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Escolania de Montserrat: El Rossinyol (Washington Concert)

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December 2, 2014

El Rossinyol is a lovely old Catalan folk-song in which a bride laments her marriage to a shepherd and asks the Nightingale to send her love to her mother but not her father who married her off. It's sung below by the boys of the always superb Escolania de Montserrat. The soloist was Eduard Boadas and the concert was given at Strathmore Music Centre (Maryland - USA) on March 16th 2014 as part of the Escolania's 2014 USA tour. This video has very kindly been made available by Montserrat Gorina-Ysern. Enjoy :-).

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Sunday Concert – Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943): The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

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November 23, 2014

Rachmaninov wrote two major works for choir both of which are sacred choral music masterpieces the famous All Night Vigil  and then there's this work  The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.  The Divine Liturgy is nowhere near as well known which is a shame because its choral writing is certainly to the same glorious standard as his monumental All-Night Vigil. This live performance was given on November 2nd 2014 by Groot Omroepkoor directed by Sigvards Klava at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and was broadcast by the Dutch AVRO broadcaster.  Enjoy :-).

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Sunday Concert: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Mass in C minor (The Great) KV 427

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November 9, 2014

w a mozart 170x140 When Mozart's fiancée Constance Weber fell seriously ill in 1783 Mozart swore to God that if she recovered he would compose a major Mass to give thanks. When she recovered Mozart started to compose the Mass but for some reason or another he never completed it. He wrote the the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus and parts of the Credo but not the remainder of the Mass. Notwithstanding the fact that it's incomplete it's a major – and wonderful, piece of music with a distinctly operatic tinge.

I really don't know where to start in listing its highpoints if I had to pick just one section of it I suppose it would have to be the adagio passage for chorus in the Gloria 'Gratias agimus tibi propter gloriam tuam' (We give thanks to you for your great glory), but then if I did that I'd miss the serenely beautiful soprano duet at 'Domine deus, rex celestis' (Lord God, heavenly King), and that's just from the Gloria. Far better to just revel in the whole thing. It's performed below at a concert given on Friday October 24th 2014  by the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with soloists Ilse Eerens [soprano], Rosanne van Sandwijk [mezzosoprano], Ben Heijnen [tenor], and Pierre-Guy Le Gall White [bas] conducted by Daniel Reuss.  Enjoy :-).

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Sunday Concert: Mozart Symphony No 36, Brahms Symphony No 2 – Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Carlos Kleiber

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September 28, 2014

Carlos Kleiber conducting the the Vienna Philharmonic in a concert dating (I believe) to  October 7th 1991 October 6th 1991. Enjoy :-).

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Alleluia (World Premiere) – Salt Lake Vocal Artists – YouTube

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September 20, 2014

The Salt Lake Vocal Artists give the world premiere performance of "Alleluia" by Jake Runestad live in concert on February 21, 2014 in the Granada Theater, under the direction of Dr. Brady Allred. This concert was part of the Western Division conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Santa Barbara California at which the Salt Lake Vocal Artists were invited to perform.

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