With the election coming on Tuesday, we'll listen this morning to a collection of 16 newly-commissioned pieces setting quotations of various U.S. Presidents, called "Sing Out, Mr. President." Also, works by American choral composer Nancy Wertsch.
This morning we sample three recent CDs: "On the Shoulders of Giants" by Cantus; a reissue of a 1991 Cambridge University Chamber Choir disc of "English Choral Music;" and from a Naxos CD of music by Delius, his "Sea Drift" performed by the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Florida Orchestra.
This week, the Cambridge University Chamber Choir performs music by Benjamin Britten, along with "A Garland for the Queen," a cycle of ten songs and madrigals by ten prominent 20th-century British composers for the 1953 coronation of Queen Elisabeth II.
Today we'll sample choral CDs from Guild Music and MSR Classics, featuring works by Victoria and Brahms; choral music in English, Hebrew and Yiddish by Mark Zuckerman; Old American Hymns sung by the Metropolitan Opera Chorus; and two church anthems for treble (i.e. children's) voices.
This morning, unaccompanied choral music written in the 1970s and early '80s by Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, including his "Miserere" (1981), written in response to the police brutality suffered by the Solidarity trade unionists in Poland.