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

Location: North Carolina, USA
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday from 8-11 a.m. eastern time on The Classical Station.
 
08:02:00
J.S. Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661
Hans Fagius, organ
The reconstructed Baroque organ in Kristine Church, Falun, Sweden
 
Traditional: On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
 
Sir Edward Elgar: Psalm 1, "Blessed is the man"
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Andrew Lucas, organ
 
Charles Wood: O Thou the central orb
Guildford Cathedral Choir, Andrew Millington
Peter Wright, organ
 
Imagine you are driving along a country lane in England. A large cathedral comes into
view. You park the car and walk around to the entrance. A service is just about to begin.
 
08:16:34
Charles-Marie Widor:
Lento ~ Symphony No. 7 in A minor for organ, Op. 42 No. 3
Ben van Oosten, organ
The Cavaille-Coll organ in the church of Saint-Ouen, Rouen
 
Francis Jackson: Benedicite in G
Choir of York Minster, Philip Moore
John Scott Whitely, organ
 
Alexandr Gretchaninov
Lord, now lettest Thou Thy Servant, Op. 34 No. 1
Holst Singers, Stephen Layton
 
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) wrote ten symphonies for organ as well as
three symphonies for organ and orchestra. The Benedicite or A Song of Creation
takes its text from The Song of the Three Children. Alexandr Gretchaninov emigrated
to the United States in 1939.
 
08:33:01
Herbert Howells: Master Tallis's Testament
Robert Benjamin Dobey, organ
The Roosevelt-Schantz organ, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, NY
 
Thomas Tallis: God grant we grace (Canon)
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Traditional, arr. Lyon: Simple Gifts
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Jerrold Ottley
 
Hilborne Roosevelt (1849-1886) founded Roosevelt Pipe Organ Builders with his brother Frank.
The firm built many grand instruments in the latter part of the 19th century. The Tallis' Canon
and traditional American "Simple Gifts" sound almost too easy when sung by fine choirs such as
The Sixteen and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
 
08:47:54
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Canzon seconda ~ Canzoni franzese
Dezso Karasszon, organ
The organ of the Reformed Church, Sarbogard
 
Christoph Bernhard: Missa Durch Adams Fall
Vancouver Chamber Choir, Jon Washburn
 
Anton Bruckner: Christus factus est pro nobis
Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom
 
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) was organist of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.
Christoph Bernhard (1628-1692) was Kapellmeister in Dresden from 1674 until
1692. Anton Bruckner, that composer of those grand symphonies also wrote several
fine motets for church use.
 
09:07:14
J.S. Bach: Cantata 62, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor;
Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
 
Today is the first Sunday in Advent or the beginning of the Church Year. Our cantata has
an Advent theme. The German translates as "Come now, Savior of the Gentiles".
 
09:26:51
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
 
Palestrina (1525-1594) composed 105 masses. The Missa Papae Marcelli was supposedly written
to convince the Church authorities that polyphonic music had its place in the life and liturgies of
the Church and that it should not be banned.
 
10:04:13
Peter Benoit: Hoogmis
BRT Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs of Brussels
Alexander Rahbari
Donald George, tenor
 
Flemish composer Peter Benoit (1834-1901) wrote his Messe Solennelle for tenor solo, choir and
orchestra. It is a large scale work which dates from 1861.