April 19, 2015

 Christopher Slatoff, Saint Peter Preaching at Pentecost

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Third Sunday of Easter
April 19, 2015

Click to go immediately to:

1) The Music Programme Homepage

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

3) L'Oasis Musicale

The 21st Century Flute Ensemble, featuring Sarah Gates, Cécile Poirier, Jonathan Bailey and Jeff Stonehouse, will perform this coming Saturday, April 18, 6:30-7:30pm, at Christ Church Cathedral.  Admission free/donation requested.  
It's a very varied programme including the famous Samuel Barber Adagio (for strings) played by flute quartet (including alto and bass flutes) [YouTube]; a fun suite of Celtic-inspired music by Catherine McMichael called Children of the Wind [YouTube]; a flute duo, Antics  by contemporary American composer Katherine Hoover; and a rather extraordinary piece by Derek Charke entitled Raga Cha (again featuring alto and bass flutes) [YouTube].
(Remember there is also an Oasis Musicale concert at 4;30 pm.  Check here.)

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.

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Prepare by listening to performances online:

Arnold Schoenberg, Friede auf Erden, performed by the Norddeutscher Figuralchor directed by Jorg Straube [musicMe]

Richard Strauss, Deutsche Motette, performed by the Stockholmer Kammerchor directed by Eric Ericson [musicMe]


The Mass setting for both Choral Eucharists this coming Sunday, Missa quarti toni and the Communion motet and Evensong anthem, Vidi aquam, are the work of Tomás Luis de Victoria.
10 CDs of the sacred works of Tomás Luis de Victoria have been released by the Ensemble Plus Ultra directed by Michael Noone.  They are available for free online listening at musicMe.  Click here.
Disc 1
Missa “Pro victoria”
Disc 2
Disc 3
Vidi Aquam
Disc 4
Ave Maria
Sancta Maria
Trahe me post te
Magnificat primi toni a 4 (2)
Beata es
Disc 5
Alma Redemptoris
Ut queant laxis
Vadam et circuibo
Pange lingua
Disc 6
Tu es Petrus
Disc 7
Magnificat sexti toni a 12
Missa “Laetatus sum” a 12
Angelus Domini
Victimae paschali laudes
Ad coenam Agni provide
Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum
Regina caeli, laetare a 8
Disc 8
Salve regina a 6
Disc 9
Disc 10


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 byGeorges 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.