Musica Sacra

Biography

Musica Sacra is one of New York city's major professional choral ensembles.

It was founded in 1968 by Richard Westenburg. It was originally a ministry of the Central Presbyterian Church on Park Avenue, New York. However, since then it has evolved into a professional chorus with orchestra.

It has a repertoire that is unlimited as to period, ranging from medieval to the latest contemporary music, though it especially mentions its
Read more championing of contemporary music. It lists among its premieres works by Charles Ives, David Diamond, Aram Khachaturian, Ned Rorem, Benjamin Britten, Dave Brubeck, LaVahn Maesch, and Alan Hovhaness.

For RCA records and other BMG labels he has recorded Handel's Messiah, Songs and Romances by Brahms, and Songs and Psalms of the Divine, recorded in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. For BMG's Catalyst label, it has produced a contemporary album called "Of Eternal Light," with music by Messiaen, Meredith Monk, Ricky Ian Gordon, Kim Sherman, Robert Moran, and the "Lux Aeterna" by George Ligeti a composition famous for its inclusion in the soundtrack of the film 2001, a Space Odyssey. Read less
Eternal Reflections - Paterson: Choral Works / Musica Sacra
Release Date: 03/31/2015   Label: American Modern Recordings  
Catalog: 1040   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Musica Sacra is one of New York city's major professional choral ensembles.

It was founded in 1968 by Richard Westenburg. It was originally a ministry of the Central Presbyterian Church on Park Avenue, New York. However, since then it has evolved into a professional chorus with orchestra.

It has a repertoire that is unlimited as to period, ranging from medieval to the latest contemporary music, though it especially mentions its
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1. A Song on the End of the World
No. 2. Life's Tragedy
No. 3. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
No. 1. Rough Wind
No. 2. The Noise of Waters
No. 3. A Timbered Choir
No. 4. There Was a Time
No. 1. Echoes of War
No. 2. Love and Kisses
No. 3. Infinite Oceans
No. 4. Machines


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