thomas Tallis, court composer to Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth, hear Purcell and Elgar carry his English sound into their compositions, and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, based on a psalm that starts, “Why fumeth in fight.”

 
Program 1

Anonymous: Miri It Is While Sumer Ilast
John Sothcott: St. George's Canzona
Merry It Is While Summer Lasts
CRD 1112
2:34

John Dunstable: Beata mater
Gothic Voices
Mary Star of the Sea / Gothic Voices
Linn Records 541
2:18

John Dunstable: Ave maris stella
Gothic Voices
Mary Star of the Sea / Gothic Voices
Linn Records 541

Moniot d'Arras: Ce Fut En Mai
John Sothcott, recorder: St. George's Canzona
Medieval Songs And Dances
CRD 3412
3:37


 

Anonymous: Dou way, Robyn ; Sancta mater gratiae
Gothic Voices
Mary Star of the Sea / Gothic Voices
Linn Records 541
2:43

Anonymous: Sumer Is Icumen In
Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort
Alfred Deller Folk Songs & Ballads
Vanguard classics Vol 1 MC 193
1:46

Anonymous: Sumer Is Icumen In (Summer Is Come)
Dufay Collective & John Potter Dufay Collective
Songs And Instrumental Music From Medieval England
Chandos 9396
4:38

Anonymous: Me Lyketh Ever Lenger The Bet
John Sothcott, recorder: St. George's Canzona
Merry It Is While Summer Lasts
CRD 3412
2:40

Traditional: Morris Dance, Trunkles
John Sothcott, recorder: St. George's Canzona
Merry It Is While Summer Lasts
CRD 3412
3:06

 

Traditional: The Merry Sherwood Rangers
John Sothcott, recorder: St. George's Canzona
Merry It Is While Summer Lasts
CRD 3412
3:22

Traditional: Cuckoo's Nest
John Sothcott, recorder: St. George's Canzona
Merry It Is While Summer Lasts
CRD 3412
2:24

William Cornyshe: Ah, Robin
Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort
Folk Songs & Ballads
Vanguard classics Vol 1 MC 193
2:25

Peter Phillips: Pavan, 1580
The Parley Of Instruments
Consort Music By Peter Philips
Hyperion CDA 66240
2:45

 
Program 2

Orlando Gibbons: O Clap Your Hands
John Rutter: The Cambridge Singer
Faire Is The Heaven (Music Of The English Church)
Collegium records COLCD 107
4:41

John Taverner: Dum Transisset Sabbatum
Philip Ledger: Choir Of King's College Cambridge
Music for Holy Week
EMI 5 65103 2
8:23

Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae Pavan
Chirstopher Wilson, L; Michael Chandce,

ct; Elizabeth Liddle, Viol
Goe Nightly Cares/ Dowland • Byrd/ Fretwork
Virgin Classics VC 7 90795 2
4:13

 

John Bull: Vaulting Galliard
Peter Watchorn, harpsichord
Music of Tudor and Jacobean England
Musica omnia MO0104
1:49

 

John Bull: Dr. Bull's My Selfe
Peter Watchorn, harpsichord
Music of Tudor and Jacobean England
Musica omnia MO0104
1:44

Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me
John Rutter: The Cambridge Singers
Faire Is The Heaven (Music Of The English Church)
Collegium records COLCD 107
2:14

Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium
Peter Phillips & The Tallis Scholars
Tallis: The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis
Gimell 203
9:57

Thomas Tallis: Why Fum'Th In Fight?
Robert Spano: Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus
Vaughan Williams Robert Spano Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra and chamber Chorus
Telarc 80676
0:57

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis
Leopold Stokowski: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Dvořák: Serenade, Op. 22; Vaughan Williams:
Tallis Fantasia; Purcell: Dido & Aeneas 2008
EMI 5 66760 2
16:34

Program 3

John Dowland: Lachrimæ Amantis
John Holloway, Monika Baer, Renate Steinmann, Etc.
Pavans & Fantasies from the
Age of Dowland / John Holloway
ECM 002079602
4:27

Thomas Tallis: The Lamentations Of Jeremiah -
Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prohetae
Harry Christophers: The Sixteen Choir
Thomas Tallis/ Sacrede choral works/ Spem in alium
Chandos 0513

