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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, August 4, 2013

Location: North Carolina, USA
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Traditional Shaker hymn, arr. by Wilbur Held: Simple Gifts
John Balka, organ
Ruffati organ in St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco
Martin Luther: Psalm 46, "God is our hope and strength"
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks
Cyril Taylor: Glorious things of Thee are spoken
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
Imagine that you and I have arrived at an English cathedral in late
afternoon. We walk into the building and are greeted with the gorgeous
sounds of a service just beginning. 
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Echo Fantasia in A minor
James David Christie, organ
Fisk organ at Houghton Chapel, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Alessandro Striggio: Ecce beatam lucem
Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel
Hildegard von Bingen: Alleluia ~ O virga mediatrix
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
Charles Brenton Fisk (1925-1983) modelled his extraordinary organ at
Wellesley College on North German baroque instruments. Alessandro
Striggio (c.1536–1592) was an Italian musician who enjoyed the patronage
of the Medici family. Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) was an abbess and

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Prelude in F
Christa Rakich, organ
1933 Kilgen organ in St. Justin's, Hartford
Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium
Taverner Consort and Choir, Andrew Parrott
Some knowledgable people considered Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805–1847)
more talented than her young brother Felix. Supposedly Tallis wrote his 40 voice
motet to outdo Allesandro Striggio who had visited London with his own remarkable
40 voice motet "Ecce beatam lucem" which we heard earlier this morning.
Robert Schumann: Canon in B minor
Jean Guillou, organ
Cavaille-Coll organ in Eglise St. Eustache, Paris
Johannes Ockeghem: Deo gratias
Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel
Alan Hovhaness: Jesus, Lover of my Soul, Op. 53b
Choir of St. John's Cathedral, Denver, Donald Pearson
Eric Plutz, organ
Jean Guillou (1930- ) was a student of Marcel Dupré, Maurice Duruflé
and Olivier Messiaen. "Deo gratias" by Johannes Ockeghem (1410/1425–1497)
is a 36 voice canon. Eric Plutz, a native of Rock Island, Illinois, is presently
University Organist at Princeton University.

J.S. Bach: Cantata 101, "Nimm von uns Herr, du treuer Gott"
Bach Collegium Japan; Concerto Palatino, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor;
Gerd Turk, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
Cantata 101 was written for the 10th Sunday after Trinity. It was first performed
on August 13, 1724 in Leipzig.
Allesandro Striggio: Missa sopra Ecco si beato giorno
Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
This is the last of four polychoral works on our playlist this morning.
A remarkable piece, it is scored for 40 voices except for the Agnus
Dei which is scored for an incredible 60 voices.
George Frideric Handel: The Dettingen Te Deum
English Concert; Choir of Westminster Abbey, Simon Preston
Stephen Varcoe, bass; Christopher Tipping, alto;
Harry Christophers, tenor; Michael Pearce, bass
Simon Preston (1938- ) celebrates his birthday on August 4. From
1962-67 he was Sub Organist of Westminster Abbey under Sir William McKie.
Raymond Daveluy: Second Sonata for Organ
Rachel Laurin, organ
1960 von Beckerath organ in Oratoire St. Joseph, Montreal
The great 5 manual von Beckerath organ was restored recently to its original
glory. The large principal pipes in the facade had begun to collapse under their own weight.