1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Trinity Church, Paris
1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Trinity Church, Paris

A Rising Tide #2020

…uplifting music for the Feast of the Ascension.

Hour 1

ROBERT WILLIAMS: Hymn, Hail the day that sees Him riseChoirs of Christ Church, Cambridge & Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill/Michael Murray; Stuart Forster (2018 Schoenstein/Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA) Affetto 1901

GERALD FINZI: God is gone up with a triumphant shoutCathedral Choir/John Scott; Andrew Lucas (1977 Mander/St. Paul’s Cathedral, London) Hyperion 66374

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: L’Ascension (4 Symphonic Meditations), i. Majesté du ChristOlivier Messiaen (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/La Trinité, Paris) EMI 67400; ii. Alleluias sereinsSimon Preston (1968 Harrison/King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England) Decca 482 491; iii. Transports de joieOlivier Latry (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris) DG 471 480; iv. Priere du ChristNaji Hakim (La Trinité, Paris) Jade 30927

CHARLES TOURNEMIRE: Suite for the Sunday of Ascensiontide (Prélude-Communion-Piece terminale), No. 24 fr L’Orgue Mystique, Op. 56, no. 12Sandro Müller (1992 Rieger/St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, Kleve, Germany) Cybele 050108

Filler – MESSIAEN: Alleluia of the Trumpet, fr L'Ascension, orchestral original

Hour 2

J. S. BACH: Prelude in C, BWV 547Masaaki Suzuki (1983 Garnier/Shoin Chapel, Kobe, Japan) BIS 2241

BACH: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BWV 734Wolfgang Rübsam (1995 Brombaugh/Lawrence University Chapel, Appleton, WI) Naxos 8.553629 & Anthony Newman (1985 Rieger/SUNY Recital Hall, Purchase, NY) Newport Classic 60003

BACH: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 675-676-677 (3 settings in ascending keys F-G-A) –Hans-Ola Ericsson (2010 Woehl/Studio Acusticum, Piteå, Sweden) Euridice 72

LEO SOWERBY: Psalm 121 (I will lift up mine eyes unto the Lord)Gwendolyn Jones, mezzo-soprano; AGO Choir; Lorenz Maycher (1903 Hutchings-Votey/1st Church of Christ Scientist, New York, NY) PD Archive (r. 7/8/96)

TOURNEMIRE: Chants and Organ Versets In Ascensione Domine, No. 23 fr L’Orgue Mystique, Op. 56, no. 11 –Schola Gregoriana Monacensis/Johannes Göschl; Harald Feller (1994 Jann/Frauenkurche, Munich, Germany) Ars Musici 232339

Filler – MESSIAEN: Transports de joie (see above)

The Feast of the Ascension falls forty days after Easter, and this year is observed on Thursday, May 21, 2020, with additional celebrations the following Sunday.