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On this Palm Sunday evening, Catherine poses the question: why is this moment in the Christian calendar so significant for classical music?
It's Palm Sunday and Catherine Bott poses the question: why is this moment in the Christian calendar so significant for classical music?
One idea for tonight's show came from listener Laurie-an d’Alderley who wrote, 'I have a question for you. It was universally accepted that Mozart wrote down Allegri's Miserere after listening to it once, not while perched in the pews but when he got home. However, I heard Mr. Suchet announce this has been debunked by Mozart scholars. Is this true? If so, what's the real story? '
Well, as you'll find out tonight, the famous story is almost certainly apocryphal. Find out the truth from Catherine.
Also tonight, some of the other great pieces composed for Easter and Passiontide, including Bach's Easter Oratorio, Wagner's Good Friday Music, Three Lamentations for Holy Saturday by Lassus, 'Easter' from Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, and film music from Alfred Newman written for The Greatest Story Ever Told.