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The glory of Easter have inspired composers from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, and their finest works are available here at Naxos. In this blessed season, hear our specially prepared selection of sacred choral music which expresses the solemnity of the Lenten season, the drama of Christ's last days during Holy Week and the miracle of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Be inspired, be touched.

AN EASTER ALBUM
various artists
8.570175-76


Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
St John Passion

soloists • The Choir of New College Oxford
Collegium Novum • Edward Higginbottom

8.557296-97

 


Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
St Matthew Passion

Nico van der Meel, tenor • Raimund Nolte, bass-baritone
Locky Chung, bass
Claudia Couwenbergh, soprano • Marianne Beate Kielland, alto
Markus Schäfer, tenor • Hanno Müller-Brachmann, bass
Dresden Chamber Choir • Cologne Cathedral Boys’ Choir
Cologne Chamber Orchestra • Helmut Müller-Brühl

8.557617-19




Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
St Matthew Passion (Highlights)

Hungarian Festival Choir
Children’s Choir of the Hungarian Radio
Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra • Géza Oberfrank

8.553198


Howard BLAKE (b 1938)
The Passion of Mary • Four Songs of the Nativity

Patricia Rozario, soprano • Robert William Blake, treble
Richard Edgar-Wilson, tenor • David Wilson-Johnson, bass-baritone
London Voices • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra • Howard Blake

8.572453




Antonio CALDARA (1670-1736)
Missa Dolorosa • Stabat Mater

Coro della Radio Svizzera • Aura Musicale, Budapest
René Clemencic

8.554715


Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Stabat Mater

Christine Brewer, soprano • Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano
John Aler, tenor • Gao Ding, baritone
The Washington Chorus and Orchestra • Robert Shafer
8.555301-02




Johann Friedrich FASCH (1688-1758)
Passio Jesu Christi

Zoltán Megyesi, tenor • Péter Cser, bass
Mária Zádori, soprano • Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis
Capella Savaria Baroque Orchestra • Mary Térey-Smith

8.570326




GREGORIAN CHANT
IN PASSIONE ET MORTE DOMINI – Gregorian Chant for Good Friday

Nova Schola Gregoriana • Alberto Turco
8.550952


GREGORIAN CHANT
PASCHALE MYSTERIUM – Gregorian Chant for Easter

Aurora Surgit • Alessio Randon
8.553697


George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)
Messiah

The Trinity Choir and Orchestra • J Owen Burdick
8.554511-12


Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809)
Stabat Mater

Trinity Choir • REBEL Baroque Orchestra • J Owen Burdick
8.572121


Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809)
The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ, Op 51
String Quartet No 68 in D minor, Op 103

Kodály Quartet
8.550346




Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988)
Missa de Gloria • Et Resurrexit • Hymn Fantasies

Greg Morris, organ
8.572601




Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988)
Sacred Choral Music
An Easter Sequence • Crucifixus pro nobis

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge • Christopher Robinson
8.555795

   




Carl LOEWE (1796-1869)
Passion Oratorio [2 CDs]

Nathalie Gaudefroy, soprano • Christianne Stotjin, contralto
Jack da Cunha, tenor • Henk Neven, bass
Edwin Crossley-Mercer, bass
Ensemble Instrumental et Vocal des Heures Romantiques
Udo Reinemann

8.557635-36


James MACMILLAN (b 1959)
Seven Last Words from the Cross

The Dmitri Ensemble • Graham Ross
8.570719




Arvo PÄRT (b 1935)
Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem

Robert Macdonald, bass • Mark Anderson, tenor
Tonus Peregrinus • Antony Pitts

8.555860

   


Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b 1933)
St Luke Passion

Izabella Kłosiƒska, soprano • Adam Kruszewski, baritone
Romuald Tesarowicz, bass • Krzysztof Kolberger, Evangelist
Jaroslaw Malanowicz, organ • Warsaw Boys Choir
Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
Antoni Wit

8.557149

 


Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-1736)
Stabat Mater • Orfeo (Cantata)

Julia Faulkner, soprano • Anna Gonda, alto
Camerata Budapest • Michael Halász

8.550766


Francis POULENC (1899-1963)
Stabat Mater • Gloria • Litanies à la vierge noire

Danielle Borst, soprano
Chœur Régional Vittoria d’Ile-de-France
Eric Lebrun, organ • Orchestra de la Cité • Michel Piquemal

8.553176


Sergio RENDINE (b 1954)
Passio et Resurrectio

soloists • Chorus and Orchestra of the Marrucino Theatre, Chieti
Marzio Conti

8.557733


Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757)
Sacred Vocal Music
Stabat Mater • Missa breve ‘La stella’
Te Deum • Magnificat

Immortal Bach Ensemble • Morten Schuldt-Jensen
8.570382




John STAINER (1840-1901)
The Crucifixion

James Gilchrist, tenor • Simon Bailey, bass
Stephen Farr, organ
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge • Timothy Brown

8.557624

 




Charles WOOD (1866-1926)
St Mark Passion

Simon Wall, tenor • James Birchall, baritone
Edward Grint, bass • Ruth Jenkins, soprano
Jonathan Vaughn, organ
The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge • Daniel Hyde

8.570561



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