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Music In 18th-century Birmingham2014091420160313 (R3)Lucie Skeaping is joined by harpsichordist Martin Perkins to explore the music 18th-century audiences in Birmingham and the Midlands would have known. The programme includes rarely heard works by John Pixell, Richard Mudge, Joseph Harris, Barnabas Gunn, Jeremiah Clark of Worcester and Capel Bond.

John Pixell: An Invitation to the Red-Breast
Louise Wayman (soprano)
Musical and Amicable Society
Martin Perkins (director)

Richard Mudge: Concerto No. 2 in D minor
Barockorchester Capriccio Basel
Dominik Kiefer (concertmaster)

Joseph Harris: Invocation (O Muse beloved, Calliope divine!)
Louise Wayman (soprano)
Musical and Amicable Society
Martin Perkins (director)

Barnabas Gunn: Solo No. 4 in B minor for flute and basso continuo
Rachel Latham (flute)
Musical and Amicable Society
Martin Perkins (director)

Jeremiah Clark: To Myra
Louise Wayman (soprano)
Musical and Amicable Society
Martin Perkins (director)

Capel Bond: Concerto No. 1 in D major
Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet)
The Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
Roy Goodman (conductor).
Music In 18th-century Birmingham2014091420160313 (R3)Lucie Skeaping is joined by harpsichordist Martin Perkins to explore the music 18th-century audiences in Birmingham and the Midlands would have known. The programme includes rarely heard works by John Pixell, Richard Mudge, Joseph Harris, Barnabas Gunn, Jeremiah Clark of Worcester and Capel Bond.

John Pixell: An Invitation to the Red-Breast
Louise Wayman (soprano)
Musical and Amicable Society
Martin Perkins (director)

Richard Mudge: Concerto No. 2 in D minor
Barockorchester Capriccio Basel
Dominik Kiefer (concertmaster)

Joseph Harris: Invocation (O Muse beloved, Calliope divine!)
Louise Wayman (soprano)
Musical and Amicable Society
Martin Perkins (director)

Barnabas Gunn: Solo No. 4 in B minor for flute and basso continuo
Rachel Latham (flute)
Musical and Amicable Society
Martin Perkins (director)

Jeremiah Clark: To Myra
Louise Wayman (soprano)
Musical and Amicable Society
Martin Perkins (director)

Capel Bond: Concerto No. 1 in D major
Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet)
The Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
Roy Goodman (conductor).
Music In 18th-century Birmingham20140914
Lost Sounds2014113020160117 (R3)Clare Salaman on forgotten instruments which were once part of everyday musical life.

Clare considers why instruments which were once part of musical life - such as the vielle, the bray harp, the hurdy gurdy and the viola organista - are now rarely heard. Some were particularly suited to certain styles of music and unable to keep up when fashions changed. Others, while astonishing, intriguing and even beautiful in their design proved totally impractical for everyday use. Clare chooses recordings of some of these lost instruments, which create sounds which are very rarely heard today.
Lost Sounds2014113020160117 (R3)Clare Salaman on forgotten instruments which were once part of everyday musical life.

Clare considers why instruments which were once part of musical life - such as the vielle, the bray harp, the hurdy gurdy and the viola organista - are now rarely heard. Some were particularly suited to certain styles of music and unable to keep up when fashions changed. Others, while astonishing, intriguing and even beautiful in their design proved totally impractical for everyday use. Clare chooses recordings of some of these lost instruments, which create sounds which are very rarely heard today.
Lost Sounds20141130
A Frenchman At King James's Court20151011Lucie Skeaping and Dr James Porter of Aberdeen University investigate the musical world of Huguenot composer Jean Servin, and find out what he was doing in 1579 at the Edinburgh court of King James VI of Scotland (later to be King James I of England), with lovingly bound copies of his Psalmi Davidis in his luggage. With music by Servin, Lassus, David Peebles, Andrew Blackhall and others in performances by Cappella Nova, Ensemble Clément Janequin and Sang Scule.
A Frenchman At King James's Court20151011Lucie Skeaping and Dr James Porter of Aberdeen University investigate the musical world of Huguenot composer Jean Servin, and find out what he was doing in 1579 at the Edinburgh court of King James VI of Scotland (later to be King James I of England), with lovingly bound copies of his Psalmi Davidis in his luggage. With music by Servin, Lassus, David Peebles, Andrew Blackhall and others in performances by Cappella Nova, Ensemble Clément Janequin and Sang Scule.
A Frenchman At King James's Court20151011
Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018Fiona Talkington introduces a performance of Bach's 'Wedding Cantata,' Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten and finds out whether Anna Magdalena might have sung this very cantata at her wedding to JS Bach in 1721. The cantata's central aria: 'To practise sweet courtship, to cuddle joyously,' features a solo oboe. Today's programme also includes an oboe concerto and a suite for seven instruments written a few years after Bach's cantata.

