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Choral Albums you cannot live without

I am looking to expand my library of choral recordings and wanted to get some of the Choralnet members input on some albums you own and absolutely cannot live without. iTunes availability would be preferred but I will take any suggestions.
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on January 12, 2012 5:02am
Tenebrae - Allegri Miserere
Dale Warland Singers - Cathedral Classics
I'm always looking for more great choral albums, too, so thanks for the post!
on January 12, 2012 5:19am
Off the top of my head:
Herreweghe's recordings of Bach's Christmas Oratorio and St Matthew passion
Shaw's Rachmaninov Vespers
Dale Warland Singers, A Rose in Winter

Those three stuck out in my mind as a knee jerk reaction. They should lead you to other great recordings as well.

on January 12, 2012 5:27am
Some of my favorites are:

Faure & Durufle Requiems
Robert Shaw/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Cathedral Classics
Dale Warland Singers

Rachmaninoff Vespers
State Academic Russian Choir/Alexander Sveshnikov
Robert Shaw Festival Singers

Ola Gjeilo - Sunrise Mass
Majorstua Chamber Choirs/Tore Erik Mohn
(Can only get this as a digital download on itunes)

on January 13, 2012 7:04am
I second the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil led by Sveshnikov, which, happily, is available from iTunes.
A few others:
Grechaninov, Passion Week
Phoenix Bach Choir, Kansas City Chorale/Charles Bruffy
[a totally different approach to Russian music than the Sveshnikov]
Lux Aurumque
Dale Warland Singers
Mozart, Requiem
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner
Brahms, Requiem
too many to choose one favorite!
on January 12, 2012 6:29am
Hi John. I only have a few, but I treasure them:
Concordia Choir - My Soul's Delight (particularly the songs Noel Ayisyen, Past Life Melodies & Little Potato)
BYU Singers - Eric Whitacre, complete a cappella works 1991-2001
Good luck and happy hunting!
on January 12, 2012 11:17am


Alan Hovhaness: Magnificat (& other choral works)
Donald Pearson, conductor
St. John's Episcopal Cathedral Festival Orchestra (Denver)
Label: Delos Records
available iTunes & Amazon
Morten Lauridsen - Lux Aeterna
Paul Salamunovich, conductor
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Label: Rubedo Canis Musica
available iTunes & Amazon
Poulenc: Gloria
French National Radio and Television Orchestra
Georges Pretre, conductor
on Angel Records
(I have this on vinyl, bought it while rehearsing the piece in college, still my favorite version, probably sentimental)
also love the Shaw version of Rachmoninoff Vespers (on Telarc) as has been mentioned.
Check out the Hovhaness if you're unfamiliar with his choral music
on January 12, 2012 12:25pm
For some lighter fare, yet no less beautiful, this non-Mormon loves the "Showtime: Music of Broadway and Hollywood" CD by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Favorite tracks:  "Who Will Buy" from Oliver, "Not While I'm Around" from Sweeney Todd, and "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables.
I also love everything on the "Deep Peace" CD by Bill Douglas and the Ars Nova Singers.  When the stress of life gets to be too much, this is the CD I listen to most often.
on January 12, 2012 2:48pm
I cannot be without any of my recordings (six and counting) of Mahler's Symphony Number 2, the Resurrection.
on January 12, 2012 3:03pm
Italia Mia by the Waverly Consort (you'll probably have to purchase an LP and then make a CD from it)
From the Heart by the Elektra Women's Choir
Watching the White Wheat by the King's Singers
on January 12, 2012 3:47pm
Dale Warland Singers--December Stillness (my all time favorite, available as amazon mp3)
Robert Shaw and Atlanta--Verdi "Quattri Pezzi Sacri" and Stravinsky "Symphony of Psalms" (Telarc CD, I think mp3 at amazon)
on January 12, 2012 7:54pm
Martin Mass for Double Choir - Mikaeli Chamber Choir, Stockholm, Anders Eby conductor (on BIS) - older recording (1980s) but still one of the best versions of this great work.
Mendelssohn, Rheinberger and Brahms sacred choral works - Kammerchor Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius, on Carus - all tremendous recordings (at least a dozen to choose from)
Baltic Voices, Vols 1, 2 and 3 - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier, conductor, on Harmonia Mundi.  Vol. 1 is especially remarkable, with Psalm settings by Cyrillus Kreek, and various settings by Tormis, Sandström and Pärt's amazing "..which was the son of..."
on January 13, 2012 3:12am
William Byrd  Mass for 4 and 5 voices. Oxford Camerata. Naxos.
Victoria masses. O Magnum Mysterium, O Quam gloriosum. Oxford Camerata. Naxos.
Various CD's by The Cambridge Singers.
Other CD's by the Oxford Camerata. One with Crux Fidelis.
Some S S Wesley.  Naxos.
Handel Messiah. Monterverdi Choir. John Eliot Gardiner.
on January 14, 2012 8:33am
A Company of Voices -- Conspirare in Concert,   Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director.  A really phenomenal group and recording.
on January 15, 2012 8:00am
Absolutely love:
Brahms Geistliche Chormusik (Sacred Choral Music)  by RIAS Kammelrchor      Marcus Creed
Messe Es-Dur (Mass in E flat)  by Schubert     Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart    Helmuth Rilling
Voce  (Durufle, Lassus, Purcell, CHH Parry, Schubert)   Choir of Trinity College-Cambridge     Richard Marlow
Evocation of the Spirit (F. Martin, Gorecki, Part, Barber, Schoenberg     Robert Shaw Festival Singers   Robert Shaw
on January 15, 2012 10:29am
Try East Carolina University's two recordings: Greater Love and Eternal Light.  An outstanding collegiate chamber choir (formerly) conducted by Daniel Bara.
on January 16, 2012 6:00am
Roger Wagner Chorale - Echoes from a 16th Century Cathedral
Robert Shaw Chorale - Sea Shanties
Voices of Ascension - Beyond Chant
Cambridge Singers - Christmas Night
LA Master Chorale - Lux Aeterna
These got me through six weeks of claustrophobia-inducing radiation treatment.
BTW, what evidence is there that Arthur Sullivan was gay? An hour of exhaustive Internet research indicates that, on the contrary, he was something of a rogue, including a longterm liaison with a married woman and dalliances with various ladies of the theatre. Is this a case of "oh, never married, must have been gay"?
on January 16, 2012 1:04pm
My favorite choral/orchestral albums are:

