April 12, 2015

Christ Appearing to his Disciples, Vatopedi Monastery, Mount Athos, 14th cent.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you[NRSV, John 20:19]."

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes

2nd Sunday of Easter

1) The Music Programme Homepage

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

Il Baciccio, The Women at the Tomb, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, c.1685

Three of the organ voluntaries this coming Sunday are organ interpretations of O filii et filiae. Click to read about O filii et filiae and listen to a number of choral and organ versions.


German Romantics

Lieder: Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn
Friede auf Erden: Arnold Schoenberg
Deutsche Motette: Richard Strauss

Sunday April 19, 2015, 19h30
635, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montréal (Québec) H3A 2B8
Métro McGill

Pianist: Anne-Marie Denoncourt

The age of recorded music, radio and television has largely wiped out the once ubiquitous practice of making music at home. Instrumentalists and singers alike would regularly gather in the parlour for an evening of trios, quartets and partsongs. Musica Orbium is pleased to present examples of this hausmusik by some of the greatest German Romantics—songs with and without piano, in various combinations of voices, on themes of love, sociability and nature. The second part of the concert brings together two German composers who pushed the idea of Romanticism to the limits of traditional harmonies and choral textures. Arnold Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden is his musical plea that we humans live together peacefully on this planet, in a harmony reflected in his splendid choral part writing. Never one to avoid excesses, Richard Strauss gives us Deutsche Motette (on a poem by Rückert) for solo quartet and no fewer than 16 choral parts; a veritable symphony for unaccompanied voices. Once again Musica Orbium has set itself a challenge with music both rich and complex. We invite you to explore with us a Romanticism that speaks to heart and mind, to spirit, and to soul.

Buy Tickets Online


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Easter Cycle, Op. 56: No. 18

Mass of Quasimodo:

Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Toccata on a Choral [YouTube]
Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique by Georges Delvallée.     

Choral music for the Second Sunday of Easter:

Peter Paul Rubens, The Incredulity of Thomas, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, 1613-15

Quia vidisti me, Thoma, credidisti: beati qui non viderunt et crediderunt. Alleluia.

Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. Alleluia.
(John 20:29)  

Hans Leo Hassler performed by the Canticum Camerale [YouTube]

Luca Marenzio by the Madrigals of Grace Episcopal Church [YouTube]

Estevão de Brito performed by the Coro Vox Aetherea and the Capela Gregoriana Psalterium, Alberto Medina de Seiça conducting [YouTube]


Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

Bach Cantatas for Quasimodogeniti Sunday (Second Sunday of Easter):

Duccio di Buoninsegna, Jesus Appears, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena, 1308-11

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats / On the evening of the same sabbath, Cantata 42, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt,  Herreweghe and Leusink.
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ / Keep in memory Jesus Christ, Cantata 67, with performances by Gardiner, Leonhardt, Leusink, Richter and Suzuki.