What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, September 8, 2013
Date: September 7, 2013
Location: North Carolina, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
We observe Antonin Dvorak's birthday this Sunday with an historic
performance of his monumental Requiem in B-flat minor, Op. 89, B. 165.
Shanah Tovah to all my Jewish friends.
Thanks for your support.
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Johann Pachelbel: Fugue on the Magnificat sexti toni, No. 1
Joseph Payne, organ
1653 organ by Johann Wendelin Kirchner in St. Valentinuskirche, Kiedrich, Germany
Conductus: Ave, maris stella
Anton Arensky: Otche Nash (The Lord's Prayer)
Lane Justus Chorale, Lane Justus
The distinguished German builder Kuhn Orgelbau restored the 17th century organ
in Kiedrich parish church. The organ is said to date as far back as 1500. Anonymous 4
sings a medieval conductus from the 14th century Los Huelgas Codex. Anton Arensky
(1861–1906) taught Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Franz Liszt: Consolation No. 4 (Quasi adagio)
Robert Parkins, organ
1932 Aeolian organ in Duke Chapel, Durham, North Carolina
Gregorian chant: Benedicamus trope: Congaudeant catholici
William Byrd: O come let us sing unto the Lord
Worcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt
The Aeolian organ in the Chapel at Duke University is one of the largest instruments
built by the famed American organ builder. It has four manuals and 102 ranks. Anonymous
4 sings a medieval chant for St. James from the Codex Calixtinus. The album is entitled Miracles
of Sant'iago. William Byrd (1543-1623) was Tudor composer who was a staunch Catholic at a
time when it was not fashionable to be a Catholic.
Nicolas de Grigny: Fugue a 5
Joseph Payne, organ
Fisk organ, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
Darol Anger, mandolin; Mike Marshall, guitar
Sir William Harris: Strengthen ye the weak hands
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Andrew Lucas, organ
Nicolas de Grigny was born on September 8, 1672. While Anonymous
4 is renowned for its interpretations of medieval music, the group is equally adept
at performing early American music. Sir William Harris (1883-1973) was Organist and
Master of the Choristers at St. George's Cgapel, Windsor from 1933 until 1961. He wrote
many fine anthems of which "Strengthen Ye the Weak Hands" is considered one of his best.
John Stanley: Trumpet Tune
J. David Williams, organ
1953 Aeolian-Skinner organ in Riverside Church, New York City
Diogo Dias Melgas: Salve Regina
The Sixteen: Harry Christophers
Hildegard von Bingen: O ignis spiritus paracliti
The late Virgil Fox was instrumental in revising the organ in the Riverside
Church while he was organist there from 1946-65. Portugese composer Diogo
Dias Melgas (1638-1700) wrote polyphonic music of exquisite beauty. Anonymous
4 well knows how to infuse the music of Hildegard von Bingen with the requisite ecstatic
J.S. Bach: Cantata 138, "Warum betrubst du dich, mein Herz?"
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman
Caroline Stam, soprano; Bernhard Landauer, alto;
Christoph Pregardien, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass
The gloom of the title "Why are you so troubled, o my soul?" gives way to a radiant
final chorale in this uniquely experimental cantata written before Bach began his annual
cycle of cantatas.
Andre Caplet: Panis Angelicus
Orchestra and Chorus of the Toulouse Capitole, Michel Plasson
Roberto Alagna, tenor
We listened to a mass by French composer Andre Caplet last week. Here is his sensitive
setting of "Food of the Angels".
Antonin Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89
London Symphony Orchestra/Ambrosian Singers, Istvan Kertesz
Pilar Lorengar, soprano; Erszebet Komlossy, contralto; Robert Ilosfalvy, tenor; Tom Krause, bass
Dvorak's Requiem dates from 1890, the beginning of the composer's most creative period. Our recording
on the Decca label is a historic performance from 1969 featuring soprano Pilar Lorengar and other superb