English Classics

Today’s pro­gramme con­sists of Eng­lish clas­si­cal music, from the Baroque peri­od to the 20th cen­tu­ry.

Sev­er­al of the pieces will be famil­iar to many lis­ten­ers, but the pro­gramme also includes a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of less­er-known works, many of which real­ly deserve greater expo­sure. In par­tic­u­lar, lis­ten out for a set of won­der­ful Vic­to­ri­an con­cert over­tures played by the Eng­lish North­ern Phil­har­mo­nia under the baton of David Lloyd-Jones, includ­ing Mackenzie’s Bri­tan­nia ‘A Nau­ti­cal Over­ture’ — which starts and ends with a cadence that pre-echoes the “five tones” from Close Encoun­ters! There are also some won­der­ful pieces by Par­ry that deserve to be bet­ter-known, and I’ve thrown in a not-quite-so-clas­si­cal album of songs about Lon­don from Cather­ine Bott, fea­tur­ing a series of impres­sive live per­for­mances.

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic (19:00 or 03:00 in the UK) for the lat­est in our land­mark radio dra­ma series The Black Mass (see sep­a­rate list­ing).

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

Pho­to­graph: Eng­lish Coun­try Lane by cdavis 

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