Telemann
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1

Bach
Cantata: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202

Zelenka
Overture a 7 in F, ZWV 188

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Katharina Arfken (oboe)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).
Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018Fiona Talkington introduces a performance of Bach's 'Wedding Cantata,' Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten and finds out whether Anna Magdalena might have sung this very cantata at her wedding to JS Bach in 1721. The cantata's central aria: 'To practise sweet courtship, to cuddle joyously,' features a solo oboe. Today's programme also includes an oboe concerto and a suite for seven instruments written a few years after Bach's cantata.

Telemann
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1

Bach
Cantata: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202

Zelenka
Overture a 7 in F, ZWV 188

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Katharina Arfken (oboe)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).
Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018
Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018Fiona Talkington introduces a performance of Bach's 'Wedding Cantata,' Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten and finds out whether Anna Magdalena might have sung this very cantata at her wedding to JS Bach in 1721. The cantata's central aria: 'To practise sweet courtship, to cuddle joyously,' features a solo oboe. Today's programme also includes an oboe concerto and a suite for seven instruments written a few years after Bach's cantata.

Telemann
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1

Bach
Cantata: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202

Zelenka
Overture a 7 in F, ZWV 188

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Katharina Arfken (oboe)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).
Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018Fiona Talkington introduces a performance of Bach's 'Wedding Cantata,' Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten and finds out whether Anna Magdalena might have sung this very cantata at her wedding to JS Bach in 1721. The cantata's central aria: 'To practise sweet courtship, to cuddle joyously,' features a solo oboe. Today's programme also includes an oboe concerto and a suite for seven instruments written a few years after Bach's cantata.

Telemann
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1

Bach
Cantata: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202

Zelenka
Overture a 7 in F, ZWV 188

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Katharina Arfken (oboe)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).
Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018
Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018Fiona Talkington introduces a performance of Bach's 'Wedding Cantata,' Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten and finds out whether Anna Magdalena might have sung this very cantata at her wedding to JS Bach in 1721. The cantata's central aria: 'To practise sweet courtship, to cuddle joyously,' features a solo oboe. Today's programme also includes an oboe concerto and a suite for seven instruments written a few years after Bach's cantata.

Telemann
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1

Bach
Cantata: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202

Zelenka
Overture a 7 in F, ZWV 188

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Katharina Arfken (oboe)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).
Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018Fiona Talkington introduces a performance of Bach's 'Wedding Cantata,' Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten and finds out whether Anna Magdalena might have sung this very cantata at her wedding to JS Bach in 1721. The cantata's central aria: 'To practise sweet courtship, to cuddle joyously,' features a solo oboe. Today's programme also includes an oboe concerto and a suite for seven instruments written a few years after Bach's cantata.

Telemann
Oboe Concerto in D minor, TWV 51:d1

Bach
Cantata: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202

Zelenka
Overture a 7 in F, ZWV 188

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Katharina Arfken (oboe)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor).
Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten20151018
20151025Sophie Yates is joined by lutenist Ben Narvey to discuss the relationship between the lute and harpsichord in 17th-century France. Music by Chambonnières, d'Anglebert, Louis Couperin and François Couperin.
20151025Sophie Yates is joined by lutenist Ben Narvey to discuss the relationship between the lute and harpsichord in 17th-century France. Music by Chambonnières, d'Anglebert, Louis Couperin and François Couperin.
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La Tempesta Di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque20160110Lucie Skeaping looks at the work of Tempesta di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque, with contributions from its directors, Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, and music by Marais, Handel, Bach and Fasch.
La Tempesta Di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque20160110Lucie Skeaping looks at the work of Tempesta di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque, with contributions from its directors, Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, and music by Marais, Handel, Bach and Fasch.
La Tempesta Di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque20160110
Francesca Caccini: La Liberazione Di Ruggiero20160306Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina was the first opera by a woman. In the week of International Women's Day, Lucie Skeaping introduces highlights of a performance recorded live at last year's Brighton Early Music Festival, and is joined in the studio by musical director Deborah Roberts.

Francesca Caccini: La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina

Anna Devin (soprano) - Alcina
Denis Lakey (counter-tenor) - Melissa
Nick Pritchard (tenor) - Ruggiero

Hannah Ely (soprano) - Siren
Cally Youdell (soprano) - Oreste
Camilla Harris (soprano) - First Damigella
Roberta Diamond (soprano) - Second Damigella
Nancy Cole (mezzo-soprano) - Third Damigella
Bethany Horak-Hallett (soprano) - Female Plant
James Way (tenor) - Fiume Vistola/Shepherd
Josh Cooter (tenor) - Male Plant
William Bouvel (tenor) - Astolfo
Andrew Robinson (baritone) - Male Monster

The Liberation Singers
The BREMF Renaissance Players
Deborah Roberts (musical director).
Francesca Caccini: La Liberazione Di Ruggiero20160306Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina was the first opera by a woman. In the week of International Women's Day, Lucie Skeaping introduces highlights of a performance recorded live at last year's Brighton Early Music Festival, and is joined in the studio by musical director Deborah Roberts.

Francesca Caccini: La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola di Alcina

Anna Devin (soprano) - Alcina
Denis Lakey (counter-tenor) - Melissa
Nick Pritchard (tenor) - Ruggiero

Hannah Ely (soprano) - Siren
Cally Youdell (soprano) - Oreste
Camilla Harris (soprano) - First Damigella
Roberta Diamond (soprano) - Second Damigella
Nancy Cole (mezzo-soprano) - Third Damigella
Bethany Horak-Hallett (soprano) - Female Plant
James Way (tenor) - Fiume Vistola/Shepherd
Josh Cooter (tenor) - Male Plant
William Bouvel (tenor) - Astolfo
Andrew Robinson (baritone) - Male Monster

