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Angel Voices

feat. Duruflé, J.C.Bach, Mozart, Hasse & Fauré

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The human voice is a powerful thing; as are music and religious belief. So put the three together and it's a recipe for some of the most emotion-drenched music in the entire classical canon.

That's what we're celebrating here on Angel Voices. The collection is bookended with two masterpieces of the French choral tradition which both draw on ancient Gregorian chant: the requiems written by Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré. At the centre we've got Mozart's sublime “Et incarnatus est” sung here by the equally sublime Sabine Devieilhe. Then the works sitting either side of the Mozart are two slightly lesser-known Baroque sacred arias by Johann Christoph Bach and Johann Adolf Hasse. The other thing to say about this collection is that we've gone large on countertenors, to the extent that not only are those two Baroque arias are sung by two of today's star countertenors – Philippe Jaroussky and Jakub Józef Orlinski – but we've also chosen the Fauré Requiem recording that casts a countertenor in the Pie Jesu usually given to a female soprano - Philippe Jaroussky again, and if you haven't heard this recording before and the concept sounds a bit strange, then you'll want to know that that's exactly what we thought when it first came out in 2011, and then we heard it and fell in love. So we hope you do too!

Curation: Charlotte Gardner

Speaker: Charlotte Gardner

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Angel Voices

  • An introduction to Duruflé — Requiem op. 9

  • Requiem op. 9 Preview Only

    Maurice Duruflé

    The Choir of King's College Cambridge, Dame Janet Baker, Philip Ledger, John Butt, Stephen Roberts, Tim Hugh
  • An introduction to Bach, JCF — Lamento: Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte

  • Lamento: Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte Preview Only

    Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach

    L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar, Philippe Jaroussky2018
  • An introduction to Mozart — Große Messe in c minor KV 427 - IIIb. Et incarnatus est: Andante

  • Große Messe in c minor KV 427 - IIIb. Et incarnatus est: Andante Preview Only

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Raphaël Pichon, Pygmalion, Sabine Devieilhe2015
  • An introduction to Hasse — Sanctus Petrus et Sancta Maria Magdalena

  • Sanctus Petrus et Sancta Maria Magdalena Preview Only

    Johann Adolf Hasse

    Jakub Józef Orlinski, Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev2018
  • An introduction to Fauré — Requiem op. 48

  • Requiem op. 48 Preview Only

    Gabriel Fauré

    Paavo Järvi, Philippe Jaroussky, Orchestre de Paris, Chœurs de l'Orchestre de Paris, Matthias Goerne, Eric Picard2011

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