The Chorus in the Opera House

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Autumn in the Airs

Autumn in the Airs

Together in Song

The leaves turn, the days grow shorter, and the harvest is in. Nostalgia ... and thanksgiving fills the heart. Fall is upon us … so it’s time for Autumn in the Airs.

Kings and Queens

Kings and Queens

Together in Song

On the program:

Edward Elgar - Coronation Ode, Op. 44: VI. Finale: Land of Hope and Glory
Anne Collins, mezzo-soprano; Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus; Alexander Gibson, conductor

Henry Purcell - Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary: I. Man Hath But a Short Time to Live; III. Thou Knowest, Lord
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Franz Joseph Haydn - Te Deum in C major, H23c No.1
Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

George Frideric Handel - Zadok the Priest
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Hubert Hastings Parry - I was Glad
The Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace and The London Chamber Orchestra; Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

John Rutter - This is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made
The Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace and The London Chamber Orchestra; Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Mass in C, K. 317: Gloria and Credo
Edith Mathis, soprano; Jadwiga Rappe, contralto; Hans Peter Blochwitz, tenor; Thomas Quasthoff, bass; Leipzig Radio Choir; Dresden State Orchestra; Peter Schreier, conductor

Michel-Richard de Lalande - Te Deum laudamus (selections)
Ex Cathedra; Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor

A Different Strummer

A Different Strummer

Together in Song

On this episode, singing to the beat of a different ... strummer. It's choral music with accompaniment that's picked, strummed, or plucked, featuring songs from thirteenth-century monks to modern American master Libby Larsen, along with harp-fueled hymns from the ancient Sanskrit Rigveda set by Gustav Holst.

Sweet Sounds for the New Year

Sweet Sounds for the New Year

Together in Song

On the program:

Traditional - The Shofar Call

     Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall

Edward Elgar - The Dawns, from The Apostles, Op. 49
     Halle Orchestra and Chorus, Mark Elder

Georg Frideric Handel - Saul, HWV 53: Act II, Chorus Oh fatal consequence
     RIAS Kammerchor/Concerto Koln/Rene Jacobs

Joseph Dreschler - Halleluyah
     Zamir Chorale of Boston

Louis Lewandowski - Halleluyah
     Zamir Chorale of Boston

Traditional Sephardic - Los bilbilikos (The Nightingales)
     Lika Eshkenazi

Traditional Sephardic - Los bilbilikos (The Nightingales)
     Kol Sephardic Choir

Traditional, arr. Jordi Savall - Durme, hermoza donzella; Ghazal
     Monserrat Figueras, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall

Traditional - Call of the Shofar
     Cindy Paley

Alexander Olshanetsky - Adonai z'kharanu
     New London Children's Chorus, Robert Corp

Salomone Rossi - Keter
     Daedelus, Robert Festa

Geoffrey Shisler - Rachamana
     The Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir

Leonard Bernstein - Yigdal
     Rochester Singers, Samuel Adler

Lukas Foss - Adon Olam
     Laudibus, Michael Brewer
 
Traditional - Kol Nidre
     Hebreo Men's Chorus of Mexico City

Traditional Sephardic, arr. Joshua Jacobson - El Nora Alilah
     Zamir Chorale of Boston

(image of shofar at Yad Ben Zvi via Wikimedia Commons)

The Chorus in the Opera House

The Chorus in the Opera House

Together in Song

Learn about the Chorus at the Opera House, featuring some great choral moments from Monteverdi all the way to the “Moonrise Kingdom” music of Benjamin Britten.

"I Have a Dream"

"I Have a Dream"

Together in Song

 In this special edition of Together in Song, we’ll mark the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s landmark speech on the Washington Mall.


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You’ll find all kinds of characters in the opera house…the Prima Donna diva, the heroic tenor, the menacing bad-guy bass. But what about the peasants, prisoners, orphans, soldiers and slaves? That’s where you’ll find the chorus members. And those poorly lit, scruffily-costumed, and usually unnamed characters create some of the most magical music that’s ever graced the stage.

This time, it’s the Chorus…at the Opera House, featuring some great choral moments from Monteverdi all the way to the “Moonrise Kingdom” music of Benjamin Britten.

(Photo: Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus)

On the Program

Claudio Monteverdi
   L'Orfeo: Choruses from Act I: "Lasciate i Monti," "Vienni Imeno & "Ecco Orfeo"
Le Concert d'Astree; European Voices, Emmanuelle Haim

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
   "Basse Selem Lebe Lang" (Janissary Chorus) from The Abductoin from the Seraglio
Vienne State Opera Choir; Vienna Philharmonic, Josef Krips

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
   "Bella vita militar" from Cosi Fan Tutte
London Voices; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, George Solti

Charles Gounod
   "Gloire immortelle de nos aieux" (Soldier's Chorus) from Faust
Choir and Orchestra of the National Capitol of Toulouse, Michel Plasson

Georges Bizet
   "Avec la garde montant" from Carmen
Petit Chanteurs de Versailles, French National Radio & TV Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Ludwig van Beethoven
   "O welche Lust" (Prisoner's Chorus) from Fidelio
Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Giuseppe Verdi
   "Va Pensiero" (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco
Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti

Carl Maria von Weber
   "Was gleicht wahl auf Erden" (Huntsmen's Chorus) from Der Freischuetz
Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Bernard Haitink

Alfred Lortzing
   "Seht dort den muntern Jaeger" from Der Wildschuetz
Bavarian State Oper and Chorus, Robert Heger

Richard Wagner
   "Steuermann, lass die Wacht" (Sailors' Chorus) from The Flying Dutchman
Vienna State Opera Choir; Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

Richard Wagner
   "Summ' und brumm'" (Spinning Chorus) from The Flying Dutchman
Vienna State Opera Choir; Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

Richard Wagner
   "Treulich gefuerht" (Bridal Chorus) from Lohengrin
Deutsch Oper Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

Benjamin Britten
   "The Spacious Firmament on High" from Noye's Fludde
Schools from Salisbury and Chester, Coull String Quartet, Endymion Ensemble, Richard Hickox

Giacomo Puccini
   Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly
Choir and Orchestra of the Rome Opera, John Barbirolli


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