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0120060123Donald Macleod looks at the music and lives of two English composers who were household names in their day.
Arne: Which Is the Properest Day to Drink
The Deller Consort
Arne: Songs from Comus - Fames an Echo and Not on Beds of Adding Flow'rs
Julianne Baird (soprano)
Colin Tilney (harpsichord)
Alison Mackay (viola da gamba)
Arne: Sonata No 3 in G for the harpsichord
Trevor Pinnock
Boyce: Trio Sonata No 8 in E flat
Collegium musicum 90
Simon Standage, Micaela Comberti (violin)
Jane Coe (cello)
Nicholas Parle (harpsichord)
Arne: Frolic and Free
Richard Morton (tenor)
The Parley of Instruments
Boyce: Coronation Anthems
The Choir of New College Oxford
The Academy of Ancient Music
Edward Higginbottom (director).
0220060124Thomas Arne and William Boyce were both Londoners and both musicians, but there the similarity ends. Donald Macleod discovers the two men could hardly have been more different in terms of background and character.
Arne: Where the Bee Sucks; Under the Greenwood Tree; Come Away Death.
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Members of the King's Consort Orchestra
Robert King (director)
Arne: Rise Glory Rise from Rosamond
Emma Kirkby
The Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (director)
Arne: Ataxerxes
Arbaces....Patricia Spence
Mandane....Catherine Bott
The Parley of Instruments
Roy Goodman (conductor)
Boyce: Ode for St Cecilia's Day
Patrick Burrowes (boy soprano)
William Purefoy, Joseph Ward (alto)
Richard Edgar Wilson, James Baileys (tenor)
Michael George, John Hill (bass)
Choir of New College Oxford and the Hanover Band
Graham Lea Cox (conductor).
William Boyce (1711-1779) and Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
2/5. Thomas Arne and William Boyce were both Londoners and both musicians, but there the similarity ends. Donald Macleod discovers the two men could hardly have been more different in terms of background and character.
0320060125Donald Macleod finds our two composers set in a musical duel.
Boyce: The Dirge from Romeo and Juliet
Julia Gooding, Philippa Hyde (soprano)
Joseph Cornwell, Christopher Lemmings (tenor)
Timothy Kenworth (counter tenor)
Andrew Dale-Forbes, Michael Bundy (bass)
Peter Holman (director)
Arne: Sally and the Sailor
Hazel Holt (soprano)
Jean Temperley (mezzo)
Paul Taylor, Philip Langridge (tenor)
Boyce: Solomon Part 3
Bronwen Mills (soprano)
Howard Crook (tenor)
Choir and Orchestra of The Parley of Instruments
Arne: Overture No 8
The Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (director).
0420060126Donald Macleod discovers why our two English composers received their doctorates; and we hear a recording of three choruses from the rarely heard oratorio, Judith, by Dr Arne.
Boyce: Here All Thy Active Fires Diffuse overture
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Raymond Leppard (conductor)
Arne: Choruses from the oratorio - Judith
BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales
Edward Gardner (conductor)
Boyce: Symphony No 8
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Arne: Organ Concerto No 6 in B flat
Jean Guillou (organ)
Berlin Brandenburg Orchestra
René Klopfenstein (conductor).
05 LAST20060127William Boyce is probably remembered most for Cathedral Music, a three-volume compendium of British liturgical music. Thomas Arne is definitely remembered most for Rule Britannia. Donald Macleod tells us about both of these works.
Boyce: John Cooper
The Deller Consort
Boyce: Oh Where Shall Wisdom Be Found
The Choir of New College Oxford
Edward Higginbottom (director)
Gary Cooper (organist)
Boyce: Symphony No 4 in F
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor)
Arne: The Masque of Alfred, Acts 1 and 3
Jennifer Smith, Christine Brandes (soprano)
Jamie MacDougall (tenor)
David Daniels (counter tenor)

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