May 18, 2014

Bernardo Daddi, Martyrdom of St. Stephen (detail), Santa Croce, Florence, 1524

While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit [NRSV, Acts 7:59]."

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Click to go immediately to:

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

3) The Concert Calendar

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Adrian Foster, assistant organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, will present a doctoral recital for the degree of Doctor of Music in Performance, McGill University, at the 1915/1996 Casavant organ, opus 615, of the Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, 309 Rachel St. (corner Henri-Julien) (Mount Royal Metro), on Friday, May 16, at 6:30 pm.

Click for the programme.

By way of preparation, click to read about the composers and for the opportunity to listen to free online performances by a variety of artists.


Charles Villiers Stanford

The anthem for evensong this coming Sunday, May 18, is by  Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924).

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem [New College: text/YouTube]

Read an interesting article about Ye Choirs of Jerusalem.


Click to hear by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and various artists:

Eight Part-Songs, Op. 119: The Bluebird, Op. 119, No. 3

Beati quorum via
Songs of the Sea:
No. 1 Drake's Drum
No. 2 Outward Bound
No. 3 Devon, O Devon, in Wind and Rain
No. 4 Homeward Bound
No. 5 The Old Superb

Service in B-Flat, Op. 10:
Te Deum Laudamus
Nunc Dimittis

Service in G - chorus and organ, Op. 81:
Nunc Dimittis
Psalm 96 "O sing unto the Lord a new song"
Psalm 150 "O praise God in his holiness"
Agnus Dei

An Irish Idyll in Six Miniatures. Op. 77: II. The Fairy Lough

A Soft Day, Op. 140, No. 3


Stanford Sonatas for Organ, opus 151-153; performed by Joseph Payne at the 1993 Garland organ of St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, Texas [BNQ; BM] (info)

Stanford was also the composer of seven symphonies.

Click to go to a YouTube playlist of all seven symphonies.


Charles-Marie Widor

The organ voluntaries for the 10am Choral Eucharist this coming Sunday are from Charles-Marie Widor, Organ Symphony No. 2.  

The 10 organ symphonies by Widor performed by Hans Ole Thers on the 1879-1986 Olsen / Marcussen and Søn organ of the Helligåndskirken, Copenhagen, are available for free online listening by the Naxos Music Library. Check with your librarian.  Cardholders of the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, ready to open their account online, click here: [BNQ]; cardholders of the Bibliothèques de Montréal click here: [BM].

Performance of Widor, Symphonies 5 and 6, by Olivier Latry at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Notre-Dame, Paris [musicMe]

Selections from the organ music by Widor performed by Thomas Trotter at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint François-de-Sales, Lyon, France [musicMe]

Performance of Widor, Symphonies 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Joris Verdin at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Royaumont. [musicMe]

Selections from the organ music by Widor performed by
Marie-Claire Alain at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Church of St-Germain-en-Laye (Symphonies 3,4,6,9) and at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Abbey of Saint-Étienne, Caen (Symphonies 1,2,5). [musicMe]

Performance of Widor, Symphonies 5 and 6, by Joseph Nolan at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of La Madeleine, Paris [musicMe]


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Easter Cycle, Op. 56: Nos. 21

Mass of the 4th Sunday after Easter

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Alleluiatic Fresco [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 Cantate [Fifth Sunday of Easter]:

Anthony van Dyck, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Academy of Arts, Petrograd, c.1620

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Es ist euch gut, daß ich hingehe / It is good for you that I should go away, Cantata 108, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Leusink and Richter.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Wo gehest du hin? / Where are you going? Cantata 166, with performances by Gardiner, Leonhardt, Leusink and Suzuki.