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Essential Choral Classics

Album Summary

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hear my prayer
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite Messe solennelle
>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
>Traditional, Shaker : Simple Gifts
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>Traditional Spiritual : Deep River
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : "Domine Deus" from Gloria RV 589, for Soprano, Trumpet and Continuo
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Creation, H 21 no 2
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass in D minor, H 22 no 11 "Nelsonmesse"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
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Notes & Reviews:

This 2-CD set Includes more than 21/2 hours of the greatest 'hits' of the chorus. Performances are by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kings College Choir of Cambridge and the Choir of St. John's College Cambridge. Included are many of the most popular choral works such as the austere 'O Fortuna' from Carmina Burana, the majestic 'Hallelujah Chorus', the sublime 'Panis Angelicus', and the plaintive American anthem 'Simple Gifts'.



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Works Details

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: O Fortuna
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere :: Excerpt
  • Performer: Roy Goodman (Treble)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hear my prayer
  • Performer: Alastair Hussain (Treble)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/25/1844

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70 :: Thanks be to God!
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Paul Daniel
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/11/1846

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Rossini, Gioachino : Petite Messe solennelle :: Kyrie
  • Performers: Ruggero Raimondi (Bass); Mirella Freni; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Romano Gandolfi
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1863

>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: Cambridge University Music Society
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Traditional, Shaker : Simple Gifts
  • Conductor: Jerold Ottley
  • Ensemble: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 18th Century

>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
  • Conductor: Jerold Ottley
  • Ensemble: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Traditional Spiritual : Deep River
  • Conductor: Jerold Ottley
  • Ensemble: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Written: by 1875

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1993

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 :: Softly and gently
  • Performer: Yvonne Minton
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" :: O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!
  • Performers: Robert Schunk (Tenor); Hans Sotin (Bass); Jessye Norman
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Vivaldi, Antonio : "Domine Deus" from Gloria RV 589, for Soprano, Trumpet and Continuo
  • Conductor: Simon Preston
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1715

>Vivaldi, Antonio : "Domine Deus" from Gloria RV 589, for Soprano, Trumpet and Continuo
  • Conductor: Simon Preston
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232 :: Sanctus
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232 :: Osanna in excelsis
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, joy of man's desiring
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For unto us a Child is born
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Creation, H 21 no 2 :: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes
  • Performers: Rudiger Wohlers (Voice); Norma Burrowes (Soprano); James Morris
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1798

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass in D minor, H 22 no 11 "Nelsonmesse" :: Kyrie
  • Performers: Sylvia Stahlman (Soprano); Wilfred Brown (Tenor); Tom Krause (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1798

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum :: Laudate Dominum
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626 :: Lacrimosa
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: Sanctus
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: In paradisum
  • Conductor: George Guest
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45 :: Wie lie
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: Dies irae. Tuba mirum
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major :: Alles Vergängliche (conclusion)
  • Performers: Yvonne Minton; Martti Talvela (Bass); Heather Harper (Soprano); René Kollo; Lucia Popp; John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907