What’s on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, March 10, 2019
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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.
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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
Martin Herbst (attributed): Forty days and forty nights
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
Words: George Hunt Smyttan and Francis Pott;
Orazio Benevolo: Miserere
Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
Gustav Holst: Turn back, O man
Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, John Scott
Andrew Lucas, organ
The Lenten hymn “Forty days and forty nights” is sung to an adaptation
of German composer Martin Herbst’s tune “Aus tiefer Not”. Franco-Italian composer Orazio Benevolo (1605-1672) flourished in Rome where he held several important posts. He composed many large scale works most of which have been performed infrequently much less recorded. Clifford Bax (1886–1962) wrote the text to “Turn back, o man” at the request of Gustav Holst.
John Sanders: The Reproaches
Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, John Sanders
J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude on “O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gross”, BWV 622
Friedrich Froschle, organ
Walcker organ in Ulm Cathedral, Ulm, Germany
John Sanders (1933-2003) held the position of Organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1967-1994. “O my people, O my people, What have I done to you How have I offended you? Answer me! Answer me!” John Sanders sets
these opening lines of The Reproaches with an anguished cry of despair.
This work can be found on a CD entitled Psalms for the Soul on the Naxos label. Bach injects a mood of supplication into every note of this beautiful choral melody which translates as “O man, bemoan thy grievous sin”.
Commentary: Kevin Kerstetter
Herbert Howells: Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks
Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, John Scott
Christopher Dearnley, organ
T. Frederick H. Candlyn: Thee We Adore
Choir of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Douglas Major, organ; Thomas Smoker, tenor
Herbert Howells wrote his ravishing setting of Psalm
42 “Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks” in one day on January 8, 1941. Dr. Douglas Major was Organist and Choirmaster of The Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Washington, DC, from 1988-2002.
Jules Van Nuffel: Super flumina Babylonis
Choir of St. Rombaux Cathedral, Malines, Belgium, Johan van Bouwelen
Peter Pieters, organ
Healey Willan: Urbs Hierusalem beata
Patrick Wedd, organ
1914/1955 Casavant Organ in the Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montreal
This setting of Psalm 136 was composed by Belgian composer and priest Jules Van Nuffel (1883-1953) was a cantor at St. Rumbold’s Cathedral where he
founded the St. Rombouts’ choir. Casavant Freres has been building pipe organs in its St. Hyacinthe, Quebec plant since 1879.
J.S. Bach: Motet No. 4: “Furchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir”, BWV 228
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, John Scott
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee” is the translation of the German. This
motet was written in 1726 for a funeral or so most scholars seem to think.
Gerald Finzi: Lo, the full, final sacrifice
Finzi Singers, Paul Spicer
Harry Bicket, organ
St. Matthew’s Church, Northampton commissioned English composer Gerald Finzi to write “Lo, the full, final sacrifice” for the 53rd anniversary of the consecration of the church.
Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater, Op. 53
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Robert Shaw
Christine Goerke, soprano; Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano
Victor Ledbetter, baritone
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) wrote his setting of the 13th century Marian hymn Stabat Mater in 1925-26. It uses a Polish translation of the ancient Latin.
Fredrik Sixten: Requiem
Swedish Radio Choir; Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Ragnar Bohlin
Karin Ingeback, soprano; Anders Larsson, bass
Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten (1962-) states: “These words of Bengt Pohjanen, in combination with the classical texts from the Latin Requiem Mass, form a type of testament to mankind‚a yearning for unity and perfection. In the final movement, In Paradisum, this yearning is borne forth to the God whom Bengt describes as being: Wisdom deep and loving. Stronger than death.”
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Prelude on the Welsh Hymn-tune Rhosymedre
Thomas Murray, organ
Austin Organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA
The Welsh “rhosymedre” means “lovely” and is pronounced roh-SHEM-ed-ruh.