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Hallelujah: 35 Great Sacred Choruses

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Throughout the ages, one of the most effective means of expressing faith and devotion has been through communal singing, and many composers of note have written a religious work for multiple voices. This double-disc set offers 35 of the most well known and beloved sacred choruses as performed by world-renowned artists. It's a varied collection that spans over 400 years of compositions and covers a multitude of styles and genres.

The selections range from unaccompanied motets and anthems of the Renaissance by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd to majestic opuses from masters of the Baroque (including Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and Purcell), to the glorious compositions of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Also included are works for voice by 20th century composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Tavener, and John Rutter. The album boasts an impressive roster of performers and ensembles, including luminaries Sir Neville Mariner, the Choir of King's College, Philip Langridge, Carol Vaness, the Winchester Cathedral Choir, James Morris, and Ricardo Muti. This well-conceived set also includes excellent liner notes that provide valuable background information on the selected works.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589
1 2:22
2 3:22
Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70
3 3:16
4
2:25
Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives), oratorio, Op. 85
5 4:49
Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174)
6 3:29
Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2
7
3:33
8 4:53
Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14)
9 2:39
10 4:36
Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45
11
6:08
Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus
12 5:45
Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63
13 1:36
Paulus (Saint Paul), oratorio, Op. 36
14 3:41
Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
15 4:17
Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
16 2:53
Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339
17 5:05
Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
18 4:02

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:41
Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major
2 5:30
Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70
3 3:54
St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b)
4 2:41
Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63
5 2:56
Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37
6 2:53
Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in B flat major ("Heiligmesse"), H. 22/10
7
8:53
The Crucifixion, for tenor, bass, chorus & organ
8 3:38
9
8:08
10 6:45
11 1:40
12 3:10
13 6:05
14
4:52
Funeral Sentences (for the funeral of Queen Mary), Z. 27
15 2:19
Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125
16 3:19
17 1:48
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