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Any recording that proclaims its contents as the 100 best sacred works is going to attract potshots, but the fact is that this six-disc set might be a useful thing for churches and the like to have on hand. The set takes on the ambitious task of assembling pieces from the era of plainchant up to the present day; the most recent pieces come from the widely performed "The Armed Man: A Mass for Piece," composed by Britain's Karl Jenkins and based on the Renaissance tradition of masses based on the song "L'homme armé" The Armed Man. There are several things buyers should know. Especially considering the British origins of the set, the Renaissance and Medieval eras are ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Any recording that proclaims its contents as the 100 best sacred works is going to attract potshots, but the fact is that this six-disc set might be a useful thing for churches and the like to have on hand. The set takes on the ambitious task of assembling pieces from the era of plainchant up to the present day; the most recent pieces come from the widely performed "The Armed Man: A Mass for Piece," composed by Britain's Karl Jenkins and based on the Renaissance tradition of masses based on the song "L'homme armé" The Armed Man. There are several things buyers should know. Especially considering the British origins of the set, the Renaissance and Medieval eras are underrepresented, and the Romantics overrepresented with two full discs, one devoted to French music and the other to "Romantic Sacred Masterpieces." The perorations of Elgar and Karg-Elert notwithstanding, the nineteenth century was not a high-water mark for sacred music. The "Modern Sacred Favorites" on disc 6 are conservative in orientation, with Barber, Rutter, Lloyd Webber, Vaughan Williams, Tavener, Pärt, and Górecki represented along with Jenkins; the progressives, who are none too progressive, are Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein. Non-Christian forms of spirituality are not included at all. The selection of pieces is intelligent, resisting the temptation to squeeze in every hit and instead programming lesser-known works from time to time if they fit the sequence of events. Best of all are the performances, which draw from various segments of the EMI catalog. They come from between the early '60s and the 2000s, with most from the 1970s and 1980s, and the remastering of such a variety of sound sources is reasonable. The listener receives not only a collection of attitudes toward sacred music but also a group of diverse performer approaches to the problem of performing sacred music. Disc 1, for example, is neatly divided between the stark sounds of the Hilliard Ensemble and the quiet, tradition-encrusted performances of English church choirs. Whatever debates it may start, this is an undeniably useful box set.
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  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 094638922728
  • Catalog Number: 89227

