Choral Cornucopia

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

On this Choral Mix, we give thanks for choral music. We spin classics of Haydn and Mendelssohn, a thankful work from Eric Whitacre and a new release of the great Polish composer Henry Gorecki.

Haydn's Creation is an oratorio of great imagination and color. The choral movement The Heavens are telling the glory of God is a cry of celebration and appreciation of life. We play a New York recording of the work sung in German. Leonard Bernstein leads the Westminster Choir, Camerata Singers and the New York Philharmonic.

We dug deep into the archives to find a recording of the Gregg Smith Singers and Chorus on cassette! Louise Talma's A Wreath of Blessings is a musical set of five pieces with a House Blessing, an Irish Blessing, Augustine's Word, A Glasse of Blessings, and a Chester Cathedral Blessing

Eric Whitacre's setting of E.E. Cummings text, I thank you god for most this amazing day sits beside one of Mendelssohn's great choral works, his Second Symphony. It is a dramatic cantata that progresses from darkness to light. Riccardo Chailly leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in this recording.


Haydn/ The Creation/ Westminster Choir, Camerata Singers and The New York Philharmonic, Bernstein

The Heavens are telling the glory of God 4.37


Talma/ I Hear America Singing/ Gregg Smith Singers and Chorus

A Wreath of Blessings c.7 min


Whitacre/ Light and Gold/ Eric Whitacre and Eric Whitacre Singers

I thank you god for most 6.56


Mendelssohn/ Chailly, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, 6:33

Mendelssohn's Symphony No.2, "Lobgesang"

Final Chorus: Ihr Volker! Bringet her dem Herrn 6:33


Gorecki/ Gorecki: Miserere/ Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon

Lobgesang 7.50


Handel/ Handel Te Deum & Jubilate/ Jos van Veldhoven and The Netherlands Bach Society

Comments [4]

D Tremper from NJ

Listening on my Nook at my brother's in Maine this languid Thanksgiving thanking God for all the blessings of this life, which most certainly includes the music provided by qxr. Thanks be to God!
Also enjoyed the personal recollections of childhood, Kent.

Nov. 22 2012 02:56 PM
Steven Ciccarelli from Little Falls, NJ

Happy Thanksgiving, Kent. What is the schedule of Christmas concerts at St. John the Divine?

Nov. 21 2012 10:53 PM
John from NJ

Thank you, Kent. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov. 19 2012 12:19 PM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan/NYC

Wow, that Gorecki Lobegesang starts off with a bang. And the Handel Te Deum & Jubilate are wonderful.

Nov. 18 2012 07:44 AM

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