Compelling New Choral Releases

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Despite the many challenges facing the recording industry, there remains a healthy number of new choral releases. This week, Kent Tritle highlights some of the year's most exciting albums.

This week's show opens with J.C. Bach's Missa da Requiem performed by the RIAS Kammerchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik. Both ensembles have individually made significant contributions to the recording industry. The Kammerchor has released over a dozen  recordings over the past decade. The Akademie für Alte Musik has an extensive recording history and has been awarded the Cannes Classical, Edison, and Gramophone Award, among others.

Back in New York, we sample two soon-to-be released recordings by the Choir of Saint Thomas Church and the Choir of Saint Ignatius Loyola (our hosts's former group). To whet your appetite we hear the Saint Thomas Church Choir in a performance of Faure's exquisite Requiem, and Maestro Tritle leading the Choir of Saint Ignatius Loyola in a breathtaking arrangement of Jean Ritchie's Now Is the Cool of the Day.

Also this week: works by J.S. Bach, O'Regan, Lang and much more.


JC Bach
Missa da Requiem
RIAS Kammerchor
Akademie für Alte Musik
Hans-Christoph Rademann

Acallam na Senorach (An Irish Colloquy)
National Chamber Choir of Ireland
Paul Hillier
Stewart French, guitar

The Christmas Story
Theatre of Voices
Ars Nova Copenhagen
Paul Hillier

Arr. Hillier
The Christmas Story
Theatre of Voices
Ars Nova Copenhagen
Paul Hillier

Sing Freedom!
African American Spirituals
Craig Hella Johnson

Into Light
musica intima

Complete Motets
Trinity Church Wall
Julian Wachner

Sanctus and In Paradisum
St. Thomas Church, Fifth Ave
John Scott

Now is the cool of the day
St. Ignatius Loyala
Kent Tritle

* Not yet Released

Comments [6]

Siran Grigorian from Tenafly, NJ

I missed the name of the group that performed the
exquisite motet of Bach "Komm, Jesu, komm" on
this morning's Choral Mix. Can you please tell me which group it was?
Siran Grigorian

Dec. 04 2011 08:33 AM
June from Idaho

I missed almost half of this show because of a day-long emergency. I would really appreciate it if you would post the show online so that I (and I'm sure many others) can enjoy all of the hard work of Mr Tritle and company. The Choral Mix is the highlight of my music listening week. Thank You!

Nov. 06 2011 02:11 PM
Steve Pinkston from Oregon

I was not able to listen to this program live. Will it be available online like the other programs? Thanks!

Oct. 30 2011 02:22 PM
Michael Meltzer

At the outset of "Choral Mix," WQXR would post the individual titles as they aired, in the regular on-line playlist, morning and night, as well as referencing in the "Choral Mix" recap. At one point, WQXR decided it was a duplication or a waste of bytes, or it was too much work to research recordings for sale. That is why your listeners don't know what they've heard.
WQXR, beware making choral music a stepchild again. Eight-thousand New York City amateur choral singers will be very angry!

Oct. 26 2011 05:06 PM
Sandra from new york

Sunday at about 7:30 there was a group from Texas- did something that sounded like a spiritual- What was it and who is the group?

Oct. 24 2011 11:33 AM
Rett Zabriskie from NJ

Being sung right now is something from Copenhagen. The playlist is still saying 6:25am (it is 7:20) and the Choral Mix site does not have a playlist. It wold be nice to know what we are hearing.

Oct. 23 2011 07:22 AM

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