Benedetto Marcello (1686–1739): Dulcis Jesu Mater cara

Bendetto Marcello’s reputation has been eclipsed by that of Vivaldi and the other professional musicians of his era his music is now largely forgotten. Its obscurity is our loss for Marcello’s music was greatly admired and rightly so by Bach, Telemann, Locatelli, Avison and Goethe, and in later times Cherubini, Rossini and Verdi. The ‘Nobile…

Michael Haydn, Requiem c-moll, Spring concert, 2015 – YouTube

Michael Haydn, Requiem c-moll, Spring concert, 2015 The Moscow Oratorio Society – artistic leader and conductor – Alexander Tsaliuk The Galina Vishnevskaya College Theatre Orchestra – artistic leader and conductor – Ayrat Kashaev Conductor – Alexander Tsaliuk Soloists: Olga Povstyanaya – Soprano Maia Avakyan – Alto Uriel Granat – Tenor Alexey Tyuhin – Bass Natalia…

Maurice Duruflé (1902—1986): In Paradisum

At some point I’ll have to find the time write about and post Duruflé’s setting of the Requiem in its entirety,  but until I find the time to do that I’ll content myself with sharing his serenely beautiful setting of In Paradisum with which he ends the Mass. Enjoy :-). mfi

Feature: Duarte Lôbo (±1565-1646): Missa Pro Defunctis a8

On September 21st 2012 I posted two motets by Duarte Lôbo Pater Peccavi ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMKib… ) and Audivi vocem de cælo ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64cGZ… ) they’re the only two of Lôbo’s motets that have survived and are not only beautiful and interesting pieces of music in and of themselves but are also interesting because Lôbo wrote…

2nd Sunday of Lent 2014: Mozart Requiem K626 C R F Maunder Edition Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir, Academy of Ancient Music

This performance of Mozart’s Requiem K626 is quite different to what you’re used to and assuming that the version with which you’re familiar uses Sussmayr’s score you’re likely to be … surprised, by much of what you hear. Maunder’s edition is far leaner and more taut than Sussmayr’s when coupled with forces similar to those…