I post these playlists weekly with the hope that you might find them useful as you plan your programs. All of my playlists are on Spotify for you to enjoy at your convenience.
GSM – January 6, 2019 https://spoti.fi/2sihTyy
Don’t forget that we have more choral and organ music programmed on Sunday evenings beginning at 10 p.m. eastern.
WCPE The Classical Station
George Frideric Handel: Sing unto God ~ Judas Maccabaeus
Academy & Chorus of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
Stephen Jackson: Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
Benjamin Bayl, organ
from the Salisbury Psalmodie: A solis ortus cardine
Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
German-born English composer George Frideric Handel wrote his oratorio “Judas Maccabeus” in 1746. An anonymous reviewer writes of Stephen Jackson’s anthem: “This work is a hauntingly beautiful setting of the famous communion hymn about receiving the real presence of Christ’s body and blood in the Lord’s Supper.” Wikipedia tells us that “A solis ortus cardine is a Latin hymn, written in the first half of the fifth century by the early Christian poet Sedulius.”
Pierre de Manchicourt: Laudate Dominum
Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel
Francis Jackson: Word made flesh
Choir of York Minster, Philip Moore
John Scott Whitely, organ
James Murray: Away in a manger
Copley Singers, Brian Jones
Franco-Flemish composer Pierre de Manchicourt (c. 1510 – October 5, 1564) emigrated to Spain where he was master of the music in the Flemish Chapel of King Philip II. Organist of York Minster from 1946-1982, Dr. Francis Jackson celebrated his 101st birthday on October 2, 2018. According to the Twitter page, “The Copley Singers are a semi-professional and congenial group of colleagues and friends who gather several times a year to perform together.”
GSM Commentary: The Reverend Robin Arcus
Charles Tournemire: Improvisation on Te Deum Laudamus
David Arcus, organ
1932 Aeolian organ in Duke University Chapel, Durham, North Carolina
John Tomkins: Cantate Domino
Quire Cleveland, Ross W. Duffin
Music by the extraordinary French organist and improvisateur Charles Tournemire, in a stunning performance by renowned American organist Dr. David Arcus who is playing the recently renovated 1932 Aeolian organ in Duke University Chapel – who could ask for anything more? Quire Cleveland is dedicated to exploring, preserving, and breathing new life into nine centuries of extraordinary choral music.
Paul Halley: Christe, qui lux es et dies
Woodley Ensemble, Robert Lehman
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Prelude on the Welsh Hymn-tune Rhosymedre
Gareth Green, organ
1963 T.C. Lewis organ in Chesterfield Parish Church
The winner of multiple Grammy Awards as principal composer and keyboardist for the Paul Winter Consort, Paul Halley (1952-) was Director of Music of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY and then Founder and Director of the choirs, Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, Torrington, CT. The Welsh “rhosymedre” means “lovely.”
J.S. Bach: Cantata 65, “Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen”
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
James Gilchrist, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
Bach composed this cantata in 1724 in Leipzig for Epiphany. It was first performed it on 6 January 1724 as part of his first cantata cycle. The German translates as “all they from Sheba shall come.”
Franz Schubert: Mass No.3 in B flat, D. 324
Vienna Boys’ Choir; Vienna Chorus; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Franz Schubert wrote this Mass No. 3 in B-flat major, D 324 in 1815. It followed his Mass in G major.
Jean Langlais: Te Deum ~ Three Gregorian Paraphrases
Andrew Lucas, organ
Mander organ in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
French organist and composer Jean Langlais (1907-1991) studied with Marcel Dupre and Paul Dukas.
Franz Liszt: Christus, Part 1: Christmas Oratorio
Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart; Krakow Chamber Choir; Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling
Henriette Bonde-Hansen, soprano; Iris Vermillion, mezzo-soprano
Michael Schade, tenor; Andreas Schmidt, bass
Hungarian composer Franz Liszt wrote his oratorio Christus from 1862-1866. The work has three movements. We shall listen to the first movement which has as its theme the Birth of Jesus.