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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, August 3, 2014

Location: North Carolina, USA
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - August 3, 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
Sir Joseph Barnby: When morning gilds the skies
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
John Rutter: To every thing there is a season
Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter
Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia: Ensalada obra de octavo tono alto
David Warren Steel, organ
Karl Wilhelm Organ, Paris-Yates Chapel, University of Mississippi
My cherished memory of the hymn "When morning guilds the skies" was watching
Dr. Paul Callaway playing it as the opening hymn for an 11 a.m. service at Washington
Cathedral. He made the organ sound like an orchestra. So exciting! John Rutter's "To
everything there is a season" can be found on his 2002 CD entitled ‘John Rutter: A Song
in Season’. This recording features the composer's music written for the various seasons of
the church's year. Karl Wilhelm (1936-) was a German and Swiss-trained organ builder who
emigrated to Quebec where he operates his own organ building firm.
Josef Haydn: Missa Brevis in F
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Academy of Ancient Music
Simon Preston
Judith Nelson, soprano; Emma Kirkby, soprano
Haydn composed this mass in 1749 when he was 17 years old.
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Ave Maria for six voices
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best
Claudio Monteverdi: Laudate pueri ~ Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Early Music, Consort of London, Dr. Philip Ledger
J.P. Sweelinck: Toccata in C
Jacques van Oortmerssen, organ
Brazilian-born Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) was both controversial and original. His music
shows influences from the indigenous peoples of Brazil to Bach. Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers
of the Blessed Virgin dates from 1610. Scholars are not certain whether the entire work was
ever performed during Monteverdi's lifetime. Sweelinck (1562-1621) was a Dutch keyboard virtuoso
and composer who was organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam for 44 years.
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov: O Gentle Light of Holy Glory
Chamber Choir "Lege Artis", Boris Abalyan
Charles Gounod: O Divine Redeemer
English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Rose
Kiri te Kanawa, soprano
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1939) was a student of Rimsky-Korsakov.  Dame Kiri Janette
Te Kanawa (1944-) is a New Zealand soprano who has enjoyed a long career in opera.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 187, "Es wartet alles auf dich"
Holland Boys' Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto;
Nico van der Meel, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
If you are familiar with the Missae Breves, you will be aware that Bach parodied the fourth
movement of this cantata in the "Gratias agimus tibi" movement of BWV 235. BWV 187 is
not heard very often. More's the pity, as it is a superb work. It was first performed in Leipzig
on August 4, 1726.
Felix Mendelssohn: Magnificat
Amadeus Choir; Wurttemberg Philharmonic, Nicol Matt
Nathalie Karl, soprano; Babara Werner, alto;
Robert Morvai, tenor; Manfred Bittner, bass
Can you guess which composer inspired Mendelssohn's 1822 setting of the Magnificat? You are
correct. Johann Sebastian Bach. Mendelssohn was thirteen years old when he created this exuberant
Libby Larsen: Veni, Creator Spiritus
Douglas Cleveland, organ
Goulding & Wood organ, Saint Meinrad Archabbey
Saint Meinrad Archabbey is a Swiss-American Congregation of the Benedictine Order which was founded
in Saint Meinrad, Indiana in 1854.
Randall Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom
Schola Cantorum of Oxford, James Burton
The Peaceable kingdom was commissioned by the League of Composers in 1935. Thompson selected
his texts from the Book of Isaiah. This composition is accessible to amateur choirs as is much of Thompson's
choral music.
Benjamin Britten: Missa Brevis, Op.63
Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, George Guest
Roger Parker, treble; Michael Pearce, counter-tenor;
Brian Runnett, organ
Britten wrote his Missa Brevis for three treble voices and organ for George Malcolm and the Choristers of
Westminster Cathedral, London. It was first performed on Trinity Sunday in 1959.
Alexandre Guilmant: Sonata No. 4 in D minor, Op. 61
Ben van Oosten, organ
Cavaille-Coll-Organ at St. Ouen, Rouen
Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) was a French organist and teacher. Marcel Dupre was perhaps his most
celebrated pupil.