The Choir of St. John the Divine: 'Oh Great Mystery'
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine recently came to the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity. Kent Tritle, a WQXR host, conducts.
The program includes settings of the "O Magnum Mysterium" text by T. L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, William Byrd and Morten Lauridsen. Nimet Habachy hosts.
Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Kent Tritle, director
Gregorian Chant: Veni, veni Emanuel
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Motet O Magnum Mysterium
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa O Magnum Mysterium
Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612): Verbum caro factum est
Franz Biebl (1906-2001): Ave Maria
Peter Philips (c. 1560-1628): O Beatum et sacrosanctum diem
Eric Whitacre (c. 1970): Lux aurumque (2000)
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Four Motets for the Christmas Season
I. O magnum mysterium
II. Quem vidistis pastores dicite
III. Videntes stellam
IV. Hodie Christus natus est
William Byrd (1674-1744): Senex puerum portabat [4 voice]
Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943): O magnum mysterium
Gregorian Chant: Conditor alme siderum