Choral Cornucopia

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On this Choral Mix, we give thanks for choral music. We spin classics of Haydn and Mendelssohn, a thankful work from Eric Whitacre and a new release of the great Polish composer Henry Gorecki.

Haydn's Creation is an oratorio of great imagination and color. The choral movement The Heavens are telling the glory of God is a cry of celebration and appreciation of life. We play a New York recording of the work sung in German. Leonard Bernstein leads the Westminster Choir, Camerata Singers and the New York Philharmonic.

We dug deep into the archives to find a recording of the Gregg Smith Singers and Chorus on cassette! Louise Talma's A Wreath of Blessings is a musical set of five pieces with a House Blessing, an Irish Blessing, Augustine's Word, A Glasse of Blessings, and a Chester Cathedral Blessing

Eric Whitacre's setting of E.E. Cummings text, I thank you god for most this amazing day sits beside one of Mendelssohn's great choral works, his Second Symphony. It is a dramatic cantata that progresses from darkness to light. Riccardo Chailly leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in this recording.

Playlist:

Haydn/ The Creation/ Westminster Choir, Camerata Singers and The New York Philharmonic, Bernstein

The Heavens are telling the glory of God 4.37

 

Talma/ I Hear America Singing/ Gregg Smith Singers and Chorus

A Wreath of Blessings c.7 min

 

Whitacre/ Light and Gold/ Eric Whitacre and Eric Whitacre Singers

I thank you god for most 6.56

 

Mendelssohn/ Chailly, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, 6:33

Mendelssohn's Symphony No.2, "Lobgesang"

Final Chorus: Ihr Volker! Bringet her dem Herrn 6:33

 

Gorecki/ Gorecki: Miserere/ Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon

Lobgesang 7.50

 

Handel/ Handel Te Deum & Jubilate/ Jos van Veldhoven and The Netherlands Bach Society