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Easter Segment Catalogue

The Christian festival of Holy Week tells one of the most powerful and dramatic stories of all time. Culminating in Easter Day and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the events of the narrative have been recorded by composers for more than half a millennium. The resultant variety of styles in expression represents one of music history’s finest chapters. We hope you might find some new discovery to add to your personal favourites for this special season from the suggestions that follow.

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LASSO, O. de: St Matthew Passion
8.573840
Orlandus LASSUS (1532–1594)
St Matthew Passion

Musica Ficta • Bo Holten

Orlandus Lassus was one of the greatest and most celebrated musicians of his day, and a teacher whose influence extended into the Baroque period and beyond. Although the St Matthew Passion is almost always associated with J.S. Bach’s towering masterpiece, earlier settings developed from plainchant into polyphony throughout the 16th century. Lassus composed four Passions of which this is the most elaborate. His sublimely interwoven polyphonic settings are here placed alongside a traditional Roman Catholic Passion chant through which the roles of Jesus and the Evangelist unfold in a seemingly timeless meditation. Certain key moments in the otherwise austere Passion story are further illuminated in this recording by the inclusion of motets and a spiritual madrigal.

Listen to an extract from St Matthew Passion:
Expectans expectavi Dominum


Requiem
8.573419-20
MAYR, J.S.:
Requiem

Thornhill • Ruckgaber • Holzhauser
Schäfer • Sellier • Berner
Mittelhammer • Thoma • Mischok
Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble
Hauk
“Naxos’ ongoing series of music by Simon Mayr has been one of the revelations during the last few years, and the Requiem is so far the
crowning glory.”
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from Kyrie:
Christe eleison
8.572729
PIGOVAT, B.:
Holocaust Requiem
Poem of Dawn

Serova • Croatian Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra • Guerini
“Boris Pigovat’s Holocaust Requiem
is music of striking serenity,
beauty and depth.”
Pizzicato
  Listen to an extract from Requiem, "The Holocaust":
Lux aeterna
8.572317
RÜTTI, C.:
Requiem

Robinson • Price • The Bach Choir
Southern Sinfonia • Watts • Hill
“Rütti’s Requiem is one of the finest new large-scale choral works I have heard in many years, and it is an excellent introduction to the always compelling music of this Swiss composer.”
Fanfare
  Listen to an extract from Sanctus
8.573049
JACKSON, G.:
Requiem

Vasari Singers • Backhouse
“This is a disc that should be investigated by all those who are interested in contemporary
choral music.”
MusicWeb International
8.572874-75
DVOŘÁK, A.:
Requiem

Libor • Wolak • Kirch • Monarcha
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
and Choir • Wit
“Wit just may be the best conductor around these days for big choral works such as this. He finds more ear-catching detail in the music than anyone else has to date.”
ClassicsToday.com
8.555201-02
STANFORD, C.V.:
Requiem

Lucey • McGahon • Kerr
Leeson-Williams • RTÉ Philharmonic Choir • RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland • Leaper • Pearce
“The contrasts of the writing, from the ethereal opening of the Kyrie to the blazing fortissimo of the Tuba mirum, are superbly caught here, one of the best recordings we have had from Naxos and surely in the demonstration bracket.”
Penguin Guide ★★★★
Passion
8.573781
MAYR, J.S.:
Stabat mater in F Minor
Eja mater • Ave maris stella

Brown • Yun • Holzhauser • Sellier
Schäfer • Hamann • Mischok
Simon Mayr Chorus • Members of the Bavarian State Chorus
Concerto de Bassus • I Virtuosi Italiani
Hauk
“Hauk and his forces give us a performance of passionate urgency and conviction, making a fine case for this forgotten repertoire.”
Fanfare
8.557149
PENDERECKI, K.:
St. Luke Passion

Kłosińska • Kruszewski • Tesarowicz
Kolberger • Malanowicz
Warsaw Boys Choir • Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra • Wit
“Antoni Wit, who studied with both Czyz and Penderecki, has earned high marks for his Naxos series of this composer's orchestral works, and now gives us a quite distinguished account of the St. Luke Passion.”
Soundstage.com
  Listen to an extract from Part II:
Et stabat populus
8.573817-18
BACH, J.S.:
St. John Passion

Poplutz • Speer • Kleiter • Romberger
Sans • Winckhler • Mainz Bach Choir
Mainz Bach Orchestra • Otto
“Ralf Otto, his ensemble and his soloists give a very dramatic, almost operatic account of Bach’s
St John Passion.”
Pizzicato ★★★★
Resurrection
8.573512
STANFORD, C.V.:
Choral Music • Stabat Mater • Song to the Soul • The Resurrection

Cragg • Hopper • Murray • Soar
The Bach Choir • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • Hill
“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
“…the entire production is well engineered. In sum, a smartly planned and well executed disc, and a very nice addition to your Messiaen collection.”
ClassicsToday.com
  Listen to an extract from Et exspecto ressurectionem mortuorum:
III. L'heure vient ou les morts entendront la voix du Fils de Dieu
8.572031
PENDERECKI, K.:
Utrenja

Hossa • Rehlis • Kusiewicz • Nowacki
Bezzubenkov • Warsaw Boys’ Choir
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra • Wit
“Antoni Wit and his Polish forces are incomparable in this repertoire, and this performance of Utrenja goes straight to the top of the heap.”
ClassicsToday.com
Solo and chamber ensemble
“[Winpenny’s] phrasing is exquisite … [his] finely judged choice of colours should be applauded, making full use of the organ of St Giles, Edinburgh. There is a natural flow throughout…”
BBC Music Magazine
“…with this spectacular Messiaen recording, Jacobs has created what will surely become a reference version
for many.”
The Juilliard Journal Online
“Winpenny again gives wonderful performances playing on a marvelous 2014 Siefert organ in Hildesheim Cathedral, perfect for these pieces.”
American Record Guide
“Mr. Marangoni is a fine pianist … His sensitivity enhances this music. It is all presented rather simply and touchingly. Hear what a good composer can do with such simple means. Sometimes it’s hypnotic.”
American Record Guide
8.553557
GUBAIDULINA, S.:
Seven Words • Silenzio
In Croce

Kliegel • Moser • Rabus
Camerata Transsylvanica • Selmeczi
“The combined effect of solo cello and bayan…is utterly mesmeric.”
Classic CD


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