Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint Sulpice, Paris, France
It’s almost like a peal of bells, and why not, since this week’s program is all about praise. The phrase We praise you, oh God. We acknowledge you to be the Lord… has inspired composers through the centuries. Dupré, Attaignant, Buxtehude, and Demessieux, have each created monuments on this text and we’ll also listen to a very snappy setting from the French Baroque by Charpentier, as well as chorale versions by Britten and Berlioz.
The celebrations continue through time and traditions, as we shout our praise: Te Deum!
CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: Te Deum in B-flat –Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill, conductor; John Scott, conductor; Andrew Lucas (1872 Henry Willis; 1992 Mander/Cathedral of St. Paul, London, England, UK) Hyperion CDA66439
HECTOR BERLIOZ: Christe rex gloriae and Judex crederis, from Te Deum –Francis Bardot, tenor; Chorus of Paris; Meudon National Music School Orchestra, Christian Gouinguene; Jacques Taddei, organ; Thesis CD-11002