August 29, 2010

Michiel van der Borch, Spies Returning with Cluster of Grapes, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, 1332

I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination [NRSV, Jeremiah 2:7].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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1) The
Music Programme Homepage

2) The Music Calendar for Choral Eucharist and Evensong

3) The Concert Calendar

2010 is the 350th anniversary of the birth of Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725).

Both motets during choral Eucharist this Sunday, August 29, are compositions of Allesandro Scarlatti.

Click to listen online to another three of his motets.

Infirmata vulnerata performed by Gérard Lesne and Il Seminario musicale [listen to the entire motet]

Infirmata, vulnerata puro deficit amore et liquescens gravi ardore languet anima beata. [listen]

O care, o dulcis amor, quomodo mutatus es mihi in crudelem, quem numquam agnovisti infidelem? [listen]

Vulnera percute, transfige cor. Tormenta pati non timeo. [listen]

Cur, quaeso, crudelis es factus gravis? Sum tibi fidelis, sis mihi suavis. [listen]

Vicisti, amor, et cor meum cessit amori. [listen]

Semper gratus, desiderabilis, semper eris in me. Veni, o care, totus amabilis, in aeternum diligam te. [listen]

De tenebroso lacu performed by Gérard Lesne and Il Seminario musicale [listen to the entire motet]

De tenebroso lacu de carcere profundo ad nos suspirant animae purgantes. Levate ergo fideles, levate ergo tam luctuosum fletum, levate ergo tam rigidum tormentum. [listen]

Derelecti nos exorant cari amici, mei parentes, iam languentes confortate et auxilium implorant, semper fervide dicentes divas flammas mitigate. [listen]

Elemosinas date ac operibus sanctis placate Dei furorem et aquis lacrimarum extinguite voragines flammarum. [listen]

Si Fenices sunt ardentes sic a sorde mundate erunt gemine lucentes coram Christi maiestate. [listen]

Ergo in tam gravi supplicio nullum erit, nulla pietas! Adsint chari fideles utque mitigentur pugnae atroces Purgatoris renoventur voces. [listen]

De profundis nos clamamus, maestas voces renovamus suspirantes et plangentes, nunc suffragia benigne imploramus ah hoc igne ehu miserae dolentes. [listen]

Totus amore languens performed by
Gérard Lesne, Véronique Gens and Il Seminario musicale [listen to the entire motet]

Totus amore languens, totus ardore succensus, erga altaris sacramentum, fidelis animus ardebat et in extasim raptus, sic dicebat: [

"Epulare, delectare, felicissimum cor meum. Datur tibi manducare panem coeli, verum Deum. [listen]

Quid hoc coelesti ardore delectabilius? Quid suavius? Non mannae dulcedo, non lactis pinguedo, non favus, non mei. [listen]

Ite procul o dapes mundanae. Ite vanae, vos non quero, non cupio vestra gaudia, foris amena, intus poena, cibus vester non satiat."
Eia ergo, o anima mea, ad haec incendia divina semper ardens, semper spirans curre propera festina. [listen]

Summer in Montreal is an Organ Festival

Click for free organ recitals in Montreal during the summer months.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata 33, performed by Gardiner, Leonhardt and Leusink.

Vincent van Gogh, The Good Samaritan (After Delacroix), Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands, 1890

August 22, 2010

The Heavenly Jerusalem from the Apocalypse of Saint-Sever, 11th cent.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering [NRSV, Hebrews 12:22].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Samuel Sebastian Wesley

All four organ voluntaries this coming Sunday, August 22, as well as three of the tunes for hymns sung by the congregation will be the work of Samuel Sebastian Wesley born a hundred years ago this past August 14th.

Click to go to a selection of Samuel Sebastian Wesley's compositions on YouTube.

Below are selections available for listening online from the Naxos Music Library. Check with your librarian. (info)

Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Organ Works, performed by James McVinnie on the Father Henry Willis organ of St Michael and All Angels, Tenbury Wells.

Extensive programme notes including description of the organ [NML] (info)

Listen to all [NML]

Introduction and Fugue in C sharp minor (revised version 1869) [NML]

Larghetto in F sharp minor from Three pieces for a chamber organ, II (1842-43) [NML](info)

Voluntary (Grave in D minor - Andante in F major) (1872) [NML] (info)

Andante cantabile in G major (1864) [

Andante in F major from
Three pieces for a chamber organ, I (1842) [NML]

Andante in E flat major from
Three pieces for a chamber organ, II (1842-43) [NML]

Andante in C major (1871) from
The Musical Standard [NML]

Andante in E minor (1877) [

Holsworthy Church Bells, Air with Variations [

Choral Song from
Three pieces for a chamber organ, I (1842) [NML]

Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Anthems, performed by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Christopher Robinson conducting; James McVinnie, organist and Senior Organ Scholar; Tim Harper, Junior Organ Scholar.

Extensive programme notes including lyrics [NML] (info)

Listen to all [NML]

Ascribe unto the Lord [NML] (info)

O give thanks unto the Lord (Soprano: Philippa Boyle) [NML](info)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace [NML] (info)

Wash me throughly (Soprano: Emilia Hughes) [NML] (info)

O God, whose nature [NML] (info)

Let us lift up our heart [NML]

Be not very sore, O Lord [NML] (info)

Thou, O Lord God (Baritone: George Humpreys) [NML] (info)

Thou Judge of quick and dead [NML] (info)

O may we thus insure [NML] (info)

Blessed be the God and Father (Soprano: Philippa Boyle) [NML](info)

Cast me not away from thy presence: Cast me not away [NML] (info)

The wilderness and the solitary place [NML] (info)

Say to them of a fearful heart (Baritone: George Humpreys) [

Then shall the lame man [NML] (info)

And the ransomed of the Lord [NML] (info)

And sorrow and sighing [NML] (info)

Summer in Montreal is an Organ Festival

Click for free organ recitals in Montreal during the summer months.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata 69a, performances by Gardiner and Suzuki.

Mary Katsilometes, Christ the Healer