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Ian Skelly continues his journey around Europe for a series of specially recorded concerts to mark Holy Week. Part two includes concerts from Barcelona, Ljubljana, London and Sofia. 4pm - from the Petit Palau, Barcelona A concert centred around Spanish composer Carlos Suriñach, best known for his music for modern dance. His sacred music is heard alongside works by JC and JS Bach, Guerrero and Stanford. Guerrero: Ave Maria JC Bach: Fürchte dich nicht, motet Surinach: Via Crucis Guerrero: O crux benedicta, motet JS Bach: Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV Anh. 159, motet Stanford: Three Motets, Op.38 Natàlia Casasús (soprano) Aniol Botines (tenor) Ekaterina Zaytseva (guitar) Joan Seguí (organ) Palau de la Música Catalana Chamber Choir Simon Carrington (conductor) 5pm - From the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, Ljubljana A musical journey from darkness to light, featuring the organ music of Messiaen along with a new composition by Janez Matičič Janez Matičič: Gloria, Op 70 (première) Messiaen: Jésus accepte la souffrance (Jesus Accepts the Suffering), No. 7 from 'La Nativité du Seigneur' Messiaen: Institution de l'Eucharistie (The Institution of the Eucharist), No. 8 from 'Livre du Saint Sacrement' Messiaen: Les Ténèbres (The Darkness), No. 9 from 'Livre du Saint Sacrement' Messiaen: Combat de la mort et de la vie (The Battle of Death and Life), No. 4 from 'Le Corps glorieux' Messiaen: Offrande et alléluia final (The Offering and the Final Hallelujah), No. 18 from 'Livre du Saint Sacrement' Polona Gantar (organ) 6pm - from the Church of Holy Wisdom, Sofia A concert of Bulgarian Orthodox chants performed by the BNR Mixed Choir. Dobri Hristov: Chants for All-night Vigils: Vespers Plamen Kumpikov (bass) Boyan Vasilev (tenor) Stefani Krasteva (soprano) Dobri Hristov: Chants for All-night Vigils: Matins Stefani Krasteva (soprano) Daniela Panchevska (mezzo-soprano) BNR Mixed Choir Georgi Elenkov (conductor) 7pm - LIVE from St John's Smith Square, London The BBC Singers perform music written specifically for



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