What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, March 16, 2014
Date: March 15, 2014
Location: North Carolina, USA
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday morning from 8 until 11 a.m. eastern on The Classical Station.
Most of the music on this week's playlist can also be found on Spotify at this link: GSM - March 16, 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.
Cristóbal de Morales: Andreas Christi famulus
The Studio of Ancient Music of Montreal, Christopher Jackson
Cristobal de Morales (c1500-1553) wrote two motets based on this text:
this one for five voices and another for eight voices. "Andreas Christi
famulus, dignus Dei Apostolus" translates as "Andrew, the servant of
Christ and God’s worthy Apostle". (Being a Canadian of Scottish
extraction, I could not resist juxtaposing St. Andrew with St. Patrick
whose feast day it is on Monday, March 17. I hope you will forgive me.)
Anonymous: Messe de Tournai
This 14th century mass appears to be the first setting of the mass written
as an entire composition. Apparently the music of the mass used to be
chosen from a variety of sources according to the whims and inclinations
of the celebrant.
Max Helfman: The Holy Ark
Slovak Chamber Choir; Slovak Radio Symphony
Orchestra, Samuel Adler
Raphael Frieder, cantor
Max Helfman (1901-1963) was Dean of Fine Arts at the Institute of Judaism
in Los Angeles where the staff included such notables as Mario Castelnuovo
Tedesco, Roy Harris and Lukas Foss.
Gaetano Donizetti: Qui sedes
Slovak Radio-TV Orchestra, Edoardo Brizio
Valentina di Cola, soprano; Alexander Jablokov, violin
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) was an Italian composer who wrote seventy
operas. He lived in Paris for most of the last ten years of his life in
order to have some relief from the very strict Italian censors.
J.S. Bach: Motet No. 3: "Jesu, meine Freude", BWV 227
Taverner Consort & Players, Andrew Parrott
The longest of Bach's motets "Jesus, my Joy and Treasure" was most likely
not performed in church but rather at the graveside of a prominent
Gregorian chant: Mass III
Monks of the Desert
The Benedictine Monks of the Desert live in Abiquiu, New Mexico in a
monastery which was founded in 1964. The music which they will sing for us
is taken from their album "Blessings, Peace and Harmony" on the Sony
Antonio Vivaldi: Antienne and Nisi Dominus, RV 608
La Maitrise Boreale; La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
James Bowman, counter-tenor
English counter-tenor, James Bowman (1941-) was one of the leading
counter-tenors of his generation. He has made over 180 recordings.
Dominick Argento: Jonah and the Whale
Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Providence Singers, Andrew Clark
Thomas Oakes, narrator; Daniel Norman, tenor, Jonah;
Daniel Cole, bass, voice of God
Dominick Argento (1921-) composed several works for Philip Brunelle and
the Choir of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota in
the 1970s. "Jonah and the Whale" dates from this period. It is a large
scale oratorio based on medieval texts.
Johann Pachelbel: Fugue in G
Joseph Payne, organ
1778 organ by Johann Gottfried Malleck in St. Martin's Cathedral,
If you are a Pachelbel fan - yes, he did write many other compositions
besides the very popular Canon in D - you will enjoy reading about his
organ works on ClassicalNet.