Richard Westenburg

Biography

Born: April 26, 1932; Minneapolis, MN   Died: February 20, 2008; Norwalk, CT  
Richard Westenburg is one of the leading church music directors in the New York City area.

He graduated from Lawrence University, Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota in choral conducting and organ. He studied both in France with Pierre Cochereau and Jean Langlais, and had more general musical studies there with Nadia Boulanger. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Union Theological Seminary.

In New York City he has
Read more had positions with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. In 1968 he founded the Musica Sacra, a leading professional chorus.

He also initiated the Basically Bach Festivals at Lincoln Center in 1979, and served as its music director through 1989. He has been head of the Choral Departments of the Juilliard School (1977-1989) and Rutgers University (1986-1992).

He frequently gives seminars in sacred music performance at leading educational institutions, and among his guest conducting appearances have been engagements with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Bethlehem Bach Choir, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Read less
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  • 1.
    Christmas Round The World - Bach, Nordqvist, Kim, Etc / Alagna, Pavarotti, Heifetz, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001230802 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jacob Niles,  George Frideric Handel,  Jan Jakub Ryba,  William Garnet James  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  David Miller,  Chango Farias Gomez,  Narciso Yepes  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Westenburg,  Paul McCreesh,  Robert Hugo,  Anthony Walker  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra,  Gabrieli Players,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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  • 2.
    Mad About Christmas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445766 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Henry Walford Davies,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Herrick
    Conductor:  Richard Westenburg,  Simon Preston,  Trevor Pinnock,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra,  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Concert  ... 
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  • 3.
    Of Eternal Light / Musica Sacra
    Label: Catalyst   Catalog: 61822 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Meredith Monk,  Olivier Messiaen,  Ricky Ian Gordon,  György Ligeti  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra
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  • 4.
    A Christmas Nativity
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000538902 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gloria Shayne Baker,  Michael Praetorius,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Lewis H. Redner  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Way,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Scott,  Richard Westenburg,  Richard Bonynge,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Trapp Family Singers  ... 
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  • 5.
    The Ultimate Relaxation Christmas Album Ii
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000535502 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Franz Schubert,  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Stephen Cleobury,  Stephen Goss  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Barry Rose,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Annunzio Paolo Mantovani Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    For Your Life - For The Holidays
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472567 Release Date: 10/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gloria Shayne Baker,  George Frideric Handel,  Traditional,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Way,  Ian Bostridge,  Rosemary Joshua,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  John Scott,  Karl Richter,  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 7.
    The Voice Of Christmas - Carreras, Ludwig, Von Otter, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472569 Release Date: 10/15/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  George Frideric Handel,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Harvey Alan,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Leontyne Price,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Colin Davis,  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Carl Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 8.
    Inspired Voices - Music To Enhance Your Spirit
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63833 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Randall Thompson  ... 
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Anna Moffo,  Sandrine Piau,  Nathalie Stutzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Roy Goodman,  Richard Westenburg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Petite Bande  ... 
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  • 9.
    American Anthem - Songs And Hymns / Denyce Graves, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63888 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  John Rosamond Johnson,  Julie Gold,  Albert Hay Malotte  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Denyce Graves,  Jesse Levy,  Robert Chausow  ... 
    Conductor:  Keith Lockhart,  Vincent Fanuele,  Richard Westenburg,  Richard Kapp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  Boston Pops,  Boston Gay Men's Chorus  ... 
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  • 10.
    Two Thousand Years - Music From The Major Television Series
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51353 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Romanos the Melodist,  John Tavener,  Orlando de Lassus,  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Short,  Bruce Russell,  Robert Chilcott,  Philip Lawson  ... 
    Conductor:  Oleg Yanchenko,  Richard Marlow,  Adrian Leaper,  Richard Westenburg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrigal Ensemble of Moscow,  King's Singers,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir  ... 
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  • 11.
    Christmas Ŕ La Carte / Bartoli, Domingo, Mutter, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459155 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Gabriel Fauré,  Saverio Mercadante,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Placido Domingo,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Simon Preston,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Handel: Messiah /Westenburg, Musica Sacra
    Label: Rca Red Seal Hp   Catalog: 63317 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Cheek,  Richard Westenburg,  Martin Berinbaum,  Frederick Zlotkin  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra
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  • 13.
    Greatest Hits - The Wedding Album
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63153 Release Date: 03/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Henry Purcell,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  William McVicker,  Melvyn Tan,  Marisa Robles  ... 
    Conductor:  John Poole,  James Galway,  Robert Salter,  Richard Westenburg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  Canadian Brass  ... 
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  • 14.
    Mad About Mad About
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445900 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Sting,  David Jolley,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    Christmas Sing Along / Westenburg, Rca Victor Singers
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61910 Release Date: 07/13/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  William Whitehead
    Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Singers
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  • 16.
    Songs And Psalms Of The Divine / Westenburg, Musica Sacra
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60970 Release Date: 09/15/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Randall Thompson,  Thomas Tallis,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra
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  • 17.
    World's Greatest Choruses
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61241 Release Date: 09/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Martin Luther,  George Frideric Handel,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Dunn,  Thomas Pyle,  Genevičve Macaux,  Monique Linval  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Robert Shaw,  Richard Westenburg,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Robert Shaw Chorale  ... 
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  • 18.
    The Bells Of St Genevieve And Other Baroque Favorites
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61002 Release Date: 01/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  James Galway,  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Richard Westenburg,  James Galway  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Strings  ... 
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  • 19.
    Christmas Carols / Richard Westenburg, Musica Sacra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429732 Release Date: 10/15/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Billings,  Benjamin Britten,  Hans Leo Hassler,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Westenburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Sacra
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