Great Choral Classics
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Track Listing1. Verdi: Gloria all'Egitto from Aida 9:43
2. Faure: Requiem, Op. 48: V. Agnus Dei 6:08
3. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Magnificat 3:14
4. Orff: "In taberna quando sumus" from Carmina burana 3:14
5. Bernstein: Chichester Psalms: II. (Psalm 23, entire-Psalm 2: 1-4) 5:27
6. Poulenc: Gloria: II. Laudamus Te 3:01
7. Schubert: Mass No 2 in G major: I. Kyrie 3:40
8. Dvorak: Stabat Mater: V. Tui Nati vulnerati 5:54
9. Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces: IV. Te Deum 15:42
10. Haydn: The Creation: Chorus with Trio: Sing to God 3:32
11. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232: IV: Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei and Dona nobis pacem: Osanna in ex 3:14
12. Vivaldi: Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu 2:55
13. Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem: Selig sind die Toten 11:23
Shaw’s work with these ensembles, and with the more recently formed Robert Shaw Festival Singers, was widely recognized for its excellence during his lifetime, both within the recording industry (eleven of his Telarc recordings won Grammy Awards) and by his peers and colleagues. Now his recordings stand as a great testament to his tireless efforts in honing his singers and players to his own impeccable artistic standards. "...Shaw forged an original and profoundly influential career devoted to the highest standards of choral-music performance," said Stereophile magazine. "He was, in short, America’s first and greatest choral conductor."
Because he was so renowned for his work with choruses, his work as a respected symphonic conductor was often overlooked. But it was during his time as Music Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony (1967-1988) that the orchestra moved from a part-time regional ensemble to a full-time orchestra that was recognized around the world for its quality. For this release, Telarc has created a rewarding anthology of individual movements culled from the treasure trove of Shaw’s performances of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra.
The recording opens in an operatic vein, with a powerful rendition of the triumphal "Gloria all’Egitto," from Verdi’s Aida. It is followed by a more solemn work, the poignant "Agnus Dei" from the Faure Requiem. Verdi’s sacred work for chorus and orchestra, the "Te Deum," from Four Sacred Pieces, is also performed on this recording.
Shaw made two recordings of works by J.S. Bach for Telarc: of the Mass in B Minor and the Magnificat. Both are represented here; the Mass by the "Osanna in excelcis;" and the Magnificat by its opening movement, "Magnificat anima mea" (My soul magnifies the Lord).
The Shaw/Telarc recording of Carl Orff’s popular work, Carmina burana, is a legendary one. Featured here is the "In taberna quando sumus." Following it is the middle movement from Leonard Bernstein’s remarkable work, Chichester Psalms, written for countertenor or male alto and chorus, and incorporating portions of Psalm 23 and Psalm 2.
Other selections featured include "Cum Sancto Spiritu" from Vivaldi’s Gloria; "Laudamus te" from the Poulenc Gloria; "Sing to God" from Haydn’s The Creation; "Kyrie" from Mass No. 2 in G Major by Schubert; and "Tui Nati vulnerati" from the Dvorak Stabat Mater. Closing the recording is the moving "Selig sind die Toten" (Blessed are the Dead) from Shaw’s recording of Brahms’ A German Requiem.