The Liberation Singers
The BREMF Renaissance Players
Deborah Roberts (musical director).
Francesca Caccini: La Liberazione Di Ruggiero20160306
EMSBaroque Dance2008010520150510 (R3)As part of the BBC's current focus on Dance, baroque dance specialist Philippa Waite looks at the styles and affects of various dances, illustrating with music by composers such as Lully, who was an excellent dancer himself, JS Bach, Handel, Weiss, Rebel and Rameau.
EMSAntonio Caldara2008042020110220 (R3)Exploring the life and music of Venetian-born baroque composer Antonio Caldara.
Catherine Bott presents a programme looking into the life and music of the Venetian born Baroque composer, Antonio Caldara.
EMSRenaissance Dance Music2008101220150503 (R3)As part of the BBC's current focus on Dance, Lucie Skeaping is joined by dance historian Barbara Segal to discuss the finer points of Renaissance terpsichore. European theatrical extravaganzas - Italian Intermedi, French Ballet de Cour and English Masques swirl effortlessly alongside traditional Branles and even Morris Dances. Meanwhile, to the accompaniment of The City Waites, Lucie tries out some of the dances herself, under Barbara Segal's expert guidance, of course!
EMSSettings Of Poets And Texts2009032220110213 (R3)Catherine Bott looks at some of the poets and texts set by Purcell.
Catherine Bott is joined by the author Jonathan Keates to discuss some of the poets and texts that Purcell set. The music in the programme illustrates Purcell's versatility as a composer for poets, and includes examples of settings of non-biblical religious texts, the poetry of the odes, and some of the individual art songs.
EMSClemens Non Papa2010041720110227 (R3)Lucie Skeaping explores the life and music of the Flemish composer Clemens non Papa.
Lucie Skeaping explores the music of the 16th century Flemish composer Jacobus Clemens non Papa. In the hierarchy of the Flemish school, you could say that Clemens was of the fourth generation - if Dufay is taken as the first, Ockeghem as the second, Josquin the third, with Orlando di Lassus still to come. He was one of the few successful Flemish musicians not to travel to Italy, he spent his entire life in Flanders, working in towns such as Bruges, Dordrecht and Ypres. Also unlike most other composers of that period, Clemens non Papa seems never to have been employed by the church - at least not on a permanent basis.
It's unclear as to how Jacobus Clemens came to adopt the epithet "non Papa" - in fact, it has been the subject of much conjecture. The most widely accepted version is that it meant "not the Pope" Clement - presumably because Pope Clement VII was in the Vatican at the time. Pope Clement VII died in 1534, though, so it's possible that he may have been given the nickname in childhood and it simply stuck with him for the rest of his life! Certainly, the Antwerp-based publisher Tielman Susato, with whom he had a lucrative business partnership, seemed to find the papal suffix amusing! His name is much less well known now, but in the late 1500s, Clemens non Papa was one of the most frequently published composers of the time.
EMSDon Fernando De Las Infantas20110205Robert Hollingworth talks to musicologist Tess Knighton about the music of the 16th Century Spanish composer Don Fernando de las Infantas, with performances by the BBC Singers.
Born to a notable family in Córdoba in 1534, Fernando enjoyed a privileged education, and then spent 25 years living in Rome, voluntarily giving his services to a hospital for the poor. He was constantly involved in theological debate and frequently came into conflict with the church. Indeed, his 1601 Treaty on Predestination brought the charge of being an illuminist, if not a quietist, and the attention of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of his life, overwhelmed by his theological enemies he was reduced to beggary and died in poverty.
EMSThe Manuscript Of Zeghere Van Male20110206Catherine Bott reflects on the four Flemish songbooks of the 16th Century chronicler, Zeghere van Male and introduces performances of the music by Ensemble Clement Janequin.
The 'Songbooks of Zeghere van Male' are some of the most intriguing Western-European musical manuscripts. The four large part books contain over 1200 pages, each of which features one or more illuminated vignettes of extraordinary quality. The books feature over 200 different compositions, mainly songs, and give a fascinating overview of the kind of music that flourished in first half of the 16th century around Bruges, including French chanson, church masses and Latin motets. The songbook also includes some Italian madrigals and several Dutch polyphonic songs and instrumental works. The composers range from international figures such as Josquin, Mouton, Willaert, and Sermisy to lesser known regional figures such as De Hondt and Hellinck.
The books appeared in Bruges in 1542 and take their name from their owner, Zeghere van Male, a prominent tradesman in the city.
EMSThe Siege Of Vienna20110226Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of a concert given in Bruges by the Sarband Ensemble and Armonico Tributo, which evokes the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683. The music includes works by Johann Schmelzer, Georg Muffat and Johann Kerll as well as Turkish music from the 17th century.
