One one better than Johann Sebastian Bach could summarize the meaning and value of sacred music when he stated that «Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul». In the course of the centuries, many composers felt the need to express their devotion or to write sacred music to celebrate a public or personal event.



Handel Messiah Harnoncourt Schafer Larsson Schade FinleyMessiah

Christine Schäfer, Anna Larsson, Michael Schade, Gerald Finley
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Concentus Musicus Wien
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 2005
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Verdi Requiem Solti Sutherland Pavarotti Horne TalvelaRequiem

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Martti Talvela
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmonker
Georg Solti, conductor
Decca, 1968 (1984)
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Missa Solemnis

Luba Orgonasova, Birgit Remmert, Deon van der Walt, Wolfgang Holzmair, Anton Scharinger
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
Teldec, 1997
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Tchaikovsky Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Matthew BestLiturgy of St John Chrysostom

Corydon Singers
Matthew Best, conductor
Helios, 1997 (2012)
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Couperin Leçons de ténèbres Géns Piau Balssa RoussetFrançois Couperin – Leçons de ténèbres

Sandrine Piau, Véronique Gens
Les Talents Lyriques
Christophe Rousset, organ; Emmanuel Balssa, bass viol
Decca, 2000
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Charpentier Te Deum Messe de minuit MinkowskiMarc-Antoine Charpentier – Te Deum, Messe de minuit

Annick Massis, Magdalena Kožená, Eric Huchet, Patrick Henckens, Russell Smythe, Jean-Louis Bindi
Chœur des Musiciens du Louvre
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski, conductor
Archiv, 1997
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Mozart Mass in C minor Dessay Géns Lehtipuu Pisaroni LangréeMass in C minor K 427

Natalie Dessay, Véronique Gens, Topi Lehtipuu, Luca Pisaroni
Le Concert d’Astrée
Louis Langrée, conductor
Virgin Classics, 2006
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