This week on The Choral Mix, Kent Tritle continues with part two of our series Unsung Heroes. Featured this week is Corpus Christi Church's organist and music director, Louise Basbas.
In addition to her duties as music director at Corpus Christi, Ms. Basbas is the founder of Music Before 1800. What began as Louise's brainchild in 1975, is now the longest-running early music series in New York City. The series has provided a start to many groups and soloists that have gone on to have illustrious careers. Her love for early music and choral music has allowed her introduce New Yorkers to some of early music's brightest stars. They include Anonymous 4, The Tallis Scholars, Jordi Savall, Pomerium, and that's just to name a few. She says that the artists "move on in grander venues and bigger spaces, but that's (Music before 1800) where they started out. It's a niche that we've been able to fill very happily."
We hear performances of Music Before 1800 superstars this week. Artists include Anonymous 4, Sequentia, The Tallis Scholars,
and many others.
Gaude Virgo/Edi Beo
The Tallis Scholars
Magnificat Sexti Toni
O aeterna Deus and O primus homo coruit
Saint Marchel de Limoges
Excerpts from the album Victoria Tenebrae Responsories
Victoria Tenebrae Responsories
Alleluia posui adjutorium
The Hilliard Ensemble
Nunc gaudeant materna
Hildegard of Bingen