January 30, 2011

Edouard Léon Louis Edy-Legrand, Sermon on the Mount, from François Amiot's and Robert Tamisier's Bible, edited 1950

Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [NRSV, Matthew 5:2-3].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes 
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

The organ and choral music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck is featured at both Choral Eucharist and evensong this coming sunday, January 30.

Click to read about Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. 
Adriaan Engels on the Marcussen organ of the Grote or Sint-Laurentskerk in Rotterdam performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Fantasy on: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La performed by [listen]

Adriaan Engels on the Witte organ of the Grote or Sint-Jacobskerk in The Hague performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck:

     Echo-fantasy [listen]

     Variations on Psalm 116 [listen]

     Fantasy on: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La (2) [
     Variations on Our Father who art in heaven [listen]

     Toccata in a minor [listen]

Geert Bierling on the Slegel organ of the Grote or Sint-Andreaskerk in Hattem performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck:

     Variations on "My young life has an end" [
     The granduke's ball [listen]

     Chromatic fantasy in d minor [listen]

Dirk Janszoon Zwart on the Vater organ of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck:

     Fantasy (Ionian) [listen]

     Variations on "Allein Got in der Höh' sei Ehr" [listen]

Bert Matter on the Bader organ of the Sint-Walburgiskerk in Zutphen performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Two variations on "Ich ruf'zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ" [listen]
Jan Jongepier on the Freytag organ of the St.-Pancras- or Zuiderkerk in Enkhuizen performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Nun komm'der Heiden Heiland [listen]

Jan Jansen on the Van Vulpen organ of the Grote or Sint-Nicolaaskerk in Brouwershaven performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,"My young life has an end" (variations on I.iii No. 6) [listen]

Johan Beeftink on the Schnitger organ of the Der Aa-kerk in Groningen performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Choral partita "O Mensch bewein'dein Sünde gross"
  1. verse 1 cantus firmus in soprano
  2. verse 2 cantus firmus in tenor
  3. verse 3 cantus firmus in bass [listen]

Lambert Erné on the Marcussen organ of the Nicolaïkerk in Utrecht performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck:

      Fantasy in D [listen]

     Variations on Dies sind die Heil'gen Zehngebot [listen]

     Choral prelude 'Nun freut euch lieben Christengemein'  

Klaas Bolt on the Arend & Bruzema organ of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Echo fantasy [listen]

Dorthy de Rooij on the Kiespenning organ of the Grote Kerk in Wijk bij Duurstede performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Echo fantasy [listen]

Ton Koopman on the Schnitger organ in the Grote or Sint-Michaelskerk in Zwolle performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Chromatic fantasy in d minor / Puer nobis nascitur [listen]
Remy Syrier on a private home organ in Utrecht performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Ach Gott vom Himmel sieh darein [listen]

Pieter Dirksen on the 1787 Great Buergy Organ in the Bad Homburg Castle Church (Germany) performs Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck:

    We All Believe In One True God / Wir Glauben All An Einen Gott [listen]

    Fantasia in C Major [listen]

James Christie on the Fisk organ of Wellesley College performs Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck:

     Toccata in C [listen]

     Ballo del Gran Duca (doubtful; probably by Samuel Scheidt) 

     Malle Sijmen (doubtful) [listen]
     Onder een line groen [listen]

     Poolsche Dans [listen]

The Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra, Dennis Keene conducting, perform Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck:

     Tu as esté, Seigneur, nostre retraicte (Psalm 90) for 4 
          voices [listen]

     Chantez à Dieu chanson nouvelle, chantez, ô terre 
          (Psalm 96), for 4 voices [listen]

     Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 5 voices & continuo 
          (Cantiones Sacrae No. 13) [listen]

The Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss conducting, performs Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck:

    Resveillez vous, chascun fidele [listen]

    Qui en la garde du haut Dieu [listen] 

    Du fonds de ma pensée [listen] 

    De profundis clamavi ad te Domine [listen] 

    Magnificat [listen]

    Beati pauperes spiritu [listen] 

    A Dieu ma voix j'ay haussée [listen] 

    Ainsi qu'on oit le cerf bruire à 8 [listen] 

    Sus mon ame, qu'on benie le Souverain [listen] 

    Te Deum laudamus [listen]  

The King's Singers perform Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck:

    Psalm 6 [listen]

    Psalm 7 [listen]


February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple, for centuries know as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Below are 15 versions of Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata 82, Ich habe genug, composed for the occasion, here presented for free online listening.  The feast will be celebrated in Christ Church Cathedral next Sunday, February 6.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Presentation in the Temple, Fodor Museum, Amsterdam, c. 1630

Performance by Baritone: Hans Hotter; Oboe: Sidney Sutcliffe; Organ: Geraint Jones; Philharmonia Orchestra, Anthony Bernard conducting. Recorded on March 22, 24, 1950, at Kingsway, London, England; digitally remastered in 2004. [text/listen]


Performance by Tenor: Ian Bostridge; Flute: Lorenzo Cavasanti; Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi (Director & Violin). [text/listen]


Performance of Counter-tenor: Jakub Burzyński; La Tempesta Ensemble[text/listen]

Performance of Bass: Peter Harvey; Oboe: Michael Niesemann (?); English Baroque SoloistsJohn Eliot Gardiner conducting.  Live recording from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at Christchurch, Dorset, Priory Church, UK. [text/listen]


Performance by Bass: Philippe Huttenlocher; Oboe: Jürg Schäftlein; Concentus Musicus Wien; Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting. 


