Resources for Singers and Listeners

For each concert on our 2010–11 season, follow the link below to find resources such as texts, translations, program notes, composers’ biographies, recommended CD recordings, and CD recording reviews. (Note: Wikipedia also has useful resources for many works.)

Christmas Concert (Dec. 11 & 12, 2010)

Saint-Saëns: Christmas Oratorio & French Carols

Bach Cantatas (Chamber Choir, Feb. 6, 2011)

Cantatas 134 and 198

Winter Concert (Feb. 27, 2011)

Bruckner: Mass in E Minor
Hindemith: Apparebit Repentina Dies
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Spring Concert (May 7, 2011)

Haydn: Creation Mass
Nielsen: Springtime on Funen
plus a short program by the Durham Children’s Choir

A note about the lists of recommended CD recordings:

The recordings listed are generally well regarded by music critics and likely to be available for purchase. Listed alphabetically by conductor, they may include a mix of budget and full-price CDs, mixed and boys’ choirs, famous and unknown soloists, recent and older recordings, and (as appropriate) traditional and “historically informed” performances. Detailed information about each CD is provided in links to the record labels and other sources on the Web; many of these include audio samples. In linking these sites, we are not endorsing them as retail sources for the CDs; these links are for informational purposes only.

Conductor’s picks: For some major works, Maestro Wynkoop has identified a recording which he can recommend to Choral Society members as being in the same realm of interpretation as his own. Members purchasing recordings to aid them in musical preparation may wish to use these versions.

Resources for 2009–10 concerts:

Geoffrey Bush: A Christmas Cantata & English Carols
J.S. Bach: Cantatas 137, 196 & 190
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Dvorák: Requiem

Resources for 2008–09 concerts:

Vivaldi: Gloria & Durham All-County High School Chorus
Rouse: Karolju & American Carols
A Night in Vienna
Mozart Missa Brevis in F, Beethoven Elegischer Gesang,Schubert Partsongs, Brahms New Liebeslieder Waltzes
Mendelssohn: Psalms 114 & 115
Brahms: Schicksalslied & Nänie

Resources for 2007–08 concerts:

Charpentier: Midnight Mass for Christmas
Carols (including piece commissioned from Steven Sametz)
Mozart: Coronation Mass
Durham All-County High School Chorus
Bach: St. John Passion
Britten: War Requiem

Resources for 2006–07 concerts:

Schubert: Mass in E-Flat
Christmas Concert — Bach Magnificat
Chamber Choir Concert — J.S. Bach: Cantata 150, J.C. Bach: Magnificat & Arvo Pärt: Magnificat & Berlin Mass!
Brahms: German Requiem!
Poulenc: Gloria & Opera Choruses

Resources for 2005–06 concerts:

Handel: Jephtha
Christmas Concert — Britten: Saint Nicolas
Bach: Saint Matthew Passion
Chamber Choir Concert — Brahms: Zigeunerlieder &Stravinsky: Les Noces

Resources for 2004–05 concerts:

Bach: Mass in B Minor
Christmas Concert
Haydn: Mass in Time of War
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
Chamber Choir Concert (Palestrina, Howells, Kodály)

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