What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, February 2, 2014
Date: February 1, 2014
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday morning from 8 until 11 a.m. eastern on The Classical Station.
Also on Sunday evenings you can hear more choral music both sacred and secular on Wavelengths
and Peaceful Reflections beginning at 9 p.m. eastern.
Louis Marchand: Fond d'orgue
Joseph Payne, organ
The Fisk organ, Opus 78, University of Vermont, Burlington
Louis Marchand (1669–1732) was born February 2. He was a virtuoso organist
most of whose ouevre has not survived.
Lennox Berkeley: Mass for Five Voices, Op. 64
Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson
Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley (1903–1989) was an English composer who
among other things taught the late Sir John Tavener. His Mass for Five Voices dates from 1964.
Traditional, arr. Barbara Harbach: Land of Rest: "How Long, O God" and "Amazing Grace"
Barbara Harbach, organ
1965 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri
Barbara Harbach is an American composer and organist who has been Professor of Music at the
University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2004.
Felix Mendelssohn: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
Chamber Choir of Europe; Wurttemberg Philharmonic, Nicol Matt
Raimund Spogis, baritone
The cantata "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" owes its inspiration to Mendelssohn's interest in
Johann Sebastian's music. It dates from 1827.
J.S. Bach: 2nd mvt (Largo) ~ Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526
Richards, Fowkes Organ Opus 12, Christ Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Soohwang Choi is a Korean organist who has released several CDs to date.
Henry Purcell: Te Deum
Taverner Consort, Choir & Players, Andrew Parrott
Andrew Parrott founded the Taverner Consort in 1973. It is named in honor of
the 16th century English composer John Taverner.
J.S. Bach, arr. E. Power Biggs: Sheep May Safely Graze ~ Cantata 208
Delores Ziegler, mezzo-soprano; William Neil, organ;
Alice Kogan Weinreb and Nicolette Oppelt, flutes
"Sheep may safely graze" has to rank in the top ten of well-known Bach works. Most
likely behind "Jesu, joy of man's desiring".
Gregorian chant: Veni creator spiritus
Choir of the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos
Ismael Fernandez de la Cuesta
Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos in Spain gained great fame back in
the 90s when this CD went triple platinum in CD sales. No mean achievement for
an obscure genre of church music.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 81, "Jesus schlaft, was soll ich hoffen"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Robin Blaze, countertenor; James Gilchrist, tenor;
Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
"Jesus sleeps, what hope is there for me?" was composed for the Fourth Sunday after
the Epiphany. It was first performed in Leipzig on January 30, 1724.
Alec Wyton: The Vision of Isaiah
Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, Owen Burdick
Dr. Alec Wyton was a distinguished church musician Owen Burdick's interview
with Dr. Wyton is worth a read. http://hanoverianfoundation.org/AlecWyton/PDF/Wyton,%20Burdick%20Interview.pdf
John Blow: The glorious day is come
Parley of Instruments; Playford Consort
Peter Holman and Richard Wistreich
Suzie Le Blanc, soprano; Michael Chance, counter-tenor;
Joseph Cornwell, tenor; Jozic Koc, bass
John Blow (1649–1708) was an English composer who was appointed organist of
Westminster Abbey in 1669.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Mass in C, Op. 86
Corydon Singers and Orchestra, Matthew Best
Janice Watson, soprano; Jean Rigby, mezo-soprano;
John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Gwynne Howell, bass
With the Mass in C, Beethoven carried on a tradition established by Josef Haydn when he
was court composer to Prince Nikolaus Esterházy II. The work is not as widely known as the Missa Solemnis.
J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Robert Burns King, organ
Robert Burns King has at various times been Organist-Choirmaster of First Presbyterian Church
in Burlington, North Carolina; Instructor of Organ at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
and University Organist of Elon University. Dr. King won a Fulbright Scholarship for study with Jean
Langlais and Maurice Duruflé.