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A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

66-opera
After the French Revolution
Joan Alexander (soprano)
Richard Lewis (tenor)
Fisher Morgan (baritone)
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, David McCallum )
Conductor:
Sir Thomas Beecham , Bt.
Introduced by Alec Robertson
Including music by Cherubini, Lesueur, Mehul, Spontini, and Boieldieu
The operatic taste of early nineteenth-century Paris had decided leanings towards the more exotic and melodramatic elements both of music and libretto. Orchestras, especially in their percussion sections, began to show signs of rapid growth, and nothing was spared in the effort to make tonal effects correspond as precisely as possible to the supposed milieu of the opera. Hence the piccolo and percussion in Fernando Cortez , and the prevalence of harps in some of the pseudo-bardic operas of Lesueur and Méhul. Astonishing demands were sometimes made on the singers, as in the aria Mehul wrote for a coloratura soprano who was also a contralto — but this will not be Heard tonight.
Denis Stevens
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham Series presented by Basil Lam
12-Popular Music of the Renaissance
Editor, J. A. Westrup
Pro Musica Antiqua Ensemble
(Director, Safford Cape )
Programme introduced by Alec Robertson
(The music has been recorded)
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
1-The Oldest Surviving
Secular Music
Editor, J. A. Westrup
Marjorie Avis (soprano)
Max Meill (tenor)
Programme introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
Series presented by Basil Lam
22-The Lute Air
Editor, J. A. Westrup Rene Soames (tenor)
Frederick Fuller (baritone)
Diana Poulton (lute)
Introduced by Scott Goddard
(The music has been recorded)
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
51-The Orchestra in the Seventeenth Century
Editor, J. A. Westrup
A section of the London Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, George Stratton )
Diana Poulton (lute)
Thurston Dart (harpsichord)
Conducted by Walter Goehr
Introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
50-Oratorio in England
Editor, J. A. Westrup
Margaret Ritchie (soprano)
Elsie Morison (soprano)
Alfred Deller (counter-tenor)
George Armitage (tenor)
Norman Walker (bass)
BBC Chorus
Thurston Dart (harpsichord)
Ralph Downes (organ)
A section of the London Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, George Stratton )
Conducted by Cyril Gell
Introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
Series presented by Basil Lam
8-Liturgical Drama and Carols
Editor, J. A. Westrup
Choir of Brompton Oratory
' under the direction of Henry Washington
Programme introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General Editor, Gerald Abraham
33-English Opera in the Seventeenth Century
Editor, J. A. Westrup
Ceinwen Rowlands (soprano)
Sidney Horwood (alto)
Rene Soames (tenor)
Trevor Anthony (bass)
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master. Leslie Woodgate )
John Wills (harpsichord) The Boyd Neel Orchestra
(Leader. Maurice Clare )
Conducted by Anthony Lewis
Introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
34-The Beginnings of German Opera
Editor, J. A. Westrup
Ena Mitchell (soprano)
Alfred Deller (counter-tenor)
Eric Greene (tenor) Scott Joynt (bass)
John Wills (harpsichord) The Boyd Neel Orchestra (Led by Emanuel Hurwitz ) Conducted by Edric Cundell
Introduced by Christopher Pemberton
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
40-Baroque Ornamentation in vocal and instrumental music
Editor, Basil Lam
Margaret Ritchie , (soprano)
Alfred Deller (counter-tenor)
BBC Singers
Conductor, Leslie Woodgate
Frederick Grinke (violin)
George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
Series presented by Basil Lam
7-Fourteenth-Century Italian Forms
Editor, J. A. Westrup
London Madrigal Group
(Conductor, T. B. Lawrence )
Instrumental Ensemble
Programme introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
36-Solo Song. 1630-1750
Editor, J. A. Westrup
Elsie Suddaby (soprano)
Margaret Ritchie (soprano)
René Soames (tenor)
Norman Walker (bass) .
Bernard Richards (cello) John Wills (harpsichord)
Introduced by Christopher Pemberton
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor,
Gerald Abraham
52-The Baroque Orchestra
Editor, J. A. Westrup
A Chamber Orchestra
(Led by Emanuel Hurwitz )
Basil Lam (harpsichord)
Conducted by Arnold Goldsbrough
Introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor. Gerald Abraham
28-Early Italian Oratorio
Editor, J. A. Westrup
Ena Mitchell (soprano) Mary Jarred (contralto) William Herbert (tenor) Harold Child (baritone) Trevor Anthony (bass)
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
Michael Howard (organ) The Boyd Neel Orchestra
(Leader, Maurice Clare )
Conducted by Walter Goehr
Introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor. Gerald Abraham
27-Monteverdi and his Contemporaries
Editor, J. A. Westrup
Margaret Field-Hyde (soprano)
Ceinwen Rowlands (soprano)
René Soames (tenor)
Norman Walker (bass)
BBC Singers
Diana Poulton (lute)
Ambrose Gauntlett (viola da gamba)
Dolmetsch Recorder Consort
John Wills (harpsichord)
Ralph Downes (organ)
Jacques String Orchestra
(Leader, Ruth Pearl )
Conducted by Arnold Goldsbrough
Introduced by Alec Robertson
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
The Oldest Surviving Music
Introduced by Alec Robertson
(Recordings)
This is the first of a weekly series of programmes, the first twelve of which are a resume of those broadcast last year
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
5-The Music of the Netherlands School
Introduced by Alec Robertson
(s)
A weekly series of programmes, the first twelve of which are a resume of those broadcast last year
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
4-Early English Music to Dunstable
Introduced by Alec Robertson
(s)
A weekly series of programmes, the first twelve of which are a résumé of those broadcast last year
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
6-English Church Music
(1450-1630)
Introduced by Alec Robertson
(s)
A weekly series- of programmes, the first twelve of which are a résumé of those broadcast last year
Third Programme

A HISTORY IN SOUND OF EUROPEAN MUSIC

General editor, Gerald Abraham
3—Fourteenth-Century Music
Introduced by Alec Robertson
(s)
A weekly series of programmes, the first twelve of which are a resume of those broadcast last year






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