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Hallelujah - 35 Great Sacred Choruses

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>Vivaldi, Antonio : "Domine Deus" from Gloria RV 589, for Soprano, Trumpet and Continuo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70
>     And then shall your light break forth
>     He, watching over Israel
>Tallis, Thomas : If ye love me
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Christ on the Mount of Olives, Op. 85
>     Hallelujah
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Creation, H 21 no 2
>     The heavens are telling
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat
>     Magnific
>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>     "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>     How lov
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>     vv.1-4 & 17-19
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63
>     Hallelujah. Amen
>     Thine be the glory
>Mendelssohn, Felix : How lovely are the messengers
>     How lovely are the messengers
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     For unto us a child is born
>     Hallelujah Chorus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
>     Lacrimosa
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum
>     Laudate Dominum
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Gounod, Charles : Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile
>     Sanctus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
>     Ave Maria
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass in B flat major, H 22 no 13 "Schöpfungmesse"
>Stainer, John : God so loved the world
>     God so loved the world
>Purcell, Henry : Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Z 49 "Bell Anthem"
>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O taste and see
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O clap your hands
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Old Hundredth Psalm Tune
>Purcell, Henry : In the midst of life
>     Thou knowest, Lord (Z58c)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>     Ode to Joy
>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : "Domine Deus" from Gloria RV 589, for Soprano, Trumpet and Continuo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70
>Tallis, Thomas : If ye love me
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Christ on the Mount of Olives, Op. 85
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Creation, H 21 no 2
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat
>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63
>Mendelssohn, Felix : How lovely are the messengers
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Gounod, Charles : Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass in B flat major, H 22 no 13 "Schöpfungmesse"
>Stainer, John : God so loved the world
>Purcell, Henry : Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Z 49 "Bell Anthem"
>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O taste and see
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O clap your hands
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Old Hundredth Psalm Tune
>Purcell, Henry : In the midst of life
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This selection features both ADD and DDD recordings.

Personnel: Gerald Finley (cantor); Michael Cockerham, Doris Soffel (alto); Andrew King (tenor); Timothy Beasley-Murray (treble); Keith Lewis , Philip Langridge , Nicolai Gedda (tenor saxophone); John Bruce Wallace (trumpet); Francis Grier, Andrew Lucas, Benjamin Bayl, James Lancelot (organ).

Throughout the ages, one of the most effective means of expressing faith and devotion has been through communal singing, and many composers of note have written a religious work for multiple voices. This double-disc set offers 35 of the most well known and beloved sacred choruses as performed by world-renowned artists. It's a varied collection that spans over 400 years of compositions and covers a multitude of styles and genres.

The selections range from unaccompanied motets and anthems of the Renaissance by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd to majestic opuses from masters of the Baroque (including Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and Purcell), to the glorious compositions of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Also included are works for voice by 20th century composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Tavener, and John Rutter. The album boasts an impressive roster of performers and ensembles, including luminaries Sir Neville Mariner, the Choir of King's College, Philip Langridge, Carol Vaness, the Winchester Cathedral Choir, James Morris, and Ricardo Muti. This well-conceived set also includes excellent liner notes that provide valuable background information on the selected works.



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : "Domine Deus" from Gloria RV 589, for Soprano, Trumpet and Continuo
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1715

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70 :: And then shall your light break forth
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/11/1846

>Tallis, Thomas : If ye love me
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1565

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Christ on the Mount of Olives, Op. 85 :: Hallelujah
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Volker Wangenheim
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Creation, H 21 no 2 :: The heavens are telling
  • Performers: Philip Langridge; Arleen Augér; David Thomas (Bass)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1798

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Conductor: Maurice Handford
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat :: Magnific
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 06/1733

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus :: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45 :: How lov
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere :: vv.1-4 & 17-19
  • Performers: Timothy Beasley-Murray (Treble); Gerald Finley (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Hallelujah. Amen
  • Conductor: Karl Forster
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Mendelssohn, Felix : How lovely are the messengers :: How lovely are the messengers
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/18/1836

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For unto us a child is born
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626 :: Lacrimosa
  • Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum :: Laudate Dominum
  • Performer: Edda Moser (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Gounod, Charles : Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile :: Sanctus
  • Performer: Laurence Dale (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70 :: He, watching over Israel
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/11/1846

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 :: Thine be the glory
  • Performer: Tom Williamson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ave Maria :: Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Mass in B flat major, H 22 no 13 "Schöpfungmesse"
  • Performers: Petteri Salomaa (Bass); Keith Lewis (Tenor); Carol Vaness (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1796

>Stainer, John : God so loved the world :: God so loved the world
  • Conductor: Barry Rose
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Purcell, Henry : Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Z 49 "Bell Anthem"
  • Performers: Nicholas Hayes (Bass); Francis Grier (Organ); Andrew King (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1683

>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O taste and see
  • Performers: Ivan Sharpe (Treble); James Lancelot (Organ)
  • Conductor: Martin Neary
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1952

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O clap your hands
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1993

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Old Hundredth Psalm Tune
  • Performer: Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929

>Purcell, Henry : In the midst of life :: Thou knowest, Lord (Z58c)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" :: Ode to Joy
  • Performer: James Morris
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing
  • Performer: Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Music]
  • Notes: Composition written: 1978.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1978