Choral Expressions of Epiphany

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Guest host Jeff Spurgeon presents music inspired by Epiphany, from the English Renaissance to modern-day Estonia.

The centerpiece of the program is Ascribe Unto the Lord by 19th-century English composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley, the grand-nephew of Methodism founder John Wesley.

On the Christian calendar, the Epiphany season begins January 6 and celebrates the belief, the realization, that Jesus was both man and God. The festivities focus mostly on three Biblical events: The visit of the three Kings, the Magi, to the baby Jesus; the changing of water into wine by Christ at the wedding in Cana; and his being immersed in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. All three of those events have inspired great choral music through the centuries. 



Marenzio: Tribus miraculis

Salisbury Cathedral Choir

Dan Cook. Organ

David Halls, Conductor

Griffin 4054


Traditional: Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol"


Koch International Classics 7562


Jacob Handl: Omnes de saba venient

Musica Sacra

Indra Hughes, Conductor

Launch Music International Ltdl

(Recorded at St Michael's Church, Remuera, Auckland on 22 & 23 June and 20 July 2007)


Mendelssohn: Christus, Op 97 (Sung in English): When Jesus, Our Lord; Say Where is He; There Shall be a Star.

Evensong For The Feast Of The Epiphany From Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral Choir San Francisco

John Fenstermaker, Conductor and Organist

Gothic Records 49106


Johann Sebastian Bach: Wei schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, Cantata No. 1, BWV 1

Coro Wie schon leuchtet der Mogerstern

Malin Hartelius, Soprano; Nathalie Stutzmann, Alto; James Gilchrist, Tenor; Peter Harvey, Bass

The Monteverdi Choir

The English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Soli Deo Gloria Records 118


Johann Sebastian Bach: Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65

Coro (Concerto) Sie wedren aus Saba alle kommen

Choral Die Kon ge aus Baba kamen dar

Peter Harvey, Bass; Sally Bruce-Payne, Mezzo Soprano; Magdalena Kozená, Mezzo Soprano; James Gilchrist, Tenor

English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Soli Deo Gloria Records 178


Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Ascribe unto the Lord

Julian Clarkson, Bass; Jon English, Tenor; Roy Rashbrook, Tenor; Christopher Royall, Countertenor; Huw Tregelles Williams, Organ

St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

John Scott, Conductor

Helios 55443


Arvo Part: Nunc Dimitis

Kaia Urb, soprano

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Paul Hillier, conductor

Harmonia Mundi 907401