Barber: Agnus Dei

This page lists all recordings of Agnus Dei, by Samuel Barber (1910-81) on CD, SACD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

Agnus Dei is Barber's own 1967 arrangement of Adagio for Strings for eight-part choir.

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American Polyphony

American Polyphony


Barber:

Agnus Dei

Reincarnations, Op. 16

Twelfth Night

To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42

Heaven-Haven: A Nun Takes the Veil Op. 13, No. 1

The Virgin Martyrs Op. 8 No. 1

Let Down the Bars, O Death Op. 8 No. 2

Bernstein:

Missa Brevis

David Allsopp (countertenor), Christopher Lowrey (countertenor) & Robert Millett (percussion)

Copland:

Four Motets

Thompson, R:

Alleluia

Fare Well 'When I lie where shades of darkness'


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

An all-too-rare new recording from Polyphony and Stephen Layton presents highlights from the choral repertoire by four twentieth-century American giants: Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Randall Thompson. Framed by Thompson’s understated favourites Alleluia and Fare Well, the programme includes Bernstein’s Missa brevis, Copland’s early set of four motets, and—of course—Barber’s inimitable Agnus Dei.

Stephen Layton talks to Presto's David Smith about American Polyphony here.

“Stephen Layton’s Polyphony are an always impressive choir of startling purity and clarity.” The Observer, 21st June 2015 ****

“The peerless choir offer meticulously blended and shaped performances of 20th-century a cappella American choral works.” Sunday Times, 28th June 2015

“This is the finest performance of Barber's Agnus Dei I've heard by any choir, live or on record…a wonderful recital, not to be missed.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015

“If ever anyone was under the misapprehension that American choral music begins and ends with the Agnus Dei, this disc is the perfect riposte. A delightful selection, beautifully performed.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 6th July 2015

“This is an atmospheric anthology, fastidiously chosen and delivered by this fine choir.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

Presto Disc of the Week

6th July 2015

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - August 2015

Hyperion - CDA67929

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$14.00

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Classics for Choirs

Classics for Choirs


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Barber:

Agnus Dei

Berlioz:

L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25 - L'Adieu des bergers

Burgon:

Nunc dimittis

Byrd:

Rejoice, rejoice in Christ

Fauré:

Requiem: In Paradisum

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Gardiner, H B:

Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum)

Hildegard:

O ignis Spiritus Paracliti

Mendelssohn:

Hear My Prayer

Mozart:

Ave verum corpus, K618

Poulenc:

Videntes stellam (No. 3 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Praetorius, M:

Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

Saint-Saëns:

O salutaris hostia

Schubert:

Ave Maria, D839

Stanford:

Te deum in B flat


Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow

Alto - ALC1270

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$6.00

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20th-Century Choral Masterpieces

20th-Century Choral Masterpieces


Barber:

God’s Grandeur

Joyful Company of Singers, Peter Broadbent

Heaven-Haven: A Nun Takes the Veil Op. 13, No. 1

Joyful Company of Singers, Peter Broadbent

Agnus Dei

Joyful Company of Singers, Peter Broadbent

Duruflé:

Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10

Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, George Guest

Gorecki:

Totus Tuus, Op. 60

Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh

Leighton:

God's Grandeur

Joyful Company of Singers, Peter Broadbent

Ligeti:

Lux aeterna

Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Helmut Franz

Messiaen:

O sacrum convivium

Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Myung-Whun Chung

Pärt:

De profundis

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

The Woman With The Alabaster Box

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Tavener:

The Lamb

The Choir of the Temple Church, Stephen Layton

Song for Athene

Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh


“A batch of 20th-century masterpieces, in authoritative performances featuring some of Britain's best choirs.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ****

DG Virtuoso - 4784230

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$7.25

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Barber: An American Romantic

Barber: An American Romantic


Barber:

Twelfth Night

To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42

The Virgin Martyrs Op. 8 No. 1

Let Down the Bars, O Death Op. 8 No. 2

Reincarnations, Op. 16

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

Agnus Dei

The Lovers, Op. 43

arr. Robert Kyr for chamber orchestra and chorus

with David Farwing (baritone)

Chamber Orchestra

Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale)


Conspirare & Company of Voices, Craig Hella Johnson

Samuel Barber’s lyrical melodies and unabashed romanticism have earned him a cherished place in the pantheon of 20th-century composers. Recorded here are some of Barber’s finest works for choir (including the beloved 'Agnus Dei') alongside 2 world premières: a new version for chamber chorus and orchestra of Barber’s anguished work 'The Lovers' on poetry by Pablo Neruda, and a new version of 'Easter Chorale', which were both made by Robert Kyr for Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare.

From its 1991 origins as a summer classical music festival in Austin, Texas, Conspirare has evolved into an internationally recognised, professional choral organisation known for outstanding vocal artistry and innovative programming. Led by founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare comprises a professional chamber choir, a highly skilled volunteer Symphonic Choir, and an outstanding youth choir.

