Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Choral Music

Mwah,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha! It's Halloween! 

The world of choral music doesn't often lend itself to spooky or terrifying music. But there are some exceptions that aren't just campy like "The Time Warp" from the Rocky Horror Picture Show (one of my favorites, actually) or the "Monster Mash."

If you are looking for some spooky choral and vocal music check out the videos below. Special thanks to Choral Mix with Kent Tritle, WQXR, New York City for providing a number of great selections. I have also included a few others. Enjoy! And have a Happy All Hallow's Eve!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626 / Dies Irae

George Frederick Handel: Belshazzar, HWV 61: “Oh misery! oh terror! oh hopeless grief!”

Verdi: Requiem, Dies Irae

Gy├Ârgy Ligeti: Requiem: Kyrie II

Sergei Rachmaninov: The Bells, Op. 35: “Hear the howling of the alarm bell (terror)”

Hector Berlioz: Le ballet des ombres, Op. 2

Orlande de Lassus: Timor et tremor, motet for 6 voices, M. iii (S. xix/6)

Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth “Che faceste? dite su!”

The Time Warp ;) 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Lincoln Civic Chorus Recording

Recently I have been working on transferring cassette tape recordings of Lincoln Choral Artists to CD. Today I'd like to share an excerpt of one of those cassettes. This project wouldn't have been possible without our LCA Historian/ Archivist Kent Remmenga and St. Thomas Lutheran Church Member Chris Olson. Thank you both so much for your support! 

Below is a link for a recording from 1983. This is the Kyrie from Charles Gounod's Messe Solonelle a Sainte Cecile under the Baton of Dr. Robert Walters. LCA (Lincoln Civic Chorus at the time) was directed by John Lauber. This performance was in collaboration with the Lincoln Civic Orchestra. this recording happened at a performance on April 23, 1983 at College View Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Lincoln where LCA had it's fall concert last year in 2016.

I hope you enjoy!