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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, February 23, 2014

Location: North Carolina, USA
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday morning from 8 until 11 a.m. eastern on The Classical Station.
Much of the music on this week's playlist can also be found on Spotify at this link: Great Sacred Music - February 23, 2014
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.
 
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08:00:58
Alexandre Guilmant: Cantilene-Pastorale, Op. 19
Simon Lindley, organ
Harrison & Harrison organ at Leeds Parish Church
 
Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) and Olivier Messiaen were both organists of Eglise de la Sante-Trinite in Paris. Guilmant began his tenure in 1871. Olivier Messaien was organist from 1931 until 1992.
 
08:06:05
George Frideric Handel: My heart is inditing
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of Ancient Music
Stephen Cleobury
 
We celebrate Handel's birthday this morning with both of the coronation anthems which
he wrote for the crowning of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727.
 
08:20:05
William Grant Still: Elegy
Philip Brunnelle, organ
1981 Holtkamp organ in Plymouth Congregational Church
 
The Elegy by William Grant Still (1895–1978) is one of over 150 compositions Still wrote.
 
08:25:22
George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest
Choir of Westminster Abbey; English Concert, Simon Preston
 
Another coronation anthem by Handel, Zadok the Priest is perhaps the most well-known
of the two anthems we will hear this morning.
 
08:30:37
Gustav Holst: Short Festival Te Deum
London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Sir Charles Groves
 
Gustav Holst's Short Festival Te Deum dates from 1919.
 
08:37:44
Jeremiah Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary
John Longhurst, organ
1948 Aeolian-Skinner organ in the Mormon Tabernacle
 
The Aeolian-Skinner organ in the Mormon Tabernacle is considered to be one of the finest
instruments of its kind and era. The superb acoustics of the Tabernacle create a remarkable
ambience for the sound of this grand organ.
 
08:40:15
George Frideric Handel: Salve Regina
English Concert, Harry Bicket
Lucy Crowe, soprano
 
We continue our celebration of Handel's birthday with his exquisite setting of the Marian
antiphon Salve Regina. This was composed in 1707 while Handel was in Italy at the behest
of the Medici family.
 
08:54:25
César Franck: Psalm 150
Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel
Kiri te Kanawa, soprano
 
Back to Salt Lake City for a thrilling performance of Cesar Franck's sumptuous setting of Psalm 150.
 
09:01:48
J.S. Bach: Cantata 126, "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor;
Gerd Turk, tenor; Peter Kooy,
 
Cantata 126 "Let us follow thy word, O Lord" was written for Sexagesima Sunday or the eighth Sunday
before Easter. It was first performed on February 4, 1725.
 
09:20:42
George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthem No. 10, "The Lord is my light"
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
 
When Handel's opera productions ran into financial trouble, James Beresford, the Duke of
Chandos, hired him to be his musician at his country home, Cannons. From 1717-1719 Handel
wrote the eleven anthems we know as the Chandos Anthems.
 
09:50:01
Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata in C minor, Op. 65 No. 2
Peter Hurford, organ
Rieger Organ in Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany
 
Mendelssohn admired the music of Bach. His six organ sonatas are a musical tip of the hat to
that great master of the organ.
 
10:01:03
Franz Schubert: Mass in E flat, D. 950
Bavarian Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch
Helen Donath, soprano; Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-soprano; Francisco Araiza, tenor; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
 
The Mass in E flat was one of the last works Schubert wrote before he died in November
1828. Listen for the influences of Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn in this masterpiece.