Program: #15-15, Air Date: 04/06/15In honor of the Choir's multi-city tour in the second half of April 2015, we have a special program looking at past recordings of early music by the ensemble introduced by their music director, Andrew Carwood.
St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir
NOTE: All of the music on this program is from recordings featuring music by the Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral directed by John Scott. Their current director, Andrew Carwood, was our guide for the program. The Choir tours the US in April, 2015; for more information:
I. Hear my prayer (with Andrew Lucas, organ/Jeremy Budd, treble). (Hyperion CD CDA66439).
This recording features St Paul’s Cathedral Choir at the peak of their power, performing a yearning sequence of liturgical works that includes some of the best-loved choral works of all time: Mendelssohn’s Hear my prayer (‘O for the wings of a dove’), an excerpt from Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, and Allegri’s Miserere. Twentieth-century ‘mystics’ Jonathan Harvey and Sir John Tavener are both represented, and the album reaches a crescendo through the expansive writing of Stanford in G and the joyously declamatory Te Deum by Benjamin Britten.
—GREGORIO ALLEGRI (1582-1652): Miserere
II. Epiphany at St. Paul’s (with Huw Williams, organ). Hyperion CD CDA67269.
Hyperion's long series of St Paul's recordings is graced by this latest addition dedicated to music for Epiphany, a companion disc to Advent at St Paul's. In the Christian Church year, Epiphany is the period after Christmas commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the Magi, celebrated on 6 January.
The programme embraces music from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, from Bach to Bingham, and includes many long-established favourites by Wesley, Cornelius, Howells and others.
1. ALWYN SURLICE--Brightest and best (tune Wessex) (New English Hymnal No. 49)
2. MENDELSSOHN--Christus, oratorio, Op. 97 (unfinished): When Jesus Our Lord
3. WILLIAM BYRD--Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, anthem for 6 voices (SSATTB)
4. Coventry Carol (2): 'Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child'
5. JACOB HANDL--Omnes de Saba venient, Epiphany motet
6. LUCA MARENZIO--Tribus miraculis, motet for 4 voices (Motectorum pro festis totius anni cum Communi Sanctorum)
7. JUDITH BINGHAM--Epiphany, anthem
8. PETER CORNELIUS--Weihnachtslieder for voice & piano, Op 8: The Three Kings (Die Könige), for baritone & piano
9. WILLIAM CROTCH--Palestine, oratorio: Lo! Star-led chiefs
10.FREDERICK GORE OUSELEY-- From the rising of the sun, anthem
11. S.S. WESLEY--Ascribe Unto the Lord, for chorus & organ
12.HERBERT HOWELLS-- Here Is the Little Door, carol-anthem for chorus
13. JOHANNES ECCARD--When to the temple Mary went, motet for choir
14. CHRISTOPHER DERNLEY--The growing limbs of God the Son, hymn
15. WILLIAM BYRD--Senex puerum portabat, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
16. GUSTAV HOLST--Nunc Dimittis, for chorus, H. 127
17. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (on the tune Was lebet)
III. Remembrance (with Huw Williams, organ). Hyperion CD CDA67398
Let us never think that history has come to an end—or even a pause. There may never recently have seemed so apt a time at which to voice remembrance as these difficult days of ours; this touching and soul-searching disc can only bring to mind the timeless as well as necessary nature of prayerful yet positive music such as has been gathered by John Scott in the latest offering from the St Paul's Cathedral Choir, whose surveys both of Psalms and Anthems have established them as inspirational and experienced exponents of this deep resource of devotional music. A particular pleasure on this occasion is the way in which the music has been taken from so many traditions and eras, right to our own day and including Ian Kellam's homage to the victims of 11th September, 2001, so that it provides a moving overview of a choral tradition which itself has had no pause.
1 Requim aeternam eis, Domine
2 Nunc dimittis
3 Salvator mundi
4 Greater love hath no man
5 Crossing the Bar (Sunset and evening star)
Sir C Hubert H Parry
6 Eternal Father
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
7 O God our Help
8 Ecce quomodo moritur iustus
9 Hear my Prayer
10 Psalm 23
11 Give Rest, O Christ
12 Pie Jesu
13 Ubi Caritas
14 Abide with me
16 For the Fallen
17 Holy is the true light
Sir William Harris
18 Agnus Dei
19 In paradisum
GREGORIO ALLEGRI (1582-1652), Ian Kellam, Sir William Harris, Mark Blatchly, Franz Schubert, Maurice Durufle, Gabriel Faure, Gabriel Faure, Joseph Gelineau, Henry Purcell, Jacob Handl, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir C Hubert H Parry, John Ireland, Thomas Tallis, Geoffrey Burgon, GUSTAV HOLST, CHRISTOPHER DERNLEY, JOHANNES ECCARD, HERBERT HOWELLS, S.S. WESLEY, FREDERICK GORE OUSELEY, WILLIAM CROTCH, PETER CORNELIUS, JUDITH BINGHAM, LUCA MARENZIO, JACOB HANDL, WILLIAM BYRD, MENDELSSOHN, ALWYN SURLICE, Sir John Tavener, Jonathan Harvey, Brahms.
Hyperion CD CDA66439, Hyperion CD CDA67269