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    My own favorite is Marie Keyrouz' "Chant Byzantin" album, beginning to end. If God puts me in charge of the music in heaven (or wherever I am), that will be on repeat for at least the first eleventy-nine trillion years. (Eternity is a long time, especially near the end. I believe credit for that gem goes to Vonnegut.)

    In the western tradition, my favorites include Bach's "Ich habe genug" cantata #82, Mozart's Requiem (especially the "Requiem"), Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, Brumel's "earthquake" mass, Tallis' Spem in Alium, Brahms' German Requiem (especially the "Denn alles Fleisch") and Allegri's Miserere.

    Right up there would be Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Penderecki's St. Luke Passion, Zelenka's Missa Votiva, Bach's Mass, Victoria's Requiem, Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, Mozart's "Great" Mass, and Schutz' Christmas Story. Edit: And Gombert's Magnificats.
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    No one has heard of Jan Jirasek, but I have a recording of his "Missa Propria" on a CD titled "Renaissance of Humanity," and it is a favorite too.
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    I love Ligeti's Reqiuem, but one non-Ligeti work that I hum along to is Bach's St. John Passion.

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    I like plenty of choral works but, apart from bits of liturgical text in Latin, I can never remember the words if they aren't sung in English. Therefore I can only hum the 'for all flesh it is as grass(?)' section from Brahms' German Requiem if I don't have the German text to hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    I like plenty of choral works but, apart from bits of liturgical text in Latin, I can never remember the words if they aren't sung in English. Therefore I can only hum the 'for all flesh it is as grass(?)' section from Brahms' German Requiem if I don't have the German text to hand.
    I am learning more Latin simply from listening to the famous masses! I am not Catholic, so the liturgy was entirely alien to me to begin with. Someday it will all sink in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    two very cute Magnificats indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    In the western tradition, my favorites include Bach's "Ich habe genug" cantata #82, Mozart's Requiem (especially the "Requiem"), Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, Brumel's "earthquake" mass, Tallis' Spem in Alium, Brahms' German Requiem (especially the "Denn alles Fleisch") and Allegri's Miserere.

    Right up there would be Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Penderecki's St. Luke Passion, Zelenka's Missa Votiva, Bach's Mass, Victoria's Requiem, Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, Mozart's "Great" Mass, and Schutz' Christmas Story. Edit: And Gombert's Magnificats.
    Science, you and I have such very similar tastes, I must admit I find it quite reassuring!
    "My Mother was always far too busy putting the boiled chicken through the deflavouriser to have ever considered committing suicide". Woody Allen, Stardust Memories (1980).

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    Quote Originally Posted by crmoorhead View Post
    I am learning more Latin simply from listening to the famous masses! I am not Catholic, so the liturgy was entirely alien to me to begin with. Someday it will all sink in.
    If that does happen you may find yourself a Catholic! lol

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    I have recently come across a magnificent 13-part canon by Robert Wylkynson from the early sixteenth century. It's called Jesus autem transiens / Credo in Deum. Marvellous piece. It's featured on a new Naxos release of music from the Eton Choirbook.

    I also love the opening Kyrie eleison from Bach's B Minor Mass. Difficult to hum, of course, but I try. Also, the Totus Tuus by Górecki, spellbinding piece.

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