What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, August 25, 2013
Date: August 24, 2013
Location: North Carolina, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude "Alle Menschen mussen sterben", BWV 643
Michael Murray, organ
Walcker Organ at Metheun Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts
Anonymous: Speciosus forma
Franz Schubert: Ave Maria, D. 839
Barbara Bonney, soprano; Geoffrey Parsons, piano
The Walcker Organ at Metheun Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, was originally
imported from Germany in 1863 and installed in Boston Music Hall. Anonymous
4 has over 40 CDs of most medieval music under the distinguished Harmonia Mundi label.
Schubert's setting of the Ave Maria has been top of the sacred music charts for as long as
anybody can remember.
David Arcus: Variations on Simple Gifts
David Arcus, organ
1978 Flentrop Organ in the Chapel of Duke University, Durham, NC
Gregorian chant: Veni sancte spiritus (Sequence, mode I)
Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos, Francisco Lara
John Dunstable: Magnificat
Clemencic Consort, Rene Clemencic
Dr. David Arcus is Duke University Chapel Organist and Associate
University Organist. The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De
Silos' CD entitled Chant sold over 6 million copies worldwide after
it was released in 1994. Early music specialist Rene Clemencic (1928-)
has over 100 CDs to his credit.
Traditional, arr. by Dale Wood: Shall we gather at the River
John Balka, organ
Ruffati organ in St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, California
John Sheppard: In manus tuas (third setting)
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Gregorian chant: Antiphon "In Paradisum" and Psalm 121
Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz
John Balka was organist at St. Mary's Cathedral from 1983 to 1992.
John Sheppard (1515–1558) was Master of the Chroisters at Magdalen
College, Oxford. The Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz gained international
recognition when their recording of plainchant went gold and platinum in Europe in 2008.
Gregorian chant: Gradual: Angelis Suis
Benedictine Nuns of Saint Michael Abbey, Kergonan
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Osculetur me
Horatio Parker: Allegretto ~ Sonata in E flat minor
Brian Jones, organ
Aeolian-Skinner Organ in Trinity Church, Boston
The Benedictine Abbaye Saint-Michel de Kergonan was founded in
Plouharnel, France in 1897. The British vocal ensemble Stile Antico
was founded in 2001. Horatio Parker (1863–1919) was Dean of the
School of Music at Yale University.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 77, "Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren Lieben"
Holland Boys' Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium
Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto; Nico
van der Meel, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
"You shall love God, your Lord" takes part of its text from the
Parable of the Good Samaritan. The opening chorus is a quite
elaborate canon featuring the tromba da tirarsi or slide trumpet.
This cantata was first performed on August 22, 1723.
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem a 15 in A
Choir and Orchestra of De Nederlandse Bachvereniging
Marta Almajano, soprano; Mieke van der Sluis, soprano;
John Elwes, tenor; Mark Padmore, tenor; Frans Huijts, baritone;
Harry van der Kamp, bass
Von Biber (1644-1704) was a Bohemian-Austrian musician who wrote
many polychoral compositions for the grand spaces of Salzburg Cathedral
with its four musicians' galleries at the crossing.
Sir Michael Tippett: A Child of Our Time
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Jill Gomez, soprano; Helen Watts, contralto;
Kenneth Woollam, tenor; John Shirley-Quirk, baritone
Sir Michael Tippett went to prison for his anti-war beliefs. A Child of Our Time
was his musical statement against the horrors of war in particular his revulsion
to the events of Kristallnacht. Tippett chose Bach's Passions as the structural model
for his oratorio which was first performed in 1944. He used five American spirituals
for the chorales or hymns with great effect. The contrast between Tippett's very personal
musical idiom and the serene conviction of the spirituals is a hallmark of this major 20th