Easter Around The (Old) World

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Lilies (flickr)

Choral Music hits a high point come Easter time: For more than a thousand years, this point in the Christian calendar has inspired composers to write music that is both joyous and contemplative. On this special edition of The Choral Mix, Kent Tritle shares his musical guide of Easter in Old Europe.



To celebrate Easter Sunday, we sample some of the most ebullient and transcendent works for choir. Making stops in Germany, England and Italy, this episode spends time with sacred music of the Renaissance and medieval age. Truly old Europe!




Léonin: Alleluya Pascha nostrum

The Early Music Consort of London

David Munrow, Conductor

Album Title: Music of the Gothic Era

Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg) 471731


Giovanni Palestrina: Ad cenam Agni provide

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Album Title: Palestrina, Volume 3

Label: Coro 16106


Giovanni Gabrieli: Exultet iam angelica turba a

Ex Cathedra

His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts

Concerto Palatino

Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor

Album Title: Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies

Label: Hyperion 67957


Heinrich Schütz: Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi:

Surrexit Pastor Bonus


Manfred Cordes

Album Title: Heinrich Schütz: Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi

Label: CPO 777-027-2


John Taverner: Dum transisset sabbatum


David Skinner, Conductor

Album Title: Imperatrix Inferni

Label: Obsidian Records 707


James MacMillan: Christus vincit

Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola

Kent Tritle, Conductor

Album Title: Wondrous Love

Label: MSR 1144


Tomás Luis de Victoria: Surrexit Pastor Bonus

La Grande Chapelle

Albert Recasens, Conductor

Album Title: La fiesta de Pascua en Piazza Navona

Label: Lauda 12


Tomás Luis de Victoria: Vidi Aquam

St. Clement’s Choir, Philadelphia

Peter Richard Conte, Conductor

Album Title: Music of Tomas Luis de Victoria

Label: Dorian Discovery 80146


Johann Sebastian Bach:

Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4

Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg

English Baroque Soloists

Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Album Title: J.S. Bach: Cantatas, Volume 22

Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records 128

Comments [6]

MJ from New York

The WQXR website had a snafu this morning and listed a different program at 8am (Annie Bergen). Very disappointing to look forward to one program and have another instead!! Please replay the Choral Mix program from this morning.

Apr. 20 2014 02:40 PM
Marsha Ostroff from Mexico City, Mexico

Ooops, meant to write "disappointment".

Apr. 20 2014 01:52 PM
Marsha Ostroff from Mexico City, Mexico

I missed The Choral Mix today too, much to my disappoint. When was it broadcast?

Apr. 20 2014 01:49 PM
Choral Music Lover from Westchester

When was this broadcast? It's not showing up on today's playlist, and as usual lately, there is not replay available. So sorry to have missed it!

Apr. 20 2014 10:47 AM

Glorious music! Thanks for a lovely Easter morning. Loved the Palestrina and the contemporary piece particularly.

Apr. 20 2014 09:02 AM
Gev Sweeney from The Jersey Shore

There had to be at least ONE more Choral Mix this season, and on what better day than Easter? The selections are sublime. Thank you!

Apr. 20 2014 06:34 AM

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