MUSIC OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST

Easter with Naxos

Culminating in Easter Day and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the Christian festival of Holy Week tells one of the most powerfully dramatic stories of all time. The events of that narrative have been marked in artistic triumphs over the centuries, not least in music which has a treasure trove of works devoted to the sequence of the action. Just as the Easter story moves from darkness to light, so the works describing it represent the full spectrum of genres and resources. In this catalogue, you will find masterpieces representative of all musical styles: from Bach’s St John Passion to the Requiems of Mayr and Verdi, plus the more contemporary utterances of works such as Gubaidulina’s Seven Words and Thierry Lancino’s Requiem.
Browse through our Easter segment catalogue for more selections. We trust you will find something to suit all tastes and wish you a very Happy Easter with Naxos.
8.573419-20 [2 CDs]
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Mayr’s Requiem in G minor
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Simon MAYR (1763–1845)
Requiem in G minor
Siri Karoline Thornhill, Katharina Ruckgaber, Sopranos
Theresa Holzhauser, Brigitte Thoma, Altos
Markus Schäfer, Robert Sellier, Tenors
Martin Berner, Ludwig Mittelhammer,
Virgil Mischok, Basses
Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble
Franz Hauk
“What is genuinely cheering about the set is the affection that Franz Hauk and his mainly Bavarian forces clearly have for the music of their fellow countryman. The performance has style and panache, and the recording is first-rate.” – Gramophone
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8.572978
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Mass in G major, FP 89
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Francis POULENC (1899–1963)
Mass in G major
Sept Chansons • Motets
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison
“Noel Edison and his singers have made perhaps their finest recording to date, a reference for choirs who follow and for listeners who want an important and enduring addition to their choral music library.”
ClassicsToday.com
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8.573471
MESSIAEN: L’Ascension • Diptyque and other organ works
Tom Winpenny, Organ

Olivier Messiaen’s early organ works helped establish him as a towering figure of 20th-century music. L’Ascension is the most significant of these, with its solemn majesty, dazzling colours and near-static serenity and timelessness. These qualities were already present in Le Banquet céleste, Messiaen’s first published organ work, and in Apparition de l’Église éternelle—a powerful representation of the eternal church emerging and fading from view. The two works discovered posthumously in 1997, Prélude and Offrande au Saint-Sacrement, show the influence of Dupré and Tournemire.

Listen to an excerpt from Messiaen’s L’Ascension
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8.573350
MAHLER: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
(Arranged for piano-four hands by Bruno Walter)

Maasa Nakazawa, Suhrud Athavale, Piano

“This is an intriguing and fascinating piano reduction that receives a very fine performance, revealing aspects of the music that may be lost in full scale performances.’ – The Classical Reviewer

Listen to an excerpt from Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
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8.573256
GRAZIANI: Adae Oratorium • Filii Prodigi Oratorium • Motets
Consortium Carissimi, Garrick Comeaux

“The Consortium Carissimi conducted by Garrick Comeaux is able to make us feel this new trend of the early Baroque, with a desirable operation (in world prèmiere recordings) in which we find five motets and two famous orators of Graziani: the interpretation emphasizes the relationship between voices and instruments and synthetically reproduces the suave climate of Rome in 1650.” – Percorsi Musicali

Listen to an excerpt from Adae Oratorium
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NBD0046 [Blu-ray Audio] / 8.572874-75 [2 CDs]
DVOŘÁK: Requiem
Christiane Libor, Soprano • Ewa Wolak, Alto
Daniel Kirch, Tenor • Janusz Monarcha, Bass
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Antoni Wit

“Dvořák’s Requiem is quite powerful. And when it’s performed as well as it is here it touches the soul many times and in many ways.” – American Record Guide

Listen to an excerpt from Pie Jesu
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8.573196
De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem
PIZZETTI • MALIPIERO • ALLEGRI • MACMILLAN • PUCCINI

Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse

“The chorus is well-captured in this recording… The voices fit very well together. The music is quite engaging and unique enough so that each work has a chance to reveal unique aspects of its composer’s style. The sound is simply superb.” – Cinemusical ★★★★

Listen to an excerpt from MacMillan’s Miserere
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8.573313
HAYDN: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross
Jenő Jandó, Piano

“Jandó’s rendering of the work is illuminating—lighter and in some ways maybe more introspective than the bigger-scaled productions. It’s certainly worth a listen.” – Classical Candor

Listen to an excerpt from Sonata 6, “Consumatum est”
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8.573277
PINHO VARGAS: Requiem1 • Judas2
Coro e Orquestra Gulbenkian
Joana Carneiro1, Fernando Eldoro2

“Playing and singing are fine…” – American Record Guide

Listen to an excerpt from Pinho Vargas’s Requiem
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NBD0039 [Blu-ray Audio] / 8.573061
BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Christiane Libor, Soprano • Thomas E. Bauer, Baritone
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Antoni Wit

“The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir sings beautifully throughout… Of the soloists, Christiane Libor and Thomas E. Bauer are excellent singers and the orchestra is also first-class… Wit conducts with considerable insight and interpretative command and the recording quality is equally first-rate.” – American Record Guide

Listen to an excerpt – Herr, lehre doch mich
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8.573176
HOWELLS: Stabat mater* • Sine nomine • Te Deum*
Benjamin Hulett, Tenor* • Alison Hill, Soprano • The Bach Choir
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • David Hill

