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, Artistic Director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus and educator at John Burroughs School.

December 1: Advent – Philip shares hymns related to preparation for the birth of Christ, including anthems by Katherine K. Davis and Anne Dudley and some personal favorites by Orlando Gibbons, Johannes Brahms, and Edward Naylor.

November 24: Giving Thanks – Philip shares music of gratitude, from Bach to ABBA, including a 1944 recording of Thanksgiving for Victory by Ralph Vaughan Williams that was composed in anticipation of victory in Europe the following year.

November 17: Marion Songs – Philip shares seven works honoring the Virgin Mary from a broad swath of periods and styles, including the music of Giuseppe Verdi, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Two relatively early works provide highlights: the Magnificat of Dietrich Buxtehude and Richard Davy’s In Honorem Summae Matris.

November 10: Requiem of Gabriel Fauré – Philip shares Fauré’s Requiem and other sacred works by the French composer.

November 3: Franz Schubert’s Magical Serenade – Philip plays no fewer than 10 radically different interpretations (not all sung) of “Ständchen” D. 957, courtesy of Franz Liszt, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and many less-reputable folks.

October 27: Fishing and the Sea – Philip shares repertoire from operas and operettas by Georges Bizet, Alexander Goehr, and Harold Fraser-Simson; plus three settings of the same Psalm, “They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships”, by Henry Purcell, Granville Bantock, and Herbert Sumsion.

October 20: Music of Gioachino Rossini, Part 2 – Philip shares more music of Rossini, an Italian composer who is best known for his 39 operas. However, Rossini also wrote songs, piano works, sacred and chamber music, some of which you’ll hear on this episode! (rebroadcast)

October 13: Music of Gioachino Rossini, Part 1 – Philip shares music of Rossini, an Italian composer who is best known for his 39 operas. However, Rossini also wrote songs, piano works, sacred and chamber music, some of which you’ll hear on this episode! (rebroadcast)

October 6: Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem – Philip shares a live recording of Duruflé’s “Requiem” by the Valparaiso University Chorale. Maurice Duruflé was among French composers commissioned in May 1941 by the collaborationist Vichy regime to write extended works for a monetary award. Duruflé composed a requiem.

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!

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