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Essential Choral Classics


Release Date: 06/13/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000691802   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Carl OrffGeorge Frideric HandelGregorio AllegriFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Roy GoodmanAlastair HussainBryn TerfelNorma Burrowes,   ... 
Conductor:  Charles DutoitSir David WillcocksStephen CleoburyPaul Daniel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony OrchestraMontreal Symphony Chamber ChoirFACE Treble Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes work(s) by various composers. Ensembles: King's College Choir, Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Soloists: Bryn Terfel, Jessye Norman. Includes work(s) by various composers. Ensembles: King's College Choir, Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Soloists: Bryn Terfel, Jessye Norman. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chamber Choir,  FACE Treble Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Coronation Anthems (4): no 1, HWV 258 "Zadok the priest" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Miserere mei Deus: Miserere mei by Gregorio Allegri
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. 
4.
Hear my prayer: O, for the wings of a dove by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Alastair Hussain (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Elijah, Op. 70: Thanks be to God by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Panis angelicus by César Franck
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge University Music Society,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Shenandoah by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: James Erb. 
9.
Deep river by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Norman Luboff. 
10.
Song for Athene by John Tavener
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Gloria in D major, RV 589: Gloria in excelsis Deo by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Gloria in D major, RV 589: Et in terra pax by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Sanctus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Osanna by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 78, Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
The Creation, H 21 no 2: The heavens are telling by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Norma Burrowes (Soprano), Rüdiger Wohlers (Tenor), James Morris (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: German 
20.
Mass in D minor, H 22 no 11 "Nelsonmesse": Kyrie by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Tom Krause (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Helen Watts (Alto),
Sylvia Stahlman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Greek 
21.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
22.
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339: Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Felicity Palmer (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wren Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
23.
Requiem in D minor, K 626: Lacrymosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
24.
Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Composition written: France (1877 - 1890). 
25.
German Requiem, Op. 45: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
26.
Requiem Mass: Dies irae by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
27.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Softly and Gently "Angel's Farewell" by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
28.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 4th movement, Finale - Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hans Sotin (Bass), Jessye Norman (Soprano), Reinhild Runkel (Alto),
Robert Schunk (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
29.
Requiem, Op. 48: Sanctus by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1890; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
30.
Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand": Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Lucia Popp (Soprano), Heather Harper (Soprano), René Kollo (Tenor),
Helen Watts (Alto), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
31.
Petite Messe solennelle: Kyrie by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Lucia Valentini-Terrani (Alto), Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Ruggero Raimondi (Bass)
Conductor:  Romano Gandolfi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
32.
Simple gifts by Joseph Brackett
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: A. Laurence Lyon. 

Sound Samples

Carmina Burana / Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: "O Fortuna"
Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No.1, HWV 258)
Miserere - Ed. Willcocks: Miserere (excerpt)
Hear My Prayer, Hymn for Soprano, Chorus and Organ: O for the wings of a dove
"Thanks be to God!" [Elijah, Op.70 - sung in English]
Panis Angelicus
Petite Messe solennelle: Kyrie
Spem in alium
Simple Gifts
Shenandoah
Deep River
Song for Athene
The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38 / Part 2: "Softly and Gently"
Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4.: "O Freunde nicht diese Töne" -
Gloria in D, R.589: Gloria in excelsis
Gloria in D, R.589: Et in terra pax
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Sanctus
Mass in B minor, BWV 232 - Sanctus: Osanna in excelsis
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: Chorus: "Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder"
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben Cantata, BWV 147: Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Messiah, HWV 56 / Pt. 1: "For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
Messiah, HWV 56 / Pt. 2: "Hallelujah"
The Creation (Die Schöpfung) - Sung in German (Trans. G. van Sweiten) - Part 1 (Sung in German): Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes
Missa in angustiis "Nelson Mass", Hob. XXII:11 in D minor - Ed. H. C. Robbins Landon: Kyrie
Ave verum corpus, K.618
Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Ps. 116/117)
Requiem in D minor, K.626: Lacrimosa
Requiem, Op.48: 3. Sanctus
Requiem, Op.48: 7. In paradisum
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op.45: 4. "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, Herr Zebaoth!"
Messa da Requiem: Dies Irae...Tuba Mirum
Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" / Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust": "Alles Vergängliche"

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