November 15, 2015

Luca Signorelli, The Blessed, Cappella di San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto, 1499-1502
 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earthshall awake, some to everlasting life [NRSV, Daniel 12:2a].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
25th Sunday after Pentecost

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Musica Orbium

Fall 2015

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Stravinsky / Bruckner

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Stravinski, Mass
Bruckner, E Minor Mass
With Wind Ensemble

Sunday November 15, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
1201, de la Visitation
H2L 3B5
Métro Beaudry
Regular Tickets: $35
Seniors,  Students,  Unemployed: $25
The body’s breath is the very basis of singing; so is it the foundation for brass and woodwind instruments. It is not surprising, then, that composers have found that choral and wind sonorities are naturally compatible.We are pleased to present two classic Mass settings, one romantic and one more modern. It is fortunate that both Bruckner and Stravinsky, each prolific composers in many styles, devoted much of their creativity to choral music; the great E-minor setting of Bruckner is a fine example of his rich romanticism, while Stravinsky’s neo-classic Mass of 1948 eschews any excess in favour of clarity and colour. We complement them with several of each composer’s unac
companied motets. In this way we present an evening of rarely heard masterpieces born on the very breath of life.
By way of preparation , listen free online:

Igor Stravinsky, Messe pour chœur mixte et double quintette à vents performed by SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the Ensemble intercontemporain,  George Benjamin, direction [YouTube]

Anton Bruckner, Mass in e-minor, performed by the Bavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Winds [musicMe]


Motets for both Eucharistic services this coming Sunday, as well as the Mass settings, are compositions of Hans Leo Hassler.  Scroll down to read about Hassler and listen to some of his music.

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Hans Leo Hassler  (c.1564 – 1612)

Han Leo Hassler in Wikipedia (read).     

Hassler in Bach-Cantatas (read).

Listen online to Hassler:
Missa secunda

Cantores Carmeli [YouTube]

Missa super Dixit Maria

Ensemble vocal européen, Philippe Herreweghe, conducting:  

Missa ecce quam bonum

Regensburger Domspatzen, Georg Ratzinger conducting [BNQ;BM] (info)

Ecce quam bonum [text]

Paragita Choir [YouTube]

Laudate Dominum [text]

Casole International Renaissance Polyphony School, Ghislaine Morgan conducting [YouTube]

Cantate Domino [text]

Click to go to 17 versions (playlist) of Hans Leo Hassler, Cantate Domino, on YouTube.

Verbum Caro Factum Est [text]

Dixit Maria [text]

King College Symphonic Choir (Bristol, Tennessee) (listen)

Click to go to 10 versions (playlist) of Hans Leo Hassler, Dixit Maria, on YouTube.


McGill University 12:30 Noon-Hour Organ Recital Series
The Wolff organ of Redpath Hall - Admission Free

November 13, Jonathan Oldengarm

Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.
William Blake, Woman Healed of an Issue of Blood, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1803-05
Bach Cantatas for the 24th Sunday after Trinity:
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig / Ah how fleeting, ah how insubstantial,Cantata 26, with performances by Gardiner, Harnoncourt,Leusink and Richter.
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort / O eternity, you word of thunder, Cantata 60, with performances by Harnoncourt,  Koopman, Leusink and Richter.