Public radio station WFCR recently played, in reverse order, the 100 “Best of Classical” favorites as nominated by WFCR’s listeners. I note with pleasure that top honors went to a choral work, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, op. 125 (the “Choral”), while Faure's Requiem (op. 48) came in at number three. In all, twelve of the listener-named "top 100" were choral works:
1 Beethoven Symphony No. 9, op. 125 (the “Choral”)
3 Faure Requiem (op. 48)
20 Orff Carmina Burana
27 Bach Matthaus-Passion (BWV 244)
35 Mozart Requiem (K. 626)
36 Brahms Requiem (op. 45)
41 Bach Mass in B Minor (BWV 232)
43 Brahms Alto Rhapsody (Op. 53) [that was a surprise, tho' I love this music]
45 Faure Cantique de Jean Racine (Op. 11)
52 Mozart Mass in C Minor (K. 427)
62 Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
69 Lauridsen Lux aeterna [a surprise since he is new to the classical canon, relatively speaking!]
At two choral concerts in which I participated recently — CONCORA’s amazing presentation of the choral works of Mendelssohn (read about it HERE), and the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers’ presentation at a combined choral concert (read about it HERE) — large and enthusiastic audiences made it clear that choral music is an important and beloved element in our community.
If you love choral music, please act now to ensure that the choral ensembles in your community continue to thrive. There are many ways that you can support the choral groups in your community.
♪ Attend choral concerts, and bring friends and family to share the joy of human voices joined in song.
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CONCORA, the premier all-professional choral ensemble in our region, invites the public to A BENEFIT GALA CELEBRATION to be held on Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral Theater, 45 Church Street, Hartford (Corner of Church & Main Streets). More details are HERE and at CONCORA’s web site, www.concora.org.