The following comes from an Apr. 16 email from Jade Music.
On the evening of Sunday May 4, the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California join the world-renown American organist Paul Jacobs, Chair of the Organ Department at Julliard School of Music, in the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (https://tinyurl.com/ptzj84l).
The Norbertines add their expertise in plainsong to the Clavierubung III of Bach which is a based on the melodies of the chorales sung at the Lutheran Missa Brevis service. Many of these melodies have their origins in plainchant. The abbey community of St. Michael’s is honored to bring the beauty of vocal church music back to the general public. Fr. Chrysostom Baer, O.Praem. leads the Norbertines as the abbey’s principal cantor.
The Norbertines and Professor Jacobs last performed together in 2011 for the Cathedral of Sound series at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts under music director Carl St. Clair.
Since 2008, the Norbertines have released four chant albums on Jade Music: Christmas at St. Michaels, Gregorian Chant: Requiem, Anthology: Chants and Polyphony, and Gregorian Chant. The albums are distirbuted through ADA/ Warner Music International.
….This evening the Norbertines join Paul Jacobs for the Clavierubung III of Bach. This collection of compositions for the organ is based on the melodies of the chorales sung at the Lutheran Missa Brevis service and the Lutheran catechism. Many of these melodies have their origins in plainchant. Paul asked his talented Norbertine friends to join him because he knew they could best present the spiritual dimensions of the work which Bach intended when he composed the pieces.
The collection is started by an extensive prelude and closes with a triple fugue; this prelude and fugue are sometimes excerpted and played as a unit, referred to in English speaking countries as the “St. Anne” because of the fugue subject’s resemblance to the hymn melody of the same name.
To learn more about the Norbertines of St. Michael’s Abbey go to: www.StMichaelsAbbey.com