July 19, 2009

Prophet Nathan, Transfiguration Church, Kizhi Monastery, Karelia, Russia, 18th cent.
But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan (NRSV, 2 Samuel 7:4).

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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Orlande de Lassus, Super flumina Babylonis, is the anthem for Evensong this coming Sunday. Super flumina Babylonis are the opening words of psalm 136 (137) which speaks of the conditions of the Hebrews taken into captivity in Babylon (586 BCE) who, out of sadness, no longer want to sing of their homeland but are requested to do so by their captors. Click to hear De Lassus' motet and a number of other versions, including the celebrated exchange between Philippe de Monte and William Byrd.

Between last Sunday and this, all five movements of Percy Whitlock, Plymouth Suite, will have been performed as organ voluntaries at Christ Church Cathedral. Click to read about Percy Whitlock,and listen to his organ music, especially the Plymouth Suite in its entirety performed by Jennifer Bate.

Patrick Wedd, music director, Christ Church Cathedral, will give an organ recital this Sunday, July 19, at 7:00 pm on the Casavant organ, Basilica of Notre-Dame, as part of the Festival international des grandes orgues de la basilique de Notre-Dame, Montreal. The programme will include works by Patrick Gowers, Percy Whitlock, Herbert Howells and Francis Jackson. Free admission / voluntary offering.

Click to learn about choir auditions for children 8-16: The Trebles Choir under the direction of Patrick Wedd.

Summer in Montreal is an Organ Festival

Click for the June-July calendar of organ recitals, most of which are free admission/voluntary contribution.

2009 Commemoration: The 250 aniversary of the death of George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Click to go to a performance of George Frideric Handel, Israel in Egypt by Nancy Argenta, soprano; Emily Van Evera, soprano; Timothy Wilson, alto, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, tenor; David Thomas, bass; Jeremy White, bass; Taverner Choir & Players; Andrew Parrott conducting.

Click to go to the complete Johann Sebastian Bach, Clavier-Übung III (The German Organ Mass) performed by James Kibbie on the 1724-30 Trost organ, Stadtkirche, Waltershausen, Germany and on the 1722 Gottfried Silbermann organ, Marienkirche, Rotha, Germany, along with those previously posted by Marie-Claire Alain on the Schnitger organ in Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands, and Bernard Lagacé on the 1961 Beckerath organ of l’Église de l’Immaculée-Conception, Montreal. Essay by James Kibbie. Programme notes by Marc-André Doran.

Click to go to a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach,Cantata 49, by Soprano: Barbara Schlick; Bass: Gotthold Schwarz; Ensemble Baroque de Limoges; Christophe Coin conducting. Recorded at Ponitz Kirche, Thüringen, Germany.