Author Topic: AGNUS DEI - Music of Inner Harmony [The Choir of New College, Oxford]  (Read 1476 times)


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Agnus Dei:
 Music of Inner Harmony

Composer: Gregorio Allegri, Johann Sebastian Bach, et al.
Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
Performer: Eamon Dougan, Thomas Herford, et al.
Label: Erato
Audio CD (February 18, 1997)
Covers and leafleat Included


1.  Agnus Dei, for chorus & organ/piano (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
Composed by Samuel Barber
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

2. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11
Composed by Gabriel Faure
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

3.  Missa Papae Marcelli, for 6 voices Kyrie
Composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

4.  Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

5.  Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174) Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

6.  Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37 No.6, Ave Maria
Composed by Sergey Rachmaninov
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

7.  Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36 Nimrod: Lux aeterna
Composed by Edward Elgar
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

8.  Totus Tuus, for chorus, Op. 60
Composed by Henryk Gorecki
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

9.  Hear My Prayer ("O for the wings of a dove"), hymn for soprano, chorus & organ or orchestra in G major
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

10. The Lamb, for chorus
Composed by John Tavener
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

11. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48 In paradisum
Composed by Gabriel Faure
with Rebecca Hirsch
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

12. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus
Composed by Gregorio Allegri
with Matthew Beale, Thomas Herford, William Petter, Eamon Dougan
Conducted by Edward Higginbottom

Beyond this recording's new age packaging and title is a splendid sampling of some of the world's finest choral music, sung by one of the world's outstanding choirs. This "anthology of sacred choral music" spans 400 years and includes such masterpieces as Allegri's Miserere, Bach's "Jesu, joy of man's desiring," and Barber's exquisite Agnus Dei, which is the composer's choral setting of his famous Adagio for Strings. Along the way we also hear Mozart's sublime "Ave verum corpus," Elgar's "Lux aeterna," and the Kyrie from Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli. There has been a choir at England's New College, Oxford, since the year 1379, and this impressive line of experience shows in the intelligent, unfaltering, and finely polished performances by today's ensemble of 16 boys and 12 adults.

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