September 2006#06-40 (09/25/06)
This greatest of Swiss composers has been an ongoing area of rediscovery in the last decades; this week, the Swiss Radio Choir gives us more sacred gems, including the grand motets and the para-liturgical "Five Salutations of Christ" commissioned by Duke Wilhelm of Bavaria.
In a follow-up to the best-selling program of Americana called American Angels, the ladies of Anonymous 4 have created (as they say) a “diary of our second pilgrimage to the roots of Anglo-American vocal music. The journey has led us to more of the most beautiful religious ballads, folk songs, folk hymns, and gospel songs ever to be found. Each sung poem contains a world of meaning in itself: together they tell a story of love and loss, hope and redemption.” The ladies will join us for this special program.
CD Info: CD #HMU 907400
And finally, the "greatest hit" in the world of liturgical recreations, as Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort recreate his best-selling recording in a vast program that closed out the 2005 Utrecht Festival.
The ensemble Al Ayre Espagnol conducted by Eduardo Lopez Banzo recreates the late 17th century in Spain, when the forces of the Counter-Reformation were resisted in music by the popular and uniquely Iberian popular folk-inspired villancico.
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