Thomas Tallis: The Lamentations Of Jeremiah -
De Lamentatione Jeremiae Prohetae
Harry Christophers: The Sixteen Choir
Thomas Tallis/ Sacrede choral works/ Spem in alium
Chandos 0513
11:21

 

William Byrd: Ye sacred Muses

Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort
William Byrd & His Age / Deller,
Wenzinger Consort Of Viols
Vanguard 8101
3:52

William Byrd: Miserere Mei
John Rutter: The Cambridge Singers
Faire is the Heaven music of the
English Church
Collegium records COLCD 107
3:49

Matthew Locke: Fantasy For 2 Trebles & Bass
John Holloway, Monika Baer, Renate Steinmann, Etc.
Pavans & Fantasies from the Age of Dowland
/ John Holloway
ECM 002079602
4:11

William Byrd: Agnus Dei fr. Mass for 4 voices
Pro Arte Singers
William Byrd The Three Masses Pro Arte Singers,
Paul Hillier director
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907223
3:36

Matthew Locke: The Broken Consort, Pt. 2,
Suite No. 2 in D Minor-major - V. Saraband
Palladian Ensemble
An Excess of Pleasure Palladian Ensemble Honest
Linn Records Hon CD 5010
1:20

William Byrd: Ave Verum Corpus
John Rutter: The Cambridge Singers
Faire is the Heaven music of the
English Church
Collegium records COLCD 107
3:44

Matthew Locke: Sonata in A Major for 2
Violins & Basso continuo - II
Palladian Ensemble
An Excess of Pleasure Palladian
Ensemble Honest
Linn Records Hon CD 5010
1:08

Matthew Locke: Sonata in A Major for 2

Violins & Basso continuo - III. Brisk
Palladian Ensemble
An Excess of Pleasure Palladian Ensemble Honest
Linn Records Hon CD 5010
2:16

William Byrd Byrd: Laetentur Coeli Let the

heavens be glad, and the earth exult.
Exclaim praise, o mountains, For our Lord will come
Harry Christophers: The Sixteen Choir
The Deer's Cry
Coro 16140
3:28

Program 4

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen,
Z. 629, Act IV: Symphony
Scholars Baroque Ensemble
The Best of Purcell
Naxos 8.556839
6:25

Henry Purcell & Nahum Tate:
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626: Overture
Kym Amps, David van Asch &
Scholars Baroque Ensemble
The Best of Purcell
Naxos 8.556839
1:56

 

Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626,
Act III: "When I Am Laid in Earth" (Dido's Lament)
Lynne Dawson, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Dido & Aeneas
Harmonia Mundi 901683
4:09


Henry Purcell: Dido's Lament From

Dido & Aeneas Z626
Leopold Stokowski: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Leopold Stokowski Conductor Vaughan
Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas
Tallis; Purcell (arr. Stokowski); Dido's Lament; Dvorak:
Serenade in E, Op.22
EMI 5 66760 2
4:55

Henry Purcell: Abdelazar Suite, Z. 570: I. Rondeau
Jeanne Lamon & Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
A Baroque Feast
Analekta 2 9811
1:30

Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to
the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a
Theme of Henry Purcell, Op. 34 – Theme:
Allegro maestoso e largamente
Leopold Stokowski; BBC Symphony Orchestra
Stokowski Beethoven sym no 7 Britten
The young person’s guide to the orchestra
BBC BBCL 4005-2
2:42

Henry Purcell: Fantasia in G Minor for 3 Viols, Z. 734
Fretwork
Fretwork/ Music for Viols: Purcell, Lawes, Locke, Jenkins
Virgin Classics 395164 2
2:36

Henry Purcell: Come ye Sons...Symphony Largo-Allegro-Adagio
Mark Deller, Deller Consort, Oriana Concert Orchestra
Purcell: Come ye sons of art Alfred Deller
Vanguard classics OVC 8027
3:53

Henry Purcell: Symphony (Slow)
Mark Deller, Deller Consort, Oriana Concert Orchestra
Purcell: Come ye sons of art Alfred Deller
Vanguard classics OVC 8027
1:03

Henry Purcell: My Beloved Spake, & Said unto me...
Mark Deller, Deller Consort, Oriana Concert Orchestra
Purcell: Come ye sons of art Alfred Deller
Vanguard classics OVC 8027
0:55


