Grat Sacred Music, Sunday, July 8, 2018
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Don’t forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed
on Sunday evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
WCPE The Classical Station
Francisco Guerrero: Duo Seraphim
The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Gregorian chant: Parce, Domine
Monks of the Desert
George Frideric Handel: He gave them hailstones ~ Israel in Egypt
Howard University Choir; Handel Festival Orchestra of Washington, Stephen Simon
This incredible 12 voice motet takes its texts from Isaiah 6:2-3, 1 John 5:7 “Two angels were shouting at each other.” The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico, was founded in 1964. “He gave them hailstones” comes from Handel’s oratorio “Israel in Egypt” which he composed in 1736-37.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Valiant-for-Truth
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, John Scott
Pierre Villette: Attende, Domine
The Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Cherubic Hymn
Moscow Chamber Choir, Vladimir Minin
Vaughan Williams thought highly of John Bunyan. The first line of this work begins “After this it was noised abroad.” French composer Pierre Villette (1926-1998) was a student of Maurice Durufle. The Cherubic Hymn is the 8th movement of Rachmaninoff’s Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31.
Commentary: Richard Webster on two of his anthems
O thou who camest from above & Awake! Arise!
Trinity Church Choirs, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts
American organist, choral director and composer Richard Webster is Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston.
Stephen Paulus: A Dream of Time
Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Greg Funfgeld
Stephen Paulus (1949-2014) was among Minnesota’s leading classical composers. He wrote hundreds of works — including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces. This work is a setting of Carl Sandburg’s poem, “Hope is a Tattered Flag”.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 170, “Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust”
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
The German translates as “Delightful rest, beloved pleasure of the soul”. This solo cantata was written for alto or countertenor and was first performed on July 28, 1726.
Heinrich Isaac: Missa Paschale
Bruce Dickey, cornett; Charles Toet, tenor trombone
Richard Lister, bass trombone
Although a native of Flanders, Heinrich Isaac (c. 1450-1517) seems to have worked in several parts of Europe during his lifetime. This 6 part mass setting is but one of hundreds of masses and motets which Isaac composed.
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Fantasia and Toccata in D minor, Op. 57
Owain Park, organ
Willis organ in Hereford Cathedral
Irish composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was educated at Queens College, Cambridge.
Gabriel Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Scott
Richard Pittsinger, treble; David Pittsinger, bass-baritone
Frederick Teardo, organ
Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem was first performed at L’église de la Madeleine, Paris in 1888.
Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat ~ Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
Apollo’s Fire (The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra); with Apollo’s Singers
Ian Honeyman, tenor; Gareth Morrell, tenor;
Sandra Simon, soprano; Jennifer Ellis Kampani,
soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Jeffrey
Strauss, baritone; Michael McMurray, bass
This setting of the Magnificat comes from Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Virgine of 1610. The scale of the work makes it one of the grandest musical compositions of the pre-Bach era.