One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written: The Rutter Magnificat, don't shrug it off, listen to it. It is undoubtedly my favorite Choral piece ever. I do have a personal attachment with it, it reminds me of my old music teacher. It was the last piece I performed with him.
If anybody hasn't yet, check out Brahms' Song of the Fates and Song of Destiny. Both are fairly short, stand alone pieces for chorus and orchestra and are subtly beautiful works and, at times, very moving and powerful. In fact, they are my favorite choral works by Brahms.
Brian: Gothic Symphony
RVW: Sea Symphony/The Sons of Light/Dona nobis pacem/Towards the Unknown Region
Bernstein: MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
Berlioz: Te Deum
...among many others
"I like to think that oysters transcend national barriers" - Roger Waters
I've sung in Pacific Chorale, a Master Chorus for over 35 years and performed so many choral works. VaughanWilliams, SEA SYMPHONY, Rachmaninov VESPERS are among my favorite to perform. They are quite different. The Sea Symphony is performed with full orchestra and the Vespers is voices in 16 parts. It's like the voices are the orchestra. I also love singing Handel's Dixit Dominus!! It just dances!!!
Thanks so much for bringing this topic up~ I love talking about Choral Music!!
I'm meant to be singing this for our school's Easter service (we kind of didn't taken into account the fact that it's a Christmas text ), and it is beautiful A bit tricky though, what with all the random 7ths thrown in at random places!
I have a slight obsession with Bob Chilcott namely A Little Jazz Mass (having said that, I saw a local choir do it recently and it was a pretty horrendous rendition) and This Day. If I do nothing else in life, I will direct a choir and make them sing This Day!