Henry Purcell: Music for a While

Alfred Deller, Wieland Kuijken & William Christie
Purcell: Music for a While
Harmonia Mundi 90249
4:04

Henry Purcell: Fantasia for Viols No. 8, Z. 739
Moscow Chamber Orchestra & Rudolf Barshai
Classical Treasures Master Series -
Orchestral Masterpieces, Vol. 48
3:56

John Blow: So ceas'd the rival Crew when Purcell came
Gustav Leonhardt    
John Blow: Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell  
Hyperion 68149 Seon SBK 60097
3:06

John Blow: Ah Heav'n! what is't I Hear?
Gustav Leonhardt    
John Blow: Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell  
Hyperion 68149 Seon SBK 60097
3:07

John Blow: Epilogue: Sing, Sing ye Muses
Gustav Leonhardt    
John Blow: Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell  
Hyperion 68149 Seon SBK 60097
3:48

Henry Purcell: Hear My Prayer, O Lord, Z 14
John Rutter: The Cambridge Singers
Faire is the Heaven music of the English Church
Collegium records COLCD 107
2:34

Program 5

GF Handel: Water Music Suite #1 In F, HWV 348 -
I Largo, Allegro
Trevor Pinnock: The English Concert
George frideric handel Water Music
arkiv produktion 410 525
3:19

GF Handel: Water Music Suite #1 In F, HWV 348 -
II. - Adagio E Staccato
Trevor Pinnock: The English Concert
George frideric handel Water Music
arkiv produktion 410 525
2:14

GF Handel: Water Music Suite #1 In F, HWV 348 -
III. Allegro, Andante, Allegro Da Capo
Trevor Pinnock: The English Concert
George frideric handel Water Music
arkiv produktion 410 525
7:46

 

GF Handel: Let The Bright Seraphim From Samson
Raymond Leppard; English Chamber
Orchestra;Wynton Marsalis, Kathleen Battle
Wynton Marsalis Plays Händel, Purcell,
Torelli, Fasch, Molter
CBS Masterworks Mk 39061
5:47

GF Handel: Concerto Grosso #4 In A Minor,

Op. 6/4, HWV 322 - 1. Larghetto Affetuoso
The academy of ancient music Andrew Manze, director
Concerti Grossi, op 6 “Twelve grand

concertos in seven parts”
Harmonia Mundi 907228
2:33

GF Handel: Concerto Grosso #4 In A Minor,

Op. 6/4, HWV 322 - 2. Allegro

The academy of ancient music Andrew Manze, director
Concerti Grossi, op 6 “Twelve grand

concertos in seven parts”
Harmonia Mundi 907228
2:53

GF Handel: Concerto Grosso #4 In A Minor,

Op. 6/4, HWV 322 - 3. Largo E Piano
The academy of ancient music Andrew Manze, director
Concerti Grossi, op 6 “Twelve grand

concertos in seven parts”
Harmonia Mundi 907228
2:13

GF Handel: Concerto Grosso #4 In A Minor,

Op. 6/4, HWV 322 - 4. Allegro
The academy of ancient music Andrew Manze, director
Concerti Grossi, op 6 “Twelve grand

concertos in seven parts”
Harmonia Mundi 907228
2:40

 

GF Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks,

HWV 351 - 4 La Réjouissance
Neville Marriner: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
Music For The Royal Fireworks / Water Music
Argo 414 596-2
2:03

GF Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks,

HWV 351 - 5. Minuets 1 & 2
Neville Marriner: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
Music For The Royal Fireworks / Water Music
Argo 414 596-2
3:34

 

William Boyce: 01.01 - Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat

Major, Op. 2; Symphony New Year Ode
Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Ronald Thomas
The Eight Symphonies
CRD 3413
7:27

GF Handel: 01.09 - Fantasia on British Sea Songs;

VI. See the Conquering Hero
English Northern Philharmonia/ D. Paul

& Leeds Festival Chorus
Rule Britannia: Last Night of the Proms
Naxos 8.55981
1:20

Thomas Arne: 01.10 - Fantasia on British Sea Songs;

VII. Rule Britannia
English Northern Philharmonia/ D. Paul

& Leeds Festival Chorus
Rule Britannia: Last Night of the Proms
Naxos 8.55981
2:12

 

 

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