Let the Round Earth Rejoice

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Monday, April 01, 2013

With hymns, chorales, chants and organ solos, Pipedreams this week reflects on spring's rebirth at Easter.

Program details:

ROBERT WILLIAMS: Jesus Christ is Risen Today –Palmer Memorial Choir & Brass/Brady Knapp, director/Ann Frohbeiter (1991 Fisk/Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston) Palmer Church 2003.

FLOR PEETERS: Symphonic Fantasy on an Easter Plainsong, Op. 13 –Peter Van de Velde (1891 Schyven/Our Lady's Cathedral, Antwerp, Belgium) Aeolus 10711.

ANTON HEILLER: Ecce lignum crucis –Klemens Schnorr (1964 Rieger chancel organ/Freiburg Cathedral, Germany) Motette 13236.

GERALD NEAR: 4 Hymn Preludes (Immortal, invisible; Vater unser im Himmelreich; O Traurigkeit; Christ ist erstanden) –Steven Egler (1997 Casavant/Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Mich.) White Pine 203

GERRE HANCOCK: The Saviour Redeems the World (improvisation on Ubi caritas and Vexilla Regis prodeunt) –Gerre Hancock (1962 Austin/Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford, Conn.) Pro Organo 7233.

LILI BOULANGER: Pie Jesu –Magali Léger, soprano; Carolyn Shuster Fournier (1894 Cavaillé-Coll/Church of St. Antoine, Paris) Ligia Digital 0109206.09.

JAMES MacMILLAN: Christus vincit –Westminster Cathedral Choir/Martin Baker, conductor; David de Winter, treble (Westminster Cathedral, London) Hyperion 67219.

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Comments [1]

A jarring transition coming straight off the sublime ten-day Bach high... couldn't we ease back into the pedestrian fare via some lesser but still tolerable composer, e.g. Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Dowland, Chopin, Schubert, etc?

Apr. 01 2013 12:27 AM

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