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New: A Sunday in Paris

Featuring the Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Stephen Kennedy director and Joris Verdin, Harmonium

Musical life in 19th -century France was both rich and diverse. Each social context had its own music, instruments and musical forms. Some of this music survives today in the symphonic and chamber music repertoire, and also the opera and ballet. Other forms have all but disappeared: military music, folk, dance, cabaret, the “salon” repertoire, and a great deal of sacred music.

This recording is the first of selected choral works by well-known composers in the their original version with harmonium accompaniment. The music is presented as it was played in a French Catholic circle on a Sunday, the day of rest after a long week of work, when people dressed in their ‘Sunday best’ and had special lunches and dinners, and visited family or friends. Strong state support for Catholicism under the reign of Napoléon III allowed churches to purchase magnificent furniture, art, and musical instruments. Schools, monasteries, and chapels acquired similar high-quality equipment, though on a smaller scale. The flexibility of the harmonium often made it preferable to a small organ, which explains the great number of sacred pieces written for voices with harmonium or organ accompaniment—but always playable on the harmonium. A typical example is Gounod’s mass “for the chapels”. The Ordinary of the mass, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus- Benedictus, Agnus Dei, were composed as a whole. The other main moments like “Introït,” “Graduel”, and occasionally “Alleluia”, “Offertoire,” “Élévation,” and “Communion”, were either performed as “Plain Chant” (Gregorian Chant), sung in a polyphonic setting, or played by the organist. The first and last pieces of the mass, the “Entrée” and “Sortie”, were generally for organ.

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The Craighead-Saunders Organ

The Inaugural recording of the Craighead-Saunders Baroque Organ at Christ Church 
The three organ professors of The Eastman School of Music demonstrate the new Craighead-Saunders organ, modeled after 1776 Caspirini organ of Vilnius, Lithuania---one of the best preserved late-baroque organs in all of Europe.  Bach through Mendelssohn is the core of this program, which also includes newly commissioned works by Stephen Kennedy and Martin Herchenröder.

1 "3-3-33" by Stephen Kennedy (b. 1962) Performed by Hans Davidsson, William Porter, David Higgs 
2-13 Sei gegrüßet, Jesu, gütig (a diverse Partite), BWV 768 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Performed by William Porter 
14-16 Sonata in F Major, Wq 70/3 by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) Performed by Hans Davidsson Allegro  Largo  Allegretto
17 Trio a 2 Claviere e Pedale in E-flat major by Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780) Performed by Hans Davidsson 
18 Praeludium VII in E-flat major by Johann Christian Kittel (1732-1809) Performed by David Higgs 
19 Praeludium VIII in E-flat minor by Johann Christian Kittel (1732-1809) Performed by David Higgs 
20-23 Sonata I by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) Performed by David Higgs
24 Toccata and Lament by Martin Herchenröder (b. 1961) Performed by Hans Davidsson

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Christ Church Schola Cantorum

THE SCHOLA’S 2004 DEBUT RECORDING HAS BEEN RE-ISSUED FOR SALE THROUGH CHRIST CHURCH 
PROCEEDS BENEFIT CHRIST CHURCH. ORIGINALLY DISTRIBUTED BY GOTHIC RECORDS, THIS RECORDING HAS GARNERED CONSIDERABLE CRITICAL ACCLAIM.  IT FEATURES ANTHEMS AND SELECTIONS OF SERVICE MUSIC FROM THE OFFICE OF COMPLINE AS SUNG AT CHRIST CHURCH.

1. AVE MARIA, ROBERT PARSONS
2. DUO SERAPHIM, JACOB HÄNDL 
3. AVE REGINA CAELORUM, PLAINSONG W/IMPROVISED ORGANUM
4. JUSTORUM ANIMAE, ORLANDO DI LASSO
5. PURGE ME, O LORD, THOMAS TALLIS
6. IN MANUS TUAS (COMPLINE RESPONSORY,) THOMAS TALLIS
7. TE LUCIS ANTE TERMINUM (FESTAL TONE,) THOMAS TALLIS
8. SALVE REGINA, PLAINSONG W/IMPROVISED ORGANUM
9. TE LUCIS ANTE TERMINUM (FERIAL TONE,) THOMAS TALLIS 
10. SICUT CERVUS, GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA
11. CRUCIFIXUS, ANTONIO LOTTI
12. DEO GRATIAS, WILLIAM BYRD
13. O SAVING VICTIM, ZACK WADSWORTH
14. NOVUM PASCHA, STEPHEN KENNEDY
15. SONG FOR ATHENE, SIR JOHN TAVENER 

