What’s On Great Sacred Music, Sunday, June 23, 2019
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GSM – June 23, 2019 https://spoti.fi/2X2IzW7
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
Felix Mendelssohn: Laudate pueri, Op. 39 No. 2
Chamber Choir of Europe, Nicol Matt
William Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis
St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir, Thomas Wilkinson
Franz Schubert: Hymn to the Holy Spirit, D. 964
Capella Bavariae; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch
In 1830 German composer Felix Mendelssohn composed the Three Motets of Opus 39 for the nuns of Trinità de Monti in Rome. St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir at University of Saint Andrew’s, Scotland, was founded in the 15th-century. Schubert’s “Hymn to the Holy Spirit” was written for eight male voices, soli, and chorus with winds.
Francis Jackson: O people of Sion
Choir of York Minster, Philip Moore
John Scott Whitely, organ
Ronald Arnatt: Festival Psalm
Choir of Riverside Church, New York, Dr. John Walker
J. David Williams, organ
Carl Glaser, arr. Barbara Harbach: Azmon: Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Barbara Harbach, organ
The 1965 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri
English organist Dr. Francis Jackson (1917-) was Organist of York Minster from 1946-1982). Dr. Ronald Arnatt (1930-2018) was organist and director of music at several American churches including Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to her duties as Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Louis, Barbara Harbach has been Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2004.
Commentary: Daniel Bishop
Sir William Harris: Bring us, O Lord
Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson
John Rutter: Te Deum
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Wallace Collection
Sir Stephen Cleobury
Sir William Harris (1883-1973) was organist of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor from 1933-1961. John Rutter composed his setting of the Te Deum in 1998 for the centenary of the British Guild of Church Musicians. It was first performed at the centenary celebration of the Guild in Canterbury Cathedral in 1988.
Traditional: Christ is made the sure foundation
Choirs of Saint Paul’s Parish, K Street; Washington Symphonic Brass
Bruce Neswick, organ
Descant by Barry Rose
Camille Saint-Saëns: Berceuse in E, Op. 105
Joachim Dorfmuller, organ
The hymn text “Christ is made the sure foundation” is commonly sung to an adaptation of music by Henry Purcell, the tune being known as “Westminster Abbey.” Although we associate French composer with grand symphonic works, Saint-Saens got his start as an organist. And a very distinguished one he was with appointments at Paris’ historic Eglise Saint-Merry and Eglise de la Madeleine.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 39, “Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot”
Holland Boys’ Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium, Pieter Jan Leusink
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalde, alto; Bas Ramselaar, bass
The German translates as “Give bread to the hungry.” This cantata was first performed in Leipzig on June 23, 1726. Scholars think that Bach borrowed some of the musical ideas in this cantata from his older cousin Johann Ludwig Bach. Duke Ernst Ludwig wrote the libretto.
George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthem No. 02
The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Harry Christophers
Ian Partridge, tenor
Chandos Anthem No. 2 is based on Psalm 100, the Jubilate Deo. It is one of eleven anthems, really short cantatas, which Handel wrote for use in the chapel at Cannons, the country home of James Brydges, Duke of Chandos.
Max Reger: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op. 69 Nos. 1 and 2
Bernard Haas, organ
Link organ in Evangelical Church, Giengen an der Brenz, Germany
German composer Max Reger wrote a prodigious amount of music for a composer who died at the young age of 43.
Paul Patterson: Mass of the Sea
Brighton Festival Chorus; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon
Ann MacKay, soprano; Christopher Keyte, bass
English composer Paul Patterson wrote his Mass of the Sea for the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival in 1983.
J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV 540
Michael Murray, organ
Schnitger organ in St. Michael’s, Zwolle, Netherlands
Scholars think that this is an early work dating from 1713 during Bach’s Weimar period.