EMSKing Joao Iv Of Portugal20110227Catherine Bott talks to Owen Rees about the musical legacy of King Joao IV of Portugal and the so-called Golden Age of Portuguese polyphony. In 1578, the young king of Portugal, Sebastian led an ill-considered crusade against the Moors of Morocco. He was routed at the battle of Alcazar-Quivir and disappeared without trace, leaving his succession and the fate of his nation on a knife-edge. Of the six claimants to the Portuguese monarchy, the most powerful was Philip II of Spain, whose invading army conquered the country in 1581. Neither Philip nor his two successors acknowledged Portugal's cultural or ethnic independence and treated her as nothing more than a province of Spain. Portugal's considerable foreign revenue enriched the Spanish treasury, while her dominance in trade and sea power was successfully challenged by the English and the Dutch, thus loosening her grip on her colonies in Africa, Asia and South America. This period of external domination and subsequent economic decline lasted for nearly 60 years until the Portuguese nobility reached the end of its tether and led a revolt against their oppressors in 1640, as a result of which, the Duke of Braganza was declared the new and rightful king of Portugal and the Algarves. One of King Joao IV's first actions was to lead his countrymen in a protracted war of restoration against the Spanish, whose armies were finally driven out of Portuguese lands after four more years of fierce fighting. Joao o Restaurador - John the Restorer - was not just a successful troop-leader, though. He was also a generous supporter of the arts, and a considerably talented musician and composer himself. And, by the time of his death in 1656 he had amassed the biggest music library in the world.
EMSThe Jew Without The Yellow Badge: Salamone Rossi And The Song Of Solomon2011111920150614 (R3)Lucie Skeaping explores the life and extraordinary music of Salamone Rossi, a 17th-century Jewish composer based in Mantua. He wrote a collection of psalms and motets in Hebrew, for the Synagogue, drawing on the Italian polyphonic style of composition employed by the Christian Church. In a period of intense anti-Semitism, when the Jewish community in Italy were required by law to wear on their clothing a yellow 'badge of shame', Rossi's musical skills were highly regarded by the Mantuan court. His collection was not only the first of its kind; it would also remain unique for more than two hundred years.
First broadcast 19/11/2011.
EMSGluck's Iphigenie En Tauride2014040620150920 (R3)Lucie Skeaping looks at the music from Gluck's fifth operatic masterpiece, Iphigénie en Tauride - based on Euripides' play, and first performed in Paris in 1779.
With Iphigénie, Gluck took his operatic reform to its logical conclusion. The recitatives are shorter and accompanied by strings and other instruments (not just traditional continuo). The normal dance movements found in earlier French tragédie en musique are almost entirely absent. The drama is ultimately based on the play Iphigenia in Tauris by the ancient Greek dramatist Euripides which deals with stories concerning the family of Agamemnon in the aftermath of the Trojan War.
EMSLost Sounds2014113020150913 (R3)Clare Salaman on forgotten instruments which were once part of everyday musical life.
Clare considers why instruments which were once part of musical life - such as the vielle, the bray harp, the hurdy gurdy and the viola organista - are now rarely heard. Some were particularly suited to certain styles of music and unable to keep up when fashions changed. Others, while astonishing, intriguing and even beautiful in their design proved totally impractical for everyday use. Clare chooses recordings of some of these lost instruments, which create sounds which are very rarely heard today.
EMSComposer Profile: Georg Wagenseil20150201Lucie Skeaping looks at the life and music of the Viennese composer Georg Christoph Wagenseil. Although today he's largely relegated to the footnotes of musical history, in his day he was internationally admired, not least in the Mozart household. His tercentenary year gives cause for a fresh look at this founding father of the Viennese Classical style.
EMSPerformer Profile: Nigel Rogers20150322Lucie Skeaping presents a profile of the career of the British tenor Nigel Rogers, who celebrates his 80th birthday this week.
EMSGarden Of Early Delights20150405: music with a hint of the horticultural, performed in the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, by Pamela Thorby (recorder), Alison McGillivray (viola da gamba) and Elizabeth Kenny (lute). The programme reflects the Gallery's exhibition 'Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden', and includes music by Biagio Marini, Diego Ortiz, John Dowland, Jacob Van Eyck, and George Frideric Handel.
Introduced by Lucie Skeaping, in conversation with the exhibition's curator Vanessa Remington
Biagio Marini: Sonata Op 8 No 4 'per sonar con due corde'
Diego Ortiz: Recercada segunda (from 'Tratado de glosas', 1553)
Jacob van Eyck: Engels nachtegaeltje (from 'Der fluyten lust-hof')
Bartolomeu Selma y Salaverde: Canzon prima a canto e basso
John Dowland: Fantasia (on All in a Garden Green)
Johann Schop: Lachrimae Pavaen (from ''T uitnement kabinet', 1646)
Simon Ives: The Gilliflower (from Playford's 'Musick's recreation on the viol, lyra-way', 1682)
Anon: Canaries (from the Magdalene Cockburn lyra viol manuscript)
Handel: Cara speme (from 'Giulio Cesare')
Handel: Presti omai l'egizia terra (from 'Giulio Cesare')
Corelli: Sonata Op 5 No 4
Pamela Thorby (recorder)
Alison McGillivray (bass viol)
Elizabeth Kenny (lute).
EMSMetastasio's Artaserse20150412Lucie Skeaping explores Artaserse one of the most popular opera libretti by Metastasio, the great 18th century dramatist, featuring Artaxerxes I, King of Persia.
The libretto was originally written for and first set to music by Leonardo Vinci in 1730 for Rome, and it was subsequently set by dozens of later composers. In England, Thomas Arne's 1762 Artaxerxes is set to an English libretto that is based on Metastasio's. Lucie Skeaping introduces extracts from a few of the 90 known settings of Metastasio's text.
EMSBach-abel Concerts20150419The Bach-Abel Concerts. Lucie Skeaping talks to the music historian, Simon Heighes about a famous concert series which began two hundred and fifty years ago this year and which lit up London's concert life following the death of Handel. The Bach-Abel series continued for thirty years and with it J.C Bach and his compatriot, Carl Friedrich Abel introduced their opera and concert arias, symphonies and keyboard works to Georgian London.
EMSMedieval Dance20150426As part of the BBC's current focus on Dance, Lucie Skeaping is joined by choreographer and early dance expert Darren Royston to discover some of the delights of medieval dance moves.
EMSJohn Holloway, Jane Gower, Lars Ulrik Mortensen20150517Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of a concert given by violinist John Holloway, dulcian player Jane Gower and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen at the spectacular Frick Collection gallery in New York, including music by Rossi, Castello, Schmelzer, Rosenmüller and Froberger.
EMSMusic For Marie Fel20150524Lucie Skeaping presents highlights from Music for Marie Fel, a concert given at St John's Smith Square as part of the London Festival of Baroque Music.
Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Matthew Barber, narrator
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor
Soprano Marie Fel, the 'adorable nightingale' who held Parisian audiences spellbound during one of the most glorious periods in French music history and inspired the greatest composers of the day, is celebrated by a favourite modern-day nightingale in works by Rameau, Lalande, Mondonville and others.'.
EMSThe Bach Players At The London Festival Of Baroque Music 201520150531Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre at the London Festival of Baroque Music
Lucy Skeaping introduces solo keyboard music and trio sonatas by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, born 350 years ago this year. Hailed in her lifetime as worthy of a seat on Mount Parnassus, de La Guerre's music was frequently enjoyed at the courts of both Louis XIV and Louis XV, but much of her keyboard music was presumed to be lost until it was rediscovered in recent times. Here the distinguished harpsichordist, Béatrice Martin, plays her keyboard suites in the magnificent surroundings of London's Wallace Collection, famous for its 18th-century French paintings and furniture.
Béatrice Martin (harpsichord)
The Bach Players
Nicolette Moonen (artistic director).
EMSMusic In 18th-century Newcastle20150607Lucie Skeaping talks to Rosemary Southey of Newcastle University about the musical scene in the north-east of England in the eighteenth century, with works by Avison, John Garth and Herschel.
EMSFrench Baroque Vocal Music - Lully And Charpentier20150621Lucie Skeaping introduces a concert of vocal music from the French Baroque recorded at the Vienna Resonanzen Festival 2015.
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Marche pour le carrousel royal de Louis XIV
Michel-Richard Delalande (1657-1726)
Caprice de Villers-Cotterets
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
Tristis est anima mea, H382
Sola vivebat in antris, H388
from Méditations pour le Carême
Jean-Baptiste Lully
Te Deum, LWV 55
Guillaume Bouzignac (|1587-1645)
In pace, in idipsum
Amel Brahim-Djelloul (soprano)
Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano)
Jean-François Lombard (countertenor)
Jeffrey Thompson (tenor)
Benoît Arnould (bass)
Capella Cracoviensis
Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director).
EMSEnsemble Organum At The Aldeburgh Festival20150628Lucie Skeaping presents Ensemble Organum at the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival. Their programme The Hidden Face of the Renaissance ranges from Byzantine song to 16th-century Latin liturgy via the fascinating florid polyphony of Corsica.
EMSLive From The 2015 York Early Music Festival20150705Lucie Skeaping is at the National Centre for Early Music for a special live edition from the 2015 York Early Music Festival with guests including bass viol duo Jonathan Dunford and Sylvia Abramowicz, and conductor Christian Curnyn.
EMSHis Majestys Sagbutts And Cornetts At The Manchester International Festival20150712Lucie Skeaping presents His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts in concert at Manchester International Festival.
EMSAndreas Staier At The York Early Music Festival20150719Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of the concert given by harpsichordist Andreas Staier at the 2015 York Early Music Festival including music by Chambonnières, Purcell, Bull, Byrd and Louis Couperin.
EMSYork Early Music International Young Artists Competition 201520150726Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition.
EMSComposer Profile: Duarte Lobo20150906Lucie Skeaping marks the 450th anniversary of the Portuguese Renaissance composer, Duarte Lobo. She is joined by scholar and performer Professor Owen Rees of Queen's College, Oxford, who has edited, performed and recorded music by Duarte Lobo.
