Naxos 25th Anniversary. Great Sacred Masterpieces (10 CD box set FLAC)
Naxos 25th Anniversary. Great Sacred Masterpieces (10 CD box set FLAC)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 10 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Naxos
Size: 3.16 GB
Recovery: +3%
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CD 01 Favourite Sacred Masterpieces
Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
Bible – Old Testament, lyricist(s)
Spem in alium
Oxford Camerata
Conductor Jeremy Summerly
Place of Recording: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, UK
Date of Recording: 21-23 January 2005

Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
Il salmo Miserere mei Deus
Oxford Camerata
Conductor Jeremy Summerly

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
Pope Innocents III
Jacopone da Todi, lyricist(s)
Stabat Mater
Julia Faulkner – soprano
Anna Gonda – alto
Camerata Budapest
Conductor Michael Halasz
Place of Recording: Festetich Castle, Budapest
Date of Recording: September 1994

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Kosice Teachers’ Choir
Camerata Cassovia
Conductor Johannes Wildner

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
arr. Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Ave Maria
Ingrid Kertesi – soprano
Camerata Budapest
Conductor Laszlo Kovacs

César Franck (1822-1890)
Panis angelicus
Jozsef Mukk – tenor
Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Camerata Budapest
Conductor Laszlo Kovacs

01. Spem in alium
02. Il salmo Miserere mei Deus
03. Stabat Mater
04. Cujus animam
05. O quam tristis
06. Quae moerebat
07. Quis est homo
08. Vidit suum
09. Eja mater
10. Fac, ut ardeat
11. Sancta Mater
12. Fac ut portem
13. Inflammatus
14. Quando corpus
15. Ave verum corpus, K. 618
16. Ave Maria (version for voice and orchestra)
17. Panis angelicus

CD 02 J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor (Highlights)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Mass Text, lyricist(s)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (excerpts)
Sunhae Im – soprano
Marianne Beate Kielland – mezzo-soprano
Ann Hallenberg – mezzo-soprano
Markus Schafer – tenor
Hanno Muller-Brachmann – bass-baritone
Dresden Chamber Choir
Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Helmut Muller-Bruhl

01. Kyrie: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
02. Kyrie: Christe eleison (Soprano I and II)
03. Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus)
04. Gloria: Et in terra pax (Chorus)
05. Gloria: Domine Deus, Rex coelestis (Soprano and Tenor)
06. Gloria: Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto)
07. Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)
08. Credo: Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum (Soprano and Alto)
09. Credo: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis (Chorus)
10. Credo: Et resurrexit tertia die (Chorus)
11. Credo: Et in Spiritum Sanctum (Bass)
12. Credo: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (Chorus)
13. Sanctus: Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth (Chorus)
14. Benedictus: Benedictus qui venit (Tenor)
15. Benedictus: Osanna in excelsis (Chorus)
16. Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (Alto)
17. Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem (Chorus)

CD 03 J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Highlights)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Bible – New Testament
Christian Friedrich Henrici, lyricist(s)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (excerpts)
Peter Koves – bass
Jozsef Mukk – tenor
Judit Nemeth – alto
Ibolya Verebics – soprano
Agnes Mester – choirmaster
Janos Remenyi – choirmaster
Hungarian Radio Children’s Choir
Hungarian Festival Choir
Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Geza Oberfrank

01. Part I: Kommt, ihr Tochter, helft mir klagen (Chorus)
02. Part I: Aria: Buss und Reu Knirscht das Sundenherz entzwei (Alto)
03. Part I: Aria: Blute nur, du liebes Herz! (Soprano)
04. Part I: Aria: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken (Soprano)
05. Part I: Aria: Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen (Tenor, Chorus)
06. Part I: Aria: Gerne will ich mich bequemen (Bass)
07. Part I: Aria: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (Alto, Soprano, Chorus)
08. Part II: Aria: Ach! Nun ist mein Jesus hin! (Alto, Chorus)
09. Part II: Aria: Erbarme dich, mein Gott, um meiner Zahren willen! (Alto)
10. Part II: Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder! (Bass)
11. Part II: Aria: Konnen Tranen meiner Wangen (Alto)
12. Choral: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (Chorus)
13. Part II: Aria: Mache dich, mein Herze, rein (Bass)
14. Part II: Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder (Chorus)

CD 04 Handel: Messiah (Highlights)
George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)
Bible – New Testament, lyricist(s)
Messiah, HWV 56 (Highlights)
Scholars of London
Scholars Baroque Ensemble

01. Part I: Sinfonia
02. Part I: Recitative: Comfort ye my people (Tenor)
03. Part I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)
04. Part I: Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto)
05. Part I: For unto a child is born (Chorus)
06. Part I: Pifa
07. Part I: Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano)
08. Part I: Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Alto)
09. Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Alto)
10. Part II: Aria: How beautiful are the feet of them (Soprano)
11. Part II: Aria: Why do the nations so furiosly rage together (Bass)
12. Part II: Hallelujah! (Chorus)
13. Part III: Aria: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)
14. Part III: Recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)
15. Part III: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)

