Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Song of Songs

The sixth and last in Hawes’ enchanting series of songs based upon the Song of Songs – I find the series as a whole so good that it’s hard to single out any of them but this ecstatically joyful song — the penultimate in the series is nevertheless very special. Enjoy :-). mfi

Vivaldi – Lauda Jerusalem – Alessandrini

I wrote about this setting of Psalm 147 as part of my series of postings dealing with Vivaldi’s religious music. Here’s my description from that posting: This single-movement sett­ing of the Lauda, Jerusalem (RV609) dates from some­time dur­ing the 1720s. Vival­di set it for two choirs each of which had a sop­rano sol­o­ist, four parts,…

Franz Tunder (1614-1667): Ach Herr, laß deine lieben Engelein

Bach used the text to Tunder’s cantata Ach Herr, laß deine lieben Engelein (O lord, let Thy dear angels) in the closing chorale of Bach’s St. John Passion, it’s from Schalling’s hymn Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr (Great is my love for Thee, o Lord) but there’s absolutely no resemblance between the two…

Franz Tunder (1614-1667): Salve mi Jesu

Tunder tends to get just a footnote in the musical histories as Buxtehude’s father in law, predecessor, and founder of the tradition of Abendmusik concerts that Buxtehude brought to full fruition.  His contemporaries thought very well him and he was well-travelled having studied under such masters as Borchgrevinck in Copenhagen and Frescobaldi in Florence before…