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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, June 8, 2014

Location: North Carolina, USA
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - June 8, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Come down, O Love Divine
Worcester Cathedral Choir, Christopher Robinson
Thomas Attwood: Come Holy Ghost
Clare College Chapel Choir, Timothy Brown
Dominic Wheeler, organ
Music for the Day of Pentecost begins our program this week. English
composer Ralph Vaughan Williams set a translation of 15th century writer
Bianco da Siena's text to a wonderful tune he called "Down Ampney". Thomas
Attwood (1765-1838) became organist of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, in 1796.
Maurice Duruflé: Mass, Op. 11 "Cum Jubilo"
Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson
William Clements, baritone; Iain Farrington, organ
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) wrote his Messe cum Jubilo to be the quintessential
liturgical mass setting. Every note seems to enhance the texts being set. This
composition is a fine example of Durufle's fastidious craftsmanship.
J.S. Bach: Fantasia on Komm heiliger Geist, BWV 651
Hans Fagius, organ
Baroque organ in Kristine Church, Falun, Sweden
Bach creates an organ fantasia on the ancient tune "Come Holy Ghost" which is at once
thoroughly practical and appropriate for the feast day as well as being a masterpiece in its own right.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 74, "Wer mich liebet, der Wird mein Wort halten"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor;
Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
The German translates as "If ye love me, keep my commandments". Te opening movement
takes its text from John 14: 23. This cantata was first performed on May 20, 1725.
Felix Mendelssohn: Paulus
Leipzig Radio Chorus; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur
Gundula Janowitz, soprano; Rosemarie Lang, soprano; Hans Peter Blochwitz, tenor; Theo Adam, bass; Gothart Stier, bass;
Hermann Christian Polster, bass
Mendelssohn began work on Paulus in 1834. In its time this oratorio was performed as
frequently as Handel's Messiah. It is now infrequently performed which is a shame as the work
is as finely crafted as anything Mendelssohn created. It features soprano, alto, tenor and bass
soloists, a large symphonic orchestra and chorus. The libretto begins with the martyrdom of St.
Stephen and continues on with St. Paul's conversion and ministry. You will hear chorales or hymns
used much as Mendelssohn's idol Bach used them in his cantatas and passions.