Sing to the Lord, ye Heavenly Hosts
The Choir of Scots' Church presents music from Palestrina in the sixteenth century to twenty-first century music by a contemporary Australian composer, Andrew Batterham. It also includes a rare performance of the Widor Mass for choir, baritone choir and two organs.
The Choir of The Scots' Church Melbourne sings each Sunday morning and for the special days in the church's year. On Sunday evenings soloists or small groups from the choir provide the music. Handel's Messiah is performed each December with The Australian Baroque Ensemble. Good Friday concerts have included works such as the Mozart and Faure Requiems, the Bach Magnificat and works by Bruhns, Buxtehude, Brahms, Stainer and contemporary composers. Many renowned musicians have been members of this choir; the best known is Dame Nellie Melba, whose father, Neil Mitchell, built the present building.
This new CD presents music from Palestrina in the sixteenth century to twenty-first century music by a contemporary Australian composer, Andrew Batterham. It also includes a rare performance of the Widor Mass for choir, baritone choir and two organs.
Founded in 1838, The Scots' Church, Melbourne is Victoria's oldest Presbyterian congregation, many distinguished Melbourne musicians have been part of the choir, including Dame Nellie Melba.
Melbourne organist Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne and was the founding director of Choir of Ormond College, a position he held from 1982 to 2006.
Sing to the Lord (trad. arr. Alice Parker)
Let the people praise Thee, O God (William Mathias)
Messe Basse for women's voices and organ (Faure)
O Sing Joyfully (Adrian Batten)
Sacerdotes Domini (Byrd)
Herzlich tut mich verlangen - two settings (Brahms)
Variations on Ach wie nichtig, ach wie fluchtig (Bohm)
Three motets for double choir (Mendelssohn)
Toccata in B minor (Gigout)
Three Psalms (Andrew Batterham)
Messe Solenelle for choir, choir of baritones and two organs (Widor)
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music.
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) was a German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period. In his lifetime, Brahms' popularity and influence were considerable; he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs.