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Sacred Music

Series 1

Episode 2: Palestrina and the Popes

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Russell Beale explores Western sacred music. He uncovers links between the papal intrigues of Renaissance Rome and the work of composer Palestrina. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 1

An Easter Celebration

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Russell Beale presents a special concert for Easter from LSO St Luke's in London, performed by the award-winning choir The Sixteen. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 1

Episode 3: Tallis, Byrd and the Tudors

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Russell Beale explores Western sacred music. He looks at the works of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, part of the Renaissance in Tudor England. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 1

Episode 4: Bach and the Lutheran Legacy

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Russell Beale explores Western sacred music. He looks at how Martin Luther, himself a composer, had a profound effect on its development. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 2

Episode 1: Brahms and Bruckner

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Simon Russell Beale travels to Germany and Austria to explore the work of Brahms and Bruckner. He discovers how Bruckner approached music as a devout Catholic. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 2

Episode 2: Faure and Poulenc

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Simon Russell Beale travels through France to explore the story behind Faure's Requiem and discovers how it laid the foundations for a distinctively French style. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 2

Episode 3: Gorecki and Part

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Simon Russell Beale visits Poland and Estonia to discover why the music of the spiritual composers Gorecki and Part strikes such a chord in today's hectic world. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 2

Episode 4: Searching Out the Sacred

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Simon Russell Beale returns to the UK to explore how three different approaches to Christian music have captured the spiritual imagination of the nation. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 1

Episode 1: The Gothic Revolution

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. He begins at Notre Dame in Paris, where he finds the key to the development of polyphony. Show more