In my last music post, Music for you – settings of the Ave Maria, I overlooked my favourite ‘Ave Maria’, the one by Franz Biebl. It has become a mainstay of the choral repertoire.

I first heard it years ago performed by Chanticleer. Like most professional choirs the membership changes, hopefully not for the worse. That original version has been replaced by this recent version with mostly a new cast of chanters. Here it is:

For comparison, I also want to offer a performance by my other favourite choral ensemble, Voces8:

In the earlier post I had included a video of Morten Lauridsen’s ‘O Magnum Mysterium’. Today I want to give you a setting by the contemporary Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo. Written for cello and choir, it is performed below by the Echo Chamber Choir:

Finally, to hear how the text was treated in the 16th century, here is a setting by Tomás Luis de Victoria and sung by the Phoenix Chorale:


I started a blog in 2011 called The POOG, an acronym for "pissed off old guy". This is the current incarnation.


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