Discover the titles that are being considered for the German Record Critics' Award
For many years Easter, like Christmas, has inspired composers to create some of the masterpieces of classical music. Although you may immediately think of choral music (especially the passions of J.S. Bach), there is some beautiful instrumental music written for this festival too.
Performances by Dunedin Consort & John Butt, Arcangelo, Retrospect Ensemble & Matthew Halls, Giovanni Antonini, Magnificat, Fitzwilliam String Quartet and and Boston Baroque make this a mouth-watering selection.
Our recommendations include:
- J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios
- Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
- Handel: Brockes-Passion
- Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'
- Handel: Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)
- Biber: The Mystery Sonatas
- Haydn 2032, Vol. 6: Lamentatione
- J.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy
- Haydn: The Seven Last Words
- Allegri & Monteverdi: Anamorfosi
- J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion (Final performing version, c. 1742)
- Tallis: Lamentations
- Bach: Actus Tragicus (Cantatas BWV 106, 150, 131, 12)
- J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor - Breitkopf & Härtel Edition, edited by J. Rifkin (2006)
- Time & Eternity