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Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)Classical (1750-1830)Renaissance (1400-1600)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredInstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.501062
Label / Series Naxos / Boxed Sets
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Music has always had an important part to play in religious ritual. Records show that plainchant existed from as early as 3 AD, and centuries later it was to provide a foundation for early polyphony and for the great flowering of church music in the Renaissance, including the transcendent works of Tallis and Allegri. JS Bach wrote most of his music for the Lutheran church, including the magnificent Mass in B Minor and the two Passions. Handel also contributed to religious music in England, with the creation of oratorios such as Messiah which, when witnessed by Haydn years later, inspired him to write The Creation. In the nineteenth century the form flowered again with Felix Mendelssohn, himself responsible for bringing many sacred works by JS Bach back to


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Work/Track Title Time
  Spem in alium 12:19       
  Il salmo Miserere mei Deus 10:17       
  Stabat Mater 3:29       
  Stabat mater          
      Cujus animam 2:15       
      O quam tristis 2:07       
      Quae moerebat 2:07       
      Quis est homo 2:41       
      Vidit suum 3:55       
      Eja mater 2:20       
      Fac, ut ardeat 2:14       
      Sancta Mater 5:01       
      Fac ut portem 3:12       
      Inflammatus 2:24       
      Quando corpus 3:47       
  Ave verum corpus, K. 618 2:51       
  Ave Maria (version for voice and orchestra) 2:42       
  Panis angelicus 4:01       
  Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (excerpts)          
      Kyrie: Kyrie eleison (Chorus) 9:54       
      Kyrie: Christe eleison (Soprano I and II) 5:18       
      Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus) 1:32       
      Gloria: Et in terra pax (Chorus) 3:50       
      Gloria: Domine Deus, Rex coelestis (Soprano and Tenor) 5:48       
      Gloria: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto) 4:43       
      Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus) 4:00       
      Credo: Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum (Soprano and Alto) 5:07       
      Credo: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis (Chorus) 3:33       
      Credo: Et resurrexit tertia die (Chorus) 3:58       
      Credo: Et in Spiritum Sanctum (Bass) 4:47       
      Credo: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (Chorus) 2:11       
      Sanctus: Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth (Chorus) 4:48       
      Benedictus: Benedictus qui venit (Tenor) 4:30       
      Benedictus: Osanna in excelsis (Chorus) 2:45       
      Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (Alto) 6:01       
      Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem (Chorus) 2:39       
  St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (excerpts)          
      Part I: Kommt, ihr Tochter, helft mir klagen (Chorus) 7:40       
      Part I: Aria: Buss und Reu Knirscht das Sundenherz entzwei (Alto) 4:21       
      Part I: Aria: Blute nur, du liebes Herz! (Soprano) 4:54       
      Part I: Aria: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken (Soprano) 3:45       
      Part I: Aria: Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen (Tenor, Chorus) 5:32       
      Part I: Aria: Gerne will ich mich bequemen (Bass) 4:35       
      Part I: Aria: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (Alto, Soprano, Chorus) 3:56       
      Part II: Aria: Ach! Nun ist mein Jesus hin! (Alto, Chorus) 6:12       
      Part II: Aria: Erbarme dich, mein Gott, um meiner Zahren willen! (Alto) 7:13       
      Part II: Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder! (Bass) 3:38       
      Part II: Aria: Konnen Tranen meiner Wangen (Alto) 6:36       
      Choral: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (Chorus) 2:32       