“THE RECORDING IS BEAUTIFUL AND I AM GLAD TO HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO THE SCHOLA CANTORUM AND THE WORK OF STEPHEN KENNEDY.
THE CD HAS BEEN A JOY TO LISTEN TO.....TERRIFIC SOUND, WONDERFULLY BALANCED WITH PERFECT PACING!”
STEVE STARUCH, HOST/CULTURAL PROGRAMMING, MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO.


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David Conte: Music for Chorus and Organ

This exquisite recording was made at the request of the composer. Performances are by: the Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Stephen Kennedy, conductor; David Higgs, organ; Kathleen Bride, harp; Rochester Philharmonic Brass: Douglas Prosser & Wesley Nance, trumpet Mark Kellogg & Mark Salatino, trombone.

1. Ave Maria
2. O magnum mysterium
3. The Snow Lay on the Ground
4. Meditation on Silent Night for Solo Organ
5. O Salutaris Hostia
6. Tantum ergo
7. Nunc dimittis
8. Hosanna
9. Recollection (Soliloquy II) for Solo Organ
10. Prayer of Saint Theresa
11. Psalm 121
12. Valediction
13. Antiphon for Brass Quartet and Organ
14. Soliloquy for Solo Organ

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Mendelssohn Rarities

"Mendelssohn Rarities" is a collection of exquisitely crafted and rarely performed organ and choral music from the great prodigy of the early 19th century. The Christ Church Schola Cantorum, directed by Stephen Kennedy, sings both introspective and dramatic choral works that reveal Mendelssohn’s lineage to the contrapuntal tradition of the great masters such as Palestrina and J.S. Bach.

Mendelssohn’s organ works are illuminated by the captivating sounds of Eastman’s Craighead-Saunders reconstructed baroque pipe organ at Christ Church.  This organ sings with lively and evocative sounds that would have been familiar to the composer. Solo organ works are performed by faculty David Higgs, Hans Davidsson, William Porter, and Stephen Kennedy, as well as several current organ students and recent alumni. Liner notes by Eastman’s former Visiting Professor of Musicology, Wm. A. Little.

1. MWV W44 Allegro moderato maestoso (March) in C major
2. MWV W15 Andante con moto in G minor
3. MWV W28 Pr„ludium in C minor
4. Op. 79: Spruch No.
5. Im Advent, MWV B54 Sechs Sprche
5. Op. 79: Spruch No. 1. Weihnachten, MWV B42 Sechs Sprche
6. Op. 79: Spruch No. 2. Am Neujahrstage, MWV B44 Sechs Sprche
7. Op. 79: Spruch No. 4. In der Passionszeit, MWV B50 Sechs Sprche
8. Op. 79: Spruch No. 6. Am Charfreitage, MWV B52 Sechs Sprche
9. Op. 79: Spruch No. 3. Am Himmelfahrstage, MWV B55 Sechs Sprche
10. MWV W2 Pr„ludium in D minor
11. MWV W47 Allegro in B flat major
12. MWV W30 Andante in F major
13. MWV W32 Andante (with Variations) in D major
14. MWV B20: 1. Choral. Aus tiefer Noth Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu dir (Op. 23. No.1)
15. MWV B20: 2. Fuga. Aus tiefer Noth Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu dir (Op. 23. No.1)
16. MWV B20: 3. Aria. Bei dir gilt nichts den Gnad und Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu dir (Op. 23. No.1)
17. MWV B20: 4. Choral. Und ob es w„hrt bis in die Nac Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu dir (Op. 23. No.1)
18. MWV B20: 5. Choral. Ob bei uns ist der Snden viel Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu dir (Op. 23. No.1)
19. MWV W12 Nachspiel in D major
20. Sanft in D major, MWV W6 Andante
21. MWV W33 Allegro (Choral and Fugue) in D minor/major
22. MWV A11 Verleih uns Frieden

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