Songs of Celebration

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Whether you plan to spend your Easter in Sunday services or brunch madness, Kent Tritle gets it started with an eclectic program of celebratory works. This week’s show includes selections representing African-American, Latin-American and early American cultures.

Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms opens this jubilant program. Composed in 1965 for the Chichester Cathedral in Sussex, England, this vibrant setting of five biblical texts actually received its premiere in New York at Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall). Part one is based on Psalm 100, which opens:

"My heart, O God, is steadfast;
I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples"


The work is both festive and majestic in character, opening with full orchestra and chorus. The text is animated by the sparkling sounds of the brass and percussion. Bernstein wrote a significant harp part for the Psalms, composing it first before any of the accompanying instrumental and choral parts. As the text refers to the usage harps and lyres, Bernstein's harp writing adds an important color to the musical realization of this Psalm. The composer’s careful attention to uniting instruments and voices brings this exultant text to life.

Also this week: the music of Handel, Gerre Hancock, Randall Thompson, among others.

Playlist:

Chichester Psalms: Psalm 100 and 108
Bernstein
Vienna Boys Choir and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernstein
Berlin

Alleluia
Randall Thompson
Hear my Prayer
Voices of Ascension
Dennis Keene
NYC

Introit for a Feast Day
Gerre Hancock
Songs and Psalms of the Divine
Musica Sacra
Richard Westenburg

Hymn of the World’s Creator (Psalm 150)
Louie White
20th Century Choral Music
Trinity Church Wall Street Choir
Larry King
NYC

Psalm 150
Robert Beaser
Divine Grandeur
New York Concert Singers
Judith Clurman
NYC

Hanac Pachap
Anon. c. 1631
Moon,Sun and All Things
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore
Birmingham

Laudate Dominum
Francisco Lopez Capillas
Moon,Sun and All Things
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore
Birmingham

Gloria (Missa Ego flos campi)
Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Missa Mexicana
Harp Consort
Andrew Laurence King

Wondrous Love
The Southern Harmony
Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola
Kent Tritle
NYC

Hark! I hear the harps eternal
Arr. Alice Parker
Appalachian Sketches
Gloriae Dei Cantores
Brother Francis Hempel, Baritone. Kathryn Shannon, soprano.  
Elizabeth C. Patterson

Amazing Grace
Traditional
How Sweet The Sound
Chanticleer
San Fransisco

Ride the Chariot
Spiritual, arr. WH Smith
The Riverside Choir Sings Spirituals
The Riverside Choir
Helen Cha-Pyo

Hallelujah
Handel
A Soulful Celebration
A Soulful Celebration Nashville

Comments [8]

nancy

what a terrific show, the Handel in particular.

Apr. 25 2011 11:37 AM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan NYC

Listening to Hark! I hear the harps eternal, Amazing Grace and Ride the Chariot reminds me how wonderful American spirituals are. The gospel Hallelujah was a great way to start my Sunday. I feel uplifted.

Apr. 25 2011 07:13 AM
Jennifer from Stamford, CT

Kent, Inspiring selection for Easter Sunday. I was particularly blown-away by the soulful Hallelujah! And I'm usually such a traditional snob about these things! It was great to hear the Thompson Alleluia as well. Thank you!

Apr. 25 2011 12:03 AM
Liege Motta from Manhattan

Wow, that Hanap Pachac is awesome!!! Gotta find a way to perform it... Latin America has so much untapped music! Thank you for including that piece and the other Mexican repertoire in this program.

Apr. 24 2011 11:39 PM
Robert Russell from NYC

What an wonderful way to begin Easter Sunday. I was particularly interested in the Aztec/Spanish pieces. Definitely something to look into further.

Robert

Apr. 24 2011 08:28 PM
Marcia from NYC

What a glorious, inspiring, and rousing mix of womderful celebratory music. Thanks so much for introducing me to Hanac Pachap, and for ending with that out-there Hallelujah chorus!

Apr. 24 2011 08:04 AM
Marcia

What a glorious, inspiring, and rousing mix of womderful celebratory music. Thanks so much for introducing me to Hanac Pachap, and for ending with that out-there Hallelujah chorus!

Apr. 24 2011 08:03 AM

Goodness, Hanac Pachap was a find! Gave me the shivers in a good way, it did ... Never heard it before. Thank you for putting it out there!

Apr. 24 2011 07:33 AM

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