What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, February 21, 2016
Date: February 24, 2016
Location: North Carolina, USA
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William Marion Runyan: Great is thy faithfulness
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Rupert Gough, organ
Felix Mendelssohn: O beata et benedicta
Chamber Choir of Europe, Nicol Matt
Philip the Chancellor: Dic, Christi Veritas
The text to the hymn Great is thy faithfulness was written by American songwriter
Thomas Obediah Chisholm (1866-1960). Mendelssohn wrote O beata et benedicta
in 1830 for three soprano voices and organ. Philip the Chancellor (1160-1236) was
Chancellor of Paris.
Traditional American spiritual: Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass
An orchestra assembled for this event, James Levine
Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, soprano
Francis Poulenc: Ave verum corpus
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
John Hopkins: Psalm 27
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Andrew Lucas, organ
Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle recorded a concert of spirituals in Carnegie Hall,
March 1990, for a television presentation produced by Peter Gelb who is now General
Manager of the Metropolitan Opera. French composer Francis Poulenc wrote his setting
of "Ave verum corpus" in 1952 for 3-part women’s chorus a capella. The art of fitting the
texts of the psalms to Anglican chant is called pointing. The Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral,
London uses the late John Scott's pointing of the Psalter.
Giovanni Gabrieli: Dulcis Jesu patris imago
La Capella Ducale; Musica Fiata Koln, Roland Wilson
Jules Van Nuffel: Domine, ne in furore tuo arguas me
Choir of St. Rombaux Cathedral, Malines,, Belgium, Johan van Bouwelen
Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli wrote his setting of Dulcis Jesu patris imago for
3 choirs of voices and wind/string instruments, thus taking full advantage of the
Basilica of San Marco wherein Gabrieli positioned various choirs of voices and instruments
with great musical effect. Belgian composer Jules Van Nuffel (1883-1953) was both
priest and musician.
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
Sebastian Johns, treble I; Jon Wimpeney, treble II;
Edmund Rex, countertenor; Simon Chambers, bass
In 1790 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart reportedly heard the Allegri setting of
Psalm 50 sung in the Sistine Chapel and wrote it down from memory. This act
was forbidden by the Pope who, having heard of Mozart's transgression, summoned
the young composer and instead of excoriating him, awarded Mozart the Chivalric
Order of the Golden Spur.
J.S. Bach: Motet No. 3: "Jesu, meine Freude", BWV 227
Taverner Consort & Players, Andrew Parrott
Scholars seem to think that Bach wrote his six motets for the funerals of distinguished
citizens of Leipzig. "Jesu, meine Freude" is the longest and most complex of the six. It
is essentially a set of eleven choral variations.
Esteban Salas: Mass in G minor
Exaudi Choir of Cuba; Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos, María Felicia Peréz
Christian Mouyen, organ
Cuban composer Estban Salas (1725-1803) was director of music at the Cathedral of Santiago de Cuba.
Cesar Franck: Chorale No. 3 in A minor
Andrew Lucas, organ
Mander/Willis organ in St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Belgian composer Cesar Franck (1822-1890) wrote three chorales for organ in the
last years of his life. The Chorale No. 3 opens with a toccata-like figure which Franck
reworks throughout the 13 minute composition ending with a thrilling final section for full organ.
Sir Arthur Bliss: Shield of Faith (1975)
The Collegiate Singers; members of the New London Orchestra, Andrew Millinger
Richard Moorehouse, organ
The Dean and Canons of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, commissioned Sir Arthur Bliss to write
this composition for the 500th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the chapel in 1974. Bliss
chose five poems, one for each hundred years of the chapel's existence. The title comes from
Ephesians 6:13 "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God…Above all taking the shield
of faith." The work is dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II.
Frantisek Ignac Tuma: Stabat mater
Prague Madrigalists, Pavel Baxa
Czech composer Frantisek Ignac Tuma (1704-1774) was a composer of the late Baroque period whose
sacred music was known to Haydn and Mozart.