Sacred Classics

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724356910720
  • Catalog Number: 69107
  • Sales rank: 113,976

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallulujah - George Frideric Handel & Ambrosian Singers (4:00)
  2. 2 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth - George Frideric Handel & English Chamber Orchestra (6:42)
  3. 3 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & André Cluytens (3:23)
  4. 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 (2:28)
  5. 5 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu bleibet meine Freude - David Willcocks & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:36)
  6. 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 (3:16)
  7. 7 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (6:12)
  8. 8 Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem), for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45: Wie lieblich sing deine Wohnungen - Otto Klemperer & Johannes Brahms (5:48)
  9. 9 The Dream of Gerontius, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 38: Sanctus Fortis - Edward Elgar & John Barbirolli (5:41)
  10. 10 Mass in B minor, for 5 voices, 6-part chorus, violin, orchestra & continuo, BWV 232 (BC E1): Agnus Dei - Otto Klemperer & Johann Sebastian Bach (6:37)
  11. 11 Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra: Cujus animam gementem - Gioachino Rossini & Robert Gambill (7:01)
  12. 12 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (3:26)
  13. 13 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Janet Baker (6:45)
  14. 14 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco - Confutatis - Dies Irae - Giuseppe Verdi & John Barbirolli (9:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - César Franck & Charles Mackerras (4:43)
  2. 2 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 (2:13)
  3. 3 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 (9:21)
  4. 4 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Libera Me Domine - Gabriel Fauré & André Cluytens (5:25)
  5. 5 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:30)
  6. 6 Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes - Franz Joseph Haydn & Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (4:26)
  7. 7 Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, H. 21/3: Komm, holder Lenz! - Franz Joseph Haydn & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:52)
  8. 8 Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Lord God of Abraham - Felix Mendelssohn & Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (3:48)
  9. 9 Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: And then shall your light break forth - Felix Mendelssohn & Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (3:22)
  10. 10 Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus - Gregorio Allegri & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (12:59)
  11. 11 St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b): Erbarme dich, sein Gott - Johann Sebastian Bach & Wolfgang Gonnenwein (7:33)
  12. 12 St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b): O Haupt voll Blut und Wundern - Johann Sebastian Bach & Wolfgang Gonnenwein (2:31)
  13. 13 St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ich folge dir gleichfalls - Johann Sebastian Bach & Berlin Symphonia (4:01)
  14. 14 St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ach Herr, lass dein lieb' Engelein - Johann Sebastian Bach & Berlin Symphonia (2:15)
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