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Saturday, October 8, 2016 Permalink

The Choral Connection

The Charlotte {NC] Symphony & Chorus


When we think of a “symphony” what usually comes to mind is a large orchestral work.  However, the original meaning of “symphony” was “a mingling of sounds or voices.” 

Which brings us to the choral symphony for orchestra and mixed voices.

In this hour, some of the best, including works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky, and more.

Title Group/Artist Disc/Track* UPC
Beethoven: Ninth Symphony Berlin Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Choir, Claudio Abbado 4 0074646263426
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Claudio Abbado 4 028942314320
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 Sylvia McNair and Jard Van Nes, with the Ernst Senff Choir; Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 2/5 028943412322
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony Halle Orchestra and Choir, Schola Cantorum; Mark Elder 3 5065001341489
Boulez Conducts Stravinsky (Disc 4: Symphonies) for Symphony of Psalms Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre Boulez 4/2 028947787303
Harris: Folksong Symphony American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann 1 723918407623
American Masters [for Blitzstein’s Airborne Symphony]  New York Philharmonic  & Choral Art Society; Leonard Bernstein 16 074646184929
Glass: Symphony No. 5 Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Morgan State University Choir; Dennis Russell Davies 1 75597961829

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