Performance on 3 - BBC Singers at Merton College - Part 1

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Live from Merton College, Oxford, Petroc Trelawny presents a concert of "Roman Glories" - spectacular choral music of the 16th and 17th centuries. The BBC Singers perform motets, a spectacular magnificat and a mass for double choir by three of the key figures in Roman music in the 16th and 17th centuries. Frescobaldi's mass is based on music for a famously lavish 1589 Medici wedding (which included a mock sea battle in the flooded courtyard of the Pitti Palace as only one of the month-long festivities). Radio 3 New Generation Artist Mahan Esfahani plays organ and harpsichord music derived from this celebratory mass. Palestrina: Laudate Pueri Festa: Magnificat Octavi Toni Frescobaldi: Messa Sopra L'Aria di Fiorenza Plus keyboard works by Frescobaldi and Sweelinck BBC Singers Mahan Esfahani (organ and harpsichord) Peter Phillips (conductor).