What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, February 9, 2014
Date: February 8, 2014
Location: North Carolina, USA
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday morning from 8 until 11 a.m. eastern on The Classical Station.
Also on Sunday evenings you can hear more choral music both sacred and secular on Wavelengths and Peaceful Reflections
beginning at 9 p.m. eastern.
William Byrd: Infelix ego
Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
"Infelix Ego" is one of the thirty-seven motets which comprise William Byrd's two books of
Cantiones Sacred published in 1591-92.
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Salve Regina
Montreal Sinfonietta, Charles Dutoit
June Anderson, soprano; Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) was another one of those musical geniuses who died
at far too young an age. He was primarily known as a compose of comic operas. But he also wrote
church music which was stood the test of time. His setting of the 13th century meditation "Stabat Mater"
by Jacoponus is still widely performed.
Thomas Attwood Walmisley: Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Andrew Lucas, organ
Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814-1856) was simultaneously organist of Trinity College and St. John's
William Mathias: Berceuse, Op. 96
James Lancelot, organ
Harrison & Harrison organ of Durham Cathedral, England
William Mathias (1934-1992) was a Welsh composer noted for his well-crafted music which he wrote in
many genres. We are fortunate that he left us several fine choral gems including "Sir Christemas" and
Johann Sebastian Bach: Missa en B moll (1733 version)
Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon
“Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?” says composer Michael
Torke. Bach's B minor Mass had its beginnings in 1733 as a Lutheran mass setting which consisted of just
the Kyrie and Gloria. It wasn't until 1747 that Bach conflated the work into a full scale mass setting with the
addition of Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. Our performance on Great Sacred Music features the brilliant French
early music ensemble Pygmalion.
Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom
Faure's much-loved Cantique de Jean Racine was written when the composer was just nineteen years old.
Anton Bruckner: Te Deum
New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim
Anne Pashley, soprano; Birgit Finnila, contralto;
Robert Tear, tenor; Don Garrard, bass
Bruckner was so proud of his Te Deum that he recommended it be used as the fourth movement of his Ninth
Symphony which he knew he would not live to complete.
Daniel de Lange: Requiem
Netherlands Chamber Choir, Uve Gronostay
Daniël de Lange (1841-1918) was a Dutch composer. His Requiem dates from 1868.