November 19, 2014

Michelangelo Buonarroti, The Prophet Daniel, Sistine Chapel, Vatican, 1508-12

Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven [NRSV, Daniel 2:19].

23nd Sunday after Pentecost
November 16, 2014
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The motets for the Choral Eucharists this coming Sunday are by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.  Listen to two versions of Adoramus te, Christe and a number of versions of Sicut Cervus as well as a selection of other works.


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina


Click to read about Palestrina in Wikipedia

Adoramus te, Christe [text]:

Click to watch and listen to Farther Along.

Cantus [YouTube]

Sicut Cervus [text]:
Cappella Musicale della Basilica di San Marco, Milano; Giovanni Viannini conducting [YouTube]

Sexteto Cantabile, Betty Rodríguez conducting [YouTube]

Voices of Ascension, Dennis Keene conducting [listen]

London Pro Cantione Antiqua, Bruno Turner conducting [musicMe]

Regensburg Cathedral Choir, Georg Ratzinger conducting [BNQ; BM] (info)
Musica Contexta, Simon Ravens conducting [BNQ; BM] (info)

Amor Artis Chorus, Johannes Somary conducting [BNQ; BM] (info)

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Stephen Darlington conducting [CML] (info)

Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell conducting [CML] (info)
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine, Gaël De Kerret conducting [CML] (info)


Click watch and listen to the Tallis Scholars sing Palestrina's Nunc Dimittis in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome on the 400th anniversary of the composer's death. 

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Canite Tuba and Rorate Caeli, Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor). [CML] (info)

Click to hear, Missa Aeterna Christi munera, (along with the Gregorian hymn), Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell conducting, with motets: Vidi turbam magnam, Duo ubera tua, Quae est ista quae progreditur, Surge, amica mea, Super flumina Babylonis, Sicut cervus, and the Magnificat (Tone 1).
Click to listen to another Sicut Cervus sung by Pro Cantione Antiqua.

Click to listen to soloists of la Cappella Musicale di San Petronio di Bologna sing the Sanctus from the Missa Sine Nomine (a 6 voci).
Click to listen to Palestrina, Heu mihi Domine, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble.

Click to watch and listen to the Taipei Chamber Singers perform, Palestrina, Super flumina Babylonis.

Click on selections to hear Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli, performed by the Westminster Abbey Choir directed by Simon PrestonKyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei.

King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks [musicMe]

Click to read about the Missa Papae Marcelli.

Click to watch and listen to Pope John XXIII intone the Gloria which the Cappella Sistina sings from Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli followed by Pope John singing the collect (much ambient noise).

Missa Sine Nomine
Performance of the Coro della Radio Svizzera, Diego Fasolis conducting [musicMe]

Performance of the London Choir of the Carmelite Priory, John McCarthy conducting [musicMe]

 Click to watch and listen to the Farther Along male octet of Goshen College, Indiana, sing Palestrina, Sanctus & Benedictus from the Missa pro defunctis.

Missa Ecce Ego Joannes:

Performance of the London Choir of the Carmelite Priory, John McCarthy conducting [musicMe]


Musica Orbium
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Monteverdi’s Vespers

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Vespers of 1610, Claudio Monteverdi, Patrick Wedd directing

Saturday November 15, 2014, 19h30
Sunday November 16, 2014, 19h30
1201, rue de la Visitation
H2L 3B5
Métro Beaudry


Stephanie Manias; Jana Miller; Loïc Paulin; Bernard Cayouette; Jacques-Olivier Chartier; Normand Richard; Clayton Kennedy

Monteverdi’s Vespers, first published in 1610, is truly one of the wonders of western choral literature, deservedly renowned for its beauty and audacity. At the heart of the work are five psalms and the Magnificat, set in splendid opulence for choir, soloists and orchestra, but based throughout on the traditional “psalm tones”, chants hallowed by centuries of use in the church. Interspersed with these massive choruses are six sacri concentus, solos, duos and trios in the latest operatic style, and of an intensity and even seductiveness that is completely captivating. Even the instrumental forces are unusual, combining renaissance brass with baroque strings and winds. In this way Monteverdi challenges the norms of his day by freely combining the traditional styles of the church with the latest virtuoso singing of court and stage. The combination must have been thrilling and shocking, and was surely one of the reasons that Italy was a magnet for music lovers the world over.
The complexity of the work, and its performance challenges, mean that we hear it rarely other than on recordings. Orbium has never performed it, and we are thrilled to be once again collaborating with Ensemble Caprice and with many fine local soloists in this exciting adventure. An evening not to be missed!

Regular $35 CAD
Senior / Student / Unemployed $25 CAD

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes, by way of preparation:

Click to read about the Monteverdi Vespers in Wikipedia.

Click for Latin text and English translation

Click for free online HD performance by Silvia Frigato, Emanuela Galli, sopranos; Raffaele Pè, alto; Krystian Adam, Nicholas Mulroy, Gareth Treseder, tenors, Alexander Ashworth, Robert Davies, bass; The Monteverdi Choir; The English Baroque Soloists; Les Pages du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles; John Eliot Gardiner conducting.  Location: Royal Chapel at Versailles (Versailles, France)


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

Fridays until December 5 at 12:30 pm


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Cycle after Pentecost, Op. 56, No. 51

Mass of the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Fantasy on the Te Deum  [YouTube]
Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique byGeorges Delvallée.  
Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

Follower of Rembrandt, The Unmerciful Servant, Wallace Collection, London, c.1660

Bach Cantatas for the 22nd Sunday after Trinity:
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknech / I, wretched man; I, slave of sin; Cantata 55, with performances by Leonhardt, Leusink, Linde, Richter, and Jeffrey Thomas.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim? / What am I to make of you, Ephraim?, Cantata 89, with performances by Leonhardt, Leusink and Suzuki.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit / Make yourself ready, my spirit, Cantata 115,with performances by Coin, Harnoncourt, Leusink, Richter and Rilling.