Performance by Soprano: Nancy Argenta; Flute: Lisa Beznosiuk
; Ensemble Sonnerie, Monica Huggett, conducting. [text/listen]


Performance of
Klaus Mertens; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; Ton Koopman conducting. Only the recitative and aria. [text/listen]


Performance by Bass: Bas Ramselaar; Oboe: Peter Frankenberg
; Netherlands Bach Collegium; Pieter Jan Leusink conducting. Recorded at St. Nicolas Church, Elburg, Holland. [text/listen]


Performance by Soprano: Marjon Strijk; Transverse Flute: Doretthe Janssens; Netherlands Bach Collegium; Pieter Jan Leusink conducting. Recorded at St. Nicolas Church, Elburg, Holland.  [text/listen]


Performance by Mezzo-soprano: Janet Baker; Oboe: Michael Dobson; Bath Festival Orchestra;Yehudi Menuhin, conducting. Recorded in July 1966 at Anney Road Studios, London, England; digitally re-mastered in 2001.  [text/listen]


Performance of William Bennett, Philip Setzer, Erin Keefe, Paul Neubauer, Colin Carr, Daxun Zhang, Kenneth Cooper, Christòpheren Nomura[text/listen]

Performance by Baritone: Sanford Sylvan; Sarasa Ensemble. [text/listen]


Performance by Soprano: Barbara Hendricks; Flute: Eckhart Haupt; Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; Peter Schreier conducting. Recorded in July 1989 at Christuskirche, Berlin, Germany.  [text/listen]


Performance by Mezzo-Soprano: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Oboe d'amore: Peggy Pearson; Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, Craig Smith, conducting. [text/listen]


Performance by Countertenor: Matthew White; Les Voix baroques[text/listen]

January 23, 2011

Jacob Willemsz de Wet, The Calling of the Apostles, Private Collection

 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them [NRSV, Matthew 4:21].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes 
Third Sunday after Epiphany

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Paul Hindemith aged 28

Both organ voluntaries for Choral Eucharist this coming Sunday, January 23, are the work of Paul Hindemith.

Click to read about Paul Hindemith and his compositions for the organ.

Performance of Organ Sonata No. 1 (I. Massig schnell - II. Sehr langsam - Phantasie, frei - Ruhig bewegt) by Sietze de Vries
at the Marcussen & Søn organ of the Laurenskerk, Rotterdam..

Performance of Organ Sonata No. 2 ( I. Lebhaft; II. Ruhig bewegt; III. Fuge: Massig bewegt, heiter) by Jan Jongepier (organ not determined) [listen]

Performance of Organ Sonata No. 3, by
Anton Heiller on the 1967 C.B. Fisk organ of Memorial Chapel, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, click here, then click on "Listen to the program," then for I. Ach Gott, wem soll ich's klagen, hold button and slide to 28:09 (28 minutes and 9 seconds); for II. Wach auf, mein Hort, hold button and slide to 33:49 (33 minutes and 49 seconds); for III. So wunsch ich ihr, hold button and slide to 36:31 (36 minutes and 31 seconds). Michael Barone gives a commentary at 32:11.
Performance of all three organ sonatas by Kevin Bowyer on the 1987 Marcussen Organ of Odense Cathedral, Denmark. Listen to all three sonatas in sequence or click on individual movements. [NML] (info)


 Felix Mendelssohn
Both organ voluntaries for evensong this coming Sunday, January 23, are the work of Felix Mendelssohn
Click to read about Felix Mendelssohn and his compositions.

Three hour-and-a-half programs of Pipedreams are dedicated to performances of Mendelssohn's organ music: Program I, Program II, Program III.

Click to go to Felix Mendelssohn, Six Organ Sonatas, op. 65, performed by Heinrich Gurtner. [Tracks 15, 16, and 17 are erroneously listed as Sonata No. 4 instead of Sonata No.5]

There is a wide selection of Mendelssohn organ music available for online listening on the Naxos Music Library.  Check with your librarian.  Cardholders of La Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, ready to open their dossier (account) online, click here.


Illustrator of Petrus Comestor's Bible Historiale, Jesus healing the leper, De Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, 1372

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, Lutheran Church Year

Click to go to Cantata 72 conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink.

Click to go to Cantata 73 conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink and Masaaki Suzuki.

Click to go to Cantata 111 conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt Pieter Jan Leusink, and Karl Richter.

Click to go to Cantata 156 conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Pieter Jan Leusink.