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Offline Neil Obstat

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Tallis Scholars Concert, Orange County, CA
« on: April 01, 2017, 09:23:58 PM »
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  • Yesterday I heard the great Tallis Scholars sing a full concert in Garden Grove, county of Orange, California. I was very impressed. 

    This is the second time I've been blessed to hear them sing. They did a program of all sacred music, which was most edifying. I was particularly impressed with the Slavonic Hail Mary they did by Arvo Part. It was obviously very Russian or Eastern Christian in style but very moving. He is a contemporary composer but he has managed to employ the most amazing traditional elements in his settings of choral works that make his music reminiscent of the Renaissance greats, like Palestrina and da Victoria, et. al.

    If anyone would like me to post the program notes, I'll do that later on. Several of the works performed were in Latin, some in English, a few German, Slavonic and some other language but I don't recall right now. 

    The venue was the old Chrystal Cathedral which now belongs to the Archdiocese of Orange and has been renamed "Christ Cathedral." They're in process refurbishing the main Church building which is in need of a lot of deferred maintenance. I have a number of things to say about the premises but I'll save that for later if anyone wants to know. 

    One positive note is that they have announced a weekly Carillon Concert schedule wherein an expert bell-ringer person will climb 6 real ladder flights into the bell tower over 150 feet high to manually operate the levers that control the Carillon Keyboard (which is not like an organ keyboard at all). The bells are a set of 52 real cast metal bells, not electronic, and the heaviest one weighs about 2 tons. The concerts will be held at 11:40 am every Wednesday starting after Easter during the Easter season to announce the good news of the Resurrection of Our Lord.  Food trucks will be parked at the site and people have started to show up on Wednesdays to have a nice picnic lunch, they say, so I guess this has been going on for some time already. The announcement might just be for the extra special Easter theme coming up. 

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    Re: Tallis Scholars Concert, Orange County, CA
    « Reply #1 on: April 02, 2017, 12:14:42 AM »
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  • Before I forget, here are the words in the Slavonic hymn to Our Lady, Boboroditse Devo.

    Bogoroditse Devo, raduisya,
    Blagodatnaya Mariye, Gospod s Toboyu.
    Blagoslovenna Ty v zhenakh,
    iblagosloven plod chreva Tvoyego,
    yako Spasa rodila esi dush nashikh.

    Translation:
    Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos,
    Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    And blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
    For thou hast borne the Saviour of our souls.

    In the program notes, author Alexandra Coghlan said,
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    Texture is at the fore in Arvo Pärt's Bogoroditse Djevo -- an unusually rhythmic and jubilant work from the minimalist. Passages of declamatory homophony are set against chanted sections of highly rhythmic, recitative-like accompaniment in this exhilarating paean to the Virgin.
    The composer, Arvo Pärt, turns 82 this year, and lives somewhere in Europe, probably a friend of the conductor of the Tallis Scholars (since 1973), Peter Phillips, with now over 2,000 concerts in 44 years, all Renaissance polyphony.

    www.tallisscholars.co.uk






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    Re: Tallis Scholars Concert, Orange County, CA
    « Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 07:55:55 AM »
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  • That's a beautiful piece by Rachmaninov.

    It's interesting that the Crystal Cathedral has all of those bells, leftover, I presume, from when it was a Protestant cathedral. Probably wouldn't see real bells installed in Catholic cathedrals nowadays. I wonder if there will be any recordings of the Easter bell concerts there.
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    Re: Tallis Scholars Concert, Orange County, CA
    « Reply #3 on: April 02, 2017, 08:44:54 PM »
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  • That's a beautiful piece by Rachmaninov.

    It's interesting that the Crystal Cathedral has all of those bells, leftover, I presume, from when it was a Protestant cathedral. Probably wouldn't see real bells installed in Catholic cathedrals nowadays. I wonder if there will be any recordings of the Easter bell concerts there.
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    Right, the bells are in the same tower, and not modified. The tower and bells were designed and built by the same people who built the Crystal Cathedral for Robert Schuller. 

    That's him in front and the top of his bell tower in the back.
    Here is a photo of the adjustment blocks operated by the "keyboard" that controls the 52-bell carillon:



    This video shows the operator playing the keyboard, called a clavier. The wooden sticks that she operates by striking them with her hands are called batons. The dynamics of play are controlled by how hard and how fast the batons are struck:



    And this video is a tour of the bell tower. Strikers on the outside of the bells are for automatic programs played electronically and the clappers inside the bells are controlled by the keyboard system which is manually operated.



    One thing that strikes me (pun?) is the conspicuous RUST you can see on the steel framework. This tower is in Garden Grove, about 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and you can smell the sea air. Rust is very prominent problem within coastal areas. When you have steel framework starting to show rust getting through the paint, you have to get right on it or it will become very destructive. 

    Currently the Cathedral itself is off limits and in process of repairs, but you can walk around under some of the open framework that looks a lot like what you can see here in the bell tower. And it's in similar condition. They're going to have to sand blast or Naval Jelly that rusty paint off the steel like they do on the Golden Gate bridge (where a crew works full time year round stripping and re-painting such that by the time they work their way to the end of the bridge they have to go back to the other end and start over, a cycle that takes over a year). I would estimate that work on the Cathedral is going to be going on for at least a year, perhaps two or more. This rust thing is a big deal.

    Here is a 22-minute video on a carillon concert at Christ Cathedral. It seems to me that they're using the carillon for the interim period during renovations when they're "transforming" the place into a "Catholic Cathedral." Supply your own meaning........




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    Re: Tallis Scholars Concert, Orange County, CA
    « Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 12:11:05 AM »
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  • The Rachmaninoff Bogoroditse Devo and the Arvo Pärt setting are two completely different settings - one is more homophonic and the other changes meter frequently. Both are stunning and choral classics.

    Estonia, where Pärt is from, has a spectacular tradition of choral music. Look up the "Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir" if you can. You will be impressed greatly.

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