Duarte Lobo was among the foremost Portuguese composers of the early 17th century. He spent most of his life in Lisbon where he became a renowned teacher. He became maestro de capilla at the Hospital Real, Lisbon, and from about 1591 until at least 1639 and was maestro de capilla at Lisbon Cathedral. He was also director of the Seminário de S Bartolomeu, Lisbon. Most Lisbon repertory was destroyed during the great earthquake of 1755, but Duarte Lobo's work survived because four collections of his works were issued by Plantin, one of the prestigious music publishing houses in Antwerp. One of the collections, Liber missarum, made its way to the Bodleian Library in Oxford in 1659, and so works by Duarte Lobo were performed by English enthusiasts of "ancient" music during the 18th and 19th centuries in London. Today's programme will feature recordings by the Choir of Queen's College Oxford directed by Owen Rees, The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers, and The Tallis Scholars directed by Peter Philips.
EMSBjarte Eike Profile20151004Fiona Talkington presents a profile of Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike and his group Barokksolistene.
EMSA Frenchman At King James's Court20151011Lucie Skeaping and Dr James Porter investigate the music of Huguenot composer Jean Servin, and finds out what he was doing at the Edinburgh court of King James VI of Scotland (later to be King James I of England) in 1579. With performances by Cappella Nova, Ensemble Clemant Janequin and Sang Schule.
EMSNcem Young Composers Award Winners 201520151101Lucie Skeaping presents music by the winners of the National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award 2015.
The NCEM Young Composers Award invited composers to create new settings for a short dramatic scene from one of two Monteverdi masterpieces: Orfeo or Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Students were provided with an English translation of the texts, which could be cut or adapted as appropriate. The new works had to be written for two or three singers accompanied by a small ensemble of baroque instruments, similar to those available to Monteverdi.
The winning pieces, 'Fractos Corde' by 17-year-old Joshua Urben and 'Why are you in such a hurry?' by 25-year-old John Goldie-Scot, were given their public premieres last month in Glasgow, in the atmospheric setting of the Mackintosh Church, by the Dunedin Consort and John Butt.
Details of the 2016 award are also announced.
EMSFree Thinking20151108The Early Music Show comes to Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival for the first time. Acclaimed vocal group, the Marian Consort, under its director Rory McCleery, performs an intriguing concert of early music from composers whose creative imagination and religious principles prompted them to disregard the established musical rules of their day.
In the sixteenth century, Carlo Gesualdo's extraordinary vocal music pushed ideas of harmony to new limits in his pursuit of emotional truth; William Byrd's settings of religious texts are sometimes covert expressions of his Catholic faith at a time when such beliefs were forbidden and dangerous. The Marian Consort's programme is introduced by Lucie Skeaping
EMSConvent, Court And Salon20151115Lucie Skeaping is joined by Deborah Roberts, director of the Brighton Early Music Festival Consort of Voices, to talk about the role of women musicians and composers in 17th-century Italian musical life. Amongst these was Chiara Margarita Cozzolani whose double-choir setting of the Vespers we'll hear today in this concert, recorded at the festival earlier this month.
EMSComposer Profile: Tobias Hume20151122Lucie Skeaping profiles the 17th-century Scottish soldier, viol player and composer Tobias Hume. With performances by Paolo Pandolfo, Les Voix Humaines, Les Basses Réunies, and others.
EMSThe Tangent Piano20151129Unlocked. Lucie Skeaping talks to the leading early keyboard player Linda Nicholson about an instrument which is seldom heard today but which was once nearly as popular as the fortepiano. Linda Nicholson is heard in recital playing the only Tangentenflügel in the UK in music by Paradisi, Wagenseil, Mozart and Haydn. Hearing this rare surviving example, it is easy to understand why composers and players of the classical period seem to have been captivated by the tangent piano's charms for nearly half a century.
The music was recorded at a concert held in the Art Workers' Guild on a Tangent piano by Friedrich Schmahl of Regensburg in 1797 and a clavichord made by Johann Adolph Hass of Hamburg in 1767.
Pietro Domenico Paradisi
Sonata in D major (1754)
Georg Christoph Wagenseil
Divertimento in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 6
Mozart
Marche funèbre del Signor Maestro Contrapunto (K. 453a)
Sonata in C major (K. 279/189d)
Giovanni Benedetto Platti (1697-1763)
Adagio movement from Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 4
Haydn
Capriccio - 'Acht Sauschneider müssen sein' (Hob. XVII/1).
EMSNorthern Lights: The Duben Collection.20151206As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, Fiona Talkington looks at some of the music found in the Düben Collection, currently held at Uppsala University. It was originally collected by the Swedish composer Gustaf Düben, and includes many of the only surviving copies of manuscripts by Buxtehude.

