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  • Actors: The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, Simon Russell Beale
  • Producers: The Sixteen, BBC Sacred Music
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: CORO
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033A9IPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"Performances throughout show this marvelous choir at their most eloquent, beautifully balanced and blended." -- Gramophone Fascinating stories, beautiful architecture, and some of the greatest music ever written--CORO brings the BBC's groundbreaking TV series to DVD! The complete first series charts the fascinating history of sacred music from the Notre Dame School to Johann Sebastian Bach. Presented by celebrated actor and former chorister Simon Russell Beale, this DVD also features Harry Christophers and his award-winning group, The Sixteen. Filmed on location across Europe, from Rome and Paris to Leipzig and London. Bonus features include extra tracks by The Sixteen, a preview of Sacred Music: An Easter Concert (due for release on CORO DVD in April 2010), Harry Christophers' Top 10 recordings, biographies, images, and much more.

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Recommended for fans of sacred music.
tyrannomyrmex
The instrumentalists were chosen from among the best in the country.
James M. Boubonis
Beale is a great actor and is a good host on this documentary.
JOSEPH D HICKEY

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By tyrannomyrmex on December 17, 2011
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This is a beautiful series on sacred music, produced by the BBC, with the guidance of Simon Russell Beale and participation of Harry Christopher and The Sixteen. The first chapter covers the Gothic revolution, the second the time of Palestrina and the Popes, the third Tallis, Byrd and the Tudors and the fourth Bach and the Lutheran heritage. Russell's guidance is appropriate, enjoyable and with appropriate environment, as we can see in the first chapter, with the architecture of Notre Dame in Paris to illustrate and hear beautiful works as the Viderunt Omnes. The second DVD brings several bonus tracks (Tallis, Byrd and Allegri). Interpretations of The Sixteen are beautiful and appropriate, although short, because the dynamics of the series. Recommended for fans of sacred music. Perhaps the BBC offer a second part of this series, showing the great sacred works of composers such as Haydn, Mozart and Bruckner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas G. Psaki, III on April 3, 2013
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"Sacred Music" belongs on the shelf of every serious music lover, especially lovers of choral church music. In eight one-hours shows, Simon Russell Beale leads the viewer through the development of polyphonic church music from 1400 to the present. He is brilliantly assisted by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, who perform illustrative bits of the various composers and compositions Beale discusses. I was familiar with Mr. Christophers and his group, but I didn't really appreciate their musical range until I listened to this series. Mr. Beale is an enjoyable "tour guide," combining his own love of polyphonic sacred music with input from a variety of other experts in the field. I was sorry to see the series end. Happily, there are other programs related to this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruno A. N. Pietoso on March 2, 2014
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This is my go to DVD whenever I want to show somebody the wonders of sacred music. Also, as always, BBC does a great job with it's carefully selected takes, images and how this whole documentary comes together to create a true document that if no one ever decides to tackle sacred music as a subject to make a documentary about, this will do just fine.

I'm very disappointed tho that Season 2 is not to be released any time soon due to some issues that they are having with the BBC and archive footage apparently, this was sent to me via email by the Sixteens producer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James M. Boubonis on April 25, 2011
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I've watched this DVD and it's excellent! The musical performances are fantastic. The instrumentalists were chosen from among the best in the country. There are a few odd choices regarding camera direction, but if you're in it for the music, this is a great experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JOSEPH D HICKEY on December 28, 2013
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Great overview of Sacred Music history. Beale is a great actor and is a good host on this documentary. BBC always produces good products.
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This DVD offers an excellent overview of the history of sacred music, narrated by Simon Russell Beale with superb performances of sacred vocal music by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. I enjoyed it so much, I selected it as the parting gift from a sacred brass ensemble for a music minister who was the ensemble's greatest supporter. Very highly recommended.
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