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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, June 15, 2014

Location: North Carolina, USA
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - June 15, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
 
Rob
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
http://theclassicalstation.org
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08:00:20
Ned Rorem: O God, my heart is ready
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, John Scott
Frederick Teardo, organ
 
Franz Liszt: The Beatitudes
Swiss Radio Chorus of Lugano, Diego Fasolis
Furio Zanasi, baritone; Paolo Crivellaro, organ
 
Ned Rorem (1923-) is perhaps best known for his songs. Fortunately for us
he did write a few very fine pieces of sacred music. The name Liszt always
conjures up an image of a vrtuoso pianist for me. But Franz Liszt was also an
intensely spiritual man who had become a member of the Third Order of St.
Francis in 1857.
 
08:15:24
Sir George Dyson: Hierusalem
St. Michael's Singers; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Rennert
Valery Hill, soprano; Thomas Trotter, organ
 
I will let this review from Gramophone tell you about this piece:
 
‘Hierusalem is a wonderful piece which I would bracket with Finzi’s Dies Natalis
and Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi as one of the best examples of mystical ecstasy
which certain British choral works achieve’ (Gramophone)
 
08:36:15
Johann Pachelbel: Prelude in D minor
Wolfgang Rubsam, organ
1787 Holzhey organ, Abbey Church of Weissenau
 
Alexander Grechaninov: To the Mother of God
Chamber Choir "Lege Artis", Boris Abalyan
 
Pachelbel (1653-1706) was one of the greatest South German organists
of the generation before Johann Sebastian Bach. The Pachelbels and the Bachs were friends.
Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninov (1864-1956) studied with Arensky and Rimsky-Korsakov.
He emigrated to the United States in 1939.
 
08:49:14
Joseph-Guy Ropartz: Psaume 129
Choeur Regional Vittoria d'Ile de France;
Instrumental Ensemble Jean-Walter Audoli, Michel Piquemal
Vincent le Texier, baritone
 
Joseph-Guy Ropartz (1864-1955) was a French musician who studied withThéodore Dubois, Jules Massenet
and Cesar Franck.
 
09:00:10
J.S. Bach: Cantata 176, "Es ist ein trotzig und verzagt Ding"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor;
Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
 
First performed on May 27, 1725 in Leipzig Cantata 176 takes its text from Jeremiah 17:9; Paul Gerhardt
and Christiane Mariane von Ziegler whose cantata librettos Bach greatly admired.
 
09:14:01
Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Robert Shaw
Susan Dunn, soprano; Diane Curry, mezzo-soprano;
Jerry Hadley, tenor; Paul Plishka, bass
 
There's a lovely tie-in with another famous opera composer in the Requiem by Guiseppe Verdi.
Verdi wrote the Libera Me movement in memory of Gioachino Rossini.
 
10:41:27
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 "The Wedge"
Jacques van Oortmerssen, organ
1743 A.A. Hinsz in St. Nicolas Bovenkerk in Kampen, The Netherlands
 
This organ masterwork got its nick-name because of the archetonic structure of the fugue.
It looks like a wedge on the printed page and sounds like a wedge to the listener.