What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, August 10, 2014
Date: August 9, 2014
Location: North Carolina, USA
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - August 10, 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
Sir John Goss: O Saviour of the World
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London, John Scott
Andrew Lucas, organ
Herbert Howells: O pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, John Sanders
Mark Blatchly, organ
Louis Vierne: Epitaph
Simon Lindley, organ
These first three pieces express my very personal wish that all the warfare
we are seeing in the world today would cease. Would that we all could live in
peace and harmony. Music has a way of expressing what cannot easily be said
in mere words. As Saint Augustine put it, “Qui bene cantat bis orat“ (He who sings
Francis Jackson: Word made flesh
Choir of York Minster, Philip Moore
John Scott Whitely, organ
Zoltan Kodaly: Psalm 114
Brighton Festival Chorus, Laszlo Heltay
Elizabeth Gale, soprano; Sally Le Sage, soprano;
Hannah Francis, soprano; Alfred Hodgson,
contralto; Ian Caley, tenor; Michael Rippon, bass;
Gillian Weir, organ
C.P.E. Bach: Fugue on B-A-C-H
Heinrich Hamm, organ
The c1741 Gabler organ in The Basilica of Weingarten
Dr. Francis Jackson (1917-) was organist of York Minster for thirty-six years.
Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) was a Hungarian composer and educator. His Kodaly
Method is highly regarded. Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach (1744-1788) was the godson
Morten Lauridsen: Ave Maria
Polyphony, Stephen Layton
Dan Locklair: Pater noster (Our Father)
Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, Rodney Wynkoop
Charles-Marie Widor: 3rd mvt (Allegro) ~ Symphonie Gothique (No.
9) in C minor, Op. 70, Ben van Oosten, organ
The Cavaille-Coll organ in the church of Saint-Ouen, Rouen
Morten Johannes Lauridsen (1943-) was born in Colfax, Washington,. He was
a Forest Service firefighter before becoming a composer. Dan Locklair (1949-) is
Composer-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The distinguished French organ builder Aristide Cavaille-Col incorporated the architecture
of older French organs into his grand vision of a symphonic organ.
from the Los Huelgas Codex, c. 1300: Kyrie: Rex virginum amator ~ Mass
James MacMillan: A Child's Prayer
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Martin Baker
Margaret Vardell Sandresky
Agnus Dei ~ L'homme arme Organ Mass
Frances Nobert, organ
The Los Huelgas Codex was discovered in the Cistercian convent of Santa María
la Real de Los Huelgas in Burgos, Spain in 1904. It dates from the 14th century.
Scottish composer James MacMillan wrote his “A Child’s Prayer” in memory of the
fifteen children who died in the Dunblane School Massacre of March 1996. You can read
a more detailed account of the music here. Margaret Vardell Sandresky (1921-) attended
Salem Academy and Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 178, "Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns halt"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Matthew White, alto;
Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
The German translates as "If God the Lord is not with us". Simon Crouch has written a fine commentary
about this cantata.
Peter I. Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best
Tchaikovsky’s setting of the ancient chants of the Russian orthodox is simple and
straightforward. The composer opens a window into an unknown world of music
and liturgy so that you and I can experience it.
Leo Sowerby: Forsaken of Man
William Ferris Chorale, William Ferris
Thomas Weisflog, organ
Leo Sowerby (1895-1968) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His cantata “Forsaken
of Man” is based on the Passion of Christ. It uses texts by Edward Borgers and the Gospels.