      Part II: Aria: Mache dich, mein Herze, rein (Bass) 7:52       
      Part II: Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder (Chorus) 6:28       
  Messiah, HWV 56 (Highlights)          
      Part I: Sinfonia 3:10       
      Part I: Recitative: Comfort ye my people (Tenor) 6:42       
      Part I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus) 2:38       
      Part I: Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto) 5:54       
      Part I: For unto a child is born (Chorus) 4:03       
      Part I: Pifa 0:58       
      Part I: Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano) 4:04       
      Part I: Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Alto) 5:31       
      Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Alto) 11:10       
      Part II: Aria: How beautiful are the feet of them (Soprano) 3:22       
      Part II: Aria: Why do the nations so furiosly rage together (Bass) 3:12       
      Part II: Hallelujah! (Chorus) 3:43       
      Part III: Aria: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano) 6:07       
      Part III: Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass) 9:36       
      Part III: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus) 7:18       
  Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob. XXI:2 (excerpts)          
      Part I: Die Vorstellung des Chaos (The Representation of Chaos) 6:33       
      Part I: Nun schwanden vor dem heiligen Strahle (Now vanish before the holy beams) (Uriel, Chorus) 3:39       
      Part I: Und Gott sprach: Es sammle sich das Wasser (And God said: Let the waters under the heaven) (Raphael) 0:43       
      Part I: Rollend in schaumenden Wellen (Rolling in foaming billows) (Raphael) 1:58       
      Part I: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde Gras hervor (And God said: Let all the earth bring forth grass) (Gabriel) 0:33       
      Part I: Nun beut dir Flur das frische Grun (With verdure clad the fields appear) (Gabriel) 5:05       
      Part I: Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes (The heavens are telling the glory of God) (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael, Chorus) 3:34       
      Part II: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe das Wasser in der Fulle hervor (And God said: Let the waters bring forth abundantly) (Gabriel) 0:25       
      Part II: Auf starkem Fittiche schwinget sich der Adler stolz (On mighty pens uplifted soars the eagle aloft) (Gabriel) 7:27       
      Part II: Und die Engel ruhrten ihre unsterblichen Harfen (And the angels struck their immortal harps) (Raphael) 0:25       
      Part II: In holder Anmut stehn (Most beautiful appear) (Trio) 4:29       
      Part II: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde hervor lebende Geschopfe (And God said: Let the earth bring forth the living creature) (Raphael) 0:26       
      Part II: Nun scheint in vollem Glanze der Himmel (Now heav'n in fullest glory shone) (Raphael) 3:21       
      Part II: Mit Wurd' und Hoheit angetan (In native worth and honour clad) (Uriel) 3:28       
      Part II: Und Gott sah jedes Ding, was er gemacht hatte (And God saw ev'rything that he had made) (Raphael) 0:25       
      Part II: Vollendet ist das grosse Werk (Chorus) 2:40       
      Part III: Von deiner Gut', o Herr und Gott (By thee with bliss, O bounteous Lord) (Eve and Adam, Chorus) 9:41       
      Part III: Nun ist die erste Pflicht erfullt (Our duty we performed now) (Adam and Eve) 2:47       
      Part III: Holde Gattin! (Graceful consort!) (Adam and Eve) 7:39       
      Part III: O glucklich Paar (O happy pair) (Uriel) 0:26       
      Part III: Singt dem Herren alle Stimmen (Sing the Lord, ye voices all!) (Chorus) 3:27       
  Requiem in D minor, K. 626          
      Introit: Requiem aeternam 5:02       
      Kyrie eleison 2:44       
      Sequence No. 1: Dies irae 1:46       
      Sequence No. 2: Tuba mirum 4:17       
      Sequence No. 3: Rex tremendae majestatis 2:20       
      Sequence No. 4: Recordare, Jesu pie 6:27       
