Robert Shaw Chorale

Biography

Active: 1948 - 1965 ; New York, NY
The Robert Shaw Chorale was one of the most renowned and probably the most popular American choral group from the mid-twentieth century. The R.S.C. gave many memorable concerts and made numerous recordings for the RCA label, beginning at the close of the 78 rpm age in 1948 and ending in the heart of the stereo LP era in 1965. Shaw and his Chorale made the first classical recording to sell over one million copies and they received numerous Read more citations, including several Grammy awards. In fact, Shaw, with his Chorale and other choral groups, was awarded 14 Grammys during his career.

Robert Shaw (1916-1999) had established a reputation as one of the finest American choral conductors in the 1930s and 1940s, and would later achieve considerable stature in the orchestral realm as well. Having greatly impressed Fred Waring as leader of the Pomona College Glee Club, Shaw was asked to serve as conductor of the Fred Waring Glee Club, a post he accepted in 1938. He left it in 1945, steeped in other assignments, including rehearsing the NBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for Toscanini. He would also head the Juilliard School of Music's choral department from 1946 to 1948.

Shaw formed the Robert Shaw Chorale in 1948 in New York City. It was the second major choral group he was then directing, the other being the Collegiate Chorale, an amateur ensemble of approximately 120 members that he founded in 1941 and conducted until 1954. The Robert Shaw Chorale consisted of about 40 professional singers, whose numbers often varied. The R.S.C.'s initial recordings were made in 1948 for RCA Victor, the first with Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra, in a performance of Brahms Gesang der Parzen, and the second, of highlights from Saint-Saëns' Samson and Delilah, with Stokowski and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Numerous others would follow, including the 1950 recordings of the Mozart Requiem and Verdi operas Rigoletto and Falstaff, the latter with Toscanini. The R.S.C. also began doing lighter repertory, with recordings of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in 1950 and two collections from 1951, A Treasury of Easter Songs and Joy to the World. Later forays into more popular fare included the 1956 My True Love Sings and the 1958 The Stephen Foster Songbook. The group toured throughout the 1950s and 1960s, perhaps their grandest being the 36-city excursion through the United States in 1960 where the group, comprised of 33 singers, also took along 29 instrumentalists. Their performance of the Bach Mass in B minor at the Manhattan Center on that tour was among their more memorable concerts. The R.S.C. was perhaps at its height during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the group's popularity spilling over into many areas, allowing them to perform with some of the leading television personalities of the day. For example, their 1959 recordings entitled The Lord's Prayer and Ave Maria were done with the then-famous singer and television star Perry Como. After having achieved such popularity, it may seem difficult to comprehend why the group would disband in 1965, but Shaw moved onto other ventures, the most important of which was carrying out the duties of music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra beginning in 1967. New recordings by the Robert Shaw Chorale continued to be issued well into 1967. Thereafter, reissues began to appear regularly, though they began tapering off in the 1990s. By 2002, about 40 recordings by the R.S.C. were widely available, mostly on the RCA label. Read less

