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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, July 13, 2014

Location: North Carolina, USA
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - July 13, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Psalm 130, "Out of the deep"
Cappella Amsterdam
Anton Bruckner: Christus factus est
Vienna Boys' Choir; Chorus Viennensis, Peter Marschik
Sweelinck (1562-1621) was organist of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam for most of his
life. Bruckner (1824-1896) wrote forty motets including three settings of Christus
Factus Est, the gradual for Palm Sunday.
Franz Biebl: Ave Maria
Francis Jackson: Remember for good, O Father
Choir of York Minster, Philip Moore
John Scott Whitely, organ
Marcel Dupre: Toccata on "Placare Christe servulis"
John Scott, organ
Mander organ at St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Franz Biebl (1906-2001) wrote his Ave Maria for double male chorus, specifically
for a firemen's choir. Francis Jackson (1917-) was Organist of York Minster from
1946-1982. He succeeded his teacher, Sir Edward Bairstow, in the position. John
Scott has been the Organist and Choirmaster of St. Thomas Church, New York City
since he left St. Paul's Cathedral in 2004.
Jean Mouton: Factum est silentium
Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice
Felix Mendelssohn: Psalm 98, "Singet dem Herrn", Op. 91
Chamber Choir of Europe; Wurttemberg Philharmonic, Nicol Matt
Jean Mouton (1459-1522) was a French renaissance composer of whose output over
15 masses and 100 motets survive. Mendelssohn is known more as a composer of
instrumental music as well as some large-scale oratorios. But he wrote a substantial number
of smaller choral works most of which are heard infrequently.
John Rutter: Veni Sancte Spiritus
Cambridge Singers; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Rutter
Rutter's setting of the Whitsuntide hymn "Come, Holy Ghost" shows another side to this gifted
composer's writing style. For a rather thorough review of this work see
J.S. Bach: Cantata 177, "Ich ruf zu dire, Herr Jesu Christ"
Holland Boys' Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto;
Marcel Beekman, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
This cantata was written for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity and first performed on
July 6, 1732. The opening movement sounds simple enough. It begins with a short sinfonia.
That is followed by a masterpiece of writing so typical of the middle-aged Bach. The chorale
tune sung by sopranos with oboes in unison is adorned with a finely-wrought counterpoint.
The movement concludes as it began with the sinfonia.
Hector Berlioz
Requiem (Grand Messe des morts), Op. 5
Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Charles Dutoit
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Everything about Berlioz' Grand Messe des Morts is grand. The orchestration is grandly scored
with four off-stage brass choirs, sixteen tympani, twenty woodwinds, four hundred singers and over
one hundred strings including sixteen double-basses. Berlioz thought very highly of his masterpiece
even going so far as to say that if his works were destroyed he would ask that the Requiem survive.