What’s On Great Sacred Music, Sunday, December 3, 2017
Wake Forest, North Carolina
I post these playlists weekly with the hope that you might find them useful as you plan your programs. All of my playlists are on Spotify for you to enjoy at your convenience.
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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
Anthony Piccolo: I look from afar
Choir of Bath Abbey, Peter King
Marcus Sealy, organ
John Roberts: Immortal, invisible, God only wise
Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, John Scott
Christopher Dearnley, organ
Gerre Hancock: Improvisation on the hymn tune “St. Denio”
Gerre Hancock, organ
Arents Organ of St. Thomas’ Church, Fifth Avenue, NYC
Anthony Piccolo is a native of New Jersey and a graduate
of Peabody Conservatory. According to Hymnary.org, “St. Denio is based on “Can mlynedd i nawr” (“A Hundred Years from Now”), a traditional Welsh ballad popular in the early nineteenth century. It was first published as a hymn tune in John Roberts’s Caniadau y Cyssegr (Hymns of the Sanctuary, 1839). The tune title refers to St. Denis, the patron saint of France.” Dr. Gerre Hancock (1934-2012) was Organist and Director of Music at St. Thomas Church, New York from 1971-2004. He studied with Nadia Boulanger, Jean Langlais and Marie-Claire Alain.
Henry Purcell: Rejoice in the Lord alway, “The Bell Anthem”
Chanticleer; Capriccio Stravagante, Joseph Jennings
Felix Mendelssohn: Ave Maria, Op. 23 No. 2
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O’Donnell
Andrew Carwood, tenor; Iain Simcock, organ
Carson Cooman: Adam lay ybounden
Royal Holloway Choir, University of London, Rupert Gough
Samuel Rathbone, organ
English composer Henry Purcell set his anthem to the text from Philippians 4:4-7. While Mendelssohn is best known for his orchestral music, he composed about forty sacred choral works. His setting of the Ave Maria comes from Op.23, 3 Sacred pieces for soloists, choir, and organ. Adam lay ybounden is a 15th century
English text which scholars think might have been written for a mystery
Eugene Gigout: Grand choeur dialogué
Paul Callaway, organ
Aeolian-Skinner Organ in Washington National Cathedral
Pierre Villette: Hymne a la Vierge
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O’Donnell
A pupil of Camille Saint-Saens, Maitre Gigout’s Grand Choeur dialogué dates from 1881. From the liner notes, “The Hymne à la Vierge is Villette’s best-known work—an a cappella setting of words by Roland Bouhéret, melodious, homophonic and chromatic, with some delicious harmonies in the four-bar coda.”
Rene Clausen: O magnum mysterium
Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy
Pamela Williamson, soprano
William Byrd: Vigilate
Choir of Liverpool Cathedral, David Poulter
Loyset Compere: Paranimphus salutat virginem
Joseph Payne, organ
Fisk organ, Opus 78, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
American composer Dr. René Clausen (1953-) is highly regarded as a composer, choral conductor and clinician. From AllMusic.com, “Vigilate is a five-part Latin motet by the renaissance English composer William Byrd (1543-1623). It was published in the Cantiones Sacrae of 1589 and takes its text from Mark 13:35-7, where Christ exhorts his disciples to watch for the end of the world.” Flemish composer Loyset Compere (1445-1518) flourished at about the same time as the better known composer Josquin des Prez.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 36, “Schwingt freudig euch empor”
Holland Boys’ Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto
Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
From Craig Smith’s notes in Emmanuel Music: “Cantata BWV 36 has a complicated history. It began life in 1727 as a secular cantata. By 1731 there had been as many as four versions of the work, all of them for specific celebratory secular occasions In 1731 Bach added all of the chorale-based movements and adapted the text to fit the first Sunday in Advent.”
John Sheppard: Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria Virgo
Woodley Ensemble, Robert Lehman
English composer John Sheppard (c1515-1558) set this six voice anthem to the text of the Respond and Prose at the Second Vespers for Candlemas.
J.S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Marie-Claire Alain, organ
French organist Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013) recorded the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach three times.
Samuel Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard, Op. 30
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Robert Shaw
Carmen Pelton, soprano; Nannette Soles, mezzo-soprano
Richard Clement, tenor
Samuel Barber was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation to compose this one movement cantata based on prayers written by Søren Kierkegaard.
Josef Haydn: Mass in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford; Academy of Ancient Music
Judith Nelson, soprano; Carolyn Watkinson, contralto
Martyn Hill, tenor; David Thomas, bass
Austrian composer Josef Haydn’s Mass No. 5 in E flat major is entitled ‘Missa in honorem Beatissimae Virginis Mariae’ and is also known as the ‘Große Orgelmesse’ It dates from 1770.