LCS Choral Favourites

Becky Vicary writes: 

Early this summer I suggested, as a fun idea during these challenging times, that LCS members might like to vote for their three favourite choral pieces, selecting either from our long repertoire list or choosing music which we have not yet sung. Then, with the help of some links to YouTube and Spotify recordings of the pieces chosen, over the autumn term and beyond, we could all remind ourselves of familiar pieces or listen to what might be completely new music to us! My thanks go to the 44  members who submitted their votes for a total of 79 different works or parts of works, by a total of 55 different composers.
It perhaps comes as no surprise that the piece with the most votes (7) is probably the most popular choral work ever written:

Messiah by George Frederick Handel

LCS and its predecessor choir the St Mary’s Singers have sung the whole of, or part of, this work very many times, perhaps most memorably at LCS’s Royal Festival Hall debut in 2012.

Close behind in the vote come
Brahms’ A German Requiem (Ein deutsches  Requiem)
and
Tallis’s Spem in Alium 
both with 6 votes.

With 4 votes each are Bach’s B minor Mass, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis), Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Verdi’s Requiem. Duruflé’s Requiem, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Whitacre’s When David Heard  each get 3 votes.

Of the 79 pieces chosen in total, 32 have yet to be sung by LCS. Of these, 3 works score 2 votes each:  Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and Morten Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium. There are another ten pieces which scored 2 votes each – and fifty five others which obtained a single vote each!

When counting the overall number of appearances in the poll, Arvo Pärt rates highly with six mentions, so level with Brahms, Fauré, Mozart & Tallis and only just behind Bach with eight mentions and Handel with ten.

This wide-ranging selection of pieces, both large and small, demonstrates the diverse musical tastes of our members. You can listen to these works on either YouTube or Spotify by clicking on the links below. Martin Bull and I managed to find recordings of all of the music chosen with one exception – Michael Tippett’s The Mask of Time. Our apologies to whoever chose that!

Now just sit back and enjoy your favourites – you might find a new one!

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