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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    :Florestan: Where is it going to be performed next year?
    The excellent-sound-quality venue, Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the University of Michigan.

    I think it is only subscriptions now and general tickets go on sale August 15 IIRC.
    http://ums.org/performance/beethovens-missa-solemnis/

    Additionally, and not a religious work in the strict sense, but worth mentioning here is that the Budapest Festival Orchestra will be at Hill the previous month performing Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and The Ninth!
    http://ums.org/performance/budapest-festival-orchestra/

    And for die hards, Beethoven's Ninth will also be performed a couple weeks later by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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    There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    The excellent-sound-quality venue, Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the University of Michigan.

    I think it is only subscriptions now and general tickets go on sale August 15 IIRC.
    http://ums.org/performance/beethovens-missa-solemnis/

    Additionally, and not a religious work in the strict sense, but worth mentioning here is that the Budapest Festival Orchestra will be at Hill the previous month performing Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and The Ninth!
    http://ums.org/performance/budapest-festival-orchestra/

    And for die hards, Beethoven's Ninth will also be performed a couple weeks later by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
    :Florestan: I just might make my first trip to Michigan next year; hopefully the Missa won't sell out by the time it opens to general public.
    Congratulations to Andris Nelsons! Gramophone 2016 Orchestral Music Winner

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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    Thrilled that someone else said Haydn's The Creation! Has anyone seen a live performance of this?
    I saw one last summer. My right ear wasn't hearing much at the time but it was a treat for the left one!

    Here's a list of my favourites in sacred music just for the fun of it.

    Bach: Mass in b.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis. Missa in C.
    Berlioz: Requiem. Te Deum.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem.
    Braunfels: Te Deum.
    Bruckner: Masses 2 and 3. Te Deum.
    Cherubini: Requiem in c. Messe Solennelle no 2 in d.
    Couperin: Lecons de Tenebres.
    Dvorak: Stabat Mater. Requiem. Te Deum. Svata Ludmila oratorio.
    Fauré: Requiem.
    Franck: Les Beatitudes oratorio.
    Gounod: Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile.
    Haydn: Missa in angustiis and all the other masses too. Die Schöpfung.
    Liszt: Christus oratorio. Die Legende von der Heiligen Elisabeth oratorio. Via Crucis. Missa coronationalis. Missa Solemnis "Gran". Cantico del Sol di San Francesco d'Assisi.
    Mendelssohn: Elias. Paulus. Symphony 2 "Lobengesang".
    Mozart: Requiem.
    Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli.
    Rachmaninov: Vespers.
    Schmidt: Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln.
    Schubert: Masses 5 and 6.
    Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri oratorio, if it counts.
    Verdi: Requiem.
    Victoria: Requiem.
    Wagner: Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, if it counts.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    I saw one last summer. My right ear wasn't hearing much at the time but it was a treat for the left one!

    Here's a list of my favourites in sacred music just for the fun of it.

    Bach: Mass in b.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis. Missa in C.
    Berlioz: Requiem. Te Deum.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem.
    Braunfels: Te Deum.
    Bruckner: Masses 2 and 3. Te Deum.
    Cherubini: Requiem in c. Messe Solennelle no 2 in d.
    Couperin: Lecons de Tenebres.
    Dvorak: Stabat Mater. Requiem. Te Deum. Svata Ludmila oratorio.
    Fauré: Requiem.
    Franck: Les Beatitudes oratorio.
    Gounod: Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile.
    Haydn: Missa in angustiis and all the other masses too. Die Schöpfung.
    Liszt: Christus oratorio. Die Legende von der Heiligen Elisabeth oratorio. Via Crucis. Missa coronationalis. Missa Solemnis "Gran". Cantico del Sol di San Francesco d'Assisi.
    Mendelssohn: Elias. Paulus. Symphony 2 "Lobengesang".
    Mozart: Requiem.
    Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli.
    Rachmaninov: Vespers.
    Schmidt: Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln.
    Schubert: Masses 5 and 6.
    Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri oratorio, if it counts.
    Verdi: Requiem.
    Victoria: Requiem.
    Wagner: Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, if it counts.
    Impressive list .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    I saw one last summer. My right ear wasn't hearing much at the time but it was a treat for the left one!

    Here's a list of my favourites in sacred music just for the fun of it.

