On Easter Sunday, Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

On this edition of The Choral Mix, we celebrate Easter with pieces that reflect the pomp and pageantry of the holiday. Even if you practice another faith or aren't religious, we hope you'll enjoy the glory of the works on today's show.

We bookend the program with movements from Handel's Messiah, starting the show with the "Hallelujah" chorus and ending with the awesome and grand Worthy is the Lamb and Amen. Messiah is one of the most familiar works in all the choral repertoire, and exudes joy and gladness. Also on the program are a few a cappella compositions, one from the early English composer William Byrd and the other from the contemporary Scottish composer, James MacMillan.

We hear John Scott leading the St. Thomas Choir of Fifth Ave. in Byrd’s setting of Psalm 118: Haec Dies: "This is the day that the Lord made: let us be glad and rejoice in it. Alleluia." We also hear the soprano Melissa Kelley in MacMillan’s ethereal, Christus Vincit.  Listen for the rising, continuously ringing Alleluias.

Finally, we showcase the heart of the Christian doctrine set to music: The Et incarnatus est, Crucifixus, and Et resurrexit from Bach's Mass in B minor, in a performance by Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.


Handel/ Messiah/ The English Concert and Choir, Trevor Pinnock



Byrd/ Easter on Fifth Avenue/ St. Thomas Choir, Fifth Ave, John Scott

Haec dies


MacMillan/ Wondrous Love/ Choir of St.Ignatius Loyola, Kent Tritle

Christus vincit


Palestrina/ Palestrina: Stabat Mater/The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood

Victimae Paschali


Bach/ Mass in B Minor/ Gachinger Kantorei, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

Et incarnatus est


Et resurrexit


Brahms/ German Requiem/ Berliner Phiharmoniker, Simon Rattle

Mvt VI Denn wir haben hie


Victoria/ Music of Tomas Luis de Victoria/ St. Clement’s Choir, Peter Conte/Philadelphia

Vidi Aquam


Victoria/Requiem (Officium defunctorum)/Saarbrucken Chamber Choir, Georg Grun

Surrexit Pastor Bonus


Handel/ Messiah/ The English Concert and Choir, Trevor Pinnock

Worthy is the Lamb and Amen

Comments [6]

carole from brooklyn, ny

I agree with the others who commented and thanked you: hearing Bach, Brahms, Handel, Byrd, Victoria & Palestrina all within an hour's programming was sensational and very fulfilling!

I just was wondering what piece was playing before the official start of the program? It was beautiful, and I expected you to identify it, but you only announced that the first piece would be the Hallelujah Chorus. That was a hit frustrating for me, as it left a big question mark as to what was that gorgeous choral work that preceded the Handel? Thanks in advance for answering that question and assuaging my curiosity.

Apr. 10 2012 04:30 PM
Karen from Brooklyn

What a program! Having the Brahms' Denn wir haben, Bach Bminor Resurrexit, and Handel's Worthy is the Lamb
in one hour...what a bounty of richness and beauty and profundity. Couldn't ask for a better beginning to a glorious Easter day. Thank you.

Apr. 08 2012 11:38 AM

A Wonderful Way to begin Easter Sunday. Thank you Kent your fine program and skills as a programmer. Happy Easter to YOU!

Apr. 08 2012 07:45 AM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan NYC

Kent's comment welcoming all faiths to this musical feast is most welcome (and so characteristic of the host), and listening to Handel's Hallelujah chorus as the sun comes up over Central Park really captures the spirit of the day even for this die-hard agnostic.

Apr. 08 2012 07:05 AM
joan mckniff from Sarasota, FL

Thank you for the music and the inclusive welcome.

Apr. 07 2012 07:30 PM
Ben Asher from No Caldwell, NJ

Ken has elevated the level of Choral music selections, and their interpretation by a wide assortment of choirs and choral groups to new heights, delighting even the most discerning listener. And you have to know that many of the best choirs you will hear, are those that he has directed, and conducted. Worth every minute.

Apr. 07 2012 05:05 PM

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