March 30, 2014

Jan Victors, The Anointing of David, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed David in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward [1 Samuel 16:13].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes  
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Click to go immediately to: 

1) The Music Programme Homepage

2) The Music Calendar for Choral Eucharist, Eucharistie chantée and Evensong

3) The Concert Calendar 


Shayna Palevsky is an active member of Christ Church Cathedral.  Come to the cathedral this Saturday, March 29, at 4:30 pm, to hear Shayna and friends perform La Flûte Fatale.  Admission free / donation requested.


Madeleine Dring: Trio for flute, violin and piano

Anna Amalia Von Preussen: Sonata for flute and piano in F major

Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for flute and piano

Shayna Palevsky, flute; Alexandre Solopov, piano; Jolan Kovacs, violin

By way of preparation listen free online:

Madeleine Dring: Trio for flute, oboe and piano, performed by Hollie Macdonald, flute; Sam Baxter, oboe; and Zi Wang, piano [YouTube]

Anna Amalia Von Preussen: Sonata for flute and basso continuo in F major, performed by Elisabeth Weinzierl, flute; and Eva Schieferstein, harpsicord [BNQ; BM] (info)

GermaineTailleferre: Forlane, performed by Oren Selah, flute; and Sarah J., piano [YouTube]

Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for flute and piano, performed by Kenneth Smith, flute; and Paul Rhodes, piano [musicMe]



There is a distinctly Canadian connection to Musica Orbium’s uncoming concert, Sunday, April 6, 2014, at l’Eglise St-Pierre Apotre,1201, rue de la Visitation, Montreal, 7:30 pm. (Métro Beaudry)  

In 1964, one year after his assassination, a memorial concert in honour of the slain president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was held in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.  Herbert Howells, the undoubted doyen of English liturgical composition, had been commissioned to write a memorial anthem, Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing¸ and the renowned choir of men and boys of St George’s Anglican Cathedral of Kingston, Ontario, was invited to give the premiere performance. Musica Orbium will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this profound and moving piece, rich in choral textures.  

Also to be performed is Howell’s reflective Requiem which he wrote in mourning for the death of his 9-year-old son Michael.

Add to this already rich fare, three celebrated motets by Charles Villiers Stanford as well as the vivid and colourful Mass in G Minor by the venerable Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose music had so influenced the young Howells.

Join Musica Orbium for a profound evening of virtuoso a cappella choral music, virtually never heard in Montreal.  Click to buy tickets online.

By way of preparation, listen to free online performances:

Herbert Howells, Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, performance of The King’s College Choir, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury conducting. [musicMe] For text, click here, then scroll down and, under “details,” click on “English.” For programme notes, click here, and read lefthand column.

Charles Villiers Stanford, Justorum animae, performance of the St. John’s College Choir, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson conducting [Grooveshark] [text]

Charles Villiers Stanford, Beati quorum via, performance of The Sixteen, Harry Christophers conducting [musicMe] [text]

Charles Villiers Stanford, Coelos ascendit hodie, performance of the St. John’s College Choir, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson conducting [Grooveshark] [text]

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mass in g minor, performance of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, Stephen Darlington conducting [YouTube]


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Easter Cycle, Op. 56: No. 15

Mass of Laetare Sunday

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