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Jane Jones hosts an English Celebration, marking both Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and St George’s Day.
Jane Jones marks a very special Shakespearean anniversary with music inspired by the great Bard's plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing.
And as it’s also St George’s Day, Jane has picked some great English music including a sparkling guitar quartet arrangement of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, which was also coincidentally based on A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Listen out also for a modern take on The Tempest in the form of Michael Nyman’s soundtrack to the Peter Greenaway film Prospero’s Books.
Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Incidental Music
Soloists: Arleen Auger, Ann Murray
Neville Marriner conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and Ambrosian Singers
Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen Suite
Take Four Guitar Quartet
William Walton: Henry V Suite
Andrew Litton conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Michael Nyman: Prospero’s Books – Cornfield
Michael Nyman conducts the Michael Nyman Band and Orchestra
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing - Concert Suite Opus 11
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria
Ralph Vaughan Williams: 3 Shakespeare Songs
Jeremy Summerly conducts the Schola Cantorum of Oxford
Nigel Hess: Shakespeare Pictures
Nigel Hess conducts the Central Band of the Royal Air Force