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The Collection Vol 1 by Masterworks Of Worship

Cross Rhythms Rating: 10/10
CD: Album
Tags: Classical, CD, Instrumental, Album, Recommended, Top Rated
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A great introduction to some of the big names in the vast tradition of Christian choral music.

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  1. 1. Overture
  2. 2. Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People
  3. 3. Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
  4. 4. And The Glory Of The Lord
  5. 5. And He Shall Purify The Sons Of Levi
  6. 6. Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive
  7. 7. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion
  8. 8. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion - Chorus
  9. 9. For Unto Us A Child Is Born
  10. 10. Pastoral Symphony
  11. 11. There Were Shepards Abiding In The Fields
  12. 12. Glory To God In The Highest
  13. 13. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion
  14. 14. Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind Be Opened
  15. 15. He Shall Freed His Flock
  16. 16. His Yoke Is Easy
  17. 17. Behold The Lamb Of God
  18. 18. All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray
  19. 19. Lift Up Your Heads
  20. 20. How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Them
  21. 21. Hallelujah
  22. 22. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  23. 23. Since By Man Came Death
  24. 24. Behold, I Tell You A Mystrey
  25. 25. The Trumpet Shall Sound
  26. 26. But Thanks Be To God
  27. 27. Worthy Is The Lamb
  28. 28. Amen
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Reviewed by Liz Knowles

This four CD box was a pleasant arrival through my letterbox. It celebrates some of the great choral works, some written for church choirs, some for the rise in amateur choral societies from around the 18th century onwards. CD1 is ‘Highlights Of The Messiah’ by Handel – the best known work in the collection, and I already have at least three recordings of the entire thing. But it’s interesting to see how different choirs treat familiar works – changes of tempi, phrasing, expression etc – and The Messiah is always good for a singalong! CD2 is Mozart – the Coronation Mass, Exsultate Jubilate and the Vesperae Solennes de Confessorae – settings of the great words of liturgy and the psalms. CD3 is Brahms’ lush setting of the Requiem – A German Requiem, though here it’s sung in English. I’ve never sung it and am not familiar with it (yet) but I can quite see why a good friend of mine recommends Brahms to lift the spirits. CD4 is maybe a little disappointing – the ‘Great Choruses’ reprise bits of Messiah and the Requiem that we’ve already got (always a risk when it’s a repackaging job) but there again there are some lesser known works and some that were entirely new to me. Kingsway are to be congratulated on the superb booklet which gives all the lyrics, information on the composers and their contemporary context and musings on the place of the piece in the spiritual life of the believer. These works are the staple diet of the numerous amateur choral societies and choirs which exist all over this country (though the recording artists in this box are mostly German), and are a major factor in live Christian music today. This is a superb introduction to that vast body of work and I’d like to put in my bid for receiving Volume 2 as soon as it’s available!

Style: Classical
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 8212
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Kingsway KMCD2474
Items: 4
Release Date: 18 Jul 2003

A great introduction to some of the big names in the vast tradition of Christian choral music.

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Classics from Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Stainer on four CD set.

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