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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, September 1, 2013

Location: North Carolina, USA
The spotlight is on John Rutter's Cambridge Singers
this morning. Their performances of compositions other
than their director's are superb as you will hear.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude on "O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gross", BWV 622
Gerhard Weinberger, organ
Joachim Wagner organ (1739-41) at Nidarosdom, Trondheim, Norway
Sir Edward Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh keep silent
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Traditional: Boruch Atoh Adonai
Zamir Chorale of Boston, Joshua Jacobson
Bach injects a mood of supplication into every note of
this beautiful choral melody which translates as "O man,
bemoan thy grievous sin". Sir Edward Bairstow (1874–1946)
succeeded Tertius Noble as Organist of York Minster in 1913. Dr.
Noble had emigrated to the United States to become Organist of St.
Thomas' Church, Fifth Avenue, New York. Boruch Atoh Adonai translates
as "Praised are You, Adonai our God". It is a traditional Jewish blessing.
Dietrich Buxtehude: Chorale Prelude: "Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ", BuxWV196
Robert Noehren, organ
Noehren organ in First Unitarian Church, San Francisco
Anton Bruckner: Christus factus est pro nobis
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Jan Baptist Verrijt: Salve mi Iesu
Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley
Dr. Robert Noehren (1910–2002) was a distinguished musician, recitalist
and organ builder who was for many years Chairman of the Organ Department
at the University of Michigan. Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) wrote forty motets of
which "Christus factus est" is one. The Latin translates as "Christ was made obedient
even unto death for us".  Jan Baptist Verrijt, a Dutch composer, (c.1600-1650), was
Organist of Saint Laurenskerk in Rotterdam.
Alexandre Guilmant: Lento assai ~ Sonata No. 7 in F, Op. 89
Robert Delcamp, organ
Casavant organ in All Saints' Chapel, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
Pablo Casals: O vos omnes
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Hildegard von Bingen: O vos imitatores
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
Dr. Robert Delcamp is Professor of Music, University Organist and
Choirmaster and Chair of the Music Department at The University of
the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Pablo Casals (1876–1973) is perhaps
more famous for his cello playing than his composing. His motet "O Vos
Omnes" is scored for double choir. The Latin translates as "O all you" and is
a responsary fro the Holy Saturday Liturgy.  Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179)
was an abbess and mystic who lived a cloistered life.
Louis Vierne: Feux follets, Op. 53 No. 4 (from Pieces de fantaisie)
Olivier Latry, organ
Cavaille-Coll Organ in Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris
Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Gerald Finzi: God is gone up
Finzi Singers, Paul Spicer
Harry Bicket, organ
Louis Vierne was Organist of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. This link
takes you to a moving account of his last recital. Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
was a composer, organist of Holy Trinity Church in Paris and an ornithologist. Gerald
Finzi (1901–1956) studied with Sir Edward Bairstow at York Minster.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 78, "Jesu, der du meine Seele"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor;
Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass
The second movement of this cantata is one of those remarkable pieces
of writing for which Bach was well-known. The cantata was first performed
on September 10, 1724.
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Psalm 19, Exaudiat te Dominus
Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) was born in Florence, Italy as Giovanni
Battista Lulli. He emigrated to France where he became part of the royal household
of Louis XIV.
Andre Caplet: Messe a trois voix
BBC Singers, Stephen Jackson
Andre Caplet (1878-1925) was Director of the Boston Opera from 1910-1914.
Domenico Cimarosa: Requiem
Montreux Festival Choir; Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Vittorio Negri
Elly Ameling, soprano; Birgit Finnila, contralto;
Richard Van Vrooman, tenor; Kurt Widmer, bass
Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801) was famous for his eighty opera buffa.
But he was commissioned to write this superb Missa de Requiem in 1787 upon
the death of the wife of the French Ambassador to Russia.