Michael defeating the fallen angels, by Luca Giordano
Michael defeating the fallen angels, by Luca Giordano

'M' is for Michael #1938

…celebrating the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (9/29) with compositions and performances by various name-sakes.

Hour 1

J. S. BACHSinfonia to the Michaelmas Cantata, BWV 19Graham Ashton Brass; Duncan Patton, timpani; Anthony Newman (1993 Mander/St. Ignatius Loyola Church, New York, NY) Sonoma 0011

LEO SOWERBYComes Autumn TimeJonathan Ryan (1985 Schudi/St. Michael & All Angels Church, Dallas, TX) PD Archive (r. 8/20/19)

MICHAEL BERKELEYWild BellsTom Winpenny (1962-2009 Harrison/St. Albans Abbey, England) Resonus 10119

HENRY MARTINPrelude & Fugue No. 20 in B-flat (world premiere) –Christopher Houlihan (1929 Casavant-1987 Gilbert/St. Michael’s Cathedral, Springfield, MA) PD Archive (r. 6/28/15)

HERBERT HOWELLSHymn, Michael (All my hope on God is founded)Choir of Queen’s College, Cambridge/James Weeks; Matthew Steynor (1892 Binns/Queen’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England) Guild 7160

HENRY MARTIN:  2 Preludes & Fugues (No. 23 in a; No. 24 in C) (world premiere) –Michael Unger (1959 Aeolian-Skinner/Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, MO) PD Archive (r. 7/5/18)

Filler – BACH: Sinfonia BWV 19 (see above)

Hour 2

GUGLIELMO MATTIOLIToccata brillanteAndrea Macinanti (1889 Verati/St. Michael the Archangel Church, Bologna, Italy) Tactus 800002

BACH: Fugue in D, BWV 532Michael Murray (1721 F. C. Schnitger/St. Michael’s Church, Zwolle, Netherlands) Telarc 80385

MICHAEL BURKHARDT4 Hymn Improvisations (At the name of Jesus; Children of the heavenly father; I know that my redeemer lives; Crown him with many crowns)Michael Burkhardt (1988 Casavant/Christ College, Irvine, CA) MorningStar 11MB

MICHAŁ MARKUSZEWSKI:  Variations, Jesu, meine ZuversichtMichał Markuszewski (1938 Rieger/Mother of God Church, Röwne, Poland) Ars Sonora 15

MICHAEL RADULESCUKehre uns, herr, zu dir; Herr, ich höre die Lunde (ii.), fr 4 Old Testament Prayers –Maria Höller, soprano; Michael Radulescu (1982 Metzler/Jesuit Church, Lucerne, Switzerland) Ars Musica 1075

OLIVIER MESSIAENCombat de la Mort et de la Vie, fr Les Corps GlorieuxJon Gillock (1871 Cavaillé-Coll/Church of the Trinity, Paris, France) Jade 2.  We note that the Archangel Michael is known both as the healing angel and the protector and leader of the Army of God, elements well-portrayed in this remarkable score.

Filler – BACH:  Fugue in D, BWV 532 (see above)