Hail Mary Full Of Grace – English 15th Century

Carols emerged in England during the Middle Ages they were related in form to the French dance songs called Caroles and were either in Latin, or English, or were macaronic – a mix of the two. Their structure was both distinctive and rigid with the singers alternating between a refrain called the "burden" and stanzas…

David Popper (1843—1913): Ave Maria (arr)

The son of the cantor of two synagogues in Prague’s ghetto Popper auditioned for the Prague Conservatory aged 12 as a violinist and matriculated six years later as a cellist. Goltermann then took him up as student and his progress was such that aged 18 he was appointed assistant principal cellist of the Löwenberg Court…

Rihards Dubra (1964–): Ave Maria III

This is one of several settings of the Ave Maria that the Latvian composer Rihards Dubra has set. He composed it in 1994 and dedicated it to the Church of the Mother of Sorrows in Riga where Dubra had recently taken up the position of organist. There’s a story behind its composition which is that…