Music for Father's Day

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

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):

Musica Sacra
Kent Tritle

Filius Prodigus
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie

Kile Smith, arr.
Vater Unser
The Renaissance Band
The Crossing
Donald Nally

The Lord’s Prayer
Russian Chamber Chorus of New York
Nikolai Kachanov/ NYC

Comments [4]

del disselhorst from Iowa

Kent Tritle's weekly programs are an extraordinary offering from the riches of the choral repertoire. His choices are superb and his presentations wonderful.
Congratulations to him and WQXR for making these programs possible.

Jun. 29 2011 08:56 PM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan NYC

The Brewbaker piece is wonderful. Thank you.

Jun. 25 2011 09:53 AM
Matthias Juettner

In particular thanks for the Brewbaker. Excellent piece and recording. I was at the (btw fantastic) concert in Alice Tully Hall.

Jun. 21 2011 10:04 PM

Vater Unser and The Lord's Prayer were both beautiful and excellent back to back. Thanks for another wonderful broadcast!

Jun. 21 2011 12:28 PM

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