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.
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
"Omnia autem probate, quod bonum est tenete"
I enjoy collections for soprano of arias culled from the Bach cantatas.
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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"Art is not a mirror held up to society but a hammer with which to shape it."
- Bertolt Brecht -
Bach's Mass in B minor is simply astounding.
Mozart:Requiem/ Hogwood - Academy of Ancient Music
Allegri: Misere/Phillips - The Tallis Scholars
At this time,
Mozart Mass in C minor
Verdi Requiem (arguably religious)
Beethoven Missa Solemnis (arguably religious)
Haydn The Creation (arguably religious)
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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.
Some of my current favorites:
Haydn: The Creation
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
Mozart Great mass in C minor and Requiem.
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Bach Mass in Bm
Brahms German Requiem.