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The Best Choral Album in the World... Ever!


Release Date: 06/07/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67014   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiJohann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelGregorio Allegri,   ... 
Performer:  Timothy Beasley-MurrayGerald FinleyDavid BellRobert Tear,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerSir David WillcocksYehudi MenuhinStephen Cleobury,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields ChorusCambridge King's College Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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The best-loved choral selections from Bach to Barber, performed by the choirs of King's College and Winchester Cathedral as well as the world's great symphony and opera choruses. The best-loved choral selections from Bach to Barber, performed by the choirs of King's College and Winchester Cathedral as well as the world's great symphony and opera choruses. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gloria in D major, RV 589: Gloria in excelsis Deo by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Coronation Anthems (4): no 1, HWV 258 "Zadok the priest" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Miserere mei Deus: Miserere mei by Gregorio Allegri
Performer:  Timothy Beasley-Murray (Boy Soprano), Gerald Finley (Cantor)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Veni creator spiritus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Ismael Fernandez Cuesta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1300; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Requiem in D minor, K 626: Lacrymosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Bell (Organ)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Messiah, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
The Creation, H 21 no 2: The heavens are telling by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Panis angelicus by César Franck
Conductor:  Maurice Handford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 6, Hail, Virgin, Mother of God by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  John Poole
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Groupe Vocal de France
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
11.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 4th movement, Finale - Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  James Morris ()
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Prince Igor: Peasants' Chorus by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Jerzy Semkow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia National Opera Chorus,  Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
14.
Doña Francisquita: Choeur des Romantiques by Amadeo Vives
Conductor:  Pablo Sorozabal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Concert Orchestra,  Cantores de Madrid
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Spain 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
15.
Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  José Luis Garcia (Violin), Peter Barley (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Composition written: France (1877 - 1890). 
16.
Standing Stone: Celebration by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994-1997; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Jerusalem by Charles Hubert Parry
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Te Deum in D major, H 146: Pleni sunt coeli et terra by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Ian Partridge (Tenor), Eiddwen Harrhy (Soprano),
Charles Brett (Countertenor), Stephen Roberts (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
19.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Thou know'st, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, Z 58b by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
Veni sancte spiritus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Francisco Lara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
22.
The Creation, H 21 no 2: The heavens rejoice by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
Elijah, Op. 70: And then shall your light break forth by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  René Duclos Chorus,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
25.
Requiem, Op. 9: Agnus Dei by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Peter Barley (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
26.
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monks of Downside Abbey,  Choirboys of Downside Abbey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
27.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players,  Schütz Consort
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
28.
Tannhäuser: Beglückt darf nun dich "Pilgrims' Chorus" by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
29.
Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
30.
Gloria in G major: Laudamus te by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Chorus,  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
31.
Chichester Psalms: no 1, Urah, haneval, v'chinor by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Peter Winn (Countertenor), Daniel Sladden (Bass), David Corkhill (Percussion),
John Bowley (Tenor), Rachel Masters (Harp), Peter Barley (Organ),
Michael Pearce (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Composer: Leonard Bernstein. 
32.
Requiem: Requiem aeternam by John Rutter
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
33.
Requiem Mass: Dies irae by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
34.
Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
35.
Totus tuus, Op. 60: Opening by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Poland 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
36.
Agnus Dei, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work is a vocal arrangement of the composer's 'Adagio for Strings.' 
37.
Coronation Ode, Op. 44: Land of Hope and Glory by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
38.
Song for Athene by John Tavener
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
39.
The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?" by John Tavener
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
40.
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: no 4, Zion hört die Wächter singen, das Herz tut in ihr by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart,  Consortium Musicum
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 

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