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Where to start with the Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantata CDs

For the last few years I've been following the excellent reviews and accolades heaped upon the Monteverdi Choir's recordings of the Bach Cantatas with John Eliot Gardiner on the Soli Deo Gloria label. Daunted by the whole enterprise, I have not yet purchased any of them. Does anyone familiar with at least some of the recordings in this series have any idea where to dive in? I'm not necessarily interested in the most famous or most-recorded cantatas, but rather the most beautiful, the most artful, the most moving. I'm tempted to just buy the (near-$300) box set, but I'm afraid with my busy schedule I will never listen to them all. Currently, the only Bach cantata recordings I have are Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's and one from Nancy Argenta which starts off with Ich Bin Vergnugt Mit Meinen Glucke.
posted by matildaben on Feb 25, 2014 - 4 answers

 

A comprehensive schedule for Christmas Music specials on BBC for 2013?

Every year I look forward to BBC Radio's Christmas music specials (especially choral concerts), including the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. In 2005 the Beeb broadcast a concert called 'Carols by Candlelight' by the Chapter House Choir that was delightful. And so every year, I scan the schedules of the various BBC Radio services to see what I can find, but I invariably miss something or other (I'm in the US, btw). For all you radioheads in the UK: is there an all-in-one place to go that has a complete list of that kind of thing?
posted by DandyRandy on Nov 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for music that sounds like what I used to like in church music

One of the things I miss about church is small-group music. I'd like to find music in this style without the baggage of church behind it. Specific criteria and examples of what I'm looking for inside. [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on May 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Audition piece for a high alto?

I need an a capella audition piece for an alto on short notice. [more inside]
posted by mirepoix on Oct 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Below the staff is my happy place

Alto vocal coaches in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Aug 8, 2012 - 5 answers

How can one set of music have such sublime and mundane music side by side?

Baroque Choral Music Filter: I love the kind of baroque choral music with multiple parts going on simultaneously or in very close interaction, providing a gorgeous complex polyphonic tapestry that transcends language and sends me to heaven (as JS intended!). I very much dislike the soloists droning on in German against the orchestra. Which albums have more of the former? [more inside]
posted by zachawry on Mar 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Choral group in Werner Herzog films

Maybe my favorite aspect of Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World is the soundtrack, specifically whatever choral group is singing through out the film. For some reason I can't find information on who they are, and it doesn't appear that soundtracks were released. Anybody know who this group is and where I can find their music? I believe he used them in Cave of Forgotten Dreams as well.
posted by Corduroy on Mar 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Music in like Brian Tyler's Killing Room.

What are some specific albums reminiscent of Brian Tyler's score to Killing Room? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 24, 2012 - 2 answers

How am I supposed to repay a scholarship based on financial need?

How do I solve this? My kid can't go on a school trip that I never paid for; now they're saying I owe the school $3,000. One of my kids is a senior in high school and is active in a select chorus. The chorus director arranged a $3,000 trip to Europe for April break. I wasn't too excited about this trip and initially said no. Because my kids qualify for free lunch, the school said they would arrange a scholarship for her to attend, and based on peer pressure, I reluctantly agreed. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jan 18, 2012 - 146 answers

O Holy Night, all choral, NO soloist?

Are there any versions of "O Holy Night" in the choral style of Palestrina/Victoria, without soloist? [more inside]
posted by vnvlain on Dec 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Winter is here, lend me your ear...

Christmas carols for pagans? Mentions of Yuletide, Solstice and winter are excellent, Santa is fine, Christmas is fine, but I'm looking for beautiful music (choral and orchestral) that has no mention of Jesus Christ, Israel or saints. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Dec 23, 2011 - 36 answers

THIS IS A NO PACHELBEL ZONE. I REPEAT: NO PACHELBEL.

Well, it's T-minus five weeks to the wedding and I haven't got the music down. I've got a crapload of amazing singers and all of my ideas are going down the tubes. Hope? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Aug 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Secular choral music

Can you recommend some secular choral music? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet on Feb 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Please recommend modern Spanish classical choral music

I'm looking for 20th and 21st-century Spanish classical choral music -- the Spanish equivalent of Whitacre, Britten, Lauridsen, Howells or Barber, for example. [more inside]
posted by impluvium on Dec 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Yitkadal Veyitkadash Shemei Rabbah

Does anybody know of a good, oft-updated podcast of sung Jewish prayer? I just subscribed to a choral Episcopalian podcast, but I'd like to have one of nice Jewish songs to complement it, as that's what I grew up with. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Dec 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Find a long lost song?

Can any of you recommend resources for finding out of print vocal sheet music? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Sep 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Have you ever been to a National Chorale Sing-in of Handel's Messiah?

Have you ever been to a Sing-in of Handel's Messiah? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Dec 4, 2009 - 24 answers

Music with heavenly choirs

Otherworldly choral elements in music - help me find some more. Been listening a lot at the moment to songs by Grizzly Bear (like Foreground, Cheerleader and I Live With You) and Bjork (in particular Unison) which have the most gorgeous, ethereal choral sounds drifting through them. What else might I like that uses similar sounds to colour the songs? I'm not looking for choral music as such, rather rock/electronica which uses choirs to colour the sound and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
posted by reynir on Nov 27, 2009 - 29 answers

Find me a work by Brahms

Looking for a sacred choral work by Brahms [more inside]
posted by plinth on Sep 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Music from Kubrick documentary.

What music played during the Stanley Kubrick's Boxes documentary? [more inside]
posted by rokabiri on Jul 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Music in Sydney NYE Fireworks

Help me identify a piece of choral music from Sydney's 2007 NYE fireworks. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Jan 1, 2008 - 2 answers

Help me find more loud, bombastic choral music.

Help me find more loud, bombastic choral music. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Oct 15, 2007 - 30 answers

ah-ah-ah-oh-oh-oh-damn

[choral music filter] I heard a song on an Austin classical radio station a few months ago I've been desperately trying to identify.... [more inside]
posted by Espoo2 on Oct 6, 2007 - 15 answers

A Zoltant Khodaly choral work with a Hallelujah at the end?

Half-remembered Zoltan Kodaly (I think)choral piece that ends with a Hallelujah, help! [more inside]
posted by Wilder on Aug 7, 2007 - 5 answers

brother and sister vocal duet

I'm looking for suggestions for a vocal duet for a brother and sister to sing for a high school alumni concert. Piano accompaniment or a cappella. [more inside]
posted by harrigton on Jan 5, 2006 - 6 answers

ID This Choral Piece.

Can anyone identify this piece of minimalist liturgical music for violin and choir? It was heard via shortwave on Family Radio International. (Bonus points for identifying this particular recording or rendition.)
posted by mykescipark on Nov 23, 2005 - 10 answers

Choral music reccommendations?

Choral music reccommendations? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Oct 18, 2005 - 23 answers

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