What’s on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, July 7, 2019
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 – July 7, 2019 https://spoti.fi/32eehyu
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
Vincenzo Ugolini: Exultate omnes
The Studio of Ancient Music of Montreal, Christopher Jackson
Peter I. Tchaikovsky: Cherubic Hymn in D
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best
Isaac Albeniz: Psalm 6, from The Office of the Dead
Coro Cervantes, Carlos Fernandes Aransay
Christopher Jackson was one of Canada’s top early music specialists. Tchaikovsky left us 40 sacred choral compositions including three settings of the Cherubic Hymn. Walter Clark writes that ” Albéniz wrote only one extant sacred work during his entire career, a lovely setting of Psalm 6, upon the death of his patron Alfonso XII in 1885.”
Giacomo Puccini: Kyrie ~ Messa di Gloria
Chorus & Orchestra of the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Michel Corboz
Traditional Irish: Be thou my vision
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir Stephen Cleobury
Sioned Williams, harp
Georg Bohm: Chorale prelude: Vater unser im Himmelreich
Ulrich Knorr, organ
1968 Rieger organ in the church of St. Jakob
Puccini is perhaps best known for his operas such as La Boheme and Madame Butterfly. He wrote his Missa di Gloria in 1878 as a graduation exercise. It was performed in 1880 then fell out of use until its next performance in 1952 in Chicago. John Rutter sets this traditional Irish hymn with his inimitable quiet elegance. Georg Böhm (1661–1733) was a German organist who influenced young Johann Sebastian Bach.
Commentary: Angelo Cartwright
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Let all the world in every corner sing
Choir of Truro Cathedral, David Briggs
Henry Purcell: They that go down to the sea in ships
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; English Concert, Simon Preston
Anton Bruckner: Psalm 112
Corydon Singers; English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best
“Let all the world in every corner sing” comes from English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’s settings of poetry by George Herbert (1593–1633). This is an interesting combination of composer and author, Herbert being a priest and Vaughan Williams being an atheist.About Purcell’s anthem, Robert King writes: “Towards the end of his life, King Charles II commissioned a yacht which he named ‘Fubbs’, the nickname he had given to his mistress, the Duchess of Portsmouth. The historian Sir John Hawkins, always a good embroiderer of a story, recounts that on the first voyage the famous bass John Gostling was invited on board, but did not much enjoy a severe storm in which the boat was caught. On his return to London, so Hawkins says, Gostling selected some verses from the Psalms which were particularly apposite to his experience, and Purcell set them to music.” While he is best known for his large-scale symphonies, Austrian composer Anton Bruckner was a church organist at the beginning of his career. He wrote many fine sacred choral works including this setting of Psalm 112.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 135, “Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder”
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Dorothee Mields, soprano; Pascal Bertin, countertenor
Gerd Turk, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
This cantata was first performed on the Third Sunday after Trinity on June 25, 1724 in Leipzig. The work has six movements. Listen for the trombone in the opening chorus.
George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthem No. 10, “The Lord is my light”
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir David Willcocks
April Cantelo, soprano; Ian Partridge, tenor; Andrew Davis, organ continuo
Handel wrote the eleven Chandos anthems whilst in the employ of James, Duke
of Chandos from 1717-1719. Some musicologists have opined that these anthems were in fact sketches for much larger works HAndel would compose later on.
Juan Bautista José Cabanilles: Corrente Italiana
Sean McCarthy, organ
1993 Randall Dyer & Associates’ Organ Opus 58 Queen of Peace Church, Ocala, Fla.
Sean McCarthy plays Randall Dyer & Associates’ Opus 58 which
they installed in 1993.
Horatio Parker: Hora Novissima
Abendmusik Chorus; Nebraska Wesleyan Choir; Nebraska Chamber Orchestra
Anna Soranno, soprano; Julie Simson, mezzo-soprano
Kent Hall, tenor; Duane Andersen, bass-baritone
American composer Horatio Parker (1863-1919) composed his oratorio Hora Novissima to the opening words of De contemptu mundi by the twelfth-century French Benedictine monk, Bernard of Cluny.