May 4, 2014

Masaccio, Peter Baptizing, Cappella Brancacci, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence, 1426-27

Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit [NRSV, Acts 2:38].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes

Third Sunday of Easter

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

3) The Concert Calendar

The music of Orlande de Lassus is featured at the Choral Eucharists this coming Sunday.

Orlande de Lassus
(1532 - 1594)

Click to read about de Lassus at length in Wikipedia.

Four complete discs of de Lassus music for free online listening are available from musicMe.  Click on the appropriate title.

Lassus - Lamentationes Jeremiæ Prophetæ by Collegium Regale, Stephen Cleobury conducting.

Lassus: Magnum opus musicum by the Choeur de chambre de Namur and La Fenice, Jean Tubery conducting.

Lassus : Biographie musicale, vol. 1. Années de jeunesse by Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf conducting.


Rogier van der Weyden, Christ on the Cross with Mary and John, Monasterio de San Lorenzo, El Escorial, c.1460

Click to go to Orlande de Lassus, Stabat Mater, performed by The Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hilliard conducting.  Recorded at the Priority Church of St Mary & St Blaise, Boxgrove, West-Sussex, in September 1983.


Sir Anthony van Dyke, Penitent Apostle Peter, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 1617-18
Performance with text by the Ensemble Vocal  Europeen, Philippe Herreweghe  conducting. [YouTube]


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

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

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.


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Easter Cycle, Op. 56: No. 20

Mass of the Feast of Saint Joseph

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Postlude Choral [YouTube]

Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique by Georges Delvallée.    

Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

Bach Cantatas for Misericordias Domini [Third Sunday of Easter]:

Eric Gill, The Good Shepherd, Tate Collections, 1927

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Ich bin ein guter Hirt / I am a good shepherd, Canata 85, with performances by Coin, Gardiner, Harnoncourt,  Leusink and Rilling.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Du Hirte Israel, höre / You Shepherd of Israel, Listen, Cantata 104, with performances by Gardiner, Koopman, Leusink, Richter, Rilling, and Suzuki.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt / The Lord is my faithful shepherd, Cantata 112, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt,  Leusink, and Rotzsch.