Biography

Active: 1948 - 1965 ; New York, NY
The Robert Shaw Chorale was one of the most renowned and probably the most popular American choral group from the mid-twentieth century. The R.S.C. gave many memorable concerts and made numerous recordings for the RCA label, beginning at the close of the 78 rpm age in 1948 and ending in the heart of the stereo LP era in 1965. Shaw and his Chorale made the first classical recording to sell over one million copies and they received numerous Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Part the First: No. 1 Sinfonia (Overture)
Part the First: No. 2 Recitative: Comfort ye my people
Part the First: No. 3 Air: Every valley shall be exalted
Part the First: No.4 Chorus: And the glory of the Lord
Part the First: No. 5 Recitative: Thus saith the Lord
Part the First: No. 6 Air: But who may abide the day of His coming?
Part the First: No. 7 Chorus: And He shall purify
Part the First: No. 8 Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive
Part the First: No. 9 Air: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
Part the First: No. 10 Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
Part the First: No. 11 Air: The people that walked in darkness
Part the First: No. 12 Chorus: For unto us a child is born
Part the First: No. 13 Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Part the First: No. 14a Recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the field; No. 14b And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them
Part the First: No. 15 Recitative: And the angel said unto them
Part the First: No. 16 Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel
Part the First: No. 17 Chorus: Glory to God
Part the First: No. 18 Air: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
Part the First: No. 19 Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind
Part the First: No. 20 Air: He shall feed His flock; Air: Come unto Him
Part the First: No. 21 Chorus: His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light
Part the Second: No. 22 Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God
Part the Second: No. 23 Air: He was despised
Messiah: Part the Second: No. 24 Chorus: Surely He hath borne our griefs
Part the Second: No. 25 Chorus: And with His stripes we are healed
Part the Second: No. 26 Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astry
Part the Second: No. 27 Recitative: All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn
Part the Second: No. 28 Chorus: He trusted in God
Part the Second: No. 29 Recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
Part the Second: No. 30 Air: Behold, and see if there be any sorrow
Part the Second: No. 31 Recitative: He was cut off out of the land of the living
Part the Second: No. 32 Air: But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell
Part the Second: No. 33 Chorus: Lift up your head, O ye gates
Part the Second: No. 34 Recitative: Unto which of the angels said He at any time
Part the Second: No.35 Chorus: Let all the angels of God worship Him
Part the Second: No. 36 Air: Thou art gone up on high
Part the Second: No. 37 Chorus: The Lord gave the word
Part the Second: No. 38 Air: How beautiful are the feet
Part the Second: No. 39 Chorus: Their sound is gone out
Part the Second: No. 40 Air: Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
Part the Second: No. 41 Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder
Part the Second: No. 42 Recitative: He that dwelleth in Heaven
Part the Second: No. 43 Air: Thou shalt break them
Part the Second: No. 44 Chorus: Hallelujah
Part the Third: No. 45 Air: I know that my Redeemer liveth
Part the Third: No. 46 Chorus: Since by man came death
Part the Third: No. 47 Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery
Part the Third: No. 48 Air: The trumpet shall sound
Part the Third: No. 49 Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass
Part the Third: No. 50 Duet: O death, where is thy sting?
Part the Third: No. 51 Chorus: But thanks be to God
Part the Third: No. 52 Air: If God be for us
Part the Third: No. 53 Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in D Minor: Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Molto vivace
Adagio molto e cantabile; Andante moderato
Presto; Allegro assai
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Si può? Si pùo? (Tonio)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Eh!...Son qua! (Coro/Canio/Beppe)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Un grande spettacolo a ventrité ore (Canio/Coro/Tonio/Beppe)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Un tal gioco, credetemi... (Canio/Nedda/Coro)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Don, din, don... (Coro)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo...Hui! Stridono lassù (Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Sei là! Credea che te ne fossi andato
