1915-1996 Casavant/St. John the Baptist Church, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1915-1996 Casavant/St. John the Baptist Church, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Famous Last Words #1914

…in anticipation of Holy Week, selections from various compositions that enshrine Jesus’s final earthly utterances.

Hour 1

PAMELA DECKER: Father, forgive them (i.), fr The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ (premiere) –Douglas Cleveland (2017 Richards-Fowkes/ Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, KS) PD Archive (r. 7/3/18)

DECKER: Truly, I tell you (ii.), fr The Seven Last WordsJacob Benda (1949 Wicks/Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN) PD Archive (r. 8/5/18)

THEODORE DUBOIS: Mother, behold thy son (iii.), fr The Seven Last Words of ChristChoir of 1st United Methodist Church/Gordon McMillan; Frederick Swann (1980 Möller/1st United Methodist Church, Lubbock, TX) Gothic 49124

CHARLES TOURNEMIRE: Eli, Eli, Lamma sabachthani (iv.), fr Sept Paroles du Christ, Op. 67Pierre Moreau (Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France) Charlin AMS 106

FERNAND de la TOMBELLE: I thirst (v.), fr Les Sept Paroles de Notre Seigneur –Les Chantres Musiciens/Gilbert Patenaude; Jacques Boucher (1915-1996 Casavant/St. John the Baptist Church, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) XXI-21 Productions 1721

ALAN RIDOUT: It is finished (vi.), fr The Seven Last WordsAllan Wicks (1886 Willis/Canterbury Cathedral, England) EMI 85421

F. J. HAYDN (trans. Rantanen): Father, into Thy hands (vii.), fr The Seven Last WordsMatti Rantanen, accordion. SIBA Records 1009

TOURNEMIRE: Consummatum est (vii.), fr Sept Paroles du Christ, Op. 67Stefan Kagl (1961 Förster & Nikolaus/Herford Münster, Germany) Motette 13041

Filler – DECKER: Father forgive them (see above)

Hour 2

KNUT NYSTEDT: Fantasia Trionfale, Op. 37Gunnar Petersen-Øverleir (1986 Lund/Vålerenga Church, Oslo, Norway) Simax 1127

HANS PETER TÜRK: Siebenbürgische Passionsmusik (excerpts) –Meissner Kantorei/Christfried Brödel; Ursula Philippi (1904 Sauer/City Church/Burgstädt, Germany) MD&G 902 1554-6

SIETZE de VRIES: Aus tiefer Not –Noordelijk Vocaal Ensemble/Leendert Runia; Sietze de Vries (1962 Ahrend & Brunzema/St. Martini Church, Bremen, Germany) JSB Records 151017

PAUL de MALEINGREAU: Tumult in the Praetorium, fr Passion SymphonyTed Alan Worth (1963 Aeolian-Skinner/Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Chapel, Louisville, KY) OrganArts 5001

DECKER: Woman, behold thy son (iii.), My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (iv.), I thirst (v.), and It is finished (vi.), fr The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ (premiere) –Douglas Cleveland (2017 Richards-Fowkes/Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, KS) PD Archive (r. 7/3/18)

DECKER: Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit (iv.), Passacaglia, Procession to the Tomb, and Toccata, The Resurrection (viii.), fr The Seven Last Words and Triumph of ChristJacob Benda (1949 Wicks/Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN) PD Archive (r. 8/5/18)

Filler – DECKER: It is finished (see above)