Mahler Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand"
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Robert Shaw

Same work available from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Michael Tilson Thomas
SFS Media

I've also been listening to the Polyphony album "Britten: Sacred and Profane" which has some of Britten's best choral song literature

on January 16, 2012 1:05pm
I should have added "any Bach cantata recording by Helmuth Rilling."
and, oops - the Sullivan question should have been directed to the "Gay Composers" thread.
on January 16, 2012 2:19pm
Latvian Radio Choir - Glorious Hill/On Photography (and I second Len's suggestion re Baltic Voices 1, 2, 3, especially Sandström's 'es is genug')
Eric Ericson Chamber Choir - EE Chamber Choir (with Holten, Rautavaara, Sandström, ... Scandinavian (plus Finnland and Iceland) choral music/singing boiled down to the essence)
Accentus - Figure Humaine
Tenebrae - Path of Miracles
Mikaeli Chamber Choir - Cantique des Cantiques (Daniel-Lesur)
on January 17, 2012 4:53am
Wondrous Love - Chanticleer
An American Mosaic - USAF Singing Sergeants (Not available for sale, but is given out anywhere they have a booth lately!)
Spirituals - William Dawson and the Tuskegee Institute Choir
Music for Mixed Choir v1 - St. Olaf Choir
Musicks Empire - University of North Texas Chamber Choir
Music for Unaccompanied Chorus- Percy Grainger (Chandos Grainger Series)
on January 17, 2012 5:15am
Anything by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Simon Rattle - an extrordainarily fertile era for great recordings. On EMI.
on January 17, 2012 7:18am
Brumel missa Berzerette savoyenne-chanticleer
DesPrez missa una Musque de Buscaya-RCNY-Brown [oop-on website:]
Monteverdi Madrigals-Nadia Boulanger
Senfl-Herr Durch dein Bluet/Pange Lingua/Fortuna- with M. Fortuna Desperata(DesPrez) Clerks-Wickham
Monteverdi Orfeo- Savall DVD
Monteverdi 1610 Vespers-Green Mountain Project/Tenet
Wert Madrigals Libro VII- Rooley
Dufay M. L'Homme arme'-Summerly
Fayrfax M. O quam glorifica etc-Cardinalls musick-SKINNER
BUSNOYS In Hydraulis-Pomerium Blachly
 & Most anything presented by Paul van Nevel's groups
on February 4, 2012 2:24am
The Westminster Chorus- It Only Takes A Moment
Never have you heard such unbelievable blend and musicality from such a young group of men.  I promise you it is a purchase you won't regret!
on February 6, 2012 5:01pm
Atlanta Symphony Orch/Chorus - Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
Poulenc: Gloria
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Corigliano: Fern Hill
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