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Clubs: Bridport Recorded Music Society
10:07am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Our first full programme of the season was presented by Jean Filby, who filled her selection with composers with the initial letter ‘G’.
She began with ‘Bess, You is my Woman Now’ from Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ with violin accompanied by piano. This was followed by Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta ‘The Gondoliers’, with the song ‘Take a pair of sparkling eyes’.
Next was an excerpt from the full score of the ‘Bacchanale of Autumn’ from Aleaxnder Glazunov’s ballet ‘The Seasons’.
Mikhail Glinka wrote the opera ‘Ruslan & Ludmilla’, from which we heard the overture. Christopher Gluck’s opera ‘Orfeo ed Eurudice’ was composed in 1762 and the popular flute solo ‘The Dance of the Blessed Spirits’, depicting the Elysian Fields, was the next offering.
Jean’s next selection was the soprano aria ‘La mamma morta’ from the opera Andrew Cheniev written by Umberto Giordana. A classical tune from the world of movies, “633 Squadron”, by Ron Goodwin, played by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra was followed by Howard Goodall’s arrangement of Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ sung by Alfie Boe completed the first half.
After the interval the programme continued with a piano solo ‘The lover and the nightingale’ from a suite of ballades “Goyescas” composed by Enrique Granados. This was followed by the ‘Violin Concerto of 1987’ written by Philip Glass. We returned to opera with Charles Gounod’s ‘Romeo and Juliette’ with the tenors expressing their feeling in ‘L’amour, l’amour’ The Australian pianist Percy Grainger wrote a lot of keyboard music and Jean chose ‘Country gardens’.
This was contrasted by a solemn Gregorian chant ‘Salve Festa Dies’ which brought us to our final item, which was ‘Morning’ from Greig’s Peer Gynt.
Contact Raymond Hatton on 01308 458489 for more information about the group.