There didn't seem to be any global unifying theme for today's program. However, in the closing hour, there was a fair amount of poking fun at the Last Night of the BBC Promenade Concerts:
The Last Night is the most overrated event of the musical calendar. It's awful (although this year there's a new work which should confuse the partygoers) with people waving Union flags and letting off klaxons. It's one of those institutions which cannot be changed under pain of something-really-nasty as one conductor found a few years ago when he tried to drop "Land of Hope and Glory" and "Rule, Britannia" from the programme. It's much better to go to the real concerts.
--Disenchanted UK Music Lover
The abovementioned "Jerusalem" is a setting of a poem by the unconventional poet/artist William Blake. More musical settings of Blake's poetry will be featured in future editions of Mixed Up Class.
We also continue with music of Henry Purcell (1659-1695) in this 300th anniversary year of Purcell's death.
Michael Gordon: Yo Shakespeare (CD: Terminal Velocity) (Icebreaker) Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C ("Waldstein") (CD: Beethoven Sonatas (Richard Goode) Opp. 53, 54, 57) Serge Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in (CD: Prokofiev: D, Op. 94a Violin Sonatas) (Shlomo Mintz, violin; Yefim Bronfman, piano) Thomas Arne: Rule Brittania (CD: Music for the (Sarah Walker; Royal Philharmonic Last Night of Proms) Orchestra; Sir Charles Groves) Henry Purcell: Te Deum (Z. 232) (CD: Purcell: (Choir of Christ Church Cathedral; Choral Works) The English Concert; Simon Preston) Henry Purcell: Songs of Henry Purcell (CD: Ohhh ... Henry!) Man is for the woman made A Mad Song (Beneath a poplar) Musick for awhile Hornpipe (Susan Rode Morris, soprano; Phebe Craig, Harpsichord) Ian Partridge, tenor; Jakob Lindberg, lute (CD: It fell on John Dowland: Sweet, stay awhile, why will you rise a summer's day) Dowland: Fine knacks for ladies Thomas Campion: Come, you pretty false-eyed wanton Jesu Cristes milde moder (CD: The Lily (Anonymous 4) & The Lamb) William Mathias: As truly as God is our Father (CD: William (Christ Church Cathedral Choir; Mathias: Church Stephen Darlington) and Choral Music) Sir John Goss: Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven (CD: Coronation (Choir of St. Paul's Anthems & Hymns) Cathedral; Barry Rose) Purcell: Trumpet Tune from "King Arthur" (CD: Coronation (Christopher Dearnley, organ) Anthems & Hymns) Sir Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March in D (CD: Music for the (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Last Night of Proms) & Chorus; Sir Charles Groves) Sir Arthur Bliss: Jubilant Fanfare (CD: Coronation Anthems & Hymns) C. H. H. Parry: I was glad (CD: Coronation (Choir of St. Paul's Anthems & Hymns) Cathedral; Barry Rose) Parry: Jerusalem (CD: Music for the (Sarah Walker; Royal Philharmonic Last Night of Proms) Orchestra & Chorus; Sir Charles Groves) Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonata IV in D (CD: Biber: (Sanssouci-Ensemble Hamburg) Sonaten 1681 (II)) Annbjørg Lien: The Water Lily (CD: Felefeber (Norweigian Fiddle Music))
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