My own favorite Gloria is from Mozart's Great Mass in c minor - try it here.
Grim,I feel I need to say I especially appreciate your blog around this time of year. You always seem to bring my attention to music I would otherwise have missed (and been the poorer for the missing). I still occasionally bring up a song you linked last year on Good King Wenceslas:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmmgsDfmPSI
Which, consequently made this XKCD much funnier:http://xkcd.com/959/
Love the piping.Thanks Joseph. Mozart's work is always stunning and beautiful. I do think the Italians sound more "celestial". I have an old ARCHIV edition of Vivaldi's choral works. Heavenly, of course. My favorite Gloria Patri now days is from Monteverdi's Vesper Mariae Virginis; Magnificat. I prefer Monteverdi on period instruments and with a little more color but this one's pretty darn good.For Mike D. here's a bonus track from Corale San Gaudenzio in my grandfather's home territory. The soloist is the choir director.
rcl - I listened and liked, but I admit that I tend to underappreciate Italian and French composers in favor of German, Russian, and English. My favorite bit of Latin liturgy set to music is Anton Bruckner's Te Deum - needs to be played on powerful equipment but it's sublime.
I've always been partial to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus. I can't find the version I first heard, but this one from last year isn't too bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4BWhvIlFVE Eric Hines
JW, in case you drop by this post again, that Bruckner Te Deum was spectacular. Much more muscular than you'll get from Vivaldi. Of course he was writing for a school for girls...My task now is deciding between an older Bruno Walter and a recent Wiener Philharmonic.
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