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Classical 101

Musica Sacra, October 18

TWO AUDIO PIECES Musica Sacra presents two hours of sacred choral music, Sunday nights at 8pm. I like to use my own version of thematic programming when I can. Last week the program ended with Haydn's Te Deum. On October 18, we continue to hear settings of this hymn of praise of the early church, by Mozart and Bruckner. They were both Austrian and they were both steeped in Catholicism and in church music. Bruckner, unlike Mozart always went for the grand gesture, the big sound. He shouted his piety from the rooftops, whereas Mozart wasn't afraid to whisper. Here's some of Mozart's Te Deum, K. 141. This is the work of a thirteen year old, inspired by Michael Haydn and completed in 1769. [audio:mozart-te-deum1.mp3] (The Limburger Cathedral Choir and the Gurzenich Chamber Orchestra, Cologne conducted by Klaus Knubben) Bruckner's massive Te Deum comes from 1884 - between the seventh and the eighth symphonies. Bruckner's years as organist at the monastery of St. Florian primed his ears for the huge blocks of sound he liked to use in those symphonies - relentlessly, some say - but make a church hymn a huge dramatic work: [audio:bruckner-te-deum.mp3] (Franz Welser-Moest conducting the London Philharmonic Choir and the London Philharmonic Orchestra) And on October 25, Musica Sacra presents a new recording of Haydn's Creation, with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.