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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, December 8, 2013

Location: North Carolina, USA
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday from 8-11 a.m. eastern time on The Classical Station.
J.S. Bach: Chorale prelude on "O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig", BWV 618
Gerhard Weinberger, organ
Joachim Wagner organ (1739-41) at Nidarosdom, Trondheim, Norway
W.A. Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom
George Frideric Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim ~ Samson
Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Nelson
Kathleen Battle, soprano; Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
The organ in Nidaroso Cathedral was built by Joachim Wagner from 1739-41 with revisions
by Claus Jensen in the 1860s and a restoration by Jurgen Ahrend in 1994. [Source: ECHO]
Mozart's setting of "Ave verum corpus" was written for his friend Anton Stoll who was director
of music at the parish church in Baden bei Wien. [Source: Wikipedia] It's a pity that we don't
hear Handel's 'other' oratorios of which there are twenty-three. The man's musical genius truly
shines in "Let the bright seraphim".
Juan Cabanilles: Pasacalles I
Robert Parkins, organ
Flentrop Organ at Duke Chapel, Duke University 
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Ave Maria, Hexapsaume ~ Vespers
St. Petersburg Choir, Vladislav Tchernouchenko
John Rutter: The Lord is my shepherd ~ Requiem
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; City of London Sinfonia
Stephen Cleobury
Dirk Flentrop built the four manual mechanical action instrument for Duke University Chapel
in 1976-77. [Source: Flentrop Orgelbouw] Besides building scores of new instruments Flentrop
is also remembered for his fastidious restoration of several historic instruments including the two
17th and 18th century organs in the Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María in Mexico City.
Rachmaninov's Vespers was dedicated to Stepan Vasilyevich Smolensky and first performed in March
1915. [Source: International Music Score Library Project] The oboe obbligato in Rutter's setting of the
Twenty-third Psalm evokes the quiet confidence of the psalmist's writing in a quite felicitous way.
J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
Wolfgang Rubsam, organ
Metzler organ in St. Michael's Church, Eutin, Germany
Tomás Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium
Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh
Henry Purcell: My heart is inditing
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; English Concert
Simon Preston
"Wachet auf", the familiar "Sleepers, Awake!" tune, is beautifully embellished by Bach
in this chorale prelude setting from the six Schubler chorale preludes. Founded in 1982
as an early music ensemble the Gabrieli Consort now regularly performs music from many
musical periods. [Source:] Henry Purcell (1659-95) wrote his anthem
"my heart is inditing" for the coronation of King James II in 1685. [Source: The British Library]
J.S. Bach: Missa Brevis in G, BWV 236
Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon
In my opinion the young French conductor Raphael Pichon (1984-) has firmly established
both himself and his ensemble Pygmalion in the company of the world's foremost interpretors
of Bach's choral music.
William Byrd: Mass for Five Voices
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly
William Byrd wrote three masses for the Roman liturgy during the reign of Elizabeth I. He
and Thomas Tallis were holders of a Royal Warrant to print music, in spite of the fact that
the Roman liturgy had taken a back seat to the new Church of England liturgy.
[Source: David Skinner on Hyperion Records]
Charles Gounod: Requiem
Choeur de Chambre Romand; Quartet Sine Nomine
Andre Charlet
Eva Buffoni, soprano; Irene Friedli, alto;
Ruben Amoretti, tenor; Alain Clement, bass
From the pen of the composer of the opera "Faust" comes this marvellous
Requiem Mass which dates from 1883.
C.P.E. Bach: Organ Concerto in G
Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Stefan Mai
Christine Schornsheim, organ
C.P.E. Bach's keyboard concertos broke new musical ground in that a keyboard
concerto was a comparatively new form. [Source:]