This version is by the Messiah College Concert Choir, from their album “True Light” and was arranged by arr. Jack Klebanow
The Red Army. The choir was formed as an antidote to depression, which sounds good to me.
After being introduced to this, I spent some time looking through the videos on their youtube channel. I found their joie-de-vive – whatever that is in Russian – infectious.
Motettorum Liber Quartus Quinque Vocibus ex Canticus Canticorum
(Composed in Venice, 1584) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1524?-1594).
Performed here by the Hilliard Ensemble, with a light touch.
These are short pieces which can be used to listen, relax and meditate.
Miserere, (full title: Miserere mei, Deus, Latin for “Have mercy on me, O God”) by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri, is a setting of Psalm 51 (50) composed during the reign of Pope Urban VIII, probably during the 1630s, for use in the Sistine Chapel during matins, as part of the exclusive Tenebrae service on Holy Wednesday and Good Friday of Holy Week. (source: Wikipedia).
This haunting performance is by the Choir of New College, Oxford.
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The famous setting of Blake’s Poem “And did those feet in ancient time”, published in his “Prophetic Books” in 1808, and set brilliantly to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
This version is also from a Last Night at the Proms, this time from 2009.
And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England’s green & pleasant Land
This one seems to have a bit of everything.
Helene Grimaud – piano
Anna Leese – soprano 1
Sophie Bevan – soprano 2
Cora Burggraaf – mezzo-soprano
Nathan Vale – tenor 1
Joshua Ellicott – tenor 2
Jonathan Lemalu – bass-baritone
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Sir Roger Norrington
From the Last Night of the Proms concert, BBC Proms, 2008, the Royal Albert Hall, London
Helene Grimaud is one of those pianists who is a real character, as well as being an original interpreter of the repertoire.
New to me – so much astonishing music still to hear…..
Luugums naktij (Prayer to the night) by Arturs Maskats from Latvia.
A setting of a text by Juris Helds sung by the Choir of Royal Holloway under the direction of Rupert Gough. 15th May 2012.
Jean Sibelius, Finlandia, opus 26 No 7.
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Leif Segerstam
The Polytec Male Choir, Chorus Master Tapani Länsiö
This version was chosen because:
- it features a Finnish orchestra, steeped in the folklore and history of the piece;
- it has been modified to include a male voice choir. This would not have been permitted when it was written.