Medieval/Modern Music Connections

New Sounds explores the connections between medieval and modern music with music from the British Isles and more. From the Anonymous 4 release, "Wolcum Yule: Celtic and British Songs and Carols", hear some traditional carols sung in various Celtic languages--Irish, Welsh, Cornish, and even old Scots, featuring virtuoso harp accompaniment by Andrew Lawrence-King. Plus there's a string quartet by Sir John Tavener, “The Last Sleep of the Virgin”, dedicated to the Chilingirian String Quartet and scored for almost inaudible string quartet and bells.

PROGRAM #2205 Medieval/Modern Music Connections (Friday, 10-17-03)





John Tavener


The Last Sleep Of The Virgin, excerpt [6:00]

Virgin Classics #45352** The full piece appears on Virgin Classics #45023, available for purchase at*

Anonymous 4 & Chilingirian Quartet

Darkness Into Light

Tavener: The Bridegroom, excerpt [8:00]
anon: Surge Illuminare [2:30]

Harmonia Mundi #907274***

Anonymous 4

Wolcum Yule

Tavener: The Lamb [3:00]
P. Maxwell-Davies: A Calendar of Kings [6:00]

Harmonia Mundi #907325***

Peter Maxwell Davies

Maximum Max

Farewell To Stromness [6:00]
Yesnaby Ground [2:30]

Collins Classics #14442
Out of print.

Anonymous 4 & Chilingirian Quartet

Darkness Into Light

Tavener: As One Who Has Slept [5:00]
anon: Jube Domine [4:00]

See above.

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