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sub tuum praesidium, antiphon in mode 7 - Gregorian Chant & David Lawson (1:03)
  2. 2 Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: vv. 1-4 & 17-20 - Gregorio Allegri & Timothy Beasley-Murray (5:47)
  3. 3 Veni Sancte Spiritus, isorhythmic motet for 4 voices, MB 32 - John Dunstable & Paul Hillier (6:26)
  4. 4 O nata lux de lumine, motet (hymn) for 5 voices, P. 209 - Thomas Tallis & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (1:56)
  5. 5 Verbum Caro Factum Est for 6 voices - John Sheppard & Clerkes of Oxenford (6:44)
  6. 6 Buccinate in neomenia tuba, motet for 19 voices - Giovanni Gabrieli & Ambrosian Singers (4:20)
  7. 7 O Magnum Mysterium, motet for 4 voices - David Willcocks & Tomás Luis de Victoria (4:10)
  8. 8 Ave verum corpus (also anthem: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB) - David Willcocks & William Byrd (4:42)
  9. 9 Tu es Petrus, motet for 7 voices (from Motets Book I) - David Willcocks & Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina (3:59)
  10. 10 Missa L'Homme armé, for 4 voices: Kyrie - Guillaume Dufay & Paul Hillier (4:10)
  11. 11 Missa Bell' Amfirit'altera, for 8 voices, H. viii/55: Gloria - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Orlande de Lassus (4:19)
  12. 12 Mass "Euge Bone" for 6 voices: Credo - Christopher Tye & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:32)
  13. 13 Missa Paschalis (i), mass for 4 voices: Sanctus - Paul Hillier & Heinrich Isaac (4:28)
  14. 14 Mass for 4 Voices (SATB): Agnus Dei - William Byrd & Paul Hillier (3:54)
  15. 15 Absalon, Fili Mi, motet for 4 parts (poss. spurious) - Josquin Desprez & Paul Hillier (4:28)
  16. 16 Hosanna to the son of David, anthem for 6 voices - David Willcocks & Orlando Gibbons (3:13)
  17. 17 Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299 - Thomas Tallis & Wim Becu (10:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: Gloria in excelsis Deo - Antonio Vivaldi & Academy of Ancient Music (2:29)
  2. 2 Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: Laudamus te - Antonio Vivaldi & Academy of Ancient Music (2:28)
  3. 3 Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Magnificat anima mea - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (3:02)
  4. 4 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born - George Frideric Handel & Ambrosian Singers (4:20)
  5. 5 Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Bereite dich, Zion - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (5:33)
  6. 6 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel & Academy of Ancient Music (5:20)
  7. 7 Mass in B minor, for 5 voices, 6-part chorus, violin, orchestra & continuo, BWV 232 (BC E1): Cum Sancto Spiritu - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bavarian Radio Chorus (4:25)
  8. 8 Mass in B minor, for 5 voices, 6-part chorus, violin, orchestra & continuo, BWV 232 (BC E1): Et incarnatus est - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bavarian Radio Chorus (4:30)
  9. 9 O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 24), BWV 622 (BC K51) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Peter Hurford (5:25)
  10. 10 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen - Johann Sebastian Bach & Consortium Musicum (4:47)
  11. 11 St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b): Ebarme dich, mein Gott - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (6:24)
  12. 12 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's des - David Willcocks & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:31)
  13. 13 Thou know'st, Lord (2nd setting), anthem for chorus, slidetrumpets & organ, Z. 58c - Henry Purcell & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:22)
  14. 14 Hear my prayer, O Lord, anthem for chorus, violins & continuo, Z. 15 (unfinished) - Henry Purcell & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:14)
  15. 15 St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b): O sacred head, sore wounded (Passion Chorale) - David Willcocks & Johann Sebastian Bach (2:46)
  16. 16 Crucifixus a 8 Voix - Antonio Lotti & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (3:43)
  17. 17 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth - George Frideric Handel & Ambrosian Singers (6:42)
  18. 18 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus - George Frideric Handel & Ambrosian Singers (4:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Introit. Requiem aeternam - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Chorus (4:27)
  2. 2 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Kyrie - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:35)
  3. 3 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa dies illa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:58)
  4. 4 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (5:30)
  5. 5 Regina coeli, antiphon for soprano, chorus & orchestra, K. 127: Regina coeli - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Collegium Cartusianum (4:04)
  6. 6 Mass No. 17 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C minor (fragment, "Great Mass"), K. 427 (K. 417a): Laudamus te - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kiri Te Kanawa (4:57)
  7. 7 Mass No. 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317: Benedictus - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bavarian Radio Chorus (3:16)
  8. 8 Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluia - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & English Chamber Orchestra (2:56)
  9. 9 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:27)
  10. 10 Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: With verdure clad - Franz Joseph Haydn & Arleen Augér (4:54)
  11. 11 Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: The heavens are telling - Franz Joseph Haydn & Arleen Augér (3:37)
  12. 12 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Kyrie - Robert Holl & Franz Joseph Haydn (4:25)
  13. 13 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Gloria in excelsis Deo - Robert Holl & Franz Joseph Haydn (3:26)
  14. 14 Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major, Op. 86: Kyrie - Ludwig van Beethoven & Carlo Maria Giulini (5:34)
  15. 15 Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur ("Himmel ruhmen des ewigen Ehre"), song for voice & piano, Op. 48/4 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Philharmonia Chorus (2:31)
  16. 16 Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major ("Missa Solemnis"), Op. 123: Gloria - Ludwig van Beethoven & Hans Peter Blochwitz (17:12)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: Prelude - Marc-Antoine Charpentier & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (1:47)
  2. 2 Ave Maria, for voice & piano (or other vocal arrangements; after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) - Charles Gounod & Janet Baker (3:14)
  3. 3 Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major: Credo - opening - Charles Gounod & French Radio Choir (3:50)
  4. 4 Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major: Sanctus - Charles Gounod & French Radio Choir (5:33)