CD 05 Haydn: The Creation (Highlights)
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Bible – Old Testament, lyricist(s)
Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob. XXI:2 (excerpts)
Sunhae Im – soprano
Jan Kobow – tenor
Hanno Muller-Brachmann – bass
Cologne Vocal Ensemble
Capella Augustina
Conductor Andreas Spering

01. Part I: Die Vorstellung des Chaos (The Representation of Chaos)
02. Part I: Nun schwanden vor dem heiligen Strahle (Now vanish before the holy beams) (Uriel, Chorus)
03. Part I: Und Gott sprach: Es sammle sich das Wasser (And God said: Let the waters under the heaven) (Raphael)
04. Part I: Rollend in schaumenden Wellen (Rolling in foaming billows) (Raphael)
05. Part I: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde Gras hervor (And God said: Let all the earth bring forth grass) (Gabriel)
06. Part I: Nun beut dir Flur das frische Grun (With verdure clad the fields appear) (Gabriel)
07. Part I: Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes (The heavens are telling the glory of God) (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael, Chorus)
08. Part II: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe das Wasser in der Fulle hervor (And God said: Let the waters bring forth abundantly) (Gabriel)
09. Part II: Auf starkem Fittiche schwinget sich der Adler stolz (On mighty pens uplifted soars the eagle aloft) (Gabriel)
10. Part II: Und die Engel ruhrten ihre unsterblichen Harfen (And the angels struck their immortal harps) (Raphael)
11. Part II: In holder Anmut stehn (Most beautiful appear) (Trio)
12. Part II: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde hervor lebende Geschopfe (And God said: Let the earth bring forth the living creature) (Raphael)
13. Part II: Nun scheint in vollem Glanze der Himmel (Now heav’n in fullest glory shone) (Raphael)
14. Part II: Mit Wurd’ und Hoheit angetan (In native worth and honour clad) (Uriel)
15. Part II: Und Gott sah jedes Ding, was er gemacht hatte (And God saw ev’rything that he had made) (Raphael)
16. Part II: Vollendet ist das grosse Werk (Chorus)
17. Part III: Von deiner Gut’, o Herr und Gott (By thee with bliss, O bounteous Lord) (Eve and Adam, Chorus)
18. Part III: Nun ist die erste Pflicht erfullt (Our duty we performed now) (Adam and Eve)
19. Part III: Holde Gattin! (Graceful consort!) (Adam and Eve)
20. Part III: O glucklich Paar (O happy pair) (Uriel)
21. Part III: Singt dem Herren alle Stimmen (Sing the Lord, ye voices all!) (Chorus)

CD 06 Mozart: Requiem
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Mass Text, lyricist(s)
Requiem in D minor, K. 626
Magdalena Hajossyova – soprano
Jaroslava Horska – contralto
Jozef Kundlak – tenor
Peter Mikulas – bass
Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Vladimir Ruso – organ
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Zdenek Kosler

01. Introit: Requiem aeternam
02. Kyrie eleison
03. Sequence No. 1: Dies irae
04. Sequence No. 2: Tuba mirum
05. Sequence No. 3: Rex tremendae majestatis
06. Sequence No. 4: Recordare, Jesu pie
07. Sequence No. 5: Confutatis maledictis
08. Sequence No. 6: Lacrimosa dies illa
09. Offertory No. 1: Domine Jesu Christe
10. Offertory No. 2: Hostias et preces
11. Sanctus
12. Benedictus
13. Agnus Dei
14. Communion: Lux aeterna

CD 07 Mendelssohn: Elijah (Highlights)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Julius Schubring, lyricist(s)
Elijah, Op. 70 (excerpts)
Ruth Ziesak – soprano
Claudia Mahnke – mezzo-soprano
Christoph Genz – tenor
Ralf Lukas – bass
Leipzig MDR Radio Choir
Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Jun Markl

