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Looking for good choral music.

Spectral SwallowSpectral Swallow Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I realized recently that I really like choral music, but unfortunately I have a limited knowledge of the genre, and such. So any advice on some good choral music would be appreciated. To give an example of kinda what I mean, songs like:
'The Eloi' from 'The Time machine
The opening song from Batman Mask of The Phantasm
Certain parts of Vanessa Carlton's 'More than This'

Thanks.

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    Vater5BVater5B Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Try some Eric Whitacre.

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    KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Whitacre is always a good solution.

    My personal favorite right now thought? Arvo Part. His CDs aren't exactly easy to find, but they're totally worth it. I especially recommend his Te Deum/Berliner Mass CD. An important thing to note about Part though is that you'll want to stay more towards the end of his career, post 1976-ish, when he was in the Tintinabuli, minimalistic style.

    Also if you're feeling adventurous Gyorgi Ligeti and John Adams are two of my other current favorites, but be warned that if you don't have much musical training it'll be a bit of a challenge to listen to, and even if you do have musical training it's not exactly easy listening.

    Also check out early/renaissance music. Palestrina, Tallis, Dunstable, Gabrieli, Dufay, Josquin(first name, sometimes Josquin des Prez, but he's more often just Josquin), stuff like that. As long as you don't go too early most of it will be this nice wash of sound. Isorhythm and the like is what really works best for people who want "Choral music".

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    saggiosaggio Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Vater5B wrote: »

    This a thousand times.

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    ErlkingErlking Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I'm going to name some specific tracks, some of them are going to be repeats of what other people have said. Here's where you want to go for starters:

    The Classics: This where a lot of the dramatic choral music that you hear in films come from.

    * Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. O Fortuna is from this.
    * Mozart Requiem. The Confutatis in particular shows up a lot in pop culture.
    * Daemon Irrepit Callidus by Gyorgy Orban. I don't know if the guy did anything else, but this is a good song.
    * GHOST PIRATE CHORUS FROM THE FLYING DUTCHMAN BY WAGNER. GHOST PIRATES SINGING ABOUT HOW THE DEVIL CURSED THEM TO SAIL FOREVER, THAT'S HEADBANGING GOOD SON. LISTEN TO IT TURNED UP LOUD.

    The New Guys:

    * Eric Whitacre. Crazy harmonies, music that makes you wonder whether you had ever really heard anything before. Listen to La Lluvia and Sleep first.
    * Morton Lauridsen. Really super thick, lush stuff. His O Magnum Mysterium is his most famous thing.
    * Arvo Part. He writes his music with a formula, but it's a good one.

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    AmphetamineAmphetamine Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Brahms Requiem

    The Messiah

    Verdi Requiem

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    Alchemist449Alchemist449 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Erlking wrote: »

    * Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.

    I don't even like choral music but I can listen to this beginning to end. So Epic.

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    CyvrosCyvros Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Erlking wrote: »
    * Mozart Requiem. The Confutatis in particular shows up a lot in pop culture.

    Seconded - in particular, I've always loved the Lacrimosa. I managed to watch a live performance of some of the Requiem, including the Lacrimosa, a couple of years ago as part of the celebrations of his 250th birthday. Absolutely brilliant.

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