Robert Shaw

The late Robert Shaw, called “the Dean of American choral conductors," died in January, 1999. Renowned as the greatest American choral conductor, Shaw received many awards including 14 Grammy awards and four ASCAP awards for service to contemporary music. Although he did work in many genres he is particularly noted for his work in classical repertoire. Many of his classical recordings are considered benchmarks for choral singing. The outstanding diction in all of these recordings reflect his insistence that clearly projected text serves as the foundation for interpretive choral singing. When you buy a Robert Shaw album you can be sure you are getting a recording of highly regarded choral music.

Robert Shaw worked with a variety of choral goups and orchestras. The recordings here feature the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, and the Atlanta Sympony Orchestra and Chorus.

Songs of Angels

Robert Shaw Christmas albums have been consistent best sellers since their release.

1. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen    Listen
2. Angels We Have Heard on High    Listen
3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel    Listen
4. How Unto Bethlehem?
5. The Boar's Head Carol
6. O Tannenbaum
7. Masters in this Hall    Listen
8. My Dancing Day
9. Away in a Manger    Listen
10. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
11. The Holly and the Ivy
12. Good King Wenceslas
13. Wassail Song
14. Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
15. Fum, Fum, Fum
16. Mary had a Baby    Listen
17. Hacia Belen va un borrico
18. Christ was Born on Christmas Day
19. March of the Kings
20. Coventry Carol
21. Deck the Halls
22. The Cherry Tree Carol
23. We Three Kings of Orient Are
24. Touro-louro-louro!
25. So Blest a Sight
26. I Saw Three Ships
27. What Child is This?
28. Susanni
29. In the Bleack Midwinter

A Robert Shaw Christmas - Angels on High

Christmas has always been deeply meaningful for Robert Shaw. Once destined for a ministerial career, he retains in his music-making something of the preacher: the passion for textual communication, the evangelical desire to reach his listeners. At Christmas time, scornful of the commerical noise and acquisitive scramble that have come to burden the season, he gathers his musical forces around him and contemplates the meaning of the Christmas story through music.

Once more Rober Shaw has recorded a collection of the music of Christmas. Once more he brings his insight and fervor to the medium of which he his the undisputed master, choral music. Once more all can share in the warmth and integrity of his personal approach to he miraculous mystery of Christmas. from the insert by Nick Jones

1. O Come, Emmanuel    Listen
2. Alleluia (Randall Thompson)    Listen
3. The First Nowell    Listen
4. The Carol of the Birds
5. Allon, gay bergeres
6. A hymn to the Virgin
7. O magnum mysterium (Morten Lauriden)
8. Rejoice and Sing, from "Christmas Oratorio"
9. Ave Maria (Franz Biebl)    Listen
10. What is this Lovely Fragrance?
11. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming    Listen
12. Sing Lullaby
13. While by My Sheep
14. Break Forth, O Wondrous Heavenly Light, from "Christmas Oratorio"
15. Heavenly Light
16. Adeste fideles
17-28. Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten)

Choral Masterpieces

Ludwig Van Beethoven
1. Hallelujah from Christ on the Mount of Olives    Listen
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Ave verum corpus
Johann Sebastian Bach
3. Kyrie eleison from Mass in B Minor
4. Passion Chorale from St. Matthew Passion    Listen
Hector Belioz
5. The Shepherds' Farewell from L'enfance du Christ    Listen
Felix Mendelssohn
6. Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah
7. He Watching Over Israel from Elijah
Johann Sebastian Bach
8. Dona nobis pacem from Mass in B Minor
George Frideric Handel
9. Halleluah from from Messiah    Listen
10. Worthy is the Lamb Messiah
Maurice Durufle
11. Sanctus Requiem
Sergei Rachmaninoff
12. Bogoroditse Devo
Johannes Brahms
13. Wie lieblisch sind deine Wohnungen from Ein Deutsches requiem
Franz Joseph Haydn
14. The Heavens are Telling from The Creation
Hector Belioz
15. Rex Tremendae from Requiem

Rachmaninoff Vespers

Beautiful Russian Choral Music!

1. Priidite, Poklonimsya - Come, Let Us Worship    Listen
2. Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya - Bless The Lord, O My Soul    Listen
3. Blazhen Muzh - Blessed Be The Man    Listen
4. Svete Tikhyi - O Serene Light    Listen
5. Nyne Otpushchayeshi - Now Let Thy Servant Depart    Listen
6. Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya - Rejoice, O Virgin    Listen
7. Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu - Glory To God in the Highest
8. Khvalite Imya Gospodne - Praise the Name of the Lord
9. Blagosloven Yesi, Gospodi - Blessed Art Thou, O Lord
10. Voskreseniye Khristovo Videvshe - Having Seen the Resurrection of the Lord
11. Velichit Dusha Moya Gospoda - My Soul Magnifies the Lord
12. Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu - Glory to God in the Highest
13. Dnes Spaseniye Miru Byst - Troparia of the Day of Salvation
14. Voskres Iz Groba - Christ is Risen from the Grave - Troparia of the Resurrection
15. Vzbrannoy Voyevode - Thanksgiving to the Mother of God

Handel Messiah

2 CD's - Total Playing Time [139:54]


Disc I
Part One
1. Sinfonia
2. Comfort ye, my people
3. And the glory of the Lord
4. Thus saith the Lord
5. Behold, a virgin shall conceive
6. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
7. For unto us a Child is born
8. Pifa - "Pastoral Symphony"
9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
10. Then shall the eyes of the blind
11. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd
12. His yoke is easy

Part Two
13. Behold the lamb of God
14. He was despised
15. Surely he hath borne our griefs

Disc II
1. And with His stripes we are healed
2. All they that see him
3. Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
4. Lift up your heads
5. Unto which of the angels
6. Thou art gone up on high
7. The Lord gave the word
8. How beautiful are the feet
9. Their sound is gone out
10. Why do the nations?
11. He that dwelleth in heaven
12. Hallelujah

Part Three
13. I know that my Redeemer liveth
14. Since by man came death
15. Behold, I tell you a mystery
16. Then shall be brought to pass
17. If God be for us
18. Worthy is the lamb...Amen

Elijah (sung in English)

2 CD's - Total Playing Time [132:24]


Disk one
1. Introduction (Elijah) - "As God the Lord of Israel liveth"    Listen
2. Overture
3. Chorus - "Help Lord!"
4. Quartet: Recitative - "The deep affords no water"
5. Duet with chorus - "Zion spreadeth her hands for aid"
6. Recitative (Obadiah) - "Ye people, rend your hearts"
7. Air (