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    Quote Originally Posted by Wunderhorn View Post
    I have to say: Grechaninov: "Passion Week". The recording with Charles Bruffy and the Kanas City Chorale on Chandos is out of this world. The choir is so good, at times you might wonder if this is even human anymore...

    It is sacred music that can touch the soul profoundly.

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    Note to the above: "Rad" is an American slang term that was mostly popular in the 80s. It is a short form of "radical". And yes, it means praise and astonishment in one.
    I also had not known about it until I learned it from my wife. :-)

    The psaltery itself is a very old instrument. It would absolutely not surprise me if someone had played it with a bow back in the middle ages as well...

    Dear Wunderhorn,

    As the reference recording of Grechaninov's "Passion Week" (Страстная Седмица = Strastnaya Sedmitsa) I use this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83p-A...759725C59EF9CB

    The above link is sung by the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir conducted by V. Begletsov -Its has warmth and soul!!!


    Or: The Seven Days of Passion by Grechaninov: Sung by the Russian State Symphonic Capella conducted by Valery Polyansky - Released 1994 on Chandos

    The Polyansky interpretation is clean and accurate but lacks warmth and soul.


    Btw, the Passion Week has 13 sections...
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    almost everything I listen to becomes the most beautiful piece I've ever listened to =D and it's not because I'd listened to nothing before haha, but now so called "sacred" music impresses me immensely. It's as if I opened a new chapter in a book of my listening experience. At the moment Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass is the most beautiful, yesterday it was Zelenka's Miserere and Poulenc's Stabat Mater....

    all these categories like "sacred" vs "secular" is very vague , relative IMO. As for me almost every composition from "classical" music repertoire ( again another term for naming particular music =D) sounds sacred. it seems as if a "wall" between both kind music has disappeared for me. The wall has fallen
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Mozart's Ave verum corpus, KV 618.

    Four minutes of ecstatic bliss.
    This. The most beautiful music ever written, period.
    Hours of unrecorded, unpublished and unknown Beethoven works at The Unheard Beethoven

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    I concentrate on baroque/Renaissance composers. My favorite religious music is by Bachs B minor Mass, Telemanns "Siehe, es hat ueberwunden der loewe", H.Purcell saint Cecilia odes etc, as for Renaissance, all of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardibolt View Post
    This. The most beautiful music ever written, period.
    Yes. It's a glorious little piece written just before Mozart's final curtain.

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    I do like the Russians.

    Tchaikovsky - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - Cherubic Hymn
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPlK5HwFxcw

    Rachmaninoff - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - Lord's Prayer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6A8iF3BdJw

    Pavel Chesnokov - To Thee We Sing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZjS4s8yi_g

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    Verdi's requiem
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figleaf View Post
    Have you heard this famous version by the Sistine Chapel Choir, back when they still employed castrati?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lcUxPMlHhtQ

    I don't know about ecstatic bliss (the choir as a whole is a bit ropy) but it's certainly interesting.
    Rare gem as usual, Figleaf

    Ave verum corpus works for me always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TxllxT View Post
    After my grandfather was killed - the result of ethnic cleansing of Germans in northern Serbia - my grandmother lived with a White Russian refugee from the Russian revolution. I still recall him sitting in front of the valve radio in the late 50's listening to short wave Russian Liturgical music. I've loved it ever since.

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    Yes. There must be 150 Bach arias from his cantatas and Masses and Passions that do that to me. It's great to be able to cry for these. The cry is more or less for the loss of innocence to do with what we witness, for what we have done, what we have chosen not to do, it's a cry for humanity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TxllxT View Post
    From Holy Week - "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh" - When I hear this, I am reminded of the loss of innocence in my very early youth which causes me to shed extremely bitter tears...
    Something to rock your cradle with:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Su-d6_pBFY

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    Last edited by Pugg; Apr-02-2016 at 13:00.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    http://youtu.be/yDpcbUNC2f4
    Mozart's Laudate Dominum
    (But, really, there are SO many!)
    Seconded.

    I've been charmed by the Domine Jesu from Bruckner's Requiem. "Beautifully simple and simply beautiful" to use a phrase I've seen somewhere recently.
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