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What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, April 27, 2014

Location: North Carolina, USA
This week's playlist continues the celebration of Easter. In case you cannot
hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you to enjoy: GSM - April 27, 2014
Don't forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday
evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Randall Thompson: Alleluia
Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, Robert Shaw
Herbert Sumsion: Benedicite
Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, John Sanders
Mark Blatchly, organ
Charles Wood: O Thou the central orb
Guildford Cathedral Choir, Andrew Millington
Peter Wright, organ
From Harvard Magazine, July-August 2001: The anthem’s tempo mark of lento
was very important to the composer. France had just fallen to the Nazis,
and Thompson later explained, "The music in my particular Alleluia cannot
be made to sound joyous…here it is comparable to the Book of Job, where it
is written, ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the
name of the Lord.’"
Herbert Sumsion and Herbert Howells share something else besides their
Christian names. They both earned their Fellow of the Royal College of
Organists diploma in 1916. Charles Wood was the first Director of Music
and Organist of Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University.
Johannes Brahms: Here on earth have we no continuing place ~ A German Requiem, Op. 45
Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Craig Jessop
Nathan Gunn, baritone
Brahms, of course, wrote his A German Requiem in German. The English
version of which we will hear one movement this morning is the handiwork
of the late Robert Shaw.
Herbert Howells: Te Deum, "Collegium Regale"
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Christopher Dearnley, organ
George Frideric Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim ~ Samson
Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Nelson
Kathleen Battle, soprano; Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Herbert Howells wrote dozens of settings of the Morning and Evening
Canticles of the Anglican liturgy. The setting known as Collegium Regale
was composed for King's College Chapel, Cambridge. Kathleen Battle and
Wynton Marsalis infuse the already dazzling music which Handel wrote with
their own stunning virtuosity.
Jacob Clemens non Papa: Ego flos campi
Stile Antico
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Bergamasca
Rene Saorgin, organ
1844 Serassi Brothers organ in the Cathedral of Santa Maria at Bastia, Italy
Jacob Clemens non Papa Clemens was a Franco-Flemish composer who lived
from c. 1510/15 to  c. 1555/56. Frescobaldi was organist of St. Peter's
Basilica, Rome from 1608 until 1628.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 42, "Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats ... "
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor;
James Gilchrist, tenor; Dominik Worner, bass
The sinfonia to Cantata 42 is a large-scale instrumental work. You can
only imagine what kind of symphonies Bach might have written had he lived
a couple of decades later.
Henry Purcell: Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday
Choir of Westminster Abbey; New London Consort, Martin Neary
Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb, soprano;
Michael Chance, countertenor; Ian Bostridge, tenor; Stephen Richardson and
Simon Birchall, bass
Queen Mary's birthday was celebrated on April 30. "Come Ye Sons of Art" is
about as fine a piece of writing as you will find in the period.
Leos Janacek: Glagolitic Mass
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Robert Shaw
Christine Brewer, soprano; Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano; Karl Dent,
tenor; Roger Roloff, bass; Norman Mackenzie, organ
Glagolitic? It was the name of the alphabet which preceded the modern
Cyrillic alphabet. Janacek composed his mass in 1926 using the Slavic
language instead of Latin for the text of the mass.
Jeanne Demessieux: Repons pour le Temps de Paques
Graham Barber, organ
Klais Organ of Ingolstadt Minster
Jeanne Demessieux (1921–1968) played all the works of Bach, Mendelssohn
and Liszt from memory.