Songs of Mary

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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