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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, November 10, 2013

Location: North Carolina, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday from 8-11 a.m. eastern time on The Classical Station.
Charles-Marie Widor: Andante ~ Symphonie Gothique, Op. 70
John Longhurst, organ
Aeolian-Skinner organ in the Mormon Tabernacle Organ
Josquin Des Prez: Qui habitat
Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel
Darius Milhaud: Psalm 121
Ensemble Amarcord
John Longhurst (1940-) studied with Alexander Schreiner, David Craighead
and Robert Noehren. He was organist at the Mormon Tabernacle from 1977-2007.
Josquin des Prez (1450-1521) wrote his setting of Psalm 91 verses 1-8 as 4 canons
for 6 equal voices (6 × SATB). One of the group of composers known as Les Six, Darius
Milhaud (1892-1974 ) emigrated to the United States in 1940. He taught at Mills College, Oakland, California. 
Anonymous: Entrepis
Joseph Payne, organ
John Brombaugh organ at Southern College of Seventh-Day Adventists, Collegedale,Tennessee
Johannes Brahms: How lovely is thy dwelling place ~ A German Requiem
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Otto Klemperer
Maurice Bevan: There's a wideness in God's mercy
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
The Anonymous "Entrepis" is taken from a compilation of organ music written in tablature
known as the Buxheimer Orgelbuch. "How lovely is they dwelling place" is a setting of Psalm
84: 1-2,4. Wells Cathedral recorded a five CD set of English hymns which was released in 2004.

Francois Couperin: Plein jeu & Fugue sur la Trompette ~ Messe pour les Couvents
Michel Chapuis, organ
1772 Isnard organ at St. Maximin La Sainte Beaume
Sequence: Virgines egregie
Anonymous 4
Healey Willan: Missa brevis No. 8 in D minor
The Choirs of the Church of St. Mary Madgalene, Toronto
Robert Hunter Bell
Francois Couperin (1668-1733) was born this day in 1668.  Anonymous 4
has twenty-two CDs to its credit. Our selection is taken from their most recent
recording "Secret Voices" released in 2011. Healey Willan (1880-1968) was organist
and choirmaster of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto.
Thomas Tomkins: Voluntary in C
Simon Preston, organ
1605 Knole organ, Knole House, Kent, England
Felix Mendelssohn: Jesu, meine Freude
Chamber Choir of Europe; Wurttemberg Philharmonic, Nicol Matt
Anton Bruckner: Virga Jesse floruit
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best
Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) was born in St. David's, Wales.
Felix Mendelssohn is generally better known for his orchestral music than
for his choral music. However, he wrote hundreds of sacred pieces of which
"Jesu meine freude" is typical. We will hear two compositions by Bruckner this
morning. "Virga Jesse Floruit" which dates from 1885 shows the composer's
understanding of the older styles of writing, the stile antico of the renaissance era.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 26, "Ach wie fluchtig, ach wie nichtig"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor;
Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
The German translates as "Ah, how fleeting, ah, how empty". The cantata
opens with one of those energetic sinfonias in which the chorale tune is decorated
with marvellous flourishes by the strings, hautbois and chorus.
Alessandro Scarlatti: Salve Regina
Montreal Sinfonietta, Charles Dutoit
June Anderson, soprano; Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) is known more for his operas than his sacred music.
In fact one commentator referred to Scarlatti's sacred music as 'comparatively unimportant'.
I believe that his setting of 'Salve Regina' refutes that general statement.

Anton Bruckner: Te Deum
BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Otto Klemperer
Heather Harper, soprano; Dame Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano; Richard Lewis, tenor; Marian Nowakowski, bass
From a December 1961 BBC radio broadcast this recording of Bruckner's Te Deum captures the artistry
and magic of some great musicians.
Heinrich Schutz: St. Matthew Passion
Amor Artis Chorale, Johannes Somary
Grayson Hirst, tenor, Evangelist; 
John Ostendorf, bass-baritone, Jesus
It is interesting to compare Schutz' treatment of the St. Matthew Passion with Johann Sebastian Bach's
monumental work. Approximately one hundred years separate the two German musicians.