Sacred Classics

Sacred Classics

     
 

Sacred Classics is a two-disc compilation of favorite religious arias and choruses selected from EMI's extensive catalog of fine performances. Covering a wide range of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic works, this collection provides representative excerpts from major oratorios, cantatas, and masses, though the arrangement of pieces is somewhat arbitrary. TheSee more details below

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Sacred Classics is a two-disc compilation of favorite religious arias and choruses selected from EMI's extensive catalog of fine performances. Covering a wide range of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic works, this collection provides representative excerpts from major oratorios, cantatas, and masses, though the arrangement of pieces is somewhat arbitrary. The casual listener may be puzzled by this set's inconsistency of mood. The triumph of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" and Vivaldi's "In excelsis Deo" is contrasted with the serenity of Fauré's "Pie Jesu" and Bach's "Jesu bleibet meine Freude," and such alternation of tone may be acceptable. However, the stark difference between the subdued Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria" and the boldness of Handel's "Zadok the Priest" is rather jarring, and similar mismatches occur elsewhere to startle the unsuspecting. Other listeners may take exception to the program, which relies too heavily on Bach and excludes other great composers of sacred music. Surely, room could have been provided for Monteverdi, Beethoven, Bruckner, and Rachmaninov. Even so, this collection is best viewed as an introductory sampler and is recommended for novices. The performances date from 1957 to 1984, and the sound quality of these ADD tracks is a little variable but not enough to pose a difficulty on most sound systems.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724356910720
catalogNumber:
69107

Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallulujah  - George Frideric Handel  -  Ambrosian Singers  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras
  2. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Elizabeth Harwood  - Charles Mackerras
  3. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu  - Gabriel Fauré  - André Cluytens  - Victoria de Los Angeles  -  Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra
  4. Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: In excelsis Deo  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Teresa Berganza  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Lucia Valentini Terrani
  5. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu bleibet meine Freude  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - David Willcocks  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge
  6. 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  - Philip Ledger
  7. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258  - George Frideric Handel  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Philip Ledger
  8. Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem), for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45: Wie lieblich sing deine Wohnungen  - Johannes Brahms  - Otto Klemperer  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  9. The Dream of Gerontius, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 38: Sanctus Fortis  - Edward Elgar  - John Barbirolli  -  Hallé  - Richard Lewis
  10. Mass in B minor, for 5 voices, 6-part chorus, violin, orchestra & continuo, BWV 232 (BC E1): Agnus Dei  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Otto Klemperer  - Janet Baker  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  11. Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra: Cujus animam gementem  - Gioachino Rossini  - Robert Gambill  - Riccardo Muti  -  Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra  -  Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Choir
  12. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  13. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  - Franz Schubert  - Janet Baker  - Gerald Moore
  14. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco - Confutatis - Dies Irae  - Giuseppe Verdi  - John Barbirolli  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  15. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass  - César Franck  - Charles Mackerras  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  16. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Herrscher des Himmels, erhore das Lallen  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Philip Ledger
  17. L' Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, Baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25): Ouverture - L'Adieu des bergers  - Hector Berlioz  -  René Duclos Choir  - André Cluytens  -  Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra
  18. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Libera Me Domine  - Gabriel Fauré  - André Cluytens  - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  -  Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra
  19. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Riccardo Muti  -  Swedish Radio Choir  -  Stockholm Chamber Choir
  20. Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  -  José van Dam  - Helen Donath  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Robert Tear
  21. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, H. 21/3: Komm, holder Lenz!  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  -  Deutschen Opernchor Berlin
  22. Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Lord God of Abraham  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  23. Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: And then shall your light break forth  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  24. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus  - Gregorio Allegri  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury
  25. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b): Erbarme dich, sein Gott  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Wolfgang Gonnenwein  - Julia Hamari  -  South German Madrigal Choir & Consortium Musicum
  26. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b): O Haupt voll Blut und Wundern  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Wolfgang Gonnenwein  - Julia Hamari  -  South German Madrigal Choir & Consortium Musicum
  27. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ich folge dir gleichfalls  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Berlin Symphonia  -  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Chorus  - Karl Forster  - Lisa Otto
  28. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ach Herr, lass dein lieb' Engelein  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Berlin Symphonia  -  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Chorus  - Karl Forster  - Lisa Otto

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