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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, January 5, 2014

Location: North Carolina, USA
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday morning from 8 until 11 a.m. eastern.
Maurice Duruflé: Prelude to the Introit of the Epiphany
Todd Wilson, organ
The Schudi organ, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Dallas, Texas
Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger: Omnes de Saba
St. Clement's Choir, Philadelphia, Peter Richard Conte
Konrad Kocher: As with gladness men of old
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks
The Schudi organ in Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Dallas was the firm's Opus 6
inaugurated in 1978. Peter Richard Conte is Grand Court Organist of Wanamaker's,
Center City, Philadelphia in addition to being Director of Music at St. Clement's Church. The text
for the hymn "As with gladness men of old" was written by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1998).
Dietrich Buxtehude: Fugue in C, BuxWV 174 "Gigue"
Robert Noehren, organ
1967 Noehren organ in First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
Healy Willan: The Three Kings
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Jerold Ottley
Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Ascribe unto the Lord
Guildford Cathedral Choir, Andrew Millington
Peter Wright, organ
Dr. Robert Noehren (1910-2002) was University Organist and Head of the
Organ Department at the University of Michigan as well as being an organ builder.
"The Three Kings" is a setting of a poem by Laurence Housman. Wesley's lengthy
anthem takes its text from Psalms 96 and 115.
Daniel E. Gawthrop: Chorale
Mary Mozelle, organ
The 1991 Mander organ in the Princeton University Chapel
Francis Poulenc: Videntes stellam
Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber
Johannes Eccard: When to the Temple Mary Went
Choir of Truro Cathedral, David Briggs
The organ in Princeton Chapel was an E.M. Skinner instrument dedicated
in 1928. Mander completely refurbished the original organ as well as making
judicious additions and alterations in line with late 20th century organ building
practices. "The crystalline refrain of Videntes stellam evokes a placid and (of course)
starlit night, through which the Magi travel with burgeoning excitement; this reaches
a rich climax as they enter the stable and present their gifts; outside the star shines
on, undisturbed." [Robert Quinney on Hyperion] David Briggs is currently Musician in
Residence at St. James Cathedral, Toronto.
J.S. Bach: In dulci jubilo
Richard Marlow, organ
1975 Metzler organ in Trinity College, Cambridge
Gustav Holst: Nunc dimittis
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
Jon Wimpeney, treble
Herbert Howells: Here is the little door
Swiss organ builder Metzler used the Father Smith organ case in
Trinity Chapel when he constructed his new organ in the 70s. Gustav
Holst (1874-1934) wrote his setting of the Nunc Dimittis for double choir
and soprano and tenor soloists. It received a performance on Easter Day 1915
at Westminster Cathedral then was forgotten until 1974. Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
wrote "Here is the little door" in 1918.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 153, "Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind"
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman
Sibylla Rubens, soprano; Bernhard Landauer, alto;
Christoph Pregardien, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass
This cantata was written for the Sunday after New Year. The tenor aria - Stürmt
nur, stürmt, ihr Trübsalswetter - is a stunning bit of writing for a very accomplished singer.
Benjamin Britten: A Boy was Born, Op. 3
Holst Singers, Stephen Layton
Britten was 19 year old student at the Royal College of Music when he wrote "A Boy
is Born". The work is a set of choral variations on old carols.
Cesar Franck: Pièce Héroïque
Stanislas Deriemaeker, organ
The 1891 Pierre Schyven organ in Antwerp Cathedral
César-Auguste-Guillaume-Hubert Franck published his Piece Heroique in B minor in 1878
together with Cantabile and Fantaisie in A.
Francis Poulenc: Gloria
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Robert Shaw
Sylvia McNair, soprano
Imagine a monk with a punk hair-do. That gives you an idea of the remarkable combination
of molto religioso moods and flights of wild abandon which awaits you in Poulenc's Gloria.
The work dates from 1937 and was commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation of Boston.
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Mass, H. 1
Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
Charpentier's Mass is one of eleven which he wrote. It begins rather simply with four voices and expands
in sections to eight voices.