Sep 07

Sacred Music

By Kenneth Feucht Media, Music Add comments

Sacred Music-Cornerstone Works of Sacred Music – a Harmonia Mundi Compilation  ????

This set represents 29 CDs of sacred music from the time of the Gregorian chants through the 20th century. It is a broad mix, including selections of oratorios (Messiah, Paulus, Weihnachtsoratorium), masses, requiems, and singular pieces of church music. The quality of the production is quite variable. Various groups, such as Le Chapelle Royale with Philippe Herrweghe, or Les Arts Flourrisants with William Christie (the Messiah) were quite mediocre. Other works, such as Leonard Bernsteins’ Mass was performed well, though very mediocre as a compositional piece. I could have thought of many other late 20th century works of better quality and more representative of modern sacred music. Harmonia Mundi excels in productions of early music, and that is where this collection shines. The cost of this complete set is quite cheap, and thus a worthy addition to many collectors’ libraries.

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