The Ultimate Most Relaxing Sacred Music in the Universe

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Since the term sacred music usually suggests chants, hymns, motets, cantatas, and other forms of religious vocal and choral music, it seems a little odd that Denon's The Ultimate Most Relaxing Sacred Music in the Universe should be made up of mostly instrumental selections, with the only choral track being the Agnus Dei from Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem." Granted, there are religious connections to all the works, whether they are chorale preludes by J.S. Bach, movements from Christmas "Concertos" by Antonio Vivaldi, Francesco Manfredini, and Pietro Locatelli, or non-liturgical meditations, such as the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria," the Pifa from Handel's "Messiah," and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Since the term sacred music usually suggests chants, hymns, motets, cantatas, and other forms of religious vocal and choral music, it seems a little odd that Denon's The Ultimate Most Relaxing Sacred Music in the Universe should be made up of mostly instrumental selections, with the only choral track being the Agnus Dei from Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem." Granted, there are religious connections to all the works, whether they are chorale preludes by J.S. Bach, movements from Christmas "Concertos" by Antonio Vivaldi, Francesco Manfredini, and Pietro Locatelli, or non-liturgical meditations, such as the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria," the Pifa from Handel's "Messiah," and the "Prayer" by Ernest Bloch. Listeners will find that much of the program is focused on Baroque music of Catholic or Lutheran origins and that music from other traditions is under-represented or missing outright, so the true universality of this collection can be called into question. Still, the music is performed with elegance and taste, and the performances by Denon's top artists, including organist Helmuth Rilling, cellist Janos Starker, and I Solisti Italiani, among others, are up to the label's usual high standards. The sound quality of this disc is well-balanced and even in dynamics, so the volume won't require any emergency adjustments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Denon Records
  • UPC: 795041770226
  • Catalog Number: 17702
  • Sales rank: 30,969

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach & I Solisti Italiani (3:51)
  2. 2 Concerto Il riposo, concerto per il Santissimo Natale, for violin, strings & continuo in E major, RV 270: 1. Allegro molto moderato - Antonio Vivaldi & I Solisti Italiani (5:03)
  3. 3 Concerto Grosso in C major, Op. 3/12 "Christmas Pastorale": 2. Largo - Francesco Manfredini & I Solisti Italiani (2:34)
  4. 4 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Pifa - George Frideric Handel & I Solisti Italiani (2:49)
  5. 5 Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: 6. Largo - Pastorale ad libitum - Arcangelo Corelli & I Solisti Italiani (3:31)
  6. 6 Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (II), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle No. 8), BWV 659 (BC K82) - Johann Sebastian Bach & David Alan Kogut (5:26)
  7. 7 Concerto Grosso in F minor ("Christmas Concerto "), Op. 1/8: 7. Pastorale; Andante - I Solisti Italiani & Pietro Antonio Locatelli (3:38)
  8. 8 Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement) - David Alan Kogut & Charles Gounod (4:35)
  9. 9 Concerto Grosso in C major, Op. 3/12 "Christmas Pastorale": 1. Largo (Pastorale per il Santissimo Natale) - Francesco Manfredini & I Solisti Italiani (4:20)
  10. 10 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale No. 1), BWV 645 (BC K22) - Johann Sebastian Bach & David Alan Kogut (4:59)
  11. 11 Concerto Grosso in F minor ("Christmas Concerto "), Op. 1/8: 2. Grave - I Solisti Italiani & Pietro Antonio Locatelli (2:05)
  12. 12 From Jewish Life, sketches (3) for cello & piano: 1. Prayer - David Alan Kogut & Ernest Bloch (4:20)
  13. 13 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Agnus Dei - Gabriel Fauré & Lyon National Opera Chorus (5:18)
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