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Music has always had an important part to play in religious ritual. Records show that plainchant existed from as early as 3 AD, and centuries later it was to provide a foundation for early polyphony and for the great flowering of church music in the Renaissance, including the transcendent works of Tallis and Allegri. JS Bach wrote most of his music for the Lutheran church, including the magnificent Mass in B Minor and the two Passions. Handel also contributed to religious music in England, with the creation of oratorios such as Messiah which, when witnessed by Haydn years later, inspired him to write The Creation. In the nineteenth century the form flowered again with Felix Mendelssohn, himself responsible for bringing many sacred works by JS Bach back to musical prominence. He completed Elijah in 1846; a work that, although modeled on the Handelian oratorio, clearly reflected in its lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colour Mendelssohn’s own genius as an early-Romantic composer. Particular attention has been given over the years to settings of the Requiem Mass. This collection includes three versions—from contemplative Mozart, to awesome Verdi, and sublime Fauré. Without doubt, in the years to come, religion will continue to be the driving inspirational force behind many a composition.

Disc 1

Tallis, Thomas
Bible - Old Testament, lyricist(s)

  Spem in alium
1.   Spem in alium 00:12:19

Allegri, Gregorio
Bible - Old Testament, lyricist(s)

  Il salmo Miserere mei Deus
2.   Il salmo Miserere mei Deus 00:10:17

Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista
Pope Innocents III / Todi, Jacopone da, lyricist(s)

  Stabat mater
3.   Stabat Mater 00:03:29
4.   Cujus animam 00:02:15
5.   O quam tristis 00:02:07
6.   Quae moerebat 00:02:07
7.   Quis est homo 00:02:41
8.   Vidit suum 00:03:55
9.   Eja mater 00:02:20
10.   Fac, ut ardeat 00:02:14
11.   Sancta Mater 00:05:01
12.   Fac ut portem 00:03:12
13.   Inflammatus 00:02:24
14.   Quando corpus 00:03:47

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  Ave verum corpus, K. 618
15.   Ave verum corpus, K. 618 00:02:51

Gounod, Charles-François / Bach, Johann Sebastian
Bible - New Testament, lyricist(s)

  Ave Maria (version for voice and orchestra)
16.   Ave Maria (version for voice and orchestra) 00:02:42

Franck, César
Aquinas, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Panis angelicus
17.   Panis angelicus 00:04:01

Disc 2

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Mass Text, lyricist(s)

  Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (excerpts)
1.   Kyrie: Kyrie eleison (Chorus) 00:09:54
2.   Kyrie: Christe eleison (Soprano I and II) 00:05:18
3.   Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus) 00:01:32
4.   Gloria: Et in terra pax (Chorus) 00:03:50
5.   Gloria: Domine Deus, Rex coelestis (Soprano and Tenor) 00:05:48
6.   Gloria: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto) 00:04:43
7.   Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus) 00:04:00
8.   Credo: Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum (Soprano and Alto) 00:05:07
9.   Credo: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis (Chorus) 00:03:33
10.   Credo: Et resurrexit tertia die (Chorus) 00:03:58
11.   Credo: Et in Spiritum Sanctum (Bass) 00:04:47
12.   Credo: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (Chorus) 00:02:11
13.   Sanctus: Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth (Chorus) 00:04:48
14.   Benedictus: Benedictus qui venit (Tenor) 00:04:30
15.   Benedictus: Osanna in excelsis (Chorus) 00:02:45
16.   Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (Alto) 00:06:01
17.   Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem (Chorus) 00:02:39

Disc 3

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Bible - New Testament / Henrici, Christian Friedrich, lyricist(s)

  St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (excerpts)
1.   Part I: Kommt, ihr Tochter, helft mir klagen (Chorus) 00:07:40
2.   Part I: Aria: Buss und Reu Knirscht das Sundenherz entzwei (Alto) 00:04:21
3.   Part I: Aria: Blute nur, du liebes Herz! (Soprano) 00:04:54
4.   Part I: Aria: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken (Soprano) 00:03:45
5.   Part I: Aria: Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen (Tenor, Chorus) 00:05:32
6.   Part I: Aria: Gerne will ich mich bequemen (Bass) 00:04:35
7.   Part I: Aria: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (Alto, Soprano, Chorus) 00:03:56
8.   Part II: Aria: Ach! Nun ist mein Jesus hin! (Alto, Chorus) 00:06:12
9.   Part II: Aria: Erbarme dich, mein Gott, um meiner Zahren willen! (Alto) 00:07:13
10.   Part II: Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder! (Bass) 00:03:38
11.   Part II: Aria: Konnen Tranen meiner Wangen (Alto) 00:06:36
12.   Choral: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (Chorus) 00:02:32
13.   Part II: Aria: Mache dich, mein Herze, rein (Bass) 00:07:52
14.   Part II: Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder (Chorus) 00:06:28

