Friday, September 30, 2011

Why British choirs are the best

From the article: "Where Are The World's Best Choirs? Not In America"

Tom Huizenga: Back to why British choirs are so good. You hinted at it earlier when you mentioned the Church of England. I was talking to Susanna Beiser, a good friend who sings here with the Cathedral Choral Society. She says:

"It's not necessarily some vague "Britishness" either, that makes their choirs so good. I think it's worth pointing out that it's the Church of England. The Anglicans rule choral music. The Catholics, on the other hand, to whom much of the repertoire rightfully belongs, have not sustained their music traditions as well, and their choirs mostly sound bad when they're not doing some guitar mass or something. But even before Vatican II, I don't think they were keeping up. From what I hear, the Church of England is in terrible shape, attendance-wise, and now with the move by a growing number of conservative Anglicans to reconcile with Rome, the choral tradition may end up being the primary contribution of 500 years of English Protestantism."

Here are some videos of the best choirs in the world according to Grammophone magazine. I recommend you to listen with your headphones to be blown away by the quality, tone, and clarity.

1. The Monteverdi Choir - Alma Redemptoris Mater (G.P. da Palestrina)

2. Polyphony - Ave, Dulcissima Maria (Morten Lauridsen)

3. The Cardinall's Musick - Domine, secundum actum meum (William Byrd)

And my personal favourite:

4. The Sixteen - Miserere mei, Deus (Gregorio Allegri)

Beautiful Angel a.k.a. Guardian Angel From Heaven So Bright

Yours truly managed to find the hymn sheet for this lovely hymn just in time for Oct 2, feast of the Holy Guardian Angels which falls on a Sunday this year.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

For October 2, 2011 which is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
  2. Asperges me
  3. Introit: Miserere mihi
  4. Kyrie IX (Cum Jubilo)
  5. Gloria IX
  6. Gradual: Timebunt gentes
  7. Alleluia: Cantate Domino
  8. Credo IV
  9. Offertory: Domine, in auxilium
  10. Offertory hymn: Cantate Domino (G. Pitoni)
  11. Sanctus IX
  12. Agnus Dei IX
  13. Communion hymn: O Esca Viatorum
  14. Communion: Domine, memorabor
  15. Recession: Beautiful Angel (SSH#176)
Click on the links to hear samples where available.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

For September 25, 2011 which is the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Soul Of My Savior
  2. Asperges me
  3. Introit: Inclina, Domine
  4. Kyrie XI (Orbis Factor)
  5. Gloria XI
  6. Gradual: Bonum est confiteri
  7. Alleluia: Quoniam Deus
  8. Credo III
  9. Offertory: Exspectans exspectavi
  10. Offertory hymn: O Sanctissima
  11. Sanctus XI
  12. Agnus Dei XI
  13. Communion hymn: Quis Sicut Te
  14. Communion: Panis, quem ego dedero
  15. Recession: Hail, True Victim, Life And Light
Click on the links to hear samples where available.