EMSAnna Maria Friman Of Trio Mediaeval20151213Swedish singer Anna Maria Friman talks to Fiona Talkington about her work with Trio Mediaeval and as a soloist, with Christmas music from Norway, Sweden and Iceland.
EMSBach, On This Day20151227Lucie Skeaping introduces music written for this day by J.S. Bach - music composed for the 27th December, the Third Day of Christmas and the First Sunday after Christmas - including the six-voice Santus composed for the Christmas service in 1724, during second year of Bach's tenure in Leipzig, which eventually became part of the B minor Mass; music from the Christmas Oratorio; and Cantatas BWV 122, Das neugeborne Kindelein (The new-born little babe), and BWV 133, Ich freue mich in dir (I find my joy in thee).
EMSEchoes Of The Past In The Present20160103Stevie Wishart presents a special New Year New Music programme. She takes a look at how early music resonates through the contemporary music of our time as "Echoes of the Past in the Present". Stevie features her own performances and compositions as well as music by early music exponents such as Garth Knox and Philippe Malfeyt and performances by Voice, St Catharine's Girls' Choir Cambridge and the ensemble, Tied and Nycklet.
EMSComposer Portrait: Firminus Caron20160124Little is known about the 15th Century French composer Firminus Caron - even his date of birth and first name are in doubt. The Huelgas Ensemble performs a selection of his choral music, in a recording made at the 2015 Wallonie Festival in Namur.
EMSFolk Connections In Early Music20160131For Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, Lucie Skeaping explores the influence of folk music on performance of early music, and plays examples by Jordi Savall, The Harp Consort, City Waites, Concerto Caledonia and others.
EMSFrancesco Scarlatti20160207Lucie Skeaping explores the life and music of the lesser-known Scarlatti: Francesco - brother of Alessandro and uncle of Domenico, who spent much of his later career in Dublin.
EMSVenus And Adonis20160214Hannah French presents a performance of John Blow's Venus and Adonis for Valentine's Day. The earliest surviving English opera, which served as the model for Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, was written for the court of King Charles II in 1683 and subtitled "A masque for the entertainment of the king". An early manuscript records that the king's former mistress Moll Davies sang the part of Venus, and their illegitimate ten year old daughter Lady Mary Tudor took the part of Cupid. In today's performance recorded last year at the Rennie Mackintosh Church in Glasgow, Mhairi Lawson is Venus, Matthew Brook Adonis, and Jessica Leary Cupid. The Dunedin Consort is conducted by John Butt.
EMSMusic In 18th-century Bath20160221Lucie Skeaping explores the music scene in 18th-century Bath, including works by Thomas Chilcot, William Jackson, Thomas Shaw, John Banister and the Linleys, father and son.
Thomas Linley the Elder: Fly to my aid, O mighty Love (Invocation)
Invocation
Timothy Roberts (director)
John Banister: Music att the Bath (excerpts)
The Parley of Instruments
Peter Holman (director)
Thomas Chilcot: Aria; Minuet (from Suite in G minor)
Ruth Dyson (harpsichord)
Thomas Linley the Elder: The lark sings high in the cornfield
Emma Kirkby (soprano), Timothy Roberts (harpsichord)
William Jackson: Love in thine eyes for ever plays
William Jackson: Could he whom my dissembled rigour grieves
William Herschel: Sonata in D major, Op. 4. No. 4 (2nd and 3rd movts)
Timothy Roberts (harpsichord), Florian Deuter (violin)
Thomas Shaw: Violin Concerto in G major (1st movt)
Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Henry Harington: Enchanting harmonist; Ode to the memory of Italian virtuosi
Thomas Linley the Younger: Violin Sonata in A major (3rd movt)
The Locatelli Trio
Thomas Linley the Elder: In thousand thoughts of love and thee
EMSJohn Sheppard20160228No-one knows for sure the birth-date of Tudor composer John Sheppard, but it is thought to have been around 600 years ago in 1515-16. Lucie Skeaping is joined by singer and musicologist Sally Dunkley to explore the life and work of one of England's finest composers, with performances by The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, the Gabrieli Consort, The Clerkes of Oxenford and the Choir of Westminster Abbey.
John Sheppard: Libera nos I
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (director)
John Sheppard: Verbum caro (excerpt)
The Clerkes of Oxenford
David Wulstan (director)
John Sheppard: The Lord's Prayer
Stile Antico
John Sheppard: Magnificat (from Second Service)
The Choir of Westminster Abbey
James O'Donnell (director)
John Sheppard: Agnus Dei (from Missa Cantate)
Gabrieli Consort
Paul McCreesh (director)
John Sheppard: Libera nos II
John Sheppard: Media vita
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips (director).

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