May 3, 2015

Rembrandt van Rijn, Baptism of the Eunuch, Het Catharijne Convent, Utrecht, 1626

He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him [Acts 8:38].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Fifth Sunday of Easter

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

                           Catherine St-Arnaud.jpg     Julien Leblanc.jpg
                           Catherine St-Arnaud           Julien LeBlanc

Catherine St-Arnaud, professional soprano in The Cathedral Singers, accompanied by Julien LeBlanc, pianist, will present a concert this coming Saturday, May 2, at 4:30 pm, at Christ Church Cathedral.  Admission free / Voluntary donation.

It will be a concert that travels among the beauties of European vocal music. Music from Handel, Mozart, Strauss, Schoenberg and Poulenc.


L'amerò, sarò costante [Schwarzkopf: YouTube], Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)

Kornblumen, Epheu from Mädchenblumen, Op. 22 [Lee: YouTube], Richard Strauss (1864-1969)

Morgen [Auger: YouTube], Richard Strauss

Vier Lieder, op. 22 [Faull: YouTube], Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)

Fiançailles pour rire [Upshaw: YouTube], Francis Poulenc  (1899-1963)

Tornami a vagheggiar from Alcina [Sutherland: YouTube], George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


The Choral music for this coming Sunday is entirely the work of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.  Listen to a number of versions of Sicut Cervus.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina


Click to read about Palestrina in Wikipedia.

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)


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 byGeorges 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 byGardiner, Leonhardt, Leusink and Suzuki.