    Bach: Mass in b.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis. Missa in C.
    Berlioz: Requiem. Te Deum.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem.
    Braunfels: Te Deum.
    Bruckner: Masses 2 and 3. Te Deum.
    Cherubini: Requiem in c. Messe Solennelle no 2 in d.
    Couperin: Lecons de Tenebres.
    Dvorak: Stabat Mater. Requiem. Te Deum. Svata Ludmila oratorio.
    Fauré: Requiem.
    Franck: Les Beatitudes oratorio.
    Gounod: Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile.
    Haydn: Missa in angustiis and all the other masses too. Die Schöpfung.
    Liszt: Christus oratorio. Die Legende von der Heiligen Elisabeth oratorio. Via Crucis. Missa coronationalis. Missa Solemnis "Gran". Cantico del Sol di San Francesco d'Assisi.
    Mendelssohn: Elias. Paulus. Symphony 2 "Lobengesang".
    Mozart: Requiem.
    Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli.
    Rachmaninov: Vespers.
    Schmidt: Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln.
    Schubert: Masses 5 and 6.
    Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri oratorio, if it counts.
    Verdi: Requiem.
    Victoria: Requiem.
    Wagner: Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, if it counts.
    Glad you included Beethoven's Mass in C. But Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem is not really sacred music is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Glad you included Beethoven's Mass in C. But Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem is not really sacred music is it?
    Well it takes its texts from the Bible!

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    I certainly forgot Mozart's "Coronation" Mass and "Great" Mass in c, both firm favourites. As for Ein Deutsches Requiem, it's obviously not a Mass and also obviously not a Requiem, but according to my understanding it's sacred music for sure. Let's not get into the discussion about the definition of "sacred music" in this thread, though.

    Romantic sacred music is my thing, closely followed by sacred music of the Classical period.
    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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    This one is my favorite now, but like Bach's Messe and Passions, and many other by different composers. But Zelenka' Miserere on Psalm 50 is for every day listening at this time
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    I'm usually not fond of religious music but Miserere mei, Deus by Gregorio Allegri is by far my favourite piece of religious music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonrp View Post
    I'm usually not fond of religious music but Miserere mei, Deus by Gregorio Allegri is by far my favourite piece of religious music.
    Good choice, welcome on Talk Classical by the way.
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    I always gave the religious music a nod in passing. I got interested in some of the threads on this forum and found Monteverdi and Rachmaninoff's vespers on my free spotify. Really liked them. So much so that I've started listening to other pieces. Mostly from recommendations here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    I saw one last summer. My right ear wasn't hearing much at the time but it was a treat for the left one!

    Here's a list of my favourites in sacred music just for the fun of it.

    Bach: Mass in b.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis. Missa in C.
    Berlioz: Requiem. Te Deum.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem.
    Braunfels: Te Deum.
    Bruckner: Masses 2 and 3. Te Deum.
    Cherubini: Requiem in c. Messe Solennelle no 2 in d.
    Couperin: Lecons de Tenebres.
    Dvorak: Stabat Mater. Requiem. Te Deum. Svata Ludmila oratorio.
    Fauré: Requiem.
    Franck: Les Beatitudes oratorio.
    Gounod: Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile.
    Haydn: Missa in angustiis and all the other masses too. Die Schöpfung.
    Liszt: Christus oratorio. Die Legende von der Heiligen Elisabeth oratorio. Via Crucis. Missa coronationalis. Missa Solemnis "Gran". Cantico del Sol di San Francesco d'Assisi.
    Mendelssohn: Elias. Paulus. Symphony 2 "Lobengesang".
    Mozart: Requiem.
    Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli.
    Rachmaninov: Vespers.
    Schmidt: Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln.
    Schubert: Masses 5 and 6.
    Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri oratorio, if it counts.
    Verdi: Requiem.
    Victoria: Requiem.
    Wagner: Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, if it counts.
    :Xaltotun: I missed this post until today. Thanks for the reply (and this list).

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    Normally I hate religious music and don't even bother to explore the musical aspects of such pieces (what a pity I know but I can't help my subconscious mind), but there are few contemporary works I've heard and, musically speaking, loved:
    Gyorgy Ligeti's Requiem (1963–65)
    Olivier Messiaen's Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (1964)
    Krzysztof Penderecki's Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (1970–73)
    Erkki-Sven Tüür's Ante Finem Saeculi (1985)
    Arvo Pärt's Miserere (1989-92)
    Sofia Gubaidulina's The Canticle of the Sun (1997)
    "the inability to speak, the inability to be silent, and solitude."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    I always gave the religious music a nod in passing. I got interested in some of the threads on this forum and found Monteverdi and Rachmaninoff's vespers on my free spotify. Really liked them. So much so that I've started listening to other pieces. Mostly from recommendations here.
    That's what I like about this site, the variety .
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    Bach St Matthew's Passion- especially the aria "Erbarme Dich" I like Nathalie Stutzmann's rendition the best. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jeil9S2exIU

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