Father's Day is here, and The Choral Mix is excited to honor Dads with a special musical offering. On this week's show, Kent Tritle explores many facets of fatherhood. From the Judeo-Christian idea of God as the father of all mankind, to e.e. cummings's poetic take on parenthood.
We begin the show with Kile Smith's innovative setting of the chorale Vater Unser (Our Father). Smith's work combines compelling harmonies with early music sensibilities, employing baroque wind and stringed instruments. Later, we explore the Biblical tale of the Prodigal Son, a story of a father's unconditional love for his child, and the often complex dynamic between the two. This story has served as inspiration to many artists, including composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. We hear William Christie and Les Arts Florissants with Charpentier's intimate oratorio, Filius Prodigus (The Prodigal Son).
Rounding out the show, Kent Tritle presents a world premiere recording of Daniel Brewbaker's Mother, Father. Based on two poems by e.e. cummings, the text reflects cummings's love and compassion for his beloved parents. This recording features Musica Sacra under the direction of Maestro Tritle, for whom this moving composition was commissioned.
Playlist (In alphabetical order by composer):
Les Arts Florissants
Kile Smith, arr.
The Renaissance Band
The Lord’s Prayer
Russian Chamber Chorus of New York
Nikolai Kachanov/ NYC