Praeter Rerum Seriem (This is no normal scheme of things) by Josquin des Prez (1450-1521).
Performed by Lumina Vocal Ensemble, Musical Director Anna Pope. Recorded Live at Lumina’s 2004 ‘Pilgrimage’ concert in Church of the Epiphany, Crafers by Rod Capon.
Singers: James Scott, Kenneth Pope, Bernard Mageean, Martin Penhale, Tim Muecke, Rosemary Byron-Scott, Penny Dally, Anna Pope, Rachel Sag and Carolyn Wilkins. Photographs of Kangaroo Island and Crafers by Claire Booth. Photos of Sevenhill by Kenneth and Eleanor Pope. Film by Anna Pope. Recording available on Lumina’s first CD, ‘Music for the Soul’ (2007). For more info, visit lumina.org.au
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.
Many judge this to be the best piece of music ever written.
Aerist has the John Eliot Gardiner performance on CD, and parts of it are often played at window-rattling volumes after a meditation session. Bach did not write this to be performed as a mass, but as a vehicle for his genius in the final years of his life. He never heard it performed.
This performance: Soloists C Muller,V Bonnard, The Choir and Chamber orchestra of Lausanne, conducted by Michel Corboz
After a day’s meditation recently the Credo was selected serendipitously – the first track on CD 2. Astonishingly joyous and uplifting. I believe in the one God. Listen to that part (0:55:00) if you are short of time.
Agnus Dei 1:41.00
Of course Beliefs, however exalted, are but a step on the Path to direct experience of the Real. “First the concept, then the experience” as my dear friend and one-time teacher DC Vision used to say.
The RV589 setting.
NATIONAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF ARMENIA with the NATIONAL CHAMBER CHOIR OF ARMENIA conducted by R. Mlkeyan. Sopranos M. Galoyan & H. Harutyunova, mezzo-soprano N. Ananikyan
- Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus)
- Et in terra pax (Chorus)
- Laudamus te (Sopranos I and II)
- Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)
- Propter magnam gloriam (Chorus)
- Domine Deus (Soprano)
- Domine, Fili unigenite (Chorus)
- Domine Deus, Agnus Dei (Contralto and Chorus)
- Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
- Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (Contralto)
- Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Chorus)
- Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)
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.
This Vigil is widely, and inaccurately, known as Rachmaninov’s Vespers. This performance, by Opname Vrijdag van Vredenburg 21-1-11, courtesy Radio 4 Netherlands, has much greater clarity and humility than other versions.
The most popular of these is No 5, at 16:55, which Rachmaninov requested be sung at his own funeral. The whole work was possibly Rachmaninov’s personal favorite.
1. Come, Let Us Worship. @0:00
2. Psalm 104 @2:15
3. Blessed is the Man @7:40
4. O Gentle Light @13:50
5. Lord, Now Lettest Thou @16:55
6. Hail Mary @20:00
7. Glory to God in the Highest @23:30
8. Praise the Name of the Lord @28:15
9. Blessed art Thou, O Lord @30:30
10. Having beheld the resurrection @37:40
11. Magnificat @40:35
12. The Great Doxology @49:25
13. Today Salvation is Come @57:35
14. Thou didst Rise from the Tomb @59:02
The First Hour.
15. To Thee, Victorious Leader @1:02:45