2.110387 [DVD]
NBD0061 [Blu-ray]
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. Naxos boasts a wide range of recordings available, including masterpieces representative of all musical styles. Notable new additions are choral works by Patrick Hawes, Charles Villiers Standford and Maxilimilian Steinberg, and Handel’s popular oratorio Messiah.
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.
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HAWES, P.: Revelation • Beatitudes • Quanta Qualia
The Elora Singers • Noel Edison
Listen to an excerpt from Revelation
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Patrick Hawes has emerged in recent years as one of England’s most popular and inspirational choral composers. ‘The nine pieces that form Revelation are the result of my deep love of the Book of Revelation and its powerful imagery. Where else do you get thunder, lightning and demons as well as a gentle lamb? Another of my favourite New Testament texts is the Beatitudes from St Matthew’s Gospel – these are, quite simply, some of Christ’s most comforting and beautiful words.’ Quanta Qualia had such a profound impact on the audience at the 2015 Elora Festival that the choir insisted on its inclusion in this recording.
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STEINBERG, M.: Passion Week
The Clarion Choir • Steven Fox
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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
“[This recording] boasts marvellously committed fervent singing from the
Clarion Choir under Steven Fox and deserves the widest possible dissemination.”

BBC Music Magazine
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STANFORD, C.V.: Choral Music – Stabat Mater
Song to the Soul • The Resurrection

Cragg • Hopper • Murray • Soar • The Bach Choir
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • David Hill
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Part IV – The Garment of Praise
“Bravo to David Hill, the Bach Choir and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for bringing three neglected large-scale works by Charles Villiers Stanford to wider attention in this excellent recording.”The Guardian ★★★★
2.110387 [DVD] • NBD0061 [Blu-ray]
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APRIL 2017
HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah
Herfurtner • Petrone • Schade • Immler • Salzburger Bachchor
Bach Consort Wien • Rubén Dubrovsky
Described by librettist Charles Jennens with typical English understatement as “a fine entertainment”, Handel’s Messiah was initially controversial as a biblical oratorio written for secular theatres. Within years it was however being “received with universal applause” and its composer’s purpose in delighting and charming his listeners has made this masterpiece an international favourite ever since. This eye-catching, audiovisual recording of Handel’s masterpiece with its cast of renowned soloists captures the 2016 Easter concert in the impressive baroque Basilica of Klosterneuburg, Austria.
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APRIL 2017
2.110387 [DVD]
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“An enthusiastic and
heartfelt performance”
– Infodad.com ★★★★
“The combined forces are quite impressive, as are the theatrical visual layout and filmed presentation”
– Opera News
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– Fanfare
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