Conspirare’s critically acclaimed releases on the harmonia mundi label have earned copious praise. 'Threshold of Night' (2008) in particular, featured music by Tarik O’Regan and was nominated for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album at the Grammys.

“The 36 professional of the America choir Conspirare sing with good tuning and clear articulation, their voices beautifully blended in a warm acoustic...Craig Hella Johnson directs a sympathetic performance, with a good team of step-out soloists, led by baritone David Farwig.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

“These are exemplary performances and Johnson represents every nuance of Barber's expression markings...Barber's choral output now has the attention it deserves.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

“The performance is a triumph, superbly well sung by Company Voices, a professional chamber choir that forms one part of the choral ensemble Conspirare.” International Record Review, September 2012

“Performances throughout the programme are exemplary, the recorded sound is excellent - I listened in conventional CD format - and the documentation, which is in English, French and German is first class and beautifully laid out. This is an important disc for all devotees of Samuel Barber’s music.” MusicWeb International, October 2012

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Harmonia Mundi - HMU807522

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A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert

A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert

Live Recording


Barber:

Agnus Dei

Carter, S:

The First of My Lovers

Gilkyson, E:

Requiem

Johnson, C H:

Will There Really Be a "Morning"?

Lauridsen:

Sure on This Shining Night

Soneto de la Noche

Lennox, A:

1000 Beautiful Things

Mason, L:

Nearer My God to Thee

Morricone, E:

Gabriel's Oboe

O'Regan:

Triptych: excerpt

Parton:

Light of a Clear Blue Morning

Simon, C:

Let the River Run

trad.:

O Waly, Waly ('The Water is Wide')

Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel

Deep River

Whitacre:

What If

Young, V:

When I Fall In Love


Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson

Arrangements by Craig Hella Johnson.

This CD captures the exquisite sound of Conspirare's Company of Voices, as heard and seen on national television in the US. In this one-hour concert contemporary music blends seamlessly with classical favourites, taking the listener on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas.The concert was performed and taped live on October 12 at Austin's Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Now in its 17th season, Conspirare is recognised for its emotionally resonant performances and an extraordinary ability to connect with audiences, providing listeners with an evocative and often transformative cultural experience. Under the artistic leadership of Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare has recorded 3 CDs and received four Grammy nominations. Its inaugural project for harmonia mundi usa, Threshold of Night, was released in September, 2008.

Harmonia Mundi - HMU907534

(CD)

$13.00

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A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert

A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert

Live Recording


Barber:

Agnus Dei

Carter, S:

The First of My Lovers

Gilkyson, E:

Requiem

Johnson, C H:

Will There Really Be a "Morning"?

Lauridsen:

Sure on This Shining Night

Soneto de la Noche

Lennox, A:

1000 Beautiful Things

Mason, L:

Nearer My God to Thee

Morricone, E:

Gabriel's Oboe

O'Regan:

Triptych: excerpt

Parton:

Light of a Clear Blue Morning

Simon, C:

Let the River Run

trad.:

O Waly, Waly ('The Water is Wide')

Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel

Deep River

Whitacre:

What If

Young, V:

When I Fall In Love


Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson

Arrangements by Craig Hella Johnson.

This DVD captures the exquisite sound of Conspirare's Company of Voices, as heard and seen on national television in the US. In this one-hour concert contemporary music blends seamlessly with classical favourites, taking the viewer on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas.The concert was performed and taped live on October 12 at Austin's Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Now in its 17th season, Conspirare is recognised for its emotionally resonant performances and an extraordinary ability to connect with audiences, providing listeners with an evocative and often transformative cultural experience. Under the artistic leadership of Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare has recorded 3 CDs and received four Grammy nominations. Its inaugural project for harmonia mundi usa, Threshold of Night, was released in September, 2008.

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Harmonia Mundi - HMD9907535

(DVD Video)

$18.00

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An American Collection

An American Collection


Barber:

Agnus Dei

Reincarnations, Op. 16

Bernstein:

Choruses from The Lark

Copland:

Four Motets

Fine, I G:

The Hour-Glass

Reich:

Clapping Music

Tredici:

Acrostic Song


Coro - COR16031

(CD)

$11.75

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American Choral Music

American Choral Music


Barber:

Agnus Dei

Bernstein:

Chichester Psalms

with DOMINIC MARTELLI boy soprano, RACHEL MASTERS harp, GARY KETTEL percussion, THOMAS TROTTER organ

Copland:

