Songs of Mary

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

This week on the Choral Mix, Kent Tritle devotes the hour to masterpieces inspired by the Song of Mary.

Frequently performed during church services, the Magnificat is perhaps one of the oldest Christian hymns. Taken form the old testament, the sacred which is attributed to the Virgin Mary has inspired a wealth of musical compositions, from Renaissance through the Contemporary periods.

Sequentia demonstrates the eloquence of early musical settings in Hildegard of Bingen's Magnificat, and the Nederlands Kamerkoor and La Petite Bande perform J.S. Bach's majestic and jubilant Magnificat BWV 243.

Fast-forwarding two centuries, the renowned Robert Shaw Festival Singers perform alluring settings by Arvo Pärt and Sergei Rachmanioff.

Also on this week's show, music of Mendelssohn, Victoria, and much more.

Playlist:

Bach

Magnificat

Nederlands Kamerkoor, La Petite Bande

Sigiswald Kuijken

 

Von Bingen

O Jerusalem

Sequentia

Quia felix puericia—Magnificat    

 

Pärt

Magnificat 

A Cappella

Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Robert Shaw Festival Singers

 

Victoria

Magnificat   

Devotion to Our Lady

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers

 

Biber

Magnificat

Marienvesper 1693

Salzburger Bachchor und Barockensemble

Howard Arman

 

Sweelinck

Magnificat

Cantiones Sacrae

The Choir of Claire College, Cambridge

Timothy Brown

 

Rachmaninoff

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

Vespers

Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Emory Institute Quercey, France,

Robert Shaw

 

Mendelssohn

Magnificat     

Sacred Vocal Works

Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Richard Marlow

 

Bach

Magnificat (excerpt)

Nederlands Kamerkoor

La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken

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Comments [6]

Robert Russell from NYC

I must say that his weeks The Choral Mix program's choice of selections of Magnificats was magnificent!

Dec. 12 2011 06:39 PM
Kate Bushmann from New York, NY

I believe the Part selection this week was simply named "Magnificat, for chorus," Track 16 from the "A Cappella" album by Robert Shaw Festival Singers.

Dec. 11 2011 12:23 PM
Bard Martin

Thank you for responding to my question, but I already know that Mr. Tritle played a piece by Part because I already accessed this website window.

Again, what is the NAME of the Part piece Mr. Tritle played?

Dec. 11 2011 08:27 AM
Mary-Ellen

I missed it. Will it be repeated? Can I hear it somewhere? Next week I'll get up earlier!

Dec. 11 2011 08:05 AM
Barbara from NEW YORK

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING SUCH BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TO US, AT THIS VERY SPECIAL TIME OF THE YEAR. IT REMINDS ME THATJESUS, SON OF GOD THE FATHER AND MARY, IS COMING AND THE HOPE HE BRINGS FILLING ME WITH SUCH JOY

Dec. 11 2011 07:45 AM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan NYC

The opening movement of Bach's Magnificat resounding in my living room as the sky slowly lightens over Central Park and Manhattan. Could there be anything more sublime.

Why is that the most sublime classical music (particularly Bach) is often in 3/4 time (as opposed to 4/4 time)? There's something about 3/4 time that flows with an irresistible movement, a feeling of momentum, making the listener feel that they are racing towards a destination.

Dec. 11 2011 07:11 AM

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