What’s On Great Sacred Music, Sunday, June 30, 2019
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GSM – June 30, 2019 https://spoti.fi/2Xr7ZwE
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
Walter Frye: Gloria~Missa Flos regalis
The Binchois Consort, Andrew Kirkman
Jake Runestad: Let My Love Be Heard
Wartburg College Choir, Lee Nelson
Anonymous, from 17th-century Malta: Hodie nobis caelorum Rex
The Binchois Consort was founded by Andrew Kirkman in 1995. A graduate of Peabody Conservatory, American composer Jake Runestad (1986-) is a prolific composer of classical music in many genres. The Rose Ensemble, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a musical group that was founded by Jordan Sramek in 1996.
John Rutter: I will sing with the spirit
Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter
William Byrd: Ave verum corpus
Felix Mendelssohn: He, Watching Over Israel ~ Elijah
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Robert Shaw
Using a text from 1 Corinthians 14:15, John Rutter composed “I will sing with the spirit” in 1994 for the Royal School of Church Music. “Ave verum corpus” is a motet composed for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah had its premiere at the Birmingham Festival in 1846.
Commentary: The Right Reveremd Samuel Rodman
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Trinity Brass Ensemble, Stephen Layton
Owain Park, organ
Dan Locklair: Ubi Caritas
Sospiri, Christopher Watson
Jeremy Cole, organ
Josef Haydn: O coelitum beati
Tafelmusik; Tolzer Knabenchor, Bruno Weil
Ann Monoyios, soprano
St. Patrick’s Breastplate is attributed to the Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It dates from 433 A.D. and is commonly sung at ordinations. North Carolina composer Dan Locklair’s music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and around the world. His catalog includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral compositions. Haydn’s motet seems to have had its origins in one of the composer’s early operas.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 2, “Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein”
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Dorothee Mields, soprano; Pascal Bertin, countertenor
Gerd Turk, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
The German translates as “Oh God, look down from Heaven”. In the first movement Bach sets this rather severe text from Psalm 12 with the altos singing the cantus firmus around which he crafts some fugal writing. The first performance was on June 18, 1724.
George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthem No. 09
The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Harry Christophers
Patrizia Kwella, soprano; James Bowman, alto
Ian Partridge, tenor; Michael George, bass
Handel wrote his eleven Chandos Anthems whilst in the employ of James
Brydges, Duke of Chandos, at his country home Cannons from 1717 to 1718.
W.A. Mozart: Fantasia in F minor for Musical Clockwork, K. 608
John Scott, organ
Mander organ at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
Intricate music written for an intricate device, Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor illustrates the composer’s familiarity with the music of J.S. Bach as evidenced in the overture and fugal writing.
John Rutter: Mass of the Children
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; Farnham Youth Choir; Clare Chamber Ensemble, Timothy Brown
Angharad Gruffydd-Jones, soprano; Jeremy Huw
Williams, baritone; James McVinnie, organ
The first performance of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children was on February 13, 2003, at Carnegie Hall in New York.
W.A. Mozart: Missa brevis in B flat, K. 275
Leipzig Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Kegel
Mitsuko Shirai, soprano; Rosemarie Lang, contralto
Aldo Baldin, tenor; Hermann Christian Polster, bass
Scholars seem to agree that this mass was written before 1777 for use at Salzburg Cathedral.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit by Louis Comfort Tiffany in St Barnabas Church, Irvington, NY