These days, we associate the traditional English folk tune "Greensleeves" with the Christmas carol "What Child is This?" The original ballad was dedicated to a very different subject, however: the notoriously promiscuous character "Lady Green Sleeves." We hear varying versions of this famous 16th century ditty from Hesperion XXI, the Boston Pops, and the 40 cellists of the LSO, RPO, BBC, and Philharmonia Orchestras.
Also featured Tonight:
Ernest Bloch / "Suite modal"
Maurice Ravel / "Le tombeau de Couperin"
Francois Couperin / Concert Royal No. 2 in D
Benjamin Britten / "A Ceremony of Carols," Op. 28
Philip Glass / "Akhnaten": Excerpts