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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Today on the The Choral Mix, we feature music associated with Palm Sunday, Holy (Maundy) Thursday and Good Friday -- a musical walk through Holy Week.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week in the Christian church. The church observes this Passiontide with a series of services that tell the story of Jesus's grand arrival into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, his arrest and Crucifixion, and finally culminates with the Resurrection of Christ on Easter.

On Palm Sunday, the New Testament notes that Jesus entered into Jerusalem in a kingly fashion, with the crowd chanting Hosanna to the Son of David. We hear three settings of this text, starting with a performance by the Cambridge Singers under the direction of John Rutter.

Progressing to Thursday, the Christian church celebrates two great symbols from the Maundy Thursday service, which are pillars of Christianity -- the Washing of the Feet and the Last Supper. During the Washing of the Feet, the music is often set to the beautiful text of Ubi Caritas et Amor: Where charity and love are, God is there. Featured are three a capella settings. 

The most modern of the three was created by Paul Mealor, a Welsh composer.  It was commissioned for and premiered at Westminster Abbey last April for the Royal Wedding. Its style is cavernous and incredibly English with boys and mens choirs, yet still earthly.   

Holy Thursday, in addition to the feet-washing ceremony, also marks the Last Supper -- a symbol which the church celebrates daily in communion. We play two settings of O Sacrum Convivium, a text whichs honors this Blessed Sacrament. 

Moving forward to Good Friday, we honor its solemnity with settings of the motet O Vos Omnes: O all you who walk by on the road, pay attention and see: if there be any sorrow like my sorrow..., before ending the show with two movements from Bach's St. John Passion



Bach/ St. John Passion/ English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner   
Herr, unser Herrscherr  

Gibbons/ Treasures of English Church Music/ Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Hosanna to the Son of David   

Weelkes/ From Chant to Renaissance/ Voices of Ascension, Dennis Keene
Hosanna to the Son of David   

Farrell/Wondrous Love/ Choir Of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kent Tritle
Hosanna Filio David 

Durufle/ Durufle Requiem/ Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O’Donnell
Ubi Caritas  

Gjeilo/ Northern Lights/ Phoenix Chorale, Charles Bruffy
Ubi Caritas   

Paul Mealor/ Paul Mealor: A Tender Light/ Paul Mealor & Tenebrae
Ubi Caritas  

Tallis/Thomas Tallis & William Byrd Cantiones Sacrae 1575/ ALAMIRE, David Skinner/ UK
O Sacrum Convivium 

Messiaen/ A Capella Works/ Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus, Norman Mackenzie
O Sacrum Convivium 

Lotti/ Cool Of The Day/ Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kent Tritle

Victoria / Tenebrae Resposories/ Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
O Vos Omnes  

Gesualdo/ Sabbato Sancto/ Ensemble Vocal Europeen, Philiipe Herreweghe
O Vos Omnes     

Casals/ Cool Of The Day/Choir Of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kent Tritle
O Vos Omnes       

Bach/ St. John Passion/ English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner   
Ruht Wohl 

Comments [2]

I have listened to this over 20 times - It is truely amazing, thank you !
Kudos, keep up the GR8 work

Apr. 04 2012 06:44 PM
Cecilia Joyce Collins from New York City

Thank you for yesterday's airing of "Passiontide". It was so unexpected for a radio station to display such sensitivity to the religious beliefs of Christians, Christians to whom Holy Week, culminating in Easter Sunday, could find, in the carefully and beautifully chosen selections, expression of their own feelings about a season of the Christian calendar that truly one can only wish had never had to happen.

Look forward to your Easter Sunday broadcast.

Apr. 02 2012 02:23 PM

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