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Underappreciated choral CDs

Larry VanDeSande
 
Requiem
Requiem
"This nearly unknown version of Mozart's Requiem has been my favorite since it appeared at the end of last century. A period performance taped in concert in Japan, Bruggen's speeds are universally fast. Yet he produces passion and pathos I don't hear in more conventional performances that focus on religious drama."
Be Thou My Vision - Sacred Music by John Rutter
Be Thou My Vision - Sacred Music by John Rutter
"Maybe not underappreciated...Listen to Rutter's hymn "Wings of the morning" to hear one of the great new songs of this century."
Vocal Works
Vocal Works
"These 1952 performances of Mahler's Ruckert lieder and songs of youth are magnificently performed by baritone Alfred Poell and sonparno Anny Felbermayer, who were veterans of the Vienna Opera in the postwar era. The sound is good on the orchestral songs and the piano is somewhat recessed when it carries the accompaniment. Full translations and documentation complete a wonderful package."
Cherubini: Requiem / In Paradisum
Cherubini: Requiem / In Paradisum
"The mass that Beethoven asked to be played at his funeral is thrillingly performed here in period style with another beauty, "In Paradisum"."
Messa di Gloria & Tantum ergo (Rossini in Wildbad 1999)
Messa di Gloria & Tantum ergo (Rossini in Wildbad 1999)
"Herbert Handt discovered Rossini's "religious" masterpiece and recorded it in 1976 on Philips. This 1999 concert performance has great singing, especially from the tenors."
Salzburg Sacred Music
Salzburg Sacred Music
"There have been several fine recordings of Mozart's Missa Solemnis but this SACD tops them all. Peter Neumann's second recording is the best in the catalog."
Vivaldi: Vespers
Vivaldi: Vespers
"I thought the Estonian concert was great...until I chanced on this 1992 concert of Vivaldi's sacred choral music. What a knockout from these British period forces! A vesper, by the way, is an evening service. I didn't know what it was either."
Vivaldi: Salmi a Due Cori
Vivaldi: Salmi a Due Cori
"These Estonians know their way around Vivaldi! This CD includes the best performance of "Dominae ad adjuvandum me" since Vittorio Negri did it in the 1970s. Much better than the overrated Robert King series."
Haydn: Stabat Mater
Haydn: Stabat Mater
"No definitive version of Haydn's early masterpiece exists and this 1980 recording is among the better ones. Australian Universal brought it back to us in better sound than ever before."
Ave Maria
Ave Maria
"Why would anyone pay $24 for a used copy of an out of print collection of choral bleeding chunks? Because this is the best such collection I've ever heard."
Missa Pastoralis / Missa Solemnis
Missa Pastoralis / Missa Solemnis
"Leave it to Naxos to unearth this lovely Haydnesque music. Numerous reviews at the Amazon site give you insight into this great CD."
Eybler: Christmas Oratorio
Eybler: Christmas Oratorio
"Mozart's student, the one that completed his Requiem, wrote this delightful Christmas oratorio with three solo parts."
Bach: Sacred Masterworks
Bach: Sacred Masterworks
"Bach's "Easter Oratorio" is rarely recorded and never performed in concert. The version here by Munchinger is the best but you have to buy 10 CDs to get it."
Orchestra Symphonic of Geneve
Orchestra Symphonic of Geneve
"This CD has three Mendelssohn's Psalms including his two best (Nos. 42 & 95). While the solo singing isn't always great, the chorus sure is."
Mendelssohn: Psalms
Mendelssohn: Psalms
"This version of Mendelssohn's Psalms has, happily, come back into print and is available new in USA. This one, led by veteran choral conductor Michel Corobz, contains four of Mendelssohn's heavenly creations including the two best (42 & 95)."
Solemn Vespers
Solemn Vespers
"Most recordings of Mozart's autumnal K. 339 Laudate Dominum proceed at the pace of molasses in January. These performers put a little game in this music in an excellent concert."