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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, December 15, 2013

Location: North Carolina, USA
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday from 8-11 a.m. eastern time on The Classical Station.
Leon Boellmann: Priere a Notre-Dame ~ Suite gothique
Daniel Chorzempa, organ
Moller-Gress-Miles organ in West Point Cadets Chapel
Anthony Piccolo: I look from afar
Choir of Bath Abbey, Peter King
Marcus Sealy, organ
Richard Marlow: Advent Responsory
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow
The Moller organ at West Point originally built in 1911 has been greatly
enlarged and expanded over the years. It now comprises over 874 stops
and 325 ranks. Anthony Piccolo is a native of New Jersey and a graduate
of Peabody Conservatory. Richard Marlow (1939-2013) was Director or Music
at Trinity College, Cambridge for 38 years.
Loyset Compere: Ave Maria, gratia plena
Joseph Payne, organ
Fisk organ (Opus 68), University of Vermont, Burlington
Michael Praetorius: Come, thou Redeemer of the earth
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Philip Ledger
Traditional: O come, o come Emmanuel
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Philip Ledger
Adrian Partington, organ
Loyset Compere (1445-1518) was a contemporary of Josquin des Prez.
Dr. Phillip Ledger (1937-2012) was Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge
from 1974-1982.
Dietrich Buxtehude: Magnificat noni toni, BuxWV 205
Wolfgang Rubsam, organ
Metzler organ in the Catholic Church of Zurzach
Sir Arnold Bax: Magnificat
Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, John Sanders
Mark Blatchly, organ
Robert Parsons: Ave Maria
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Stephen Darlington
Benjamin Britten: A hymn to the Virgin
Holst Singers, Stephen Layton
Ruth Morris, soprano; Hatty Webb, alto;
William Lee, tenor; Christopher Head, bass
The 2 manual 27 rank Metzler organ in St.Verena Münster was built
in 1972. Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953) was an English composer whose
oeuvre straddled romanticism and impressionism. Robert Parsons (1535-1571)
may have been a teacher of the better known musician William Byrd. Britten's "A
Hymn to the Virgin" is set to a macaronic text, that is, with English and Latin alternating.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die
Stimme" ("Sleepers, Awake!")
Tudor Singers of Montreal; CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Wayne Riddell
Rosemarie Landry, soprano; Ben Heppner, tenor;
Mark Pedrotti, bass
Yes, that Ben Heppner. This recording was made before he became the famous tenor.
Wayne Riddell always seemed to surround himself with very talented young singers who
went on to become accomplished musicians in their own right.
Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
Gregg Smith Singers; Texas Boys Choir; Columbia Baroque Ensemble
Robert Craft
Gloria Prosper, soprano; Adrienne Albert, mezzo-soprano;
Richard Levitt, tenor; Melvin brown, tenor; Archie Drake, bass
The Vespers of the Blessed Virgin commonly referred to as the 1610 Vespers requires large
forces including a choir capable of managing 10 vocal parts.