Hallelujahs Through the Ages

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

The final bars of the 'Hallelujah' chorus, from Handel's manuscript. The final bars of the 'Hallelujah' chorus, from Handel's manuscript. (Wikimedia Commons/---)

On this week's show, we celebrate Hallelujahs through the ages: Hallelujahs from Handel’s oratorios; Hallelujahs from the sacred Jewish tradition; Hallelujahs from Tallis and Bach to Taverner and Whitacre.

Everyone is familiar with the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s oratorio Messiah. It just might be the most familiar classical music theme there is. Less well known is the Hallelujah that concludes Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabeus. Grand, joyous and set in the familiar key of D, we feature a performance with Jurgen Budday leading the Maulbronn Chamber Choir and Musica Florea.

Thompson’s, Alleluia has become a staple in many choirs repertoires, even though it’s difficult to sustain the line and pitch. Few do it as well the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers.

Salamone Rossi was the greatest Jewish composer of the 16th and 17th centuries. His work spanned the late Renaissance and the early Baroque which was an exciting transition in music. We play two settings by Rossi -- Haleluyah (Psalm 111) and Haleluyah (Psalm 112), adjacent to Louis Lewandowski's setting of Hal'luyah Psalm 150 performed by Chicago a Cappella.

A few others on the program include accomplished contemporary composer James MacMillan's Christus Vincit, Tavener’s ethereal Song for Athene sung by Tenebrae, and Eric Whitacre’s Alleluia.


Handel/Handel: Judas Maccabeus/Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Jurgen Budday Musica Florea

Hallelujah, Amen


Thompson/ A Robert Shaw Christmas: Angels on High/ Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers



Rossi/Songs of Solomon/Pro CantioneAntiqua & Sydney Fixman

Haleluyah Psalm 111


Lewandowski/Days of Awe and Rejoicing/ Chicago a Cappella

Hal'luyah Psalm 150


Rossi/Songs of Solomon/Pro CantioneAntiqua & Sydney Fixman

Haleluyah Psalm 112


MacMillan/ MacMillan Masses & Other Sacred Music/Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker

Christus Vincit


Tavener /Allegri Miserer/Tenebrae, Nigel Short

Song for Athene


Tallis/Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works, Volume 1: Music for Henry VIII/Chapelle du Roi, Alistair Dixon

Alleluia: Ora pro nobis


Whitacre/Water Night/Eric Whitacre & Eric Whitacre Singers



Bach/ Bach Motets/Bach Collegium Japan Chorus & Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

Lobet Den Herrn, Alle Heiden


Buxtehude/Nuit sacree/ Concerto Koln, Accentus &Laurence Equilbey

Cantata 5 BuxWV 15: Alleluia


Handel/Messiah/English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner


Comments [4]

carole from brooklyn, ny

Thank you for a lovely program! Sang along with a lot of it. Very satisfying! Glad to have you back, though it was so wonderful to be able to tune in at any time and hear glorious Bach over an extended period of time!

Apr. 08 2013 01:21 PM
Fletcher from Westchester NY

What a long, wretched month it's been - cursed Bach! But with the daffodils you're back. Throw open the windows! Hear the birdsong! Breathe deep, and savor! Life is worth living again!

Apr. 07 2013 04:27 PM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan NYC

Beautiful music. I never heard of Salamone Rossi before; I always learn something new and interesting when I listen to The Choral Mix.

Apr. 07 2013 08:00 AM

I'm loving this show (and singing along!) - but wanted to point out that you reversed the second Rossi piece and the Lewandowski Halleluyah (although they're in the correct order in the playlist on this page).

Apr. 07 2013 07:20 AM

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