Disc 4

Handel, George Frideric
Bible - New Testament, lyricist(s)

  Messiah, HWV 56 (Highlights)
1.   Part I: Sinfonia 00:03:10
2.   Part I: Recitative: Comfort ye my people (Tenor) 00:06:42
3.   Part I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus) 00:02:38
4.   Part I: Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto) 00:05:54
5.   Part I: For unto a child is born (Chorus) 00:04:03
6.   Part I: Pifa 00:00:58
7.   Part I: Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano) 00:04:04
8.   Part I: Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Alto) 00:05:31
9.   Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Alto) 00:11:10
10.   Part II: Aria: How beautiful are the feet of them (Soprano) 00:03:22
11.   Part II: Aria: Why do the nations so furiosly rage together (Bass) 00:03:12
12.   Part II: Hallelujah! (Chorus) 00:03:43
13.   Part III: Aria: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano) 00:06:07
14.   Part III: Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass) 00:09:36
15.   Part III: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus) 00:07:18

Disc 5

Haydn, Franz Joseph
Bible - Old Testament, lyricist(s)

  Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Hob. XXI:2 (excerpts)
1.   Part I: Die Vorstellung des Chaos (The Representation of Chaos) 00:06:33
2.   Part I: Nun schwanden vor dem heiligen Strahle (Now vanish before the holy beams) (Uriel, Chorus) 00:03:39
3.   Part I: Und Gott sprach: Es sammle sich das Wasser (And God said: Let the waters under the heaven) (Raphael) 00:00:43
4.   Part I: Rollend in schaumenden Wellen (Rolling in foaming billows) (Raphael) 00:01:58
5.   Part I: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde Gras hervor (And God said: Let all the earth bring forth grass) (Gabriel) 00:00:33
6.   Part I: Nun beut dir Flur das frische Grun (With verdure clad the fields appear) (Gabriel) 00:05:05
7.   Part I: Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes (The heavens are telling the glory of God) (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael, Chorus) 00:03:34
8.   Part II: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe das Wasser in der Fulle hervor (And God said: Let the waters bring forth abundantly) (Gabriel) 00:00:25
9.   Part II: Auf starkem Fittiche schwinget sich der Adler stolz (On mighty pens uplifted soars the eagle aloft) (Gabriel) 00:07:27
10.   Part II: Und die Engel ruhrten ihre unsterblichen Harfen (And the angels struck their immortal harps) (Raphael) 00:00:25
11.   Part II: In holder Anmut stehn (Most beautiful appear) (Trio) 00:04:29
12.   Part II: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde hervor lebende Geschopfe (And God said: Let the earth bring forth the living creature) (Raphael) 00:00:26
13.   Part II: Nun scheint in vollem Glanze der Himmel (Now heav'n in fullest glory shone) (Raphael) 00:03:21
14.   Part II: Mit Wurd' und Hoheit angetan (In native worth and honour clad) (Uriel) 00:03:28
15.   Part II: Und Gott sah jedes Ding, was er gemacht hatte (And God saw ev'rything that he had made) (Raphael) 00:00:25
16.   Part II: Vollendet ist das grosse Werk (Chorus) 00:02:40
17.   Part III: Von deiner Gut', o Herr und Gott (By thee with bliss, O bounteous Lord) (Eve and Adam, Chorus) 00:09:41
18.   Part III: Nun ist die erste Pflicht erfullt (Our duty we performed now) (Adam and Eve) 00:02:47
19.   Part III: Holde Gattin! (Graceful consort!) (Adam and Eve) 00:07:39
20.   Part III: O glucklich Paar (O happy pair) (Uriel) 00:00:26
21.   Part III: Singt dem Herren alle Stimmen (Sing the Lord, ye voices all!) (Chorus) 00:03:27

Disc 6

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Mass Text, lyricist(s)

  Requiem in D Minor, K. 626
1.   Introit: Requiem aeternam 00:05:02
2.   Kyrie eleison 00:02:44
3.   Sequence No. 1: Dies irae 00:01:46
4.   Sequence No. 2: Tuba mirum 00:04:17
5.   Sequence No. 3: Rex tremendae majestatis 00:02:20
6.   Sequence No. 4: Recordare, Jesu pie 00:06:27
7.   Sequence No. 5: Confutatis maledictis 00:03:07
8.   Sequence No. 6: Lacrimosa dies illa 00:03:20
9.   Offertory No. 1: Domine Jesu Christe 00:03:34
10.   Offertory No. 2: Hostias et preces 00:04:39
11.   Sanctus 00:01:38
12.   Benedictus 00:05:36
13.   Agnus Dei 00:03:46
14.   Communion: Lux aeterna 00:05:48

Disc 7

Mendelssohn, Felix
Schubring, Julius, lyricist(s)

  Elijah, Op. 70 (excerpts)
1.   Part I: Introduction: So wahr der Herr, der Gott Israels, lebet (Baritone) 00:01:04
2.   Part I: Hilf, Herr! Hilf, Herr! (Chorus) 00:05:06
3.   Part I: Recitative: Zerreisset eure Herzen (Tenor) 00:00:39
4.   Part I: Aria: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet (Tenor) 00:02:19
5.   Part I: Double Quartet: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir (Chorus) 00:02:54
6.   Part I: Recitative, Aria and Duet: Was hast du an mir getan, du Mann Gottes! (Soprano, Baritone) 00:06:22
7.   Part I: Wohl dem, der den Herrn furchtet (Chorus) 00:02:37
8.   Part I: Baal, erhore uns! (Chorus) 00:02:56
9.   Part I: Recitative: Kommt her, alles Volk, kommt her zu mir! (Baritone) 00:00:14
10.   Part I: Aria: Herr Gott Abrahams, Isaaks und Israels (Baritone) 00:03:29
11.   Part I: Recitative: Der du deine Diener machst zu Geistern (Baritone, Chorus) 00:03:08
12.   Part I: Aria: Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer (Baritone) 00:02:11
13.   Part II: Aria: Hore, Israel, hore des Herrn Stimme! (Soprano) 00:05:21
14.   Part II: Furchte dich nicht, spricht unser Gott (Chorus) 00:04:01
15.   Part II: Aria: Es ist genug! (Baritone) 00:05:01
16.   Part II: Recitative: Siehe, er schlaft (Tenor) 00:00:41
17.   Part II: Trio: Hebe deine Augen auf zu den Bergen 00:01:42
18.   Part II: Siehe, der Huter Israels (Chorus) 00:03:13
19.   Part II: Recitative: Stehe auf, Elias (Alto, Baritone) 00:01:39
20.   Part II: Aria: Sei stille dem Herrn und warte auf ihn (Alto) 00:03:08
21.   Part II: Wer bis ans Ende beharrt, der wird selig (Chorus) 00:03:07
22.   Part II: Recitative: Herr, es wird Nacht um mich (Baritone, Soprano) 00:01:43
23.   Part II: Der Herr ging voruber (Chorus) 00:04:04
24.   Part II: Aria: Dann werden die Gerechten leuchten (Tenor) 00:02:48
25.   Part II: Alsdann wird euer Licht hervorbrechen (Chorus) 00:03:17

Disc 8

Beethoven, Ludwig van
Mass Text, lyricist(s)

  Missa Solemnis, Op. 123
1.   Kyrie eleison 00:05:01
2.   Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo 00:05:01
3.   Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi 00:05:17
4.   Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus 00:06:37
5.   Credo: Credo in unum Deum 00:04:18
6.   Credo: Et incarnatus est 00:05:06
7.   Credo: Et resurrexit tertia die 00:09:12
8.   Sanctus 00:05:38
9.   Sanctus: Benedictus 00:10:23
10.   Agnus Dei 00:05:53
11.   Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem 00:09:27

Disc 9

Verdi, Giuseppe
Mass Text, lyricist(s)

