What's on Great Sacred Music, July 27, 2014
Date: July 26, 2014
Location: North Carolina, USA
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - July 27, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Johann Stamitz: Motetto de Venerabili Sacramento
Alsfelder Vocal Ensemble; Bremen Baroque Orchestra
Monika Frimmer, soprano
Anonymous: O Love, how deep, how broad, how high
Choirs of Saint Paul's Parish, K Street; Washington Symphonic Brass, Jeffrey Smith
Bruce Neswick, organ
Johann Pachelbel: Prelude in D minor
Marilyn Mason, organ
The Fisk "Marilyn Mason" organ at the University of Michigan, designed in honor of Dr. Mason
Johann Stamitz (1717-1757) was born in Bohemia. He perhaps best known for his symphonies
of which he wrote fifty-eight. The Episcopal Parish of Saint Paul, K Street, Washington DC has
enjoyed a vibrant music program from its inception in the 1860s. Dr. Marilyn Mason is Professor
of Organ at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has been teaching there for over 60 years.
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Psalm 112, "Laudate pueri Dominum"
Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
Thomas A. Dorsey: Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Chor Leoni Men's Choir, Diane Loomer
Thomas Tomkins: Voluntary in C
Simon Preston, organ
1605 Knole organ, Knole House, Kent, England
Herve Niquet revived Le Concert Spirituel in 1987. The ensemble had stopped performing
during the revolution. "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" was Dr. Martin Luther King's favorite
hymn. Mahalia Jackson sang it at Dr. King's funeral in April 1968. Simon Preston enjoyed a
distinguished career as conductor and organist. He held posts at Westminster Abbey and
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
Anton Bruckner: Os justi
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Pie Jesu ~ Requiem
Chorus Angelicus, Paul Halley
Elena Barrett, soprano I; Emma Clune, soprano
Alexandre Guilmant: Pastorale ~ Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42
Jane Watts, organ
Harrison & Harrison organ in Westminster Abbey
The great symphonic composer Anton Bruckner also wrote some fine music for the
church. "Os Justi" is written for double choir. It takes its text from Psalm 36:30-31.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is best known for his musicals such as Phantom of the Opera,
Cats and Evita. His Requiem was premiered at St. Thomas Church, New York in 1985.
Jane Watts is an English concert organist who for many years accompanied the Bach
Choir when Sir. David Willcocks was its director.
John Rutter: This is the day
Cambridge Singers; Aurora Orchestra, John Rutter
Andre Campra: Rigaudon ~ Idomenee
Empire Brass with Michael Murray, organ
John Rutter was commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey to write
"This is the Day" for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Andre
Campra (1660-1744) is best known as an opera composer. "Rigaudon" is taken from his
opera "Idomenee" written in 1712.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 170, "Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust"
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
The German translates as "Delightful rest, beloved pleasure of the soul". This cantata is
scored for solo alto. The fifth movement is a remarkable tour deforce for both alto and
William Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
William Mundy (c. 1529–1591) was an English composer of the renaissance period.
Very little is known about him. His anthem "Vox patris caelestis" is set to a text by William Forrest.
Cesar Franck: Chorale No. 3 in A minor
Andrew Lucas, organ
The Mander organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Cesar Franck wrote three Chorales for organ. These are grand works, symphonic in style,
written towards the end of Franck's life. Charles Tournemire was of the opinion that the
third chorale in A minor was the simplest of the three.
Charles Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass
New Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir of Radio France, Georges Prêtre
Barbara Hendricks, soprano; Laurence Dale, tenor;
Jean-Philippe Lafont, bass; Jean-Louis Gil, organ
Charles Gounod (1818-1893) wrote over twelve operas and six oratorios. But like Johann
Pachelbel who is remembered solely for his Canon in D, Gounod's reputation rests on an
"Ave Maria" which he wrote based on a prelude of Johann Sebastian Bach. Gounod's St.
Cecilia Mass was first performed on St. Cecilia's Day, November 22 in 1855.
Johann Ludwig Krebs: Toccata and Fugue in E
Jacques van Oortmerssen, organ
1743 Hinsz organ at St. Nicolas Bovenkerk in Kampen, The Netherlands
Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713 – 1780) was a student of Johann Sebastian Bach.