Great Choral Works


AO301Mendelssohn: Elijah20140915Penny Gore presents a performance of Mendelssohn's great oratorio, Elijah at the start of a week of Afternoon on 3 devoted to great choral works. The performance was recorded at the Gothic Basilica of Saint-Denis to the north of Paris, the burial place of many French kings.

Written for performance in Birmingham in 1846, Mendelssohn's Elijah, with its vivid depictions of the bringing of rain to parched Israel through Elijah's prayers and the bodily ascension of Elijah on a fiery chariot into heaven and especially the contest of the gods, in which Jehovah consumes an offered sacrifice in a column of fire after a failed sequence of frantic prayers by the prophets of the god Baal, soon became one of the most popular oratorios of the Victorian age.

Mendelssohn: Elias

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Christianne Stotijn (contralto)

Rainer Trost (tenor)

Michael Nagy (bass-baritone)

Armand Sztykgold (boy soprano) (soloist from the Radio France Children's Chorus)

Kareen Durand, soprano I

Barbara Vignudelli, soprano II

Laure Dugué, contralto I

Tatiana Martynova, contralto II

(from the Radio France Chorus)

Radio France Chorus, Denis Comtet (chorus master)

Orchestre National de France.

Daniele Gatti (conductor).

AO302Brahms: A German Requiem20140916Penny Gore presents a performance of Brahms' German Requiem recorded at the Beethoven Hall, Stuttgart as part of Afternoon on 3's great choral music focus this week.

Johannes Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Christina Landshamer (soprano)

Florian Boesch (bass)

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, NDR Chorus

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,

Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

(rec. Beethoven Hall, Liederhalle, Stuttgart)

Followed at c. 3.10pm by


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11

SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart

(recorded in the Rococo Theatre in Schwetzingen)

c. 3.45pm


Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 ('Jupiter')

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. Salle Pleyel, Paris).

AO303Verdi: Requiem20140917Penny Gore presents a performance of Verdi's Requiem in a performance given in February this year as part of Dresden's annual commemoration of the destruction of the city during the Second World War.


Messa da Requiem

Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano)

Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo-soprano)

Charles Castronovo (tenor)

Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Dresden State Opera Chorus

Dresden Staatskapelle

Christian Thielemann (conductor).

AO304Handel: La Resurrezione20140918Penny Gore presents a performance of Handel's early choral masterpiece given earlier this year at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels. Written in Rome and first performed on Easter Sunday 1708, La resurrezione tells the story of Christ's Passion and Resurrection in an almost operatic way: opera was banned in Rome during Lent and Holy Week but this did not stop Handel's patron, Marchese Francesco Ruspoli staging the work and even employing a female singer in the lead role - something also outlawed.


Oratorio per la Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47

Mary Magdalene - Sophie Karthäuser (soprano)

Angel - Sunhae Im (soprano)

St Mary Cleophas - Sonia Prina (contralto)

St John the Evangelist - Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)

Lucifer - Johannes Weisser (baritone)

Le Cercle de l'Harmonie

René Jacobs (conductor)

Followed at c.3.50pm by

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Concerto for Flute, Oboe d'amore and Viola d'amore in E, TWV 53:E1

Gaby Pas-Van Riet (flute)

Philippe Tondre (oboe d'amore)

Gunter Teuffel (viola d'amore)

SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart

Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)(

(rec. Rococo Theatrer, Schwetzingen)



Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 ('Paris')

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington (conductor).

AO305 LASTMessiaen, Rossini20140919Penny Gore concludes her focus this week on great choral works with Rossini's Stabat Mater. Despite the subject matter, Rossini's late masterpiece inhabits the world of the opera whilst Messiaen's early symphonic meditations, by turns sombre and ecstatic, have their roots in the organ loft. These performances, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, were recorded by French forces in the Musikverein, Vienna. And that's followed by Riccardo Muti conducting the ballet music that Verdi wrote for the Parisian performances of his Sicilian Vespers.

L'Ascension: Quatre Méditations symphoniques -

1. Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père

2. Alleluias sereins d'une âme qui désire le ciel

3. Alleluia sur la trompette, alleluia sur la cymbale

4. Prière du Christ montant vers son Père

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

then at c. 2.30pm

Ekaterina Siurina (soprano)

Béatrice Uria-Monzon (mezzo-soprano)

Yosep Kang (tenor)

Nicola Ulivieri (bass)

Choral Society of Music Friends, Vienna

Followed at: c. 3.40pm by

Giuseppe Martucci

Notturno, op. 70/1

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Riccardo Muti (conductor)

c. 3.50pm

Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), ballet music from 'I vespri siciliani'

L'inverno (Winter)

La primavera (Spring)

L'estate (Summer)

L'autunno (Autumn)