November 21, 1994 is the 299th anniversary of the death of Henry Purcell, widely considered the greatest English composer of the 17th century. November 22 is the feast day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. Additionally, November 22, 1913 was the birthday of Benjamin Britten, perhaps the greatest English composer of the 20th century. With a wee bit of air time, we commemorate these anniversaries.
Henry Purcell: Come, ye sons of art (CD: Odes and Welcome Sound the trumpet Songs, Vol. 8) (James Bowman, Michael Chance, countertenors; Choir of New College, Oxford; The King's Consort; Robert King) Purcell: Fill up the bowl (CD: The Fairy Queen) (David Thomas, bass; Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner) Purcell: The Fife and all the harmony of war (CD: Hail! Bright (John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Cecilia) The King's Consort; Robert King) Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the (CD: The Young Person's Orchestra (beginning) Guide to the Orchestra; (London Symphony Orchestra; Britten) London 417-509-2) Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (CD: The Young Person's (conclusion) Guide to the Orchestra; (Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway); BIS-CD-420) Neeme Jarvi) Mary Chapin Carpenter: This is love (CD: Stones in the Road)
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