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Composer: Praetorius, Michael (1571-1621)

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Year of birth1571
Year of death1621
NationalityUnknown
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LondonThe Gesulado Six - There is no rose

Traditional, Praetorius, Harvey, Traditional German, Park, Tallis, Frances-Hoad, Byrd, Taverner, Pärt, Handl, Gabrieli, Rathbone
Owain Park; The Gesualdo Six

LondonThe Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor

Byrd, Traditional, Wise, Weelkes, Gibbons, Brahms, Schein, Praetorius, Goldschmidt, Stainer, Berkeley, Verdi, Pärt
James Vivian; Unknown; Luke Bond
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Guardian Angel: Rachel Podger and VOCES8

Rachel Podger © Theresa Pewal
Angels abound as Rachel Podger joins with VOCES8 for a collaborative exploration built around music from her Guardian Angel album.
****1
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Collegium Vocale Gent in Amsterdam

Collegium Vocale Gent Choir and Orchestra © Richard Termine
Philip Herreweghe directs Schütz' Psalmen Davids with Collegium Vocale Gent at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, in a performance of sustained power and feeling.
****1
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Guitarist John Williams gets a standing ovation at St George's Bristol

John Williams  ©  Kathy Panama
On entering St George’s Bristol, we were given a sheet of paper with a biography and the names of a handful of composers – the programme hadn’t been announced beforehand, and was only revealed during the concert by John Williams himself. He introduced each piece with a little context, varying from a piece’s personal relevance, to its historical background.
****1
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Vivamus impress with Britten and Whitacre at Brandenburg Choral Festival

Vivamus
After the overload of concerts and carol singing around Christmas, most choirs have a well-deserved break before starting for another year, but not Vivamus. This young London-based choir entered 2013 in style with a candlelit concert for Epiphany.
****1
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A puppet little match girl passion at Spitalfields Winter Festival

Spitalfields Music Winter Festival: The Little Match Girl Passion  ©  Matthew Robins
December in London doesn’t just mean wall-to-wall carol singing and the Messiah. It also means Spitalfields Music Winter Festival, which can be relied upon to programme something novel for the festive season while still not skimping on the mince pies.
***11
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