The Choir of St. John the Divine: 'Oh Great Mystery'

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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.

Program:

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   

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Comments [2]

This is magnificent, absolutely beautiful! What a grand-slam program Tritle put together! True pureness and perfection in music. Thank you!

Dec. 28 2012 10:15 AM
Zule from UWS

I like the British woman's voice at the beginning. The formal way she rolls her r's is so "classical music" to me. More, please!

Dec. 18 2012 11:26 AM

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