Four Centuries of Genevan Psalmody
Back at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene for another session in this wonderful acoustic space -- this time recording music relating to the Genevan Psalter from the 12th to the 15th centuries. We had everything from plainchant to the more complex polyphonies of Bourgeois, Goudimel, Hassler, Savonarola, Bettini, Palestrina, Josquin des Prez, Jean Calvin and Martin Luther. Once again, musical director Stephanie Martin did a wonderful job getting this group up to speed with the material. Pictured above are Mary Gillmeister, Jim King, Stephen Ellison, Merry-Anne Stuart, Hiro Kogure and Stephanie Martin.
Six hours is a long session for singers, and I was thoroughly impressed with how everyone hung in there to the bitter end, giving their best performances. Producer Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill did a wonderful job keeping everyone focussed and enthused, with the result being over two and quarter hours of recorded takes.
These recordings will be combined with spoken text created by Calvin Seerveld, which details the history of the Genevan Psalter, along with suggestions showing how this vigourous music can find a home in contemporary liturgies. Calvin and I recorded the spoken text in his home last June, and it will all be combined onto a one or two CD set for distribution later this spring.
View photos from the Genevan Psalmody Recording Session.
Listen to excerpts from The Genevan Psalmody for Today.