Voices of Gratitude

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

With the Thanksgiving weekend upon us, now is the time to reflect on the things we're grateful for: our families, our friends, our communities.   Today’s program features choral music that expresses gratitude.

We hear sacred and secular words of thanks, from J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Eric Whitacre. Also on tap are some excerpts from a Thanksgiving concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, honoring Andrew Carnegie’s commitment to organ and choral music in the U.S. and the U.K.

→ Most Elevating of Voices - The Musical Legacy of Andrew Carnegie: A Transatlantic Celebration

 

Playlist

 

Felix Mendelssohn: “Thanks be to God” from Elijah, Op 70

The Cathedral Choir, Chorale, and Choristers

The Oratorio Society of New York

The Manhattan School of Music Chamber Chorus

Kent Tritle, Organ

Malcolm Merriweather, Conductor

Live Recording at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

for Most Elevating of Voices - The Musical Legacy of Andrew Carnegie: A Transatlantic Celebration

(November 20, 2013)

 

Charpentier: Deux Oratorios:

Filius prodigus, H 399 "Homo quidam duos habebat filios"

Last chorus: Gratias tibi

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie, Conductor

Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord 195066

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232:

Gratias Agimus tibi

Monteverdi Choir

English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Archiv Produktion (DG) 415514

 

John Tavener: Hymn to the Mother of God: No. 1, Hymn to the Mother of God

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers, Conductor

Collins 14052

 

John Rutter: For the beauty of the earth

The Cambridge Singers

City of London Sinfonia

John Rutter, Conductor

Collegium Records 514

 

Eric Whitacre: Songs of Faith (3): no 3, I thank You God for most this amazing day

Eric Whitacre Singers

Eric Whitacre, Conductor

Decca 001485002

 

Herbert Howells: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, “Collegium Regale”

The Cathedral Choir and Choristers

Raymond Nagem, organ

Michael Steinberger, tenor

Kent Tritle, Conductor

Live Recording at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

for Most Elevating of Voices - The Musical Legacy of Andrew Carnegie: A Transatlantic Celebration

(November 20, 2013)

 

J.S. Bach: Canata, BWV 192

Nun danket alle Gott

Lob ehr und preis sei Gott

Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki, Conductor

Bis 1961

 

Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85

Welten singen Dank und Ehre

Berlin Radio Chorus

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Kent Nagano, Conductor

Harmonia Mundi 501802

 

Tudor Anthems

William Byrd: Ave verum corpus

Thomas Weelkes: Hosanna to the Son of David

The Cathedral Choir

Kent Tritle, Conductor

Live Recording at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

for Most Elevating of Voices - The Musical Legacy of Andrew Carnegie: A Transatlantic Celebration

(November 20, 2013)

 

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Comments [1]

Gary Ekman from Manhattan/NYC

I am thankful for having had the opportunity to hear the Cathedral Choir, Chorale, and Choristers and Kent Tritle playing the Great Organ, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

The thunderous sound of that organ and the heavenly voices (particularly those of the young children) were truly a transcendent experience.

A little research disclosed that the reverberations in the Cathedral last eight full seconds before dying away. To use a much overused word: Awesome!

Dec. 01 2013 08:13 AM

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