  5. 5 L' Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, Baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25): The Shepherds' Farewell - Hector Berlioz & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (4:14)
  6. 6 Te Deum, for tenor, 3 choruses, brass bands, organ & orchestra, H. 118 (Op. 22): Tu, Christe, Rex gloriae - Hector Berlioz & Marie-Claire Alain (5:38)
  7. 7 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & Nancy Argenta (3:29)
  8. 8 Ubi caritas, motet for chorus, Op. 10/1 - Maurice Duruflé & Winchester Cathedral Choir (2:40)
  9. 9 Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11 - Gabriel Fauré & Winchester Cathedral Choir (5:51)
  10. 10 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - César Franck & The Hallé Choir (4:56)
  11. 11 Gloria, for soprano, chorus & orchestra, FP 177: Laudamus te - Francis Poulenc & French Radio Choir (3:00)
  12. 12 Vinea mea electa, motet for chorus (4 motets pour un temps de pénitence), FP 97/2 - Francis Poulenc & Harry Christophers (3:49)
  13. 13 Suite Gothique, for organ, Op. 25: Prière à Notre-Dame - Léon Boëllmann & Frederic Bayco (4:08)
  14. 14 O sacrum convivium!, for voices, I/18 - Olivier Messiaen & Terry Edwards (5:10)
  15. 15 Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions): Sanctus - Maurice Duruflé & Peter Barley (3:25)
  16. 16 Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions): Libera me - Maurice Duruflé & Peter Barley (5:43)
  17. 17 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisum - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (3:43)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra No.2 in E flat Major, Op. 80: Sanctus - Johann Nepomuk Hummel & Stuttgart Boys' Choir (1:33)
  2. 2 Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: O rest in the Lord - Felix Mendelssohn & Janet Baker (3:43)
  3. 3 Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: And then shall your light break forth - Felix Mendelssohn & Janet Baker (3:19)
  4. 4 Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra: Cujus animam - Gioachino Rossini & Robert Gambill (6:59)
  5. 5 Psalm 23 ("Gott ist mein Hirt"), for female voices & piano, D. 706 (Op. posth. 132) - Franz Schubert & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (4:58)
  6. 6 Deutsche Messe (German Mass), for mixed chorus, wind ensemble & organ, D. 872: Heilig, heilig, heilig - Franz Schubert & Bavarian Radio Chorus (2:30)
  7. 7 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Graunke Symphony Orchestra (4:26)
  8. 8 Ave verum, motet for chorus, Op. 2/1 - Edward Elgar & Harry Bramma (2:35)
  9. 9 Nun danket alle Gott, marche triomphale (chorale improvisation) for organ (& brass ad lib), Op. 65/59 - Sigfrid Karg-Elert & Philip Ledger (3:36)
  10. 10 Ave Maria (II), motet for chorus in F major, WAB 6 - Anton Bruckner & Philharmonia Chorus (3:11)
  11. 11 Evening Hymn for chorus & organ - Henry Balfour Gardiner & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus (6:06)
  12. 12 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Recordare - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Maria Giulini (4:21)
  13. 13 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Maria Giulini (3:47)
  14. 14 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Lux aeterna - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Maria Giulini (6:52)
  15. 15 Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem), for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45: Wie lieblich - Johannes Brahms & BBC Symphony Chorus (6:10)
  16. 16 Mass for tenor, baritone, bass, chorus & orchestra in A flat major ("Messa di gloria"): Gloria in excelsis Deo - In terra pax - Laudamus t - Giacomo Puccini & London Symphony Chorus (4:36)
  17. 17 I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra) - Hubert Parry & Royal Military School of Music Band (6:47)
Disc 6
  1. 1 The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace, for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Agnus Dei - Karl Jenkins & Paul Beniston (3:40)
  2. 2 Ave Maria, for chorus a cappella (after Bogoroditse D'vo) - Igor Stravinsky & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (1:58)
  3. 3 Chichester Psalms, for boy soloist, chorus & orchestra: 1. Maestoso ma energico - Allegro molto - Leonard Bernstein & Peter Barley (3:50)
  4. 4 Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu - Andrew Lloyd Webber & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:51)
  5. 5 Voca Me - Christopher Robson & Robert Prizeman (4:50)
  6. 6 Ave Maria - Lesley Garrett & Tolga Kashif (4:11)
  7. 7 Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor: Kyrie - David Willcocks & Ralph Vaughan Williams (3:58)
  8. 8 Totus Tuus, for chorus, Op. 60 - Henryk Mikolaj Górecki & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (8:56)
  9. 9 Magnificat, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (6:22)
  10. 10 Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37: Ave Maria - Sergey Rachmaninov & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:59)
  11. 11 Song for Athene, for chorus - John Tavener & Winchester Cathedral Choir (6:12)
  12. 12 Nunc dimittis for voice, trumpet & strings - Geoffrey Burgon & Paul Miles-Kingston (2:44)
  13. 13 Requiem for chorus & orchestra: Requiem aeternam - John Rutter & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:39)
  14. 14 Agnus Dei, for chorus & organ/piano (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & Winchester Cathedral Choir (7:45)
  15. 15 The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace, for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Benedictus - Karl Jenkins & Karl Jenkins (7:37)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent Musical Match for a Masterpiece of Art

    Raised in the Classics, I needed some type of Classical music to help me relax to maintain focus on my studies. This quality and yet affordable CD set titled, "Sacred Works" was highly suggested by a very helpful and gracious store staff. For this reason, I purchased the CD set and was exceedingly glad in doing so. Meanwhile, the set served another purpose. Traveling overseas for my Professional Studies, I take hundreds of photos per site. In preparation for a Powerpoint presentation as intern guest lecturer in two community colleges, since composed in Baroque" style, I utilized the Sacred Works as background music for my upcoming presentation photos from my recent visit to the Russian Federation's Winter Palace at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the official home of the Russian Tsars (1732-1917)of which some were responsible for the commissioning of the building's interior and exterior in Baroque architecture. I appreciate the recommendation. Majestically Imposing!

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    Best Loved Choral Music

    There are many selections in this collection that I love to listen to over and over again. They are classic favorites sung by really good choirs. It's wonderful if you love choral music.

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