In the Beginning

for mixed chorus a capella and soprano solo

with CATHERINE DENLEY mezzo soprano

Help us, O Lord

Have mercy on us, O my Lord

Sing ye praises to our King


“Half of this programme is devoted to unaccompanied choral music by Copland: In the Beginning, a striking 15-minute 'Creation' for mixed four-part chorus and solo mezzo (which is eloquently executed by Catherine Denley) written in 1947, and three of four short motets he composed in 1921, while studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
The performance of the Chichester Psalms recorded here uses Bernstein's own reduced (but very effective) instrumentation of organ, harp and percussion, but follows the composer's New York precedent in employing a mixed chorus – although the illusion of a cathedral choir is persuasively conveyed.
It's very impressive.
The singing of the Corydon Singers under Matthew Best is very fine, and the vivid recording, which gives the voices a pleasant bloom while avoiding the resonance of King's College Chapel, reproduces the instrumental accompaniment, notably the percussion, with electrifying impact. Best's soloist is Dominic Martelli, and very sweetly he sings too. The disc is completed by Barber's setting of the Agnus Dei from 1967 and is an arrangement of the famous Adagio for Strings.
This imaginative and enterprising programme is extremely well sung and vividly recorded.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Hyperion - CDA66219

(CD)

$14.00

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Cantus: Christian-Pierre La Marca

Cantus: Christian-Pierre La Marca


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Bach, J S:

Deposuit potentes

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich

Et misericordia

Adrien La Marca (viola)

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Barber:

Agnus Dei

Escaich:

Enluminures

Patricia Petibon (soprano)

Fauré:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)

Handel:

Dixit Dominus: De Torrente in via bibet

Adrien La Marca (viola)

Mozart:

Ave verum corpus, K618

Patricia Petibon (soprano)

Pergolesi:

Stabat mater: Opening duet

Adrien La Marca (viola)

Piazzólla:

Tanti anni prima ('Ave Maria')

Saint-Saëns:

Prière for cello & piano, Op. 158

Tavener:

Funeral Ikos

arr. Samuel Strouk

Vivaldi:

Stabat Mater, RV621: Stabat mater dolorosa


Christian-Pierre La Marca

Les Ambassadeurs, Alexis Kossenko

The originality of this album’s programme is its focus on famous sacred pieces transcribed for the warm and lyrical voice of the cello, an instrument whose tone is certainly one of the closest to the singing voice. The words of the Magnificat, Requiem, Stabat Mater or Ave Maria - well known in the repertoire of vocal sacred music - fade here to better reveal the development of musical emotion aroused by the melody itself, and the subtlety of the accompaniments (organ, viola, theorbo, voice) in reinforcing and supporting the expressiveness of the singing. Inspired by sacred texts, the melodies by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and Pergolesi reveal the strength and intensity of their expression, even without words, and reinforce the idea developed from the late eighteenth century that music, by its power of suggestion and evocation, goes beyond words to express the unspeakable, sometimes with simplicity and depth. From Taverner to Thierry Escaich, and also Allegri, Handel, Franck and Fauré, the recorded repertoire covers a period from the sixteenth to twenty-first century and includes some of the most important names in sacred music.

“a series of beautifully measured performances that exult in the gorgeous melodies of standards like Allegri's 'Miserere Mei Deus'…the most engaging performance here is of Bach's 'Choral Prelude', presented as a beautiful three-hander between cello, organ and theorbo” The Independent, 12th March 2016 ****

Sony - 88875098932

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$13.00

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Urgency Now

Urgency Now


Alvarez, C:

Lacrimosa

Barber:

Agnus Dei

Carillo, C:

Magnificat

Emanuelsson:

Där livet klingar ut

Ešenvalds:

The new moon

O salutaris Hostia

Stars

Heap:

Hide and Seek

Pamintuan:

De profundis

Ravel:

Le Jardin féerique

Sandstrøm, S-D:

To see a world

Teng:

The Hymn of Acxiom

Yngwe:

Urgency of Now


Vocal Art Ensemble of Sweden, Jan Yngwe

Urgency of Now – fresh, exciting, challenging!

Vocal Art Ensemble of Sweden treats us to choral music that takes on the burning questions of our day and age, such as the environment, democracy, xenophobia and equal rights regardless of colour, creed or ethnicity. A celebration of life!

A musical manifestation of our dedication to our times, the will to be an advocate of humanitarian values in a fast-paced society.

Two brand-new commissioned pieces for choir and percussion now enrich the Swedish choral repertoire thanks to support from Statens Kulturråd: Ulrika Emanuelsson’s ”Där livet klingar ut”, about the courage to stand up for a more humane society and my own composition “Urgency of Now”, about the unfulfilled promises of democracy.

Fresh arrangements for V.A.E. from two colourful singer-songwriters that move effortlessly between genres: Vienna Teng pokes fun at our information society in “Hymn of Acxion” and Imogen Heap speaks out against xenophobia in “Hide and Seek”.

Listeners are also treated to a burst of Filipino energy by John August Pamintuan and a plaintiff prayer for a better world by the Cuban composer Calixto Alvarez. Deservedly showcased with several tracks, Ēriks Ešenvalds of Lithuania displays his personal touch and his magic “singing” glasses.

Works by Maurice Ravel, Sven-David Sandström and Cesar Alejandro Carillo celebrate life and convey the message that we can make a difference. Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei” sums up the importance of personal growth and refinement.

Daniel Berg & Fredrik Duvling, Rhythm Art Duo, supports as percussionists on some of the tracks.

Footprint - FRCD080

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$14.50

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