Great Poets in Music online program – May 30, 2020
Stratford actors Tom McCamus and Lucy Peacock join TMC Interim Conductor David Fallis to read poetry and listen to choral settings of some of the works.
The words and music shared during the program:
There is Sweet Music, an excerpt from The Lotus-eaters by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Choral setting by Edward Elgar, performed by Utah Chamber Artists under the direction of Barlow Bradford – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPX0e9L6MEE.
Ring out, wild bells, the 106th canto of In Memoriam by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Choral setting by Jonathan Dove from The Passing of the Year, performed by Antioch Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Joshua Copeland – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fPsu7kcZ00.
A conversation between Joan and Dunois from Scene V of Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw.
Ariel’s Song – Full fathom five, from Act I, Scene ii of The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Choral setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams from Three Shakespeare Songs, performed by Somnium Ensemble under the direction of Tatu Erkkilä – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T98S9KeBpoY.
Caliban’s speech from Act III, Scene ii of The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Prospero speaks to Ferdinand and Miranda, Act IV, Scene i of The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Choral setting of The Cloud-capp’d towers from Three Shakespeare Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by The Cambridge Singers under the direction of John Rutter – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS71rQo7J8E. (courtesy of Collegium Records)
Fairy song – Over hill, over dale, from Act II, Scene i of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Choral setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams from Three Shakespeare Songs, performed by Cambridge Chorale under the direction of Julian Wilkins – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfqhEU7HyNM.
Paulina reveals Hermione’s statue to Leontes, from Act V, Scene iii of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare.
Ring the bells that still can ring, by Leonard Cohen.
Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen sung by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir under the direction of Hana Cai – https://youtu.be/DweVGzYN91U.
Lorenzo speaks of music to Jessica, from Act V, Scene i of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré sung by Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with musicians from the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rivard, artistic direction.