Unsung Heroes Part Two

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

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
Anonymous 4

Leroy Kyrie
John Taverner
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips

The Clerks’Group
Edward Wickham

Magnificat Sexti Toni
Antoine Busnoys
Alexander Blachly

O aeterna Deus and O primus homo coruit
Saint Marchel de Limoges
Ensemble Organum
Marcel Peres

Excerpts from the album Victoria Tenebrae Responsories
Victoria Tenebrae Responsories
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

Alleluia posui adjutorium
The Hilliard Ensemble
Paul Hillier

Nunc gaudeant materna  
Hildegard of Bingen
Barbara Thornton

Comments [7]

James Marcum from Blacklick Ohio

Wonderful program, I found this browsing the internet for some choral music. I am glad I found it and plan to continue listening. Thank you for your great program.

Jun. 08 2011 11:27 PM
Johanna Maria Rose from Tarrytown, NY

Congratulations, Louise, for this well-deserved tribute to you and MB1800. We have always enjoyed performing on the series, as well as being artists-in-residence at Corpus Christi.

Many thanks to you for all you've done for us and early music!

Best wishes,

Jun. 06 2011 09:48 PM
david dunkle from OKC, OK

Lovely program, to put it mildly. I used to "sub" for Louise at her church, sometimes in the summer, once in a while with her 8-9 voice professional choir.
A lovely person to know.
Her presence in the NYC music scene (early, or otherwise) cannot be overstated.
What she has accomplished will certainly outlive her.
Kudos to Louise for all her hard work in the service of our art!

Jun. 06 2011 09:06 PM

I am in early music heaven right now! Excellent program and I especially enjoyed The Anonymous Four ,The Tallis Scholars and Sequentia. Thank you very much.

May. 28 2011 04:13 PM
Robert Russell

Today another chance to honor a lady at the very top: Louise Basbas. She has probably been the person most responsible for introducing early music to New York City with the talent she has brought to us through Music Before 1800 concerts. Thank you, Kent, for recognizing both Ms. Basbas and Ms. Parella.

As for The Sixteen vs. The Tallis Scholars, I vote for The Sixteen. Perhaps it was their sophisticated and introspective treatment at the early hour of a gloomy morning which seemed just right for the Victoria Responsorie. The Scholars more muscular treatment, so often seeming perfect, this time seemed not quite right.

May. 23 2011 01:41 PM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan/NYC

Music Before 1800 -- wow, what a revelation! Unearthly beauty! The purity and serenity of the Tallis Scholars is a welcome and truly spiritual antidote to the Rapture/Judgment Day media circus of the past few days.

May. 22 2011 05:29 PM
Michael Meltzer

I can't think of anyone in New York in the last forty years that I can remember, who has kept to a higher musical standard than Louise Basbas.
Best regards!

May. 22 2011 12:24 AM

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