What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, June 22, 2014
Date: June 21, 2014
Location: North Carolina, USA
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - June 22, 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
H. Walford Davies: Psalm 103, "Praise the Lord O my soul"
Ely Cathedral Choir, Paul Trepte
Sir John Goss: Praise, my soul, the king of heaven!
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London; English Brass Ensemble, John Scott
Christopher Dearnley, organ
J.S. Bach: Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654
Hans Fagius, organ
Baroque organ in Kristine Church, Falun, Sweden
English cathedral choirs used to sing the entire psalter every month. Times have
changed for sure but we can still here the psalms chanted to Anglican chant at
Evensong in places where that office is still sung. Sir John Goss (1800-1880) was
organist of St. Paul's Cathedral, London. The choral-prelude on "Schmucke dich,
o liebe Seele" is one of eighteen chorale preludes Bach composed in Leipzig in 1723.
Anonymous: Speciosus forma
Vasily Titov: The Angel cried out
Chanticleer, Joseph Jennings
Anonymous 4 is world-renowned for its ethereal interpretations of medieval music and
plainchant. Василий Поликарпович Титов (c. 1715-c.1750) was a Russian baroque composer.
Richard Davy: In Honore Summat Matris
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Traditional, arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams: All people that on earth do dwell
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; The Wallace Collection
Max Reger: Toccata in D minor, Op. 59 No. 5
Andrew Lucas, organ
Mander organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
The five part setting of "In Honore Summat Matris" by Richard Davy (c1465-c1507)
appears in the Eton Choirbook a manuscript which dates back to 1500. Vaughan Williams
wrote his Old Hundredth hymn tune arrangement for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
in 1953. Max Reger wrote a prodigious amount of music for a composer who died at the young
age of 43.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 39, "Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot"
Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Gillian Keith, soprano; Wilke te Brummelstroete, alto;
Paul Agnew, tenor; Dietrich Henschel, bass
The German roughly translates as "Give bread to the hungry". Sir John Eliot Gardiner made the
following observation about this cantata: "The opening chorus is multi-sectional and, at 218 bars,
immense". This is also possibly the last cantata Bach wrote in which he used recorders.
George Frideric Handel: Esther
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention: Harry Christophers
Lynda Russell, soprano; Nancy Argenta, soprano;
Michael Chance, countertenor; Simon Berridge, tenor;
Mark Padmore, tenor; Matthew Vine, tenor; Thomas Randle, tenor;
Simon Birchall, bass; Robert Evans, bass
In 1716 Handel was facing financial ruin as his operas were losing money. To the rescue came
the fabulously wealthy James Brydges, Duke of Chandos. (Think an 18th century Donald Trump
and you will get the picture of the Duke.) He set Handel up with the requisite musicians and a
beautiful chapel in which to perform. The 11 Chandos Anthems and this gorgeous oratorio date
from the Chandos years. Esther is also the first English oratorio.