The National Gallery

Choral Masterpieces

2CD
19 Feb 2016

Barcode: 0825646143511

For centuries the Christian Church has exerted a powerful influence on choral composition, nurturing and continuing to inspire works that are spiritually oriented or which fulfil a devotional function. Spanning over 300 years of music, from the sacred ritual of Allegri’s Miserere to the prayerful intensity of Górecki’s Totus tuus, this release brings together some of the finest and most affecting compositions in the Western choral tradition, complemented by Renaissance paintings from the National Gallery depicting various scenes from the equally captivating story of the Passion of Christ.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Gloria in D, RV 589: I. Gloria in excelsis Deo  - Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chorus/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner 
02 Bach: Cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben", BWV 147: No. 10, Chorale, "Jesus bleibet meine Freude" (Chorus)  - Sir David Willcocks 
03 handel: Messiah, HWV 56: No. 44 Hallelujah  - English Chamber Orchestra 
04 Allegri, G.: Miserere (Excerpt, Opening)  - Stephen Cleobury 
05 Bach, JS: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: I. Magnificat  - Susan Gritton/Lisa Milne/Michael Chance/Ian Bostridge/Michael George/Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury/Academy of Ancient Music 
06 Mozart: Mass No. 19 in D Minor, K. 626, 'Requiem': VII. Lacrimosa  - London Philharmonic Orchestra 
07 Regina coeli in B flat K127 (Allegro maestoso)  - Patrizia Kwella/Kölner Kammerchor/Collegium Cartusianum Köln 
08 Haydn: The Creation, Hob. XXI:2 - Part 1 The heavens are telling  - Choir of King's College, Cambridge 
09 Schubert: Deutsche Messe, D. 872: No. 5, Zum Sanctus, "Heilig! heilig! heilig!" (Sehr langsam)  - Wolfgang Sawallisch 
10 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": IV. Presto (Excerpt)  - Riccardo Muti 
11 Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 (1996 Digital Remaster): IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Mässig bewegt)  - BBC Symphony Chorus/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Klaus Tennstedt 
12 Puccini: Messa di Gloria, Op. posth: II. Gloria - Gloria in excelsis Deo - In terra pax - Laudamus te  - Antonio Pappano 
13 Berlioz: Te Deum, Op. 22: IV. Christe, Rex gloriae - Hymne  - John Nelson 
14 Franck: Messe solennelle in A Major, Op. 12, FWV 61: V. Panis angelicus (Chorus)  - Maurice Handford 
15 Cantique De Jean Racine  - Monks And Choir Boys Of Downside Abbey 
16 Ave Maria from Vespers Op.37  - John Poole/Groupe Vocal de France 
17 In Paradisum (Requiem Op. 48; 1893 version, ed. John Rutter)  - Choir of King's College, Cambridge/English Chamber Orchestra/José-Luis Garcia/Peter Barley/Stephen Cleobury 
18 Totus tuus, Op.60  - King's College Choir, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury 
19 Jerusalem  - Sir Andrew Davis/Royal Choral Society/London Philharmonic Orchestra 
Disc 2 
01 Te Deum H146: Pleni sunt coeli et terra  - Sir Philip Ledger/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/King's College Choir, Cambridge/Stephen Roberts/Ian Partridge/Charles Brett/Eiddwen Harrhy/Dame Felicity Lott 
02 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Kantate BWV 140 (1989 Digital Remaster): IV. Zion hört die Wächter singen (Choral)  - Elly Ameling/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 
03 Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem for George II ed. Basil Lam)  - Ambrosian Singers/Menuhin Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin 
04 Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: II. Gloria, (i) Cum sancto Spiritu (Chorus)  - Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum 
05 Thou knowest, Lord from Funeral Music for Queen Mary 1695  - King's College Choir, Cambridge/Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/Sir Philip Ledger 
06 For unto us a child is born (from Messiah ed. Basil Lam)  - Ambrosian Singers/English Chamber Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras 
07 O sacred head, sore wounded ('Passion Chorale': English Hymnal No. 102; O Haupt voll Blud und Wunden from the St Matthew Passion BWV244 Nos. 21 & 72)  - King's College Choir, Cambridge/Sir David Willcocks 
08 Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K. 618  - Riccardo Muti 
09 The Creation: Awake the harp (ed. Nichols Temperley)  - Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/CBSO Chorus 
10 Sechs Lieder Op. 48: Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur (Die Himmel rühmen) Op.48 No.4  - Wilhelm Pitz 
11 And then shall your light break forth (from Elijah)  - New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 
12 Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25, H. 130, Part 2: The Shepherds' Farewell  - André Cluytens 
13 Agnus Dei from Requiem Op. 9  - Stephen Cleobury/English Chamber Orchestra/Peter Barley/King's College Choir, Cambridge 
14 Laudamus te from Gloria  - Georges Prêtre/Choeurs de Radio France/Orchestre National de France 
15 Chichester Psalms (reduced scoring): I. Maestoso ma energico - Allegro molto (Urah, hanevel, v'chinor! (wds. Psalms 108 and 100) )  - Stephen Cleobury/John Bowley/Daniel Sladden/Peter Barley/Rachel Masters/David Corkhill 
16 The Lamb  - Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse 
17 Barber: Agnus Dei (After "Adagio for Strings, Op. 11a")  - David Hill 
18 Requiem: I. Requiem aeternam  - King's College Choir, Cambridge/Sinfonia of London/Stephen Cleobury 
19 Jenkins: The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace): X. Agnus Dei  - Karl Jenkins 
20 Messa da Requiem: Dies irae (opening)  - Carlo Maria Giulini/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra 
21 Carmina Burana: O Fortuna (Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi)  - London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst 


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