Tune in on Sundays at 9:00 pm for a wide variety of classical choral music from Washington and beyond — from perennial favorites to new discoveries, from Gregorian Chant to the present.
Amy Beach, 1908
Mass by Amy Beach
Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 9:00pm
This week's Choral Showcase presents a rare recording of the first mass composed by an American woman: from 1892, the Grand Mass in E-flat Major by Amy Beach, arranged for chorus, soloists, organ, harp, and percussion. For more on the life and music of Amy Beach, check out our Classical Breakdown podcast.
Amy Beach: Grand Mass in E-flat Major
Elaine Bunse, soprano; Barbara Schramm, mezzo-soprano; Paul Rogers, tenor; Leonard Jay Gould, baritone
Daniel Beckwith, organ
Irene Immanuel, harp
Charles Aronowitz & Jeff Pines, percussion
Michael May Festival Chorus
Michael May, conductor
The Music Makers
Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 9:00pm
We salute music makers on this week's Choral Showcase, as Sir Edward Elgar weaves in themes from his other works in his setting of Arthur O'Shaunessy's poem, The Music Makers. Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry borrows from John Milton's ode to music for Blest Pair of Sirens. We'll also hear the nocturnal scene that opens the final Act of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in Ralph Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music.
Music of remembrance this month on Choral Showcase, beginning this week with Johannes Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, or “A German Requiem.” Composed in 1867, this work was written for the people, to comfort those who remain. We’ll hear a recent recording featuring Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
Music from Westminster Cathedral in London, this week on Choral Showcase. With two masses: one from the Renaissance by Palestrina, and one from the 20th century by Scottish composer James MacMillan, both with the Choir of Westminster Cathedral.
James MacMillan: Mass
Choir of Westminster Cathedral
Andrew Reid, organ
Martin Baker, conductor
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Brevis
Choir of Westminster Cathedral
David Hill, conductor
Old American Songs
Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 9:00pm
We honor Independence Day this week on Choral Showcase with American folksong. We'll hear Aaron Copland's Old American Songs arranged for chorus and orchestra, and a Folksong Symphony - the fourth symphony by Roy Harris.
Roy Harris: Folksong Symphony
American Festival Chorus and Orchestra
Vladimir Golschmann, conductor
Aaron Copland: Old American Songs, Vols 1 & 2
St. Charles Singers
Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Robert Hanson, conductor
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 9:00pm
Music of Rachmaninoff on this week's Choral Showcase, with a performance of The Bells, recorded in Moscow. We'll also hear selections by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, and Modest Mussorgsky.
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Fairy Day
Howard Shelley, conductor
Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Bells
Lyubov Petrova; soprano; Andrei Popov, tenor; Sergei Leiferkus, baritone
Moscow State Chamber Choir
Russian National Orchestra
Jose Serebrier, conductor
Modest Mussorgsky: Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov
Karl Dent, tenor; Kevin Maynor, bass
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Robert Shaw, conductor
Chant & More
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 9:00pm
On Choral Showcase this week, chant from the Sistine Chapel and from the Benedictine Sisters of St Mary. We'll also hear Josquin de Prez's Missa Pange Lingua.
Chant: Rorate caeli; Palestrina: Ad te levavi
Sistine Chapel Choir; Massimo Palombella, director
Chant: Jesus Christ is Risen Today; Regina caeli jubila; Palestrina: Alleluia ye Sons; Sicut cervus
Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere
Sistine Chapel Choir; Massimo Palombella, diretor
Josquin de Prez: Missa Pange lingua
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; Graham Ross, conductor
Chant: This is the Day; Regina caeli; The Clouds of Night; Victimae paschali