Even though their dates float in the Sun-based Gregorian calendar used by the industrialized world, the Christian week of Passiontide and the Jewish feast of Passover always come in close proximity to each other historically, as fixed in the Jewish lunar calendar. The second hour of this program features choral music for the Christian tradition, while the final hour draws on the Passover tradition, from the account drawn by Handel in the 18th century, Israel in Egypt.
The program opens with a 1968 performance by the French pianist Robert Casadesus, in commemoration of his birthday on April 7, 1899.
Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto for piano and orchestra, (CD: Riccardo Muti / no. 4, op. 44 Saint-Saëns / Britten (Robert Casadesus, piano; Orchestra / Bellini / Rodrigo) RAI Milano; Riccardo Muti) Rued Langgaard: Symphony no. 1, "Klippenpastoraler" Braeding og Solglimt (Surf and glimpses of the Sun). Maestoso (Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Leif Segerstam) Henri Nibelle: Carillon Orléannais (CD: Choral Evensong (Jeffrey Makinson, organ) from Lincoln Cathedral)
Thomas Weelkes: Hosanna to the Son of David (CD: Anthems (Choir of Salisbury for America) Cathedral; Richard Seal) Brian Chapple: Ecce lignum crucis (CD: Passiontide (Timothy Jones, bass; Choir of at St. Paul's) St. Paul's Cathedral; John Scott) Gerald Finzi: Lo, the full, final sacrifice (CD: Bax / Finzi: (John Bowen, tenor; Roland Robertson, Choral Music) bass; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury) Vamuvamba (They crucified Him) (arr. Boniface Mganga) (CD: Advance, (The St. Olaf Choir; Anton Armstrong) Australia Fair) Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C major for 2 flutes (CD: Vivaldi: (Academy of Ancient Music; Concertos) Christopher Hogwood) Nicolas de Grigny: Pange Lingua (CD: Grigny: Les Hymns) (Ensemble Alternatim; Bernard Coudurier, organ) William Walton: A litany (CD: O Clap Your Hands) (Choir of Winchester Cathedral; David Hill) Johannes Brahms: Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele (CD: In a Quiet (Todd Wilson, organ) Cathedral)
Anonymous: Alman (CD: Musick as (Edward Parmentier, harpsichord) Befits a Quene) George Frederic Handel: Israel in Egypt, part I (CD: Handel: (James Bowman, countertenor; Ian Israel in Egypt) Partridge, tenor; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; English Chamber Orchestra; Simon Preston) Henry Purcell: Incidental music for Don Quixote (CD: Purcell: Music (Academy of Ancient Music; for the Theatre) Christopher Hogwood) The plagues (CD: The Passover (Theodore Bikel, narrator; Experience) The Western Wind) Ralph Vaughan Williams: Alistair McAlpine's lament (CD: Over Hill, (The Holst Singers; Stephen Layton) Over Dale)
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