June 24, 2012

 Domenico Ghirlandaio, The Birth of John the Baptist, Tournabuoni Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence, 1486-90

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son [NRSV: Luke 1:57].

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
June 24, 2012

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3) The Concert Calendar


Jonathan Bailey, flute; and David Henkelman, piano; will give a concert at Christ Church Cathedral, on Saturday, June 23, at 4:30 pm.  Admission free / donation suggested.

By way of preparation, you are invited to click on each piece to go to an online performance by a variety of artists. Click on the composer's name for a brief biography.

 Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924):

Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937):

Claude Debussy (1862-1918):

Gabriel Fauré:

Orlando Gibbons, This is the record of John, is the anthem for evensong this coming Sunday.

This is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him: Who art thou? And he confessed and denied not, and said plainly: I am not the Christ. And they asked him: What art thou then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered: no. then said they unto him: What art thou? That we may give and answer unto them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? And he said: I am the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord. (John 19-23)

Performance of:

The Choir of Magdalen College [YouTube]

Saint Mary Magdalene Choir [YouTube]

Kampen Boys Choir [YouTube] 

Boyce2Gibbons [YouTube] 

Choir of King's College, Cambridge [YouTube] 
The Deller Consort [musicMe]

Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge  [musicMe]



Much of Orlando Gibbons' music is available for online listening free through the Classical Music Library and the Naxos Music Library. Check with your librarian. 

Gibbons: Choral and Organ Music contains the Second Service canticles performed by the Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly conducting. [BNQ; BM] (info).

Orlando Gibbons: Tudor Church Music by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge; David Willcocks conducting; includes the Short Service canticles [BNQ; BM] (info).

Gibbons: Anthems / complete Organ Works by the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; Christopher Robinson conducting; Philip Scriven and Robert Wooley, organ [BNQ; BM] (info).

Click to go to the Free Organ Recitals at St. James United Church, Montreal, for the Summer 2012.


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Cycle after Pentecost, Op. 56, No. 29

Performance by Georges Delvallée on the 3-manual, 1888 Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Basilica of Saint-Sernin, Toulouse
Mass of the 4th Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube] 
Communion [YouTube]
Alleluia No. 1  [YouTube]
Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique by Georges Delvallée.


Bach Cantatas for the Third Sunday after Trinity:

  Domenico Feti, Parable of the Lost Drachma, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden, 1618-22

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis in meinem Herzen / I had much affliction in my heart,Cantata 21, with performances by Fasolis, Gardiner, Goebel, Harnoncourt, HerrewegheKoopman, Kuijken, Leonhardt, Leusink and Richter.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder / Ah Lord, poor sinner that I am, Cantata 135, with performances by Gardiner, Goebel, Leonhardt, Leusink and Richter.