      Sequence No. 5: Confutatis maledictis 3:07       
      Sequence No. 6: Lacrimosa dies illa 3:20       
      Offertory No. 1: Domine Jesu Christe 3:34       
      Offertory No. 2: Hostias et preces 4:39       
      Sanctus 1:38       
      Benedictus 5:36       
      Agnus Dei 3:46       
      Communion: Lux aeterna 5:48       
  Elijah, Op. 70 (excerpts)          
      Part I: Introduction: So wahr der Herr, der Gott Israels, lebet (Baritone) 1:04       
      Part I: Hilf, Herr! Hilf, Herr! (Chorus) 5:06       
      Part I: Recitative: Zerreisset eure Herzen (Tenor) 0:39       
      Part I: Aria: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet (Tenor) 2:19       
      Part I: Double Quartet: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir (Chorus) 2:54       
      Part I: Recitative, Aria and Duet: Was hast du an mir getan, du Mann Gottes! (Soprano, Baritone) 6:22       
      Part I: Wohl dem, der den Herrn furchtet (Chorus) 2:37       
      Part I: Baal, erhore uns! (Chorus) 2:56       
      Part I: Recitative: Kommt her, alles Volk, kommt her zu mir! (Baritone) 0:14       
      Part I: Aria: Herr Gott Abrahams, Isaaks und Israels (Baritone) 3:29       
      Part I: Recitative: Der du deine Diener machst zu Geistern (Baritone, Chorus) 3:08       
      Part I: Aria: Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer (Baritone) 2:11       
      Part II: Aria: Hore, Israel, hore des Herrn Stimme! (Soprano) 5:21       
      Part II: Furchte dich nicht, spricht unser Gott (Chorus) 4:01       
      Part II: Aria: Es ist genug! (Baritone) 5:01       
      Part II: Recitative: Siehe, er schlaft (Tenor) 0:41       
      Part II: Trio: Hebe deine Augen auf zu den Bergen 1:42       
      Part II: Siehe, der Huter Israels (Chorus) 3:13       
      Part II: Recitative: Stehe auf, Elias (Alto, Baritone) 1:39       
      Part II: Aria: Sei stille dem Herrn und warte auf ihn (Alto) 3:08       
      Part II: Wer bis ans Ende beharrt, der wird selig (Chorus) 3:07       
      Part II: Recitative: Herr, es wird Nacht um mich (Baritone, Soprano) 1:43       
      Part II: Der Herr ging voruber (Chorus) 4:04       
      Part II: Aria: Dann werden die Gerechten leuchten (Tenor) 2:48       
      Part II: Alsdann wird euer Licht hervorbrechen (Chorus) 3:17       
  Missa Solemnis, Op. 123          
      Kyrie eleison 5:01       
      Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo 5:01       
      Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi 5:17       
      Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus 6:37       
      Credo: Credo in unum Deum 4:18       
      Credo: Et incarnatus est 5:06       
      Credo: Et resurrexit tertia die 9:12       
      Sanctus 5:38       
      Sanctus: Benedictus 10:23       
      Agnus Dei 5:53       
      Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem 9:27       
  Messa da Requiem (excerpts)          
      Requiem: Requiem aeternam 9:12       
      Dies irae: Dies irae, dies illa 2:19       
      Dies irae: Tuba mirum 1:53       
      Dies irae: Liber scriptus 5:12       
      Dies irae: Rex tremendae 3:49       
      Dies irae: Recordare 4:17       
      Dies irae: Ingemisco 3:33       
      Dies irae: Confutatis 5:47       
      Dies irae: Lacrymosa 5:46       
      Offertorio: Domine Jesu 4:37       
      Offertorio: Hostias et preces tibi 6:15       
      Sanctus 2:36       
      Agnus Dei 5:22       
      Lux aeterna 6:29       
      Libera me: Libera me, Domine 2:17       
      Libera me: Libera me, Domine 5:58       
  Requiem, Op. 48          
      Introit et Kyrie 6:37       
      Offertoire 8:55       
      Sanctus 3:29       
      Pie Jesu 3:32       
      Agnus Dei 5:59       
      Libera me 4:38       
      In paradisum 3:28       
  Pieces de fantaisie, Op. 51: Suite No. 1 3:36       
  Tantum ergo 3:15       
  Messe basse          
      Kyrie 2:21       
      Sanctus 2:29       
      Benedictus 2:23       
      Agnus Dei 3:12       
  Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 6:30       
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