01. Part I: Introduction: So wahr der Herr, der Gott Israels, lebet (Baritone)
02. Part I: Hilf, Herr! Hilf, Herr! (Chorus)
03. Part I: Recitative: Zerreisset eure Herzen (Tenor)
04. Part I: Aria: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet (Tenor)
05. Part I: Double Quartet: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir (Chorus)
06. Part I: Recitative, Aria and Duet: Was hast du an mir getan, du Mann Gottes! (Soprano, Baritone)
07. Part I: Wohl dem, der den Herrn furchtet (Chorus)
08. Part I: Baal, erhore uns! (Chorus)
09. Part I: Recitative: Kommt her, alles Volk, kommt her zu mir! (Baritone)
10. Part I: Aria: Herr Gott Abrahams, Isaaks und Israels (Baritone)
11. Part I: Recitative: Der du deine Diener machst zu Geistern (Baritone, Chorus)
12. Part I: Aria: Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer (Baritone)
13. Part II: Aria: Hore, Israel, hore des Herrn Stimme! (Soprano)
14. Part II: Furchte dich nicht, spricht unser Gott (Chorus)
15. Part II: Aria: Es ist genug! (Baritone)
16. Part II: Recitative: Siehe, er schlaft (Tenor)
17. Part II: Trio: Hebe deine Augen auf zu den Bergen
18. Part II: Siehe, der Huter Israels (Chorus)
19. Part II: Recitative: Stehe auf, Elias (Alto, Baritone)
20. Part II: Aria: Sei stille dem Herrn und warte auf ihn (Alto)
21. Part II: Wer bis ans Ende beharrt, der wird selig (Chorus)
22. Part II: Recitative: Herr, es wird Nacht um mich (Baritone, Soprano)
23. Part II: Der Herr ging voruber (Chorus)
24. Part II: Aria: Dann werden die Gerechten leuchten (Tenor)
25. Part II: Alsdann wird euer Licht hervorbrechen (Chorus)

CD 08 Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Mass Text, lyricist(s)
Missa Solemnis, Op. 123
Lori Phillips – soprano
Robynne Redmon – mezzo-soprano
James Taylor – tenor
Jay Baylon – bass-baritone
Mary Kathryn van Osdale – violin
Nashville Symphony Chorus
Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn

01. Kyrie eleison
02. Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
03. Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi
04. Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
05. Credo: Credo in unum Deum
06. Credo: Et incarnatus est
07. Credo: Et resurrexit tertia die
08. Sanctus
09. Sanctus: Benedictus
10. Agnus Dei
11. Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem

CD 09 Verdi: Requiem (Highlights)
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Mass Text, lyricist(s)
Messa da Requiem (excerpts)
Elena Filipova – soprano
Gloria Scalchi – mezzo-soprano
Cesar Hernandez – tenor
Carlo Colombara – bass
Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
Conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi

01. Requiem: Requiem aeternam
02. Dies irae: Dies irae, dies illa
03. Dies irae: Tuba mirum
04. Dies irae: Liber scriptus
05. Dies irae: Rex tremendae
06. Dies irae: Recordare
07. Dies irae: Ingemisco
08. Dies irae: Confutatis
09. Dies irae: Lacrymosa
10. Offertorio: Domine Jesu
11. Offertorio: Hostias et preces tibi
12. Sanctus
13. Agnus Dei
14. Lux aeterna
15. Libera me: Libera me, Domine
16. Libera me: Libera me, Domine

CD 10 Fauré: Requiem
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Mass Text, lyricist(s)
Requiem, Op 48 Messe base Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11
Lisa Beckley – soprano
Nicholas Gedge – bass-baritone
Colm Carey – organ
Oxford Schola Cantorum
Oxford Camerata
Conductor Jeremy Summerly

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Pieces de fantaisie, Op. 51: Suite No. 1
Colm Carey – organ

Déodat de Sévérac (1872-1921)
Tantum ergo
Oxford Schola Cantorum
Conductor Jeremy Summerly
Place of Recording: Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford
Date of Recording: 17-18 May 1993

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Mass Text, lyricist(s)
Messe basse
Colm Carey – organ
Oxford Schola Cantorum
Conductor Jeremy Summerly
Place of Recording: Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford
Date of Recording: 17-18 May 1993

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Jean Racine, lyricist(s)
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
Colm Carey – organ
Oxford Schola Cantorum
Conductor Jeremy Summerly

01. Introit et Kyrie
02. Offertoire
03. Sanctus
04. Pie Jesu
05. Agnus Dei
06. Libera me
07. In paradisum
08. Pieces de fantaisie, Op. 51: Suite No. 1
09. Tantum ergo
10. Kyrie
11. Sanctus
12. Benedictus
13. Agnus Dei
14. Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

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 musical prominence. He completed Elijah in 1846; a work that, although modeled on the Handelian oratorio, clearly reflected in its lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colour Mendelssohn’s own genius as an early-Romantic composer. Particular attention has been given over the years to settings of the Requiem Mass. This collection includes three versions—from contemplative Mozart, to awesome Verdi, and sublime Fauré. Without doubt, in the years to come, religion will continue to be the driving inspirational force behind many a composition.

The Great Classics series from Naxos is the perfect introduction to myriad genres of classical music. Comprising both complete and compiled selections from the greatest works in the repertoire, the boxes are bursting with wonderful pieces of music, both recognizable and unfamiliar. The boxes take the listener on a thrilling tour of some of the worlds most dramatic musical media, encompassing music from six centuries and featuring sensational performers. All boxes come with a fascinating booklet with detailed information on the genre itself, chronological placement of each work, and a comprehensive study of the music. A fitting celebration of 25 years of superb music from Naxos, the worlds favourite classical label.

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