November 3, 2013

Luis Tristán de Escamilla, St. Monica,Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1616

And now, what is my hope?  O Lord, my hope is in you [NRSV, Psalm 39:8] 

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes 
24th Sunday after Pentecost / Commemoration of All Souls
Olivier Messiaen

Following the 12:15 Choral Eucharist on Friday, November 1, All Saints’ Day (Click for details), Patrick Wedd will perform at the 1980 Wilhelm organ extracts from Olivier Messiaen, Les Corps glorieux:

Subtilité des corps glorieux
Les Eaux de la grâce
Force et agilité des corps glorieux
Joie et clarté des corps glorieux
Le Mystère de la Sainte-Trinité

By way of preparation, click to go to a complete performance of Les Corps glorieux by Olivier Latry at the 1868 Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris.


Tomás Luis de Victoria

For the coming Sunday, The Commemoration of All Souls, Patrick Wedd has chosen the "other" and little known Requiem for 4 voices (1583) by Tomás Luis de VictoriaClick to go to a version, accompanied by excellent program notes, performed by the Ensemble Plus Ultra, Michael Noone conducting.

Click to go to the more celebrated Requiem for 6 voices (1605), more correctly known as the Officium Defunctorum, performed by the Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh conducting.  Click to go to program notes by Peter Phillips

The 2013 Cathedral Choirs Fundraiser, Friday, November 8, at 7:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral, will celebrate the work of Benjamin Britten who was born 100 years ago.

Te Deum in C: Carole Therrien, soprano;  Adrian Foster, organ

Jubilate in C: Alex Ross, organ

Missa Brevis in D: Carole Therrien, Catherine St-Arnaud, sopranos

Prelude to “They walk alone”: Patrick Wedd, organ

Rejoice in the Lamb: Carole Therrien, soprano; Anna Lewton-Brain, alto; Loic Paulin, tenor; Normand Richard, bass; Adrian Foster, organ
Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria: Patrick Wedd, organ
A Ceremony of Carols:  Olga Gross, harp
Entrance includes wine and cheese reception: $35; Seniors: $25; students: $15.

Tickets are available at the concert and at:

The Word, 469 rue Milton

Cathedral office, 1444 avenue Union

Information : 514-843-6577

Prepare for the concert by reading about the pieces and listening to a variety of online performances.  

Enter a free draw to win 2 tickets (worth $70) to the Gala Fundraising Concert, Hommage à Benjamin Britten, Friday 8th November 7.30pm at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal. To enter the draw, simply sign up to the L'Oasis Musicale emailing list by sending an email to with the title 'Gala Concert Draw'. Each new sign-up to the L'Oasis Musicale emailing list will be entered into the draw to win 2 tickets. If you are already on the emailing list and you get a friend to sign up, both your names will be entered into the draw as long as your name is included in the email. Entries must be received before midnight Wednesday 6th November. Good luck!


The Autumn Concert of Musica Orbium, directed by Patrick Wedd, will likewise celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten:

Gloriana Dances
Five Flower Songs
A Boy was Born

with the assistance of Concerto della Donna, directed by Iwan Edwards
Erik Reinart, organist

Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm.
St. George Anglican Church
1101 Stanley Street
Montreal (Metro Bonaventure)

Click here for more information and the opportunity of purchasing tickets online.

Prepare for the concert by reading about the pieces, checking out the texts and by listening to a number of online performances:
A Boy was Born

McGill University Noon-Hour Organ Recital Series
The Wolff organ of Redpath Hall - Admission Free

Fridays from November 1 to December 6 at 12:30 pm


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Cycle after Pentecost, Op. 56, No. 48

Mass of the Feast of All Saints

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube] 
Offertory  [YouTube] 
Elevation [YouTube] 
Communion [YouTube] 
Choral  [YouTube]
Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique by Georges Delvallée.


Bernardo Strozzi, The Tribute Money, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, 1630-35
Bach Cantatas for the 23rd Sunday after Trinity:

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht! / False world, I do not trust you!Cantata 52, with performances conducted by Leonhardt, Leusink and Ristenpart.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott / Happy is the man, who to his GodCantata 139, with performances conducted by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Leusink and Richter.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Nur jedem das Seine! / Only to each his due!, Cantata 163, with performances conducted by Harnoncourt, and Leusink.