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: So ben che difforme contorto son io (Nedda/Tonio)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Nedda!...Silvio! A quest'ora che imprudenza (Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: E fra quest'ansie in eterno vivrai! (Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Non mi tentar! (Nedda/Silvio/Tonio)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: E allor perché, di', tu m'hai stregato (Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Cammina adagio e li sorprenderai! (Tonio/Silvio/Nedda/Canio/Beppe)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Vesti la giubba (Canio)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Intermezzo (Orchestra)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 2: Ohè! Ohè! Presto, affrettiamoci (Coro/Tonio/Beppe/Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Pagliaccio, mio marito (Nedda (Colombina) )
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Ah! Colombina, il tenero (Beppe (Arlecchino) )
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Di fare il segno convenuto (Colombina/Tonio (Taddeo)/Coro/Arlecchino)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Arlecchin! ...Colombina! (Colombina/Arlechino/Taddeo/Canio (Pagliaccio) )
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Coraggio! Un uomo era con te (Pagliaccio/Colombina/Taddeo)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): No, Pagliaccio non son (Canio/Coro/Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Suvvia, così terribile (Nedda/Canio/Beppe/Tonio/Silvio/Coro)
Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in D Minor: Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Molto vivace
Adagio molto e cantabile; Andante moderato
Presto; Allegro assai
Missa Solemnis, Op. 123: Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
Missa Solemnis: Kyrie (Non-remastered version)
Missa Solemnis in D major, op. 123: Kyrie (Remastered version)
Missa Solemnis: Gloria (Non-remastered version)
Missa Solemnis in D major, op. 123: Gloria (Remastered version)
Act I: Scene 1: Falstaff!
Act I: Scene 1: Ssss. Sei polli: sei scellini
Act I: Scene 1: So che se andiam
Act I: Scene 1: V'è noto un tal
Act I: Scene 1: L'Onore! Ladri!
Act I: Scene 1: Ma, per tornare a voi
Act I: Scene 2: Alice - Meg
Act I: Scene 2: Fulgida Alice! Amor t'offro
Act I: Scene 2: Quell'otre! quel tino!
Act I: Scene 2: È un ribaldo, un furbo, un ladro
Act I: Scene 2: Pst, pst, Nanetta
Act I: Scene 2: Falstaff m'ha canzonetta
Act I: Scene 2: Torno all'assalto
Act I: Scene 2: Udrai quanta eglie sfoggia
Act I: Scene 2: Del tuo barbaro diagnostico
Act I: Scene 2: Qui più non si vagoli
Act II: Scene 1: Siam pentiti e contriti
Act II: Scene 1: Alice è mia!
Act II: Scene 1: Padron; di là c'è un certo Maestro Fontana
Act II: Scene 1: Signore, v'assista il cielo!
Act II: Scene 1: Io l'amo e lei non m'ama
Act II: Scene 1: Il diavolo se lo porti all'inferno
Act II: Scene 1: È sogno? o realtà?
Act II: Scene 1: Eccomi qua
Falstaff: Act II: Scene 2: Presenteremo un bill, per una tassa
Act II: Scene 2: Giunta all'Albergo della Giarrettiera
Act II: Scene 2: Nannetta, e tu non ridi?
Act II: Scene 2: Gaie comari di Windsor!
Act II: Scene 2: alfin t'ho colto
Act II: Scene 2: Quand'ero paggio
Requiem & Kyrie
Dies Irae: Dies Irae
Dies Irae: Tuba mirum
Dies Irae: Mors stupebit
Dies Irae: Liber scriptus
Dies Irae: Quid sum miser
Dies Irae: Rex tremendae
Dies Irae: Recordare
Dies Irae: Ingemisco
Dies Irae: Confutatis
Dies Irae: Lacrymosa
Offertorio: Domine Jesu Christe
Offertorio: Hostias
Sanctus
Agnus dei
Lux aeterna
Libera me: Libera me, Domine
Libera me: Dies Irae
Libera me: Libera me, Domine
Kyrie: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Kyrie: Christe eleison (Duet)
Kyrie: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo... (Chorus)
Gloria: ...et in terra pax
Gloria: Laudemus te (Aria)
Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi propter (Chorus)
Gloria: Domine Deus (Duet)
Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
Gloria: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Aria)
Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Aria)
Gloria: Cum sancto Spiritu in gloria (Chorus)
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Credo: Credo in unum Deum (Chorus)
Credo: Patrem omnipotentum (Chorus)
Credo: Et in unum Dominum (Duet)
Credo: Et incarnatus est (Chorus)
Credo: Crucifixus (Chorus)
Credo: Et resurrexit (Chorus)
Credo: Et in Spiritum sanctum (Aria)
Credo: Confiteor unum baptisma... (Chorus)
Credo: ...Et expecto
Sanctus: Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus (Chorus)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Osanna in excelsis (Chorus)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Benedictus (Aria)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Osanna in excelsis (da capo) (Chorus)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Agnus Dei (Aria)
Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem: Dona nobis pacem (Chorus)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Si può? Si pùo? (Tonio)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Eh!...Son qua! (Coro/Canio/Beppe)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Un grande spettacolo a ventrité ore (Canio/Coro/Tonio/Beppe)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Un tal gioco, credetemi... (Canio/Nedda/Coro)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Don, din, don... (Coro)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo...Hui! Stridono lassù (Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Sei là! Credea che te ne fossi andato
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: So ben che difforme contorto son io (Nedda/Tonio)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Nedda!...Silvio! A quest'ora che imprudenza (Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: E fra quest'ansie in eterno vivrai! (Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Non mi tentar! (Nedda/Silvio/Tonio)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: E allor perché, di', tu m'hai stregato (Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Cammina adagio e li sorprenderai! (Tonio/Silvio/Nedda/Canio/Beppe)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Vesti la giubba (Canio)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 1: Intermezzo (Orchestra)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT 2: Ohè! Ohè! Presto, affrettiamoci (Coro/Tonio/Beppe/Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Pagliaccio, mio marito (Nedda (Colombina) )
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Ah! Colombina, il tenero (Beppe (Arlecchino) )
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Di fare il segno convenuto (Colombina/Tonio (Taddeo)/Coro/Arlecchino)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Arlecchin! ...Colombina! (Colombina/Arlechino/Taddeo/Canio (Pagliaccio) )
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Coraggio! Un uomo era con te (Pagliaccio/Colombina/Taddeo)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): No, Pagliaccio non son (Canio/Coro/Silvio/Nedda)
Pagliacci (1998 Digital Remaster), The Play (La Commedia): Suvvia, così terribile (Nedda/Canio/Beppe/Tonio/Silvio/Coro)
Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain
Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain
Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Molto vivace
Adagio molto e cantabile; Andante moderato
Presto; Allegro assai
Overture
Act I: Sur la place, chacun passe
Act I: Regardez donc cette petite
Act I: Avec la garde montante
Act I: Une jeune fille charmante
Act I: C'est bien là, n'est pas
Act I: La cloche a sonné (Chorus of Cigarette Girls)
Act I: La voilà, la violà
Act I: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
Act I: Carmen! sur tes pas
Act I: Quels regards! Quelle effronterie!
Act I: Parle-moi de ma mère!
Act I: Reste là maintenant, pendant que je lirai
Act I: Que se passe-t-il donc lè-bas?
Act I: Mon officier, c'était une querelle
Act I: Tralalalala, coupe-moi, brûle-moir
Act I: Prés des remparts de Séville (Seguidilla)
Act I: Voici l'ordre; partez
Carmen: Entr'acte
Act II: Lest tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song)
Act II: Messieurs, Pastia me dit
Act II: Vivat! vivat le Toréro!
Act II: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Toreador Song)
Act II: La belle, un mot
Act II: Eh bien, vite, quelles nouvelles?
Act II: Nous avons en tête une affaire (Quintet)
Act II: Mais qui donc attends-tu?
Act II: Halte là? Qui va là?
Act II: Enfin c'est toi!
Act II: Lalalala - Attends un peu, Carmen
Act II: Le Fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Flower Song)
Act II: Non! tu ne m'aimes pas
Act II: Holà! Carmen! Holà! Holà!
Act II: Bel officier, bel officier
Carmen: Entr'acte
Act III: Écoute, écoute, compagnon, écoute
Act III: Reposons-nous une heure ici
Act III: Mêlons! Coupons! (Card Scene)
Act III: Eh bien? - Eh bien
Act III: Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire
Act III: C'est des contrebandiers
Act III: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (Micaela's Air)
Act III: Je ne me trompe pas
Act III: Je suis Escamillo, Toréro de Grenade!
Act III: Holà, holà, José!
Act III: Moi, je viens te chercher!
Act III: Hélas José!
Entr'acte
Act IV: Dansez, dansez
Act IV: Danse bohèmienne (from La Jolie fille de Perth)
Act IV: Farandole (from 'L'Arlésienne' Suite No. 2)
Act IV: Les voici! Voici la quadrille!
Act IV: Si tu m'aimes, Carmen
Act IV: C'est toi! - C'est moi!
Act IV: Ou vas-tu? Laisse-moi!
Prelude
O Lola c'hai di latti la commisa
Gli aranci olezzano
Dite, mamma Lucia
Il cavallo scalpita
Beato voi, compar Alfio
Regina Coeli laetare
Perchè m'hai fatto segno: Voi lo sapete
Tu qui, Santuzza?
Battimi, insultami
Fior di giaggiolo
Ah! lo vedi, che hai tu detto
Turiddu, ascolta!
Oh! Il signore vi manda
Il ver.
Intermezzo
A casa, a casa, amici, ove ci aspettano
Intanto amici: Viva il vino spumeggiante
A voi tutti salute!
Compar Turiddu
Mamma, mamma!: Quel vino è generoso


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