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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, July 28, 2013

Location: North Carolina, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Amy Beach: Prelude on an Old Folk Tune
Christa Rakich, organ
1933 Kilgen organ in St. Justin's, Hartford
Felix Mendelssohn: I waited for the Lord
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
George Frideric Handel: Immortal Lord of Earth and Skies ~ Deborah
The King's Consort, Robert King
Dr. Christa Rakich studied with Anton Heiller and is currently organist at
St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. "I waited for
the Lord" is a movement from Mendelssohn's Second Symphony "Lobgesang".
Handel wrote 24 oratorios of which most of us are familiar with but two or three.
"Deborah" is one of Handel's oratorios which deserves to be heard much more often than it is.
Alexandre Guilmant: Paraphrase on "See the conqu'ring hero comes"
Jonathan Bielby, organ
Willis/Harrison & Harrison organ in Huddersfield Town Hall
John Tavener: As one who has slept
Polyphony, Stephen Layton
Franz Schubert: Hymn to the Holy Spirit, D. 964
Capella Bavariae; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Huddersfield enjoys a rich musical tradition which includes the
famous Huddersfield Choral Society. Stephen Layton succeeded
Richard Marlow as Director of Music at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Schubert's "Hymn to the Holy Spirit" was written for eight male
voices, soli, and chorus with winds.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Prelude on the Welsh Hymn-tune Rhosymedre
Carlo Curley, organ
Harrison & Harrison organ of the Church of St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, England
Robert Parsons: Ave Maria
Cantillation, Antony Walker
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: O Living Will
Worcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt
North Carolina native Carlo Curley (1952–2012) was one of those larger than life
music personalities who made the organ come alive for new audiences everywhere.
The Welsh "rhosymedre" means "lovely." Cantillation is a professional ensemble
which hails from Australia. The Parsons "Ave Maria" was written for six voices.
Stanford lived from 1852 to 1924. His anthem "O Living Will" dates from 1908. 
Samuel Scheidt: Surrexit Pastor bonus
The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Henri Mulet: Carillon-sortie
John Balka, organ
1971 Rufatti organ in St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco.
Samuel Scheidt (1587–1654) was born in Halle and studied in Amsterdam
with Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck. John Balka (1949-2000) was organist of St.
Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 168, "Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort" (Give an account of thyself! Thundrous words)
Concentus Musicus of Vienna; Tolzer Knabenchor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Helmut Wittek, soprano; Christian Imler, alto;
Paul Esswood alto; Kurt Equiluz, tenor; Robert Holl, bass
Cantata 168 is a setting of Salomon Franck's text. It was first performed on July 29, 1725.
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Litaniae Lauretanae ZWV 151
Stuttgart Chamber Choir; Tafelmusik, Frieder Bernius
Nancy Argenta, soprano; Michael Chance, alto;
Christoph Pregardien, tenor; Gordon Jones, bass
Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) was born in Prague but spent most
of his life in Dresden. J.S. Bach thought very highly of him.
J.S. Bach: Dorian Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538
Marie-Claire Alain, organ
1714 Silbermann organ in Freiberg Cathedral
Johann Sebastian Bach was quite familiar with Silbermann organs,
though not this particular instrument as far as musicologists know.
Giacomo Puccini: Messa di Gloria
Ambrosian Chorus; Philharmonia Orchestra, Claudio Scimone
Jose Carreras, tenor; Hermann Prey, bass-baritone
Puccini is perhaps best known for his operas such as La Boheme
and Madame Butterfly. He wrote his Missa di Gloria in 1878 as a
graduation exercise. It was performed in 1880 then fell out of use
until its next performance in 1952 in Chicago.
Johann Pachelbel: Ciaccona in F minor
Jorgen Ernst Hansen, organ
The 1740 organ of Holmens Church, Copenhagen
Pachelbel is famous for a certain Canon in D for most people.
This beautiful ciaccona proves just how gifted a composer he is.