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
Quia felix puericia—Magnificat
Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Robert Shaw Festival Singers
Devotion to Our Lady
Salzburger Bachchor und Barockensemble
The Choir of Claire College, Cambridge
My Soul Magnifies the Lord
Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Emory Institute Quercey, France,
Sacred Vocal Works
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken