Monthly Archives: September 2011

Burgon: Song of the creatures

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September 5, 2011

Burgon's The song of the creatures was commissioned for the Choir of St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. He composed it in 1987 and it received its first performance on 21st September 1987 by Choir of St Matthew’s conducted by Andrew Shenton. Burgon's text which you'll see referred to as both 'The song of the creatures' and 'The Lauds of the creatures' is a settting of the canticle 'The Canticle of The Sun' attributed to St Francis of Assisi. Burgon's tight and elegant setting provides a  wonderful frame for there isn't an extraneous note to be found. The song itself is supposed to have been written by Francis of Assisi  at Saint Damiano it compares a blind man's certainty in the existence of the sun he cannot see with faith in God's existence and praise for creation.  This performance by the Wells Cathedral Choir conducted by  Matthew Owens was recorded in Wells Cathedral on February 23rd 2006. Enjoy :-)

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Stopford: ‪For the beauty of the earth

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September 4, 2011

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Just two videos in this Sunday's "Sunday playlist", but I doubt you'll feel stinted – both are of Philip Stopford's setting of "For the beauty of the earth". Stopford composed this in 2003 to be sung at the Harvest Festival Service in Belfast Cathedral by the Cathedral's choir. The music in the first video in the playlist was recorded in the Chapel of Kebel College, Oxford, and was performed by Stopford's chamber choir "Ecclesium". The video footage is of the West Coast of Ireland and Galway Cathedral.

The second video is a later arrangement of the piece with piano accompaniment and was recorded by Stopford's choir in St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, for his CD 'Love never ends'.

Playlist and lyrics are both below the fold.

Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

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Saturday Chorale: Herning Kirkes Drengekor: Salvator Mundi – Thomas Tallis

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September 3, 2011

shot0111 Herning Kirkes Drengekor Salvator Mundi - Thomas Tallis - HKD

For this week's "Saturday Chorale" I've picked Thomas Tallis' "Salvator Mundi" being sung by «Herning Kirkes Drengekor» ('Herning Church Boys' Choir') in Berlin Cathedral . They performed the piece in connection with the filming of a documentary about the choir «En Stemme For Livet» ("The Voice of Life") .

I enjoy this performance whenever I listen to it. I also enjoy contemplating the phenomenon of a Lutheran choir of Danish boys, singing in Latin for a German audience in a German cathedral the music of a centuries dead English composer. A composer moreover who was rightly suspected by Elizabeth I's government of being a crypto-Catholic. Such an unlikely combination of circumstances but oh how marvelous the result. They sing Tallis' music with passion and conviction, and the resulting sound is very beautiful. Play it twice, the first time close your eyes, play it just for the music. The second to listen to the music and watch the audiences' faces as they listen.  The video, the lyrics and a translation to English are all below the fold. Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

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Truro Cathedral Choir : Soul Of My Saviour

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September 2, 2011

Truro Cathedral Choir singing William Maher's hymn 'Soul Of My Saviour' , this is one of the nicest performances of it I know of. Maher's hymn is a translation of a very old prayer "Anima Christi" dating from the first half of the fourteenth century. 'Anima Christi'  has been attributed variously to Ignatius of Loyola, Bernadine of Feltre, John XXII, and St. Patrick. Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

Truro Cathedral Choir : Soul Of My Saviour - YouTube

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Picky? Me? Picky?

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September 1, 2011

You'll have to watch it to get the title. The performance is by the Dutch choir «Kamerkoor Cantate Venlo» live on  June 14th 2011 as part of the  12th International Chamber Choir Competition  held in Marktoberdorf, Germany. They definitely enjoyed themselves singing it.   :-)

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