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Category Archive for 'Choral'

“Best known for his operas, he nonetheless created works in a remarkable range of genres: chamber music, orchestral scores, piercing song cycles and choral works….As a pianist and conductor, he understood the visceral joys of performance.” –The Boston Globe Check Our Catalog

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Arvo Pärt: Adam’s Lament

“This beautifully recorded album collects music by Arvo Pärt, most of it composed (or at least revised) since the turn of the century. Performed by a superb group of Baltic musicians, the album makes a fine choice for those wishing to explore new directions in Pärt’s music.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Franz Schubert: Late Masses

“Schubert’s last great masses – No.5 in A flat and No.6 in E flat – are his greatest achievements in this genre…. They are much more substantial than the composer’s earlier masses, which still lie firmly within the classical tradition of Haydn and Mozart…. Wolfgang Sawallisch is renowned for his performances of Schubert’s church music, [...]

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Henry Purcell: Dido Aeneas

A recording of the 2009 live performance of Purcell’s beloved opera with Newport Baroque and Sine Nomine under the direction of Paul Cienniwa. Check Our Catalog

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“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of all time. Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heard in some of Bach’s works. Mozart’s best music has a natural flow and [...]

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Gioacchino Rossini: Stabat Mater

“Rossini’s Stabat Mater was performed publicly in its final form in Paris on January 7, 1842. The first six sections of this ten-movement work had been composed earlier, on commission from Don Francesco de Varela, for an 1833 Good Friday performance in Madrid (with the last four movements written by Giuseppe Tadolini). The work was [...]

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John Sheppard: Media Vita

“John Sheppard must have been one of the most important English composers of his generation: no less a musician than Thomas Morley praised him fully 40 years after his death.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem

“That Verdi’s Messa da Requiem should be infused with the dramatic power of the his operas is no surprise. The text of the requiem is the most dramatic Verdi ever set, allowing him to explore his new ability to compose large sections of music on a “symphonic” scale with powerful passages for chorus and orchestra.” [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The Tallis Scholars are entirely devoted to the performance of Renaissance choral music. Through scholarship, musicianship, and the careful cultivation of a distinctive vocal sound, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of that particular repertory.”–All Music Guide

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Joseph Haydn: Die Schopfung

Check Our Catalog “René Jacobs’ recording of Haydn’s “Die Schöpfung” is a miracle. Throughout, Jacobs and his forces find precisely the right realization of Haydn’s score…anyone who admires the work should by all means hear this recording.” –All Music Guide

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Stile Antico: Song of Songs

Check Our Catalog “The members of the British vocal ensemble Stile Antico…have an exceptionally pure and youthful sound. The group works without a conductor, and the sensitivity and attention that that demands of each member pays off beautifully in these performances, where they seem to operate as a single organic entity.”–

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The Best of Britten

Check Our Catalog The outstanding English composer working in the mid-20th century, Benjamin Britten won a significant international reputation, whilst remaining thoroughly English in inspiration. Britten’s compositions appeal to all ages, from the delightful “Simple Symphony”, composed for a school orchestra, and “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” written for an educational film, to [...]

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