Magazine article The American Organist

Missa Campanella

Magazine article The American Organist

Missa Campanella

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MISSA CAMPANELLA The Choirs of the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Maxine Thévenot, director and organ soloist; Stephen Tharp, guest organist. IV/87 Reuter organ, Opus 2210, 2002, with elements of Opus 918, 1950. Raven OAR-926. Available from Ravened, com and Ohscatalog.org. This lovely recording features sacred music by 20th- and 21st-century composers from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and France. The repertoire is suitable for liturgical use, primarily centering on the themes of death, resurrection, and eternal life. World-premiere recordings include Canadian organist-composer Andrew Ager's four-movement Missa Campanella, Australian organist-composer June Nixon's O Salutaris Hostia, and the Ave Verum Corpus of Albuquerque resident Mary Lynn Place Badarak. These works provide fresh, attractive settings of familiar liturgical texts. Other composers include Richard Shephard (Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies), Peter Hallock (Thy Word Is a Lantern), Ned Rorem (Mercy and Truth Are Met), Mark Blatchly (Give Us the Wings of Faith), Barry Rose (Morning Glory, Starlit Sky), Michael Sitton (Tantum Ergo), Geraint Lewis (The Souls of the Righteous), Derek Holman (Prevent Us, O Lord), Maurice Duruflé (In Paradisum from Requiem), and Eleanor Daley (the four-movement Missa Brevis No. 4). The repertoire, spanning more than 50 years, represents some of the finest composers of the present generation in addition to those of previous generations.

The music is beautifully sung by the Cathedral's three choirs individually and in combination. …

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