March 28-April 4, 2010

James Ensor, Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 1888

After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. [NRSV, Luke 19:28].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) through Easter

Click to go immediately to:

1) The
Music Programme Homepage

2) The Music Calendar for Choral Eucharist and Evensong

3) The Concert Calendar

Relive the Christ Church Cathedral Choirs concert that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the cathedral: music composed by cathedral musicians and music composed for the cathedral. Click for more information and learn how to purchase your own CD of the Banquet céleste. Your contribution supports music at the cathedral.

Click to learn about Gregorio Allegri, Miserere, and listen to performances by The Sixteen, the Tallis Scholars, the Ensemble a Sei Voci, and the choirs of Trinity College, Cambridge, and St. John's College, Cambridge.

Gregorio Allegri

Luca Signorelli, Scourging of Christ, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, c. 1480

The Naxos Music Library has several versions of the St Luke Passion for online listening. Check with your librarian. Cardholders of the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, ready to open their account (dossier) online when prompted will always go directly to the music site by clicking on the appopriate [NML]. Those who agree to accept email alerts from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have online access to the complete Naxos Music Library. Subscribers to the hard-copy version of La Scena Musicale, receive free access to the Naxos Music Library. (info)

Here are two versions of the St. Luke Passion with text and English translation from the Naxos Music Library:

14th century anonymous English Version of the St Luke Passion performed by Tonus Peregrinus, Antony Pitts conducting. [NML] Open booklet and go to page 12.

Krysztof Penderecki, St. Luke Passion performed by Izabela Klosinska, soprano; Krysztof Kolberger, reader; Adam Kruszewski, baritone; Romuald Tesarowicz, bass; Warsaw Boys Choir; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit conducting. [NML] Open booklet and go to page 10.

Click to go to Joseph Rheinberger, Stabat Mater, by the Stuttgart Chamber Choir, Stuttgart Instrumental Ensemble, Frieder Bernius conducting.

Albrecht Altdorfer, Crucifixion, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, c.1512

2010 is the 450th anniversary of the death of Nicolas Gombert (1495-1560)

Click to go to Nicolas Gombert, Tribulatio et angustia, by The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice conducting.

Michelangelo Buonnarroti, Last Judgement (detail), Sistine Chapel, Vatican, 1537-41

In recent years, Josef Haydn, The Seven Last Words of Christ, has been performed in its quartet version on Good Friday at Christ Church Cathedral.

to read about the Seven Last Words.

Andrea del Castagno, Crucifixion, Ospedale Santa Maria Nuova, Florence, 1440-1

to listen to the orginal orchestral version by the Ensemble orchestral de Paris, Armin Jordan conducting.

To hear the choral version by the Chamber Choir of Smolny Cathedral and the Orchestra of the Hermitage, with text in German and English, right-click here, then left-click on "Open in New Window," then go to page 4. Then click here. Arrange windows.

Click to go to a wide selection of organ music for Easter online listening at Pipedreams.
1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ, St-Ouen, Rouen

To listen to Johann Sebastian Bach, Easter Oratorio, BWV 248, by Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano; Evelyn Tubb, soprano; Margaret Cable, mezzo-soprano; Wilfried Jochens, tenor; Stephen Charlesworth, baritone; Taverner Consort; Taverner Players; Andrew Parrott conducting, with text in German and English, right-click here, then left-click on "Open in New Window," then click here. Click on "Play all." Arrange windows.

Eugène Burnand, Les disciples Pierre et Jean courant au Sépulcre le matin de la Résurrection, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 1898