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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, August 11, 2013

Location: North Carolina, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Flor Peeters: Aria, Op. 51
Andrew Lucas, organ
Mander organ at St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Richard Goodenough: Psalm 81
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Sir David Willcocks
Sir John Goss: Praise, my soul, the king of heaven!
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
Great Sacred Music begins with a peek inside an English
cathedral somewhere as a service is just beginning.
William Grant Still: Elegy
Philip Brunnelle, organ
1981 Holtkamp organ in Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis
Imant Raminsh: Ave verum corpus
Vancouver Chamber Choir, Jon Washburn
Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu
Orchestra of the Toulouse Capitole, Michel Plasson
Roberto Alagna, tenor
American, Canadian and French composers in this set. This certainly speaks to
music's universality. The American William Grant Still (1895-1978) wrote music
in a wide variety of genres. Imant Raminsh (1943-) is a Canadian composer of
Latvian descent. Parisian Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) was a child prodigy and
sister of Nadia Boulanger.
Sir Hubert Parry: Chorale Prelude on "Eventide"
Carlo Curley, organ
Harrison and Harrison organ in St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, England
Alexander Grechaninov: Now the Powers of Heaven, Op. 58 No. 6
Holst Singers, Stephen Layton
Anonymous: Rejoice in the Lord
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
North Carolina native Carlo Curley (1952-2012) died a year ago today.
He is sorely missed. Stephen Layton (1966-) was an organ scholar at
King's College under Sir David Willcocks. The text for "Rejoice in the
Lord Alway" comes from Philippians 4:4.
Williametta Spencer: At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners
Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy
Pablo Casals: Eucaristica
Escolania de Montserrat, Ireneu Segarra
Louis Vierne: Final ~ Sixth Symphony for Organ, Op. 59
Michael Farris, organ
Casavant Organ in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Erie, Pennsylvania
Williametta Spencer (1932-) is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Spaniard Pablo Casals (1876-1973) was the most famous cellist
of his generation. Vierne+Farris+Casavant equals lots of fire in our
last selection.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 138, "Warum betrubst du dich, mein Herz?"
Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
Malin Hartelius, soprano; William Towers, alto;
James Gilchrist, tenor; Peter Harvey, bass
Cantata 138 "Why are you troubled, my heart? " was written for the
15th Sunday after Trinity and first performed on September 5, 1725.
The scoring for strings and two oboe d’amore adds to the overall pathos
of this sublime music.
Max Reger: Toccata and Fugue, Op. 59 Nos. 5-6
Andrew Lucas, organ
Mander organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Reger's scores are black with great clusters of notes. This toccata and fugue
requires tremendous dexterity which Andrew Lucas ably provides.
Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem
Kirov Orchestra and Chorus, Valery Gergiev
Renee Fleming, soprano; Olga Borodina, mezzo-soprano; Andrea Bocelli, tenor; Ildebrando d'Arcangelo, bass
I think that Marin Alsop in this NPR piece explains Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem far better than anything which I