Re-Choired Listening is a weekly radio program that brings you the best in choral music from St. Louis and around the world, hosted by Philip Barnes.
September 15 and 19: Hanns Eisler – From early years as a disciple of Schoenberg, Eisler went on to write anti-fascist agitprop with Berthold Brecht, eventually scoring movies before being blacklisted by Hollywood. Eisler moved to East Germany where he wrote, among other things, ‘new’ folk songs for the populace as well as the National Anthem!
September 8 and 12: Three Fs – Philip shares works by Ernest Farrar (pictured), his student Gerald Finzi, and Finzi’s great friend, Howard Ferguson. Featured pieces include Finzi’s Requiem da Camera, written in memory of Farrar, as well as his cantata, For St. Cecilia, for the patron saint of music.
September 1: Dies Irae (Day of wrath) – Philip features the plainsong sequence that used to be sung at the Mass for the Dead. Hear the original chant, then a more elaborate version by the Roman Renaissance composer Giovanni Francesco Anerio. Plus, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s choral symphony The Bells, which, like many other works by Rachmaninoff, quotes the motif that seems to have obsessed the composer throughout his life.
August 18 and 25: Psalm 67 ~ Deus Misereatur (God be merciful unto us) – Philip features a very (harmonically) unsettling version by Charles Ives, along with composers John Sheppard, Orlande de Lassus, Henry Purcell, and Judith Bingham.
August 11: Hercules – Philip shares music inspired by the divine hero Hercules – a son of Zeus famed for his strength – including a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach.
August 4: Brazilian Baroque – Philip shares music from South American composers of the Baroque era. (Rebroadcast)
July 28: Juan de Araujo – Philip shares music from the Baroque Spanish composer Juan de Araujo, who served as a maestro di cappella of several cathedrals in Peru. (Rebroadcast)
July 21: The Creativity of Kenneth Leighton, Part 2 – Philip shares music from 20th-Century British church musician, Kenneth Leighton. Each episode in this two-part series will include a setting of the evening canticles, together with a different version of the mass. This week, Leighton’s ‘Cruciifxus Pro Nobis’ will be featured.
July 14: The Creativity of Kenneth Leighton, Part 1 – Philip shares music from 20th-Century British church musician, Kenneth Leighton. Each episode in this two-part series will include a setting of the evening canticles, together with a different version of the mass. This week, Leighton’s ‘Easter sequence’ will be featured.
July 7: The Jackson Five – Philip shares music from five composers who share a surname with the famous 70s group, but little else: William, Francis, Gabriel, Stephen, and Sir Nicholas! (Rebroadcast)
About Philip Barnes: A native of Great Britain, Philip Barnes was a boy chorister at an early age, and as an adult sang with the cathedral choirs of Bristol, Hereford, and Wells.
Since 1989, Mr. Barnes has led the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus as its artistic director. He has complemented this with positions singing & conducting for various congregations and is currently director of music at Third Baptist Church in Grand Center. Mr. Barnes combines his musical activities with teaching and is a member of the classics department at John Burroughs School, where he instructs classes in Greek and Latin.
Mr. Barnes has made numerous recordings and has conducted the Chamber Chorus on fifteen commercially released discs, including seven on the Regent label. He has earned critical acclaim for his direction & programming and is recognized as a champion of both new music & women composers. Mr. Barnes has made numerous broadcasts on both sides of the Atlantic, and he has devised and presented more than 250 episodes of “Re-Choired Listening” for Classic 107.3!