From Adam de la Halle’s mediaeval romp Le Jeu de Robin et de Marion to the extraordinary fusion of ethnic and avant-garde sounds in Leonardo Balada’s María Sabina, you'll find all styles and periods in the Naxos Choral Secular Music Catalogue. Core repertoire includes cantatas by J.S. Bach, Beethoven’s glorious Symphony No. 9, and a “must have” (Classic FM) version of Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana conducted by Marin Alsop. You can explore national styles and traditions, from the British statements of Elgar, Finzi and Tippett to the stateside eloquence of Eric Whitacre’s “superb” (Gramophone) choral programme, William Bolcom's GRAMMY®-award winning settings of William Blake songs, and Samuel Barber’s much loved choral music.
“Twenty-five years in the making and worth every minute of the wait. Bolcom turns William Blake's poems into a comprehensive survey of American musical style and, in the process, creates a big, bold, unabashed masterpiece.” – The Boston Globe
Listen to an extract from Songs of Experience, Vol. 1: The Tyger
“The fresh-sounding Toronto-based Elora Festival Singers obviously love this optimistic and transparently honest music. This stimulating and superb disc is a bargain and an absolute 'must have'.”
Listen to an extract from Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine