What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, April 7, 2013
Date: April 7, 2013
Location: North Carolina, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
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Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Don Carlo Gesualdo: Ave Regina coelorum
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
Cesar Franck: Panis angelicus
Choir of St. John's, Elora, Noel Edison
Matthew Larkin, organ
Johann Speth: Toccata VI
Heinrich Hamm, organ
The c1741 Gabler organ in The Basilica of Weingarten
Our first set begins with the suave writing of one of the great Renaissance composers, Don Carlo Gesualdo. "Ave Regina coelorum translates as "Hail, Queen of Heaven". Canadian Noel Edison is conductor of the Elora Festival Singers and Toronto's historic Mendelssohn Choir founded in 1894. Johann Speth was organist of Augsberg Cathedral from 1692-94.
Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
Guildford Cathedral Choir, Andrew Millington
Peter Wright, organ
Byzantine chant: Svjete tihij
The Hilliard Ensemble
Jan Garbarek, saxophone
J.S. Bach: Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 (The "Little Fugue")
Michael Murray, organ
Gabriel Kney Organ, College of St. Thomas; St. Paul, Minnesota
Samuel Sebastian Wesley was the grandson of Charles Wesley leader of the Methodist movement in England. Ancient chant combined with a modern saxophone sounds a tad unlikely, right? Actually it is hauntingly beautiful as you will hear. American organist Michael Murray plays a lilting Bach Fugue on an organ built by a Canadian firm.
Irish traditional, arr. John Rutter: Be thou my vision
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Thelma Owen, harp
Felix Mendelssohn: Jesu, meine Freude
Chamber Choir of Europe; Wurttemberg Philharmonic, Nicol Matt
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Prelude on the Welsh Hymn-tune Rhosymedre
Gareth Green, organ
Lewis/Wood organ in Chesterfield Parish Church, England
Rutter plus a beloved Irish melody together with harp? Hard to beat! Mendelssohn shows his allegiance to the older masters in his setting of "Jesu, Joy and Treasure". The Welsh "rhosymedre" means "lovely" and is pronounced roh-SHEM-ed-ruh.
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Magnificat in C
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Traditional, arr. John Scott: Come ye faithful, raise the strain Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys with the St. Thomas Brass
Johann Pachelbel: Fantasia in G minor
Marilyn Mason, organ
The Fisk "Marilyn Mason" organ at the University of Michigan
John Scott has had a most distinguished career as choir director both at St. Paul's, London and St. Thomas Church, New York. The Fisk organ Opus 87 was built for and named in honor of Dr. Marilyn Mason who has been teaching for over 65 years.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Missa en B moll (1733 version)
Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon
French musician Raphael Pichon founded Pygmalion in 2005. The group has garnered critical acclaim for its recordings and performances of Bach's Missae Breves and B minor Mass.
Louis Vierne: Dedicase ~ Pieces de fantasies, Op. 54
Peter Richard Conte, organ
Peter Conte has been Organist of the Grand Court at Wanamkaer's, now Macy's, Center City, Philadelphia since 1989.
Luigi Cherubini: Coronation Mass
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Riccardo Muti
Maria Luigi Carlo Zenobio Salvatore Cherubini was born in Florence and died in Paris. His music enjoyed the admiration of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann.
Jean Langlais: Te Deum ~ Three Gregorian Paraphrases
Andrew Lucas, organ
Mander organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Jean Langlais was the Organiste Titulaire at the Basilique de St. Clotilde in Paris from 1945-88.