What’s On Great Sacred Music, Sunday, May 5, 2019
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GSM – May 5, 2019 https://spoti.fi/3001A9v
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
Orlando Gibbons: If ye be risen again with Christ
The Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York City
George Frideric Handel: Worthy is the Lamb … Amen ~ Messiah
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Brandenburg Consort, Stephen Cleobury
Gaspar Fernandes: Elegit sum
I Cantori, Edward Cansino
English composer Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was a chorister in the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. He was Organist of Westminster Abbey when he died at age 41. We continue the festive smood of Easter with the final chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”This setting of “Elegit sum,” written in renaissance Mexico by the Portuguese composer Gaspar Fernandez, demonstrates his talents in the European polyphonic style.
John Rutter: To every thing there is a season
Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter
Philip Stopford: Rejoice, Rejoice
Utah State University Chamber Singers, Cory Evans
Lynn Thomas, organ
John Rutter’s “To everything there is a season” can be found on his 2002 CD entitled ‘John Rutter: A Song in Season’. This recording features the composer’s music written for the various seasons of the church’s year. English composer Philip Stopford (1977-) is Organist and Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church, Bronxville, New York.
Commentary: Thomas Brown
Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Nun danket alle Gott, Op. 65, No. 39
Thomas Brown, organ
1982 Laukhuff organ at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC
Herbert Sumsion: Te Deum Laudamus
Worcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt
Adrian Partington, organ
Humphrey Clucas: Lux hominum
Vasari, Jeremy Backhouse
German Composer Karg-Elert wrote many compositions for harmonium. This robust Marche Triomphale is perhaps his best-known work for modern listeners. Herbert Sumsion (1899—1995) was Organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1928-1967. English composer Humphrey Clucas (1941-) was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and a Lay Vicar in the Choir of Westminster Abbey.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 185, “Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe”
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Midori Suzuki, soprano; Akira Tachikawa, alto
Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Stephan Schreckenberger, bass
The German means “Merciful Heart of Eternal Love.” This cantata, one of the shortest of Bach’s cantatas, is an early work first performed on July 14, 1715. The libretto is by the Weimar court poet Salomon Frank.
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Exaudiat te Dominus
Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) was born in Florence, Italy as Giovanni
Battista Lulli. He emigrated to France where he became part of the royal household of Louis XIV.
Anton Bruckner: Te Deum
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Daniel Barenboim
Jessye Norman, soprano; Yvonne Minton, mezzo-soprano
David Rendall, tenor; Samuel Ramey, bass
Austrian composer Anton Bruckner began composing this work in 1881, about the same time as he was completing his Symphony No. 6 and starting on Symphony No. 7.
Franz Liszt: Missa Solemnis
Hungarian Radio and TV Chorus; Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Janos Ferencsik
Veronika Kincses, soprano; Klara Takacs, contralto
Gyorgy Korondy, tenor; Jozsef Gregor, bass
Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886) wrote his Missa solemnis for the consecration of the basilica at Esztergom, Hungary in August 1856.