It was probably 45 or 50 years ago that I would have first heard the Bach B-Minor Mass. I'm still listening to it regularly. Never gets old.
Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεός ἦν ὁ λόγος.
I've listened to Bruckner's Mass in E Minor a couple of times this week. Transcending performance at the following link:
Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin
Conductor: Heinz Rögner
Orchestra: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Soloist: Magdalena Hajossyova
Soloist: Rosemarie Lang
Soloist: Peter-Jürgen Schmidt
Soloist: Hermann Christian Polster
You'll also find Bruckner's Te Deum in C Major at that link on the same playlist. Also beautifully performed. It's a "must listen". Opens up in grand fashion. I'll be picking up this CD for the library.
Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts 'Requiem' (Charles Munch, New England Conservatory Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra / Sir Colin Davis London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra)
John Rutter: Magnificat (Andrew Lucas, St. Alban's Cathedral Choir, Ensemble DeChorum)
The ceremony of innocence is drowned... (William Butler Yeats)
I have spent the last week enjoying the best of
Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
St Matthew Passion, BWV244 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schoenberg Chor.jpg St Matthew Passion, BWV244 - John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi C.jpg
St Matthew Passion, BWV244 - Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan.jpg St Matthew Passion, BWV244b (Early Version) - Peter Seymour, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists.jpg
I will say I enjoyed them all but above all stands the Harnoncourt recording which has a wonderful feeling of warmth and power that completely redefined the piece to me.
I'm listening to Haydn's Missa in Angustiis as I type, and the soprano does a nice job. Her name name is Berit Solset, from Norway. Below is the first 4:33 of the Mass...just a short clip:
^ What a great piece. Haydn never gets old.
Heather W. Reichgott, piano
One month of just only Morton Feldman music and that's been sacred to me.
"if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
"there's a fine line between having an open mind and having your whole brain fall out"
I've never heard the Bruckner E Minor Mass before. It's wonderful. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.I've listened to Bruckner's Mass in E Minor a couple of times this week. Transcending performance at the following link:
As soon as I heard the Kyrie it immediately reminded me of Tchaikovsky's Cherubic Hymn from the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
Tchaikovsky - Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Hymn of the Cherubim
His choral works - sacred or secular - are amazing.
Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Golden Cloud
Some less celebrated works that I've enjoyed since the start of the year. Tried only to include ones with complete performances on YT, in case anyone cares to have a listen.
Yuri Falik(RUS) - Mass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iarVQHN__CQ
Ethel Smyth(GBR) - Mass in D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_gdRUcwlQg
Henry Mollicone(USA) - Beatitude Mass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3vYWusf7bA
Jiri Gemrot(CZE) - Mass in C for a cappella choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQAEVTCf5HA
Roumen Boyadjieff(BUL) - Requiem Mass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrRvNY1FgWU
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