November 10, 2013

Sir John Lavery, The Cemetery, Etaples, Imperial War museum, London, 1919

"Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive [NRSV, Luke 20:38]."
Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes 
Rembrance Sunday /25th Sunday after Pentecost

The Mass setting for the 10am Choral Eucharist this coming Sunday is Orlande de Lassus' Missa Bell'Amfitrit'Altera.

Orlande de Lassus
(1532 - 1594)
Brief Biography of Orlande de Lassus from The Oxford Dictionary of Music. [BNQ] (info)

Lengthy biography from Grove Music Online. [BNQ] (info)

Click to read about Lassus in Wikipedia.

Orlande de Lassus' Missa Bell'Amfitrit'Altera is a Parody Mass based on a lost madrigal about "another beautiful Amphitrite," a sea-nymph.

The Biblothèque nationale du Québec [Montréal] has an excellent recording of the Missa Bell’Amfitrit’Altera that may be borrowed.

Lassus spent most of his adult life in Munich as maestro di cappella at the court of the dukes of Bavaria.  James O'Donnell, erstwhile director of the Westminster Cathedral Choir, with the assistance of Jeremy West's, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, in the recording of Festal Sacred Music of Bavaria has recreated a Mass for a martyr-bishop as it might have been performed in Augsburg cathedral around the year 1600.  The readings and prayers are omitted but the music is there with Lassus' Mass setting, the Missa Bell'Amfitrit'Altera filled out with prelude, postlude, propers and instrumental canzoni by Hans Leo Hassler and Christian Erbach.               

Lassus' Mass, usually sung today a cappella, is here embellished with instruments, the "sagbutts & cornetts" which act as a second choir.  The organ music is provided by Timothy Roberts, Iain Simcock, and Iris Schollhorn.

Click here for the Hyperion Records website (scroll down for notes).

Click here for the complete, detailed liner notes.

Click here to check whether the recording is currently on the shelf  at the Bibliothèque nationale to be borrowed.


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.

 Te Deum in C
Jubilate in C 
Missa Brevis
Prelude to "They Walk Alone" 
Rejoice in the Lamb
Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria 
The Ceremony of Carols


This coming Saturday, September 9, at 4:30 pm (admission free) at Christ Church Cathedral, the Trio Monbraque: Jonathan Bailey (flute), Donald Pistolesi (cello) and Genevieve Beaudet (piano) will perform
Serge Prokofiev, Sonata in D for flute and piano, Op. 94 (1943)
Olivier Messiaen, Le Merle noir (1951)
Bohuslav Martinu, Trio for flute, cello, and piano H300 (1944)

By way of preparation listen to:
Serge Prokofiev, Sonata in D for flute and piano, Op. 94, performed by Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute [musicMe]  
Olivier Messiaen, Le Merle noir performed by Yvonne Loriod and Chretien Lardé [musicMe]
Bohuslav Martinů, Trio for flute, cello, and piano H300 performed by Albert Combrink, piano; Rickey Neddens, cello; Lara Allen, flute [YouTube]


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:


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


Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

William Blake, Woman Healed of an Issue of Blood, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1803-05

Bach Cantatas for the 24th Sunday after Trinity:
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig / Ah how fleeting, ah how insubstantial, Cantata 26, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Leusink and Richter.
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort / O eternity, you word of thunder, Cantata 60, with performances by Harnoncourt,  Koopman, Leusink and Richter.