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Autumn in the Airs

Autumn in the Airs

Together in Song

The leaves turn, the days grow shorter, and the harvest is in. Nostalgia ... and thanksgiving fills the heart. Fall is upon us … so it’s time for Autumn in the Airs.

Kings and Queens

Kings and Queens

Together in Song

On the program:

Edward Elgar - Coronation Ode, Op. 44: VI. Finale: Land of Hope and Glory
Anne Collins, mezzo-soprano; Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus; Alexander Gibson, conductor

Henry Purcell - Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary: I. Man Hath But a Short Time to Live; III. Thou Knowest, Lord
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Franz Joseph Haydn - Te Deum in C major, H23c No.1
Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

George Frideric Handel - Zadok the Priest
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Hubert Hastings Parry - I was Glad
The Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace and The London Chamber Orchestra; Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

John Rutter - This is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made
The Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace and The London Chamber Orchestra; Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Mass in C, K. 317: Gloria and Credo
Edith Mathis, soprano; Jadwiga Rappe, contralto; Hans Peter Blochwitz, tenor; Thomas Quasthoff, bass; Leipzig Radio Choir; Dresden State Orchestra; Peter Schreier, conductor

Michel-Richard de Lalande - Te Deum laudamus (selections)
Ex Cathedra; Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor

A Different Strummer

A Different Strummer

Together in Song

On this episode, singing to the beat of a different ... strummer. It's choral music with accompaniment that's picked, strummed, or plucked, featuring songs from thirteenth-century monks to modern American master Libby Larsen, along with harp-fueled hymns from the ancient Sanskrit Rigveda set by Gustav Holst.

Sweet Sounds for the New Year

Sweet Sounds for the New Year

Together in Song

On the program:

Traditional - The Shofar Call

     Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall

Edward Elgar - The Dawns, from The Apostles, Op. 49
     Halle Orchestra and Chorus, Mark Elder

Georg Frideric Handel - Saul, HWV 53: Act II, Chorus Oh fatal consequence
     RIAS Kammerchor/Concerto Koln/Rene Jacobs

Joseph Dreschler - Halleluyah
     Zamir Chorale of Boston

Louis Lewandowski - Halleluyah
     Zamir Chorale of Boston

Traditional Sephardic - Los bilbilikos (The Nightingales)
     Lika Eshkenazi

Traditional Sephardic - Los bilbilikos (The Nightingales)
     Kol Sephardic Choir

Traditional, arr. Jordi Savall - Durme, hermoza donzella; Ghazal
     Monserrat Figueras, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall

Traditional - Call of the Shofar
     Cindy Paley

Alexander Olshanetsky - Adonai z'kharanu
     New London Children's Chorus, Robert Corp

Salomone Rossi - Keter
     Daedelus, Robert Festa

Geoffrey Shisler - Rachamana
     The Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir

Leonard Bernstein - Yigdal
     Rochester Singers, Samuel Adler

Lukas Foss - Adon Olam
     Laudibus, Michael Brewer
 
Traditional - Kol Nidre
     Hebreo Men's Chorus of Mexico City

Traditional Sephardic, arr. Joshua Jacobson - El Nora Alilah
     Zamir Chorale of Boston

(image of shofar at Yad Ben Zvi via Wikimedia Commons)

The Chorus in the Opera House

The Chorus in the Opera House

Together in Song

Learn about the Chorus at the Opera House, featuring some great choral moments from Monteverdi all the way to the “Moonrise Kingdom” music of Benjamin Britten.

"I Have a Dream"

"I Have a Dream"

Together in Song

 In this special edition of Together in Song, we’ll mark the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s landmark speech on the Washington Mall.


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It’s “Amazing Grace” - choral expressions of spiritual gratitude and wonder, from Bach’s Magnificat to a beautiful setting of Amazing Grace from a composer best known for his work with Mannheim Steamroller. Works ancient and modern, simple and complex, spare and grandiose, and all filled with grace.

On the program:

Trad. Arr. Jackson Berkey - Amazing Grace
Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum

J.S. Bach - Magnificat anima mea
Munich Bach Choir and Orchestra; Karl Richter

Felix Mendelssohn - Heilig
Gloria Dei Cantores; Elizabeth Patterson

Giovanni Gabrieli - Jubilate Deo
Gregg Smith Singers; Texas Boys Choir; Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble; Gabrieli Consort; Virrotio Negri

John Tavener - Out of the Night
Taverner Choir; Andrew Parrott

Eric Whitacre - I Thank You God for this Most Amazing Day
Polyphony; Stephen Layton

John Tavener - Out of the Night
Taverner Choir; Andrew Parrott

Trad. - Amazing Grace (Excerpt)
Bessie Jones

Franz Schubert - Gott in der Natur
Texas Boys Choir; Michael Shannon, dir.

Moses Hogan - I'm Gonna Sing til the Spirit Moves My Heart
Amadeus Choir, Nicol Mat

Marvin Mills - Live-A-Humble
Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano; Clark Atlanta University Choir; Glynn Halsey, Director; Marvin Mills, piano

Anton Bruckner - Virga Jesse
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno; Petr Fiala

trad., arr. Robert Shaw - Wondrous Love
Robert Shaw Festival Singers of the Ohio State University; Robert Shaw, cond.

Antonio Teixeria - Te Deum Laudemas
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

trad. - Amazing Grace
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