William Boyce (1711-1779) And Thomas Arne (1710-1778)

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01*20060123

Donald 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).

02*20060124

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.

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.

03*20060125

Donald 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).

04* *20060126

Donald 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 LAST20060127

William 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)