ELGAR: Introduction and Allegro for Strings. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia
on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. BRITTEN: Variations on a Theme
of Frank Bridge.
DE LA RUE: Missa Cum jociundiate
'FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH"
Dutch vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensisis is heard in a program of music of Josquin Desprez and ,am other polyphonic composers of the 15th and 16th centuries. This focuses on music that inspired Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516); whose work often depicted music or performance thereof. Bosch was a brother of the Brotherhood of Our Illustrious Lady, a large prestigious organization which once a week would gather in their chapel in the church of St. John the Evangelist to celebrate a votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin. This recording replicates that event with serene devotional music that features an organ. This is performed by Cappella Pratensis directed by Stratton Bull with organist Wim Diepenhorst, recorded in Belgium's Church of Franc-Waret in November 2015. Every effort has been made to provide a concert similar to what Bosch heard six centuries ago. Excellent audio. Complete texts and translations are provided.
For the Beauty of the Earth is a collection of music for brass, organ and percussion performed by Gabriel V (5 each of trumpets and trombones, 3 horns, 1 tuba, 4 percussion). . This is, according to CD notes, a group of men and women committed to the traditions of monastic life. There are a dozen works arranged for brass and organ.This is music that "exhibits the beauty of God's creation and redemption." These recordings were made in Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.July 2015. Lovely, grand music very well played and beautifully recorded in multi-channel sound. The organ (played by Sharonrose Pfieffer) is not particularly impressive; I've heard many more exciting performances of this warhorse, but this is the only one with added brass and percussion. It is unfortunate there isn't more music: 53 minutes is quite brief playing time.
R.E.B. (December 2016)