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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    After the Kaiserquartett, you mean
    And if seriously, I agree. I only have one performance though, that of Leonard Bernstein and the Bavarian Orchestra.
    Without the Creation, Haydn wouldn't have been around to write his OP.76 Quartets. Nor would we be here posting to each other.

    After the premiere performance of the Creation, Beethoven knelt and kissed Haydn's hand.

    Haydn must have been doing SOMETHING right!!

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    Years ago I was sitting in a dentists chair, waiting for the nitros to kick in. The tank was being attended by a dental assistant.

    Sort of "out of nowhere", the Pie Jesus from Faure's Requiem started playing on the radio that was tuned to a local station.

    I said - really to no one in particular as I was high at that point, "Oh....I love this. I haven't heard it in a while."

    The assistant said, "You can understand this?"

    "Yes, it's Latin."

    There was a couple beats of silence between us and then she said, "Well. I like Christian music."

    I sat there a second knowing that no matter what, if I said anything at that point - whatever came out of my mouth was going to make me sound like a jerk.

    Thankfully, the dentist walked in and saved me with a subject change.

    That is the one time in my life, I was happy to see a dentist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoBunny View Post
    Years ago I was sitting in a dentists chair, waiting for the nitros to kick in. The tank was being attended by a dental assistant.

    Sort of "out of nowhere", the Pie Jesus from Faure's Requiem started playing on the radio that was tuned to a local station.

    I said - really to no one in particular as I was high at that point, "Oh....I love this. I haven't heard it in a while."

    The assistant said, "You can understand this?"

    "Yes, it's Latin."

    There was a couple beats of silence between us and then she said, "Well. I like Christian music."

    I sat there a second knowing that no matter what, if I said anything at that point - whatever came out of my mouth was going to make me sound like a jerk.

    Thankfully, the dentist walked in and saved me with a subject change.

    That is the one time in my life, I was happy to see a dentist.
    "In Paradisum"

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    Monteverdi - Vespro della B.V Maria and Selva morale e spirituale
    Pergolesi - Stabat Mater
    Mozart - Coronation Mass and Great Mass in C Minor, Ave Verum Corpus
    J.S. Bach - Magnificat, Mass in B minor, Passions, Cantatas
    Rachmaninov - All night vigil
    T.L. da Victoria - Tenebrae responsories
    Vivaldi - Gloria
    Palestrina - Missa Regina Coeli
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    I enjoy collections for soprano of arias culled from the Bach cantatas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I enjoy collections for soprano of arias culled from the Bach cantatas.
    Me too. Sometimes I'm not in the mood to listen to an entire Bach cantata, with all the chorale sections and recitatives. It's nice to listen to individual arias, some of which sound quite operatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    Me too. Sometimes I'm not in the mood to listen to an entire Bach cantata, with all the chorale sections and recitatives. It's nice to listen to individual arias, some of which sound quite operatic.
    My current favorite CD is by Magdalena Kozena, Simon Rattle's wife. An embarrassment of riches!

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    I love religious music, especially choral pieces. Instruments have their welcome place, but to me, the human voice, especially ensemble, is the ultimate spiritual experience in music. Those from the Slavic traditions I find touch me most deeply, but I welcome them all.

    Of full bore, all stops out chorus and orchestra, My picks are:

    Verdi's Requiem, especially in the 1960 Moscow Philharmonic/State Academy Chorus, Dir. Igor Markevich w/ Galena Vishnevskaya version.

    Handel's Messiah, which my wife and I attempt every year at our Columbus Symphony Orchestra's annual Messiah sing-along (she is an actual singer, me not so much.)

    Brahms' A German Requiem, any version.
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    Bach's Mass in B minor is simply astounding.

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    Mozart:Requiem/ Hogwood - Academy of Ancient Music
    Allegri: Misere/Phillips - The Tallis Scholars

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    At this time,

    Mozart Mass in C minor

    Verdi Requiem (arguably religious)

    Beethoven Missa Solemnis (arguably religious)

    Haydn The Creation (arguably religious)

    Fauré Requiem
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    I am always coming back to Verdi and Mozart, stunning music.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Some of my current favorites:

    Haydn: The Creation

    Handel: Messiah

    Bach: Mass in B Minor; St. Matthew Passion

    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis; slow movement of Op. 132 (not sure if that counts...)

    Liszt: Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude

    Kuhnau: Biblical Sonatas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    slow movement of Op. 132 (not sure if that counts...)
    I would count it. A religious experience for me.

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    Mine:

    Mozart Great mass in C minor and Requiem.
    Beethoven Missa Solemnis
    Bach Mass in Bm
    Verdi Requiem
    Brahms German Requiem.

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