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Author Topic: Sweet singing in the choir: a choral miscellany  (Read 91 times)
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« on: April 12, 2019, 04:31:14 AM »

I used to have a topic of this name at my old forum that went AWOL. It served to take the strain off the "classical" thread and it can do the same here. The title comes from a line in the Christmas carol "The Holly And The Ivy".

We recently attended a concert that included these movements from a stunning new Requiem by the Spaniard Bernat Vivancos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM1de-iiEdg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCRJZTuzJ2g

http://www.classical-music.com/review/ives-romanc-ne-ieva-ezeriete-and-latvian-radio-choir-perform-vivancos-requiem
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 01:43:27 PM »

My favourite a capella choral work right now is a toss-up between Herbert Howells' Requiem and this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn5ken3RJBo

"[Morten Lauridson's] O magnum mysterium is pervaded by the same tenderness and refinement found in Lux aeterna; indeed, this refulgent work was written in 1994, just before Lauridsen began to contemplate the composition of the larger score. The composer has disclosed that this motet is an ‘affirmation of God’s grace to the meek—a quiet song of profound inner joy’. With a text from Christmas Matins that has been set by such disparate composers as Victoria and Poulenc, Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium expresses mystical awe at the mystery of the Incarnation as well as the very human tenderness of the Virgin Mary for her newborn child." [Source]
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2019, 03:28:24 AM »

This is for Silken, who I know looks in from time to time. It's my favourite version of this beautiful work with its extraordinary history:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piPiVndX7kw

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miserere_(Allegri)
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