September 7, 1998: In praise of the Virgin

A large portion of this program relates to the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the feast day appointed on the Roman Catholic calendar.

The first hour of this program focuses on works of the American composer John Cage (1912-1992), in commemoration of his September birthday. The second hour begins with works of the Abbess Hildegard von Bingen in commemoration of her feat day on September 17.

Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) John Cage: Music for one, 1984 (CD: Jürg Frey: (Jürg Frey, clarinet) Beuger / Cage) John Cage: Litany for the whale (CD: Cage: Litany (Alan Bennett; Paul Hillier) for the Whale)
Hildegard von Bingen: Alma Redemtoris Mater (CD: Canticles (Sequentia) of Ecstasy) Hildegard von Bingen: O virga Mediatrix (CD: Canticles (Sequentia) of Ecstasy) Francis Jackson: Audi, filia (CD: The Choral Music (Choir of York Minster; Philip Moore) of Francis Jackson) George Frideric Handel: Haec est Regina virginum (CD: Marian (Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Cantatas and Arias) Musica Antiqua Köln; Reinhard Goebel) Josquin Desprez: Inviolata, integra et casta es (CD: Josquin / Senfl: (Die Gruppe für Alte Musik München) Marian Motets) Hans Gerle: Lautentabulatur über Inviolata (CD: Josquin / Senfl: (Die Gruppe für Alte Musik München) Marian Motets) John Cage: Dream (CD: Just West Coast) (John Schneider, guitar; Amy Shulman, harp) Francis Grier: Salve Regina (CD: Francis Grier: (Rodolfus Choir; Ralph Allwood) Twelve Anthems) Charles Gounod: Ave Maria (CD: Allegri: Miserere) (Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Richard Marlow)
Maurice Duruflé: Tota pulchra es (CD: Mysteries Beyond: (Vinson Cole, tenor; Songs and Chants in Patrick Stevens, piano) Praise of Mary) Conrad Susa: Magnificat ("St. Thomas") (CD: Praise the Lord) (Choir of St. Thomas Church [New York]; Gerre Hancock) Robert Parsons: Ave Maria (CD: All Creation (Princeton Singers; John Bertalot) Rejoices) Ave Maria, ave maris stella: Jean Langlais (CD: Hakim: Canticum) (Naji Hakim, organ) Karol Szymanowski: Violin concerto no. 2 (CD: Stravinsky (Chantal Juillet, violin; / Szymanowski: Orchestre Symphonique de Violin Concertos) Montréal; Charles Dutoit) Thomas Arne: Rule, Britannia (CD: Music for the Last (Sarah Walker, soprano; Royal Night of the Proms) Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra; Sir Charles Groves) Flanders & Swann: The hippopotamus song (CD: At the drop of a Hat)
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