What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, May 11, 2014
Date: May 11, 2014
Location: North Carolina, USA
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - May 11, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Stuart Stotts, arr. J. David Moore: Music in My Mother's House
Women's Voices Chorus, Mary Lycan
Arvo Part: Salve Regina
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, organ
“Music in My Mother’s House” brings back cherished
memories of my grandparents playing the piano and
saxophone of a Sunday evening. Estonian composer
Arvo Part’s setting of “Salve Regina” (2001) has an
ethereal quality created by the slowly shifting harmonies.
John Brown: Salve Regina
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Alma Redemptoris mater
Chanticleer, Joseph Jennings
These two renaissance motets in praise of the Queen
of Heaven and Loving Mother of our Savior are fine
examples of Marian motets written in the 16th century.
Scholars think that John Brown was born around 1490
near Coventry, England. Little else is known about him.
Several of his motets have survive in the Eton Choirbook.
The life and works of the Spanish composer de Victoria,
on the other hand, are well-documented. Some scholars
suggest that de Victoria may have studied with the great
Italian composer Giovanni Luigi da Palestrina.
Cesar Franck: Panis angelicus
Accentus, Laurence Equilbey
Pavol Breslik, tenor; Sonia Wieder-Atherton, cello; Daniel Maurer, organ
Franz Schubert: Ave Maria, D. 839
Members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan
Leontyne Price, soprano
These two pieces by Franck and Schubert are probably two
of the most recorded sacred music compositions extant. The
two recordings which I have chosen are slightly off the beaten
Alfred Hollins: Concert Rondo
Jonathan Bielby, organ
1860 Father Willis organ of Huddersfield Town Hall, Yorkshire, England
Alfred Hollins (1865–1942) was blind from birth. As a concert organist
he toured the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 103, "Ihr werdet weinen und heulen ..."
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor;
James Gilchrist, tenor; Dominik Worner, bass
Bach’s Cantata 103 was written for Jubilate Sunday or the
Third Sunday after Easter. It is scored for trumpet, piccolo
flute, transverse flute, oboes d’amore as well as strings and
continuo. The German translates as “Ye shall weep and lament.”
William Byrd: Mass for Three Voices
Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
The adjective ‘sublime’ always comes to mind as I listen
to Tudor composer William Byrd’s music.
Antonio Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus, RV 595
The King's Consort and Choir, Robert King
Susan Gritton, soprano; Catrin Wyn-Davies, soprano;
Catherine Denley, mezzo-soprano; Charles Daniels, tenor;
Neal Davies, bass; Michael George, baritone
Vivaldi wrote two settings of Psalm 109. RV 594 is for double
choir. It was the only setting by the composer which was known
until RV 595 surfaced in the National Library in Prague in the 1960s.
Antonin Dvorak: Mass in D, Op.86
Prague Chamber Choir, Jaseph Pancik
Dagmar Maskova, soprano; Marta Benackova, alto;
Walter Coppola, tenor; Peter Mikulas, bass;
Lydie Hartelova, harp; Josef Ksica, organ
Dvorak’s Mass dates from 1892 when it was arranged
for choir and symphony orchestra from the original more
modest forces of organ and choir with soloists.
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Benedictus
Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
The choral music of the Italian-born Lully deserves to be
performed more frequently than it is. In my opinion Lully shares
Vivaldi’s gift for setting his texts with music which makes the
words leap off the page.
Charles Koechlin: Chant de la Résurrection, Op. 179 No. 2
London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, Christopher Larkin
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, organ
Charles Louis Eugene Koechlin (1867-1950) was a French
composer and writer. He studied with Gabriel Faure.