What’s On Great Sacred Music, Sunday, July 16, 2017
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
Felix Mendelssohn: I waited for the Lord
Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, John Scott
Peter R. Hallock: Psalm 103
Compline Choir of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Exsultate Deo
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Stephen Cleobury
“I waited for the Lord” comes from Mendelssohn’s “Lobesang.” “The service of Compline occurs every Sunday evening at 9:30pm Pacific Time in Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. The darkened cathedral draws hundreds of listeners to individual mediation through the rich, unaccompanied choral music filling the sacred space.” Source: wwwcomplinechoir.org We normally associate the music of Palestrina with descriptions such as suave or smooth. His setting of “Exsultate Deo” shows the composer’s skill in setting more exuberant texts.
Franz Schubert: Tantum ergo in E flat, D. 962
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Bavarian Radio Choir
Lucia Popp, soprano; Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-soprano;
Adolf Dallapozza, tenor; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Gerald Near: Arise, My Love
Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
William Bolcom: What a Friend We Have in Jesus!
Mark Pacoe, organ
1935 Aeolian-Skinner organ in St. Malachy’s Church, New York
Schubert’s best known sacred compositions include his setting of the Ave Maria and the Mass in G major. His setting of the Tantum Ergo dates from October 1828. American composer Gerald Near (1942-) studied with Leo Sowerby and Leslie Bassett. American composer William Bolcom won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his composition 12 New Etudes for Piano.
Dan Locklair: Magnificat
Bel Canto Company, David Pegg
Dan Locklair: Remembrance
Sospiri, Christopher Watson
Jeremy Cole, organ
Henry Purcell: Te Deum in D
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; English Concert, Simon Preston
Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dating from 1694, Henry Purcell’s setting of the Te Deum Laudamus was the first English setting of that ancient hymn with orchestral accompaniment.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 93, “Wer nur den lieben Gott… ”
Holland Boys’ Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto;
Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass
BWV 93 was first performed in Leipzig on July 9, 1724. Bach later adapted the duet in the opening chorus for organ as BWV 647, one of the six Schubler Chorale Preludes. The German translates as “If you but permit God to prevail.”
Louis Vierne: Messe solennelle, Op 16
Choirs of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, Jehan Revert
Pierre Cochereau and Jacques Marichal, organ
“The Messe solennelle op. 16 for mixed choir and two organs by Louis Vierne was composed in 1899. At its world premiere in St. Sulpice in December 1901 Charles-Marie Widor played the main organ and Vierne the choir organ. The work belongs to the highlights of the late Romantic organ masses and more-over is comfortable for the choir to sing.” Source: Carus-Verlag
Mark Grey: Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Michael Christie
Scott Hendricks, baritone
“Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio” by Mark Grey (1967-) uses a libretto fashioned by Laura Tohe, an Arizona State University professor and herself a Navajo, and the composer. The two met with tribal elders to discuss how to adapt the ancient Indian ceremony of The Enemy Slayer into oratorio form. The work is scored for full orchestra and chorus and a baritone soloist. It was first performed in February 2008.