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Thread: Sacred music; what have you been listening to lately?

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    Rodion Shchedrin "The Sealed Angel"

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    IKOS
    Henryk Górecki - Arvo Pärt - John Tavener - Gregorian Chant
    Choir of King's College, Cambridge
    Stephen Cleobury - director

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    That "Ikos" CD is good, especially the Taverner piece with the children's voices.

    Mozart Requiem, K. 626. Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Vienna Academy Chorus, Hermann Scherchen, cond. You can't go wrong with this personnel. I love this MCA Double-Decker series of historical recordings. The other disc is more sacred choral works by Mozart, with Rene Liebowitz conducting, and Haydn's Seven Last Words conducted by Scherchen. The First Church of The Final Judgement! AHHHHhh save us! All angst and ire, fear and diminished sonorities, dark minorish cadences. Awesome power, the Chorus is more powerful than you are, YOU ARE SENTENCED! Now die, succumb to the sleep of death...

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    Britten's War Requiem. Not heard it for a few years, but was reminded to hear it again seeing it mentioned on another thread. I was blown away yet again by the overwhelming emotional power of it. I have Britten's own recording of it and the score. Conceptually brilliant and written with such compositional virtuosity, invention and musicality, the piece is a tour de force with a message that will forever resonate. A modern Masterpiece that transcends time and place.

    (...although not according to Stravinsky, who, on being told of its great success said "well it can't be any good then"...composers eh?)
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    Johanna Winkel (soprano), Sophie Harmsen (mezzo-soprano), Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor), Arttu Kataja (bass)
    Kammerchor Stuttgart, Hofkapelle Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh375 View Post
    Britten's War Requiem. Not heard it for a few years, but was reminded to hear it again seeing it mentioned on another thread. I was blown away yet again by the overwhelming emotional power of it.
    I was lucky to attend a live performance of the War Requiem at the Festival Hall in the mid-1980s, with Julia Varady, Robert Tear and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and the Philharmonia conducted by Andrew Davis. I'd always found this work a masterpiece, but this was extra special due to having the next best thing to Peter Pears in the tenor part, and the legendary DFD for whom the baritone part was written. (Of course, Varady was excellent, too.) To cap it all, I had a front row seat directly in front of Fischer-Dieskau, the mere memory of whose performance continues to send shivers up my spine.

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    SWEET HARMONY
    Masses and Motets
    John Dunstable
    Tonus Peregrinus
    Antony Pitts - director

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    P.M. Summer
    simul justus et peccator

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    RENAISSANCE OF THE SPIRIT
    The Music of Orlando di Lasso and His Contemporaries
    Di Lasso - Dufay - Dutetre - Clemens non Papa - Rogier - Willaert - Gombert - De Monte - Ciconia - De Févin
    I Fiamminghi - orchestral ensemble
    Rudolf Werthen - conductor
    Cappella Currende - vocal ensemble
    Erik van Nevel - conductor

    Telarc
    P.M. Summer
    simul justus et peccator

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    What makes a music sacred?
    Its sound? Sacred is something the church has a say if I remember right.

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