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    I like elgars ghost new avatar

    except it makes me want to turn off the stereo and head to The Rising Sun (one hundred and twenty yards away on the canal)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I like elgars ghost new avatar

    except it makes me want to turn off the stereo and head to The Rising Sun (one hundred and twenty yards away on the canal)
    Best throw some salt over your shoulder and get rid of the red guy!

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    If anyone likes cider and lands in Berko (it was actually once known as the port of Berkhamsted) do go there. It is not actually on the canal but it is a tiny pub on the towpath, well worth a visit on a summer's walk
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    Another magnificent work from RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs

    Bach - St Matthew Passion - René Jacobs 2012, Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor.jpg
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    I've been spellbound by Cherubini's Messe Solennelle no 2 in D minor. If I may exaggerate and provoke a bit, let me say: it's like the Haydn masses, only better. What it lacks in profundity or religious sentiment it makes up in sheer musical precision and perfection of expression (just like the aforementioned Haydn masses).

    Also Liszt (Hungarian Coronation Mass, Via Crucis, St. Elisabeth), Dvorak (St. Ludmila, Te Deum), Haydn (Schöpfung), Beethoven (Mass in C major), more Cherubini (Requiem in C minor).
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    F. J. Haydn's Stabat Mater - seems to be quite an underrated piece. Any Haydn fan should take a listen - the 1st movement is masterful but there are plenty of other excellent moments here. This work is similar in vein to the Seven Last Words, except it also has a number of wonderful faster-paced movements.

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    Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium. I absolutely love it. Such an incredible effect with all of those voices.

    I've also been listening to a lot of Du Fay and Josquin.
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    Krzysztof Penderecki, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra/Antoni Wit -- Canticum canticorum Salomonis, Kosmogonia, Strophen, Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert, Song of Cherubim

    Song of Cherubim is great. I like the eastern motive in the composition and the transparent texture.

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    Ēriks Ešenvalds: Passion and Resurrection, Rihards Dubra: Te Deum
    State Choir Latvija, Māris Sirmais

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    Ēriks Ešenvalds: Passion and Resurrection, Rihards Dubra: Te Deum
    State Choir Latvija, Māris Sirmais

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    We certainly share some tastes there, Mr.(?) Azol !
    Thought I'd stay in the Baltic States, with Urmas Sisask Magnificat (can only find a link to a small segment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJueK6zhNf0 ),
    & Erkki-Sven Tuur Requiem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6kt3ux5M00
    Clive

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    Another from that corner of the world is Eduard Tubin. His Requiem for Fallen Soldiers is very affecting and beautiful, it ends with the unusual combination of soprano and organ. Only the start on youtube.

    The soft complaining flute in dying notes discovers the woes of hopeless lovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    I've been spellbound by Cherubini's Messe Solennelle no 2 in D minor. If I may exaggerate and provoke a bit, let me say: it's like the Haydn masses, only better. What it lacks in profundity or religious sentiment it makes up in sheer musical precision and perfection of expression (just like the aforementioned Haydn masses).

    Also Liszt (Hungarian Coronation Mass, Via Crucis, St. Elisabeth), Dvorak (St. Ludmila, Te Deum), Haydn (Schöpfung), Beethoven (Mass in C major), more Cherubini (Requiem in C minor).
    Unfamiliar with this work, I am going to have a listen to this.

    Quote Originally Posted by HaydnBearstheClock View Post
    F. J. Haydn's Stabat Mater - seems to be quite an underrated piece. Any Haydn fan should take a listen - the 1st movement is masterful but there are plenty of other excellent moments here. This work is similar in vein to the Seven Last Words, except it also has a number of wonderful faster-paced movements.
    Ditto; thank you to all members participating in this thead.

    I can also recommend this by those enjoying late 15th/early 16th C renaissance polyphony

    The Tallis Scholars sing William Byrd.jpg
    The Tallis Scholars sing William Byrd - Gimmell

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    Quote Originally Posted by OboeKnight View Post
    Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium. I absolutely love it. Such an incredible effect with all of those voices.

    I've also been listening to a lot of Du Fay and Josquin.
    I've pressed the buy button on Josquin by the Tallis Scholars; I will report back.

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    I don't even think of choral music as being in this specific contextual genre, but most lately:

    Robert Moran ~ Requiem; Chant du Cygne, a gorgeous work for four choruses and four chamber ensembles. (the performance in the link the only recording.)
    Ca. one month ago, I thought of it, having not listened to it in about one year, and finding it both remarkable and engaging, listened to it again.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89DS3UxKrcE

    Just yesterday, I found and listened to:
    Pergolesi ~ Stabat Mater, in a stellar performance with: Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor · Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor / Emöke Barath, soprano / Orfeo 55
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzOmPUu-F_M
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