Free classical download #14 for a Sunday morning

Free classical download #14 for a Sunday morning


norman lebrecht

January 02, 2011

To clear your head for the New Year, try a little Sanctus by Josef Rheinberger on the Somm label. The performers are the Hildegard Choir of Oxford, with soprano Emily Van Evera and conductor Gulliver Ralston.
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  • David Snyder says:

    Hate to rain on the parade, but I think of the music of Rheinberger as the equivalent of paint-by-numbers. I play the organ and have performed some of his stuff, but basically agree with the rival composer who said “I agree that Rheinberger is a better composer than I am. He composes for several hours a day, and I can’t compose anything unless I have an idea.”

  • Marie Lamb says:

    A beautiful job! The performance is as light as air, with all the voices coming through clearly, and the organ is strong without being overpowering. The recording quality is especially good; clean and nothing tricky, with great spaciousness. The host of our choral program at WCNY will certainly want to know about this one.
    Another beauty, Norman; thank you!