A Choral Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving may be over, but not on The Choral Mix. On this week's show we give thanks to great choral music and Kent Tritle features requests by listeners in thanks for their support. We hear works by Bach, Brahms and Pärt, among others.

Most fitting for our Thanksgiving choral feast, we hear Johann Sebastian Bach's Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (Praise the Lord, my soul). The work was composed in 1723, during Bach's first year in Leipzig. Scored for orchestra, chorus and soloists, the joyous work draws on text from Psalm 103:2: "Praise the Lord, my soul, and do not forget the good He has done for you." A master of text painting, Bach employs a double fugue in order to project the duplicity of the Psalm. We hear the work performed by the Hilliard Ensemble and London Baroque under the direction of Paul Hillier and Heinz Hennig.

Also this week, we hear your personal requests of music by Barber, Vaughan Williams and much more.


Bach/Bach Motets/ The Hilliard Ensemble, Knabenchor Hannover, London Baroque, Paul Hillier and Heinz Hennig

Track 25-27    Lobet den Herrn 6.33


Brahms/ Geistliche Chormusik/ RIAS-Kammerchor, Marcus Creed

           Track 2            O Heiland, Reis 5.21



Pärt/ Te Deum/ Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallin Chamber Orchestra, Tönu Kaljuste

Track 1            Te Deum 28.45



Barber/Choral and Organ Works/Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Timothy Brown


Track 15          To be sung on the water 2.27

Track 3            The Coolin 3.19


Thompson/ Frostiana/ Exultate

Track 6            Stopping by the woods 4.12




Vaughan Williams/ Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II/ Westminster Abbey Choir, The English Chamber Orchestra, London Brass, Martin Neary


Track 9 Old Hundredth, “All people that on Earth do Dwell” 4.52