Songs of Mary

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

This week on The Choral Mix, host Kent Tritle devotes the hour to masterpieces inspired by the Magnificat, also known as the Song of Mary.

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

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 Rachmaninoff.

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




Nederlands Kamerkoor, La Petite Bande

Sigiswald Kuijken


Von Bingen

O Jerusalem


Quia felix puericia—Magnificat    




A Cappella

Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Robert Shaw Festival Singers




Devotion to Our Lady

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers




Marienvesper 1693

Salzburger Bachchor und Barockensemble

Howard Arman




Cantiones Sacrae

The Choir of Claire College, Cambridge

Timothy Brown



My Soul Magnifies the Lord


Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Emory Institute Quercey, France,

Robert Shaw




Sacred Vocal Works

Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Richard Marlow



Magnificat (excerpt)

Nederlands Kamerkoor

La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken

Comments [5]

Phil Bangert from Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

This program is the Listenening highlight of the week. And I appreciate being able to re-hear archived programs on line. Thanks very very much.

Jan. 05 2013 02:34 PM
Judith from Amarillo, TX

Never heard the Rachmaninoff before tonight. Bought it as soon as it ended. Thank you so much for this luscious program!

Dec. 31 2012 12:00 AM
Kristen from Belleville, NJ

I loved the whole playlist, even the more modern ones. This was such a joy to listen to.

Dec. 30 2012 11:59 PM
Juana from NYC

How sad that whoever writes the commentary on this site doesn't give correct information. The prayer of Mary known as the Magnificat (from the first word of the prayer in Latin) is found in the Gospel according to Luke, which is in the New Testament, not the Old Testament. It is, however, reminiscent both of psalms and canticles from the Old Testament, with which Mary was most assuredly familiar.
These are wonderful settings of this beautiful prayer!

Dec. 30 2012 11:39 PM
Gev Sweeney from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

Oh no! I'm not seeing the Magnificat from Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers in the playlist! A sad, sad omission ... :(

Dec. 30 2012 06:41 AM

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