“A very moving performance of Howells’s reflections on Mary’s sorrow in a work that drew on the composer’s own painful grief upon the loss of his son.” – Gramophone

Listen to an excerpt from Howells’s Stabat mater
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8.573077
MONTSALVATGE: Simfonía de Rèquiem* • Manfred • Bric-à-brac
Marta Matheu, Soprano*
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Víctor Pablo Pérez

‘The performances by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, who have known this music since it was written, are superb, and Naxos contributes finely engineered sound.’ – Expedition Audio

Listen to an excerpt from Montsalvatge’s Simfonía de Rèquiem
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8.557296-97 [2 CDs]
J.S. BACH: St. John Passion
Joe Littlewood, Boy Soprano • James Bowman, Countertenor • James Gilchrist, Matthew Beale, Tenors
Colin Baldy, John Bernays, Eamonn Dougan, Basses • The Choir of New College Oxford
Collegium Novum, Edward Higginbottom

‘An outstanding period performance which can stand comparison with any in the catalogue. The choir itself is fresh and bright, singing incisively, with the crowd choruses vividly adding to the drama, helped by the natural balance.’ – The Penguin Guide

Listen to an excerpt – Herr, unser herrscher
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8.573316
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Evangélion (The Story of Jesus)
Alessandro Marangoni, Piano

“Alessandro Marangoni reveals himself as a great artist with musical and poetic sensibility, technical clarity and a total tuning with the composer.” – Musica ★★★★★

Listen to an excerpt from Part IV, “The Passion”
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8.553557
GUBAIDULINA: Seven Words • Silenzio • In Croce
Kathrin Rabus, Violin • Maria Kliegel, Cello • Elsbeth Moser, Accordion
Camerata Transsylvanica, György Selmeczi

“Upon closer inspection, something strange and wonderful emerges which acts upon both the mind and the heart provoking both and imaginative and an empathic response.” – Fanfare

Listen to an excerpt from Gubaidulina’s Seven Words
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NBD0020 [Blu-ray Audio] / 8.572771
LANCINO: Requiem
Heidi Grant Murphy, Soprano • Nora Gubisch, Mezzo-Soprano
Stuart Skelton, Tenor • Nicolas Courjal, Bass
Radio France Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal

“The soloists, the chorus and the orchestra are excellent and deliver a poignant interpretation, under the inspired musical direction of Maestro Inbal.” – Pizzicato ★★★★★

Listen to an excerpt – Ingemisco
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8.555860
PÄRT: Passio
Mark Anderson, Tenor • Robert Macdonald, Bass
Tonus Peregrinus, Antony Pitts

“Antony Pitts’ Tonus Peregrinus deliver an elegantly agile and eloquent performance of depth and distinction.”
Gramophone

Listen to an excerpt – Crucified at the Golgotha
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8.557386-87 [2 CDs]
PENDERECKI: A Polish Requiem
Izabella Kłosińska, Soprano • Jadwiga Rappé, Alto • Ryszard Minkiewicz, Tenor • Piotr Nowacki, Bass
Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Antoni Wit

“The Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra members sound as if they'd waited all their lives to perform this frightening, devastating music.” – CNN.com

Listen to an excerpt from –
Sanctus
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8.557130
RUTTER: Requiem • Anthems
Nicholas Rimmer, Nicholas Collon, Organ
Clare College Choir Cambridge
Members of the City of London Sinfonia, Timothy Brown

“A lovely and worthwhile recording it is, in every respect. [The choir] perform here with their usual depth, sensitivity, technical finesse, and bright, clear sound.” – American Record Guide

Listen to an excerpt from Rutter’s Requiem
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8.550944-45 [2 CDs]
VERDI: Messa da Requiem • Quattro pezzi sacri
Elena Filipova, Soprano • Gloria Scalchi, Mezzo-Soprano • César Hernández, Tenor • Carlo Colombara, Bass
Hungarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Pier Giorgio Morandi

“The Hungarian State Opera cadres are eminently more idiomatic and powerful than their German colleagues, with Pier Giorgio Morandi shaping their performance with a broad but restorative hand. Verdi's gorgeous melodic contours and chiaroscuro textures are simultaneously polished and enlivened.” – Opera Quarterly

Listen to an excerpt from Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
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8.572840
Music from THE ETON CHOIRBOOK
LAMBE • STRATFORD • DAVY • BROWNE • KELLYK • WYLKYNSON

Tonus Peregrinus, Antony Pitts

“Performances leave nothing to be desired in technical polish or stylistic poise. They employ expressive dynamic contrasts, but not to the point of subjective excess. Admirers of this repertory will not be disappointed.” – American Record Guide

Listen to an excerpt from Davy’s Passio Domini
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8.572987
PATER NOSTER: A Choral Reflection on the Lord’s Prayer
The King’s Singers

“There are few vocal ensembles that can work up a concept album like The King’s Singers… The performances have all the panache that we associate with this group.” – BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★

Listen to an excerpt from Tavener’s The Lord’s Prayer
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For even more great selections, please download our Easter segment catalogue by visiting
http://www.naxos.com/sharedfiles/PDF/SegmentCatalogue_Easter.pdf