  Messa da Requiem (excerpts)
1.   Requiem: Requiem aeternam 00:09:12
2.   Dies irae: Dies irae, dies illa 00:02:19
3.   Dies irae: Tuba mirum 00:01:53
4.   Dies irae: Liber scriptus 00:05:12
5.   Dies irae: Rex tremendae 00:03:49
6.   Dies irae: Recordare 00:04:17
7.   Dies irae: Ingemisco 00:03:33
8.   Dies irae: Confutatis 00:05:47
9.   Dies irae: Lacrymosa 00:05:46
10.   Offertorio: Domine Jesu 00:04:37
11.   Offertorio: Hostias et preces tibi 00:06:15
12.   Sanctus 00:02:36
13.   Agnus Dei 00:05:22
14.   Lux aeterna 00:06:29
15.   Libera me: Libera me, Domine 00:02:17
16.   Libera me: Libera me, Domine 00:05:58

Disc 10

Fauré, Gabriel
Mass Text, lyricist(s)

  Requiem, Op. 48
1.   Introit et Kyrie 00:06:37
2.   Offertoire 00:08:55
3.   Sanctus 00:03:29
4.   Pie Jesu 00:03:32
5.   Agnus Dei 00:05:59
6.   Libera me 00:04:38
7.   In paradisum 00:03:28

Vierne, Louis

  Pieces de fantaisie, Op. 51: Suite No. 1
8.   Pieces de fantaisie, Op. 51: Suite No. 1 00:03:36

Séverac, Déodat de

  Tantum ergo
9.   Tantum ergo 00:03:15

Fauré, Gabriel
Mass Text, lyricist(s)

  Messe basse
10.   Kyrie 00:02:21
11.   Sanctus 00:02:29
12.   Benedictus 00:02:23
13.   Agnus Dei 00:03:12

Fauré, Gabriel
Racine, Jean, lyricist(s)

  Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
14.   Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 00:06:30

Total Playing Time: 11:39:26

Allegri, Gregorio; Bach, Johann Sebastian; Beethoven, Ludwig van; Fauré, Gabriel; Franck, César; Gounod, Charles-François; Handel, George Frideric; Haydn, Franz Joseph; Mendelssohn, Felix; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista; Séverac, Déodat de; Tallis, Thomas; Verdi, Giuseppe; Vierne, Louis

Aquinas, Thomas; Bible - New Testament; Bible - Old Testament; Henrici, Christian Friedrich; Mass Text; Pope Innocents III; Racine, Jean; Schubring, Julius; Todi, Jacopone da

Halász, Michael; Košler, Zdeněk; Kovács, László; Märkl, Jun; Morandi, Pier Giorgio; Müller-Brühl, Helmut; Oberfrank, Geza; Schermerhorn, Kenneth; Spering, Andreas; Summerly, Jeremy; Wildner, Johannes

Camerata Cassovia; Capella Augustina; Cologne Chamber Orchestra; Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra; Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Oxford Camerata; Scholars Baroque Ensemble; Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

Camerata Budapest; Oxford Camerata

Cologne Vocal Ensemble; Dresden Chamber Choir; Hungarian Festival Choir; Hungarian Radio Children's Choir; Hungarian State Opera Chorus; Kosice Teachers' Choir; Leipzig MDR Radio Choir; Nashville Symphony Chorus; Oxford Schola Cantorum; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus

Baylon, Jay; Beckley, Lisa; Carey, Colm; Colombara, Carlo; Faulkner, Julia; Filipova, Elena; Gedge, Nicholas; Genz, Christoph; Gonda, Anna; Hajóssyová, Magdaléna; Hallenberg, Ann; Hernandez, Cesar; Horská, Jaroslava; Im, Sunhae; Kertesi, Ingrid; Kielland, Marianne Beate; Kobow, Jan; Koves, Peter; Kundlak, Jozef; Lukas, Ralf; Mahnke, Claudia; Mester, Agnes; Mikuláš, Peter; Mukk, Jozsef; Müller-Brachmann, Hanno; Nemeth, Judit; Osdale, Mary Kathryn van; Phillips, Lori; Redmon, Robynne; Remenyi, Janos; Ruso, Vladimir; Scalchi, Gloria; Schäfer, Markus; Taylor, James; Verebics, Ibolya; Ziesak, Ruth

Label: Naxos

Series: Boxed Sets

Genre: Choral - Sacred; Instrumental; Vocal

Period: 20th Century; Baroque; Classical; Renaissance; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.501062

Barcode: 730099106245

Physical Release: 04/2012

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