What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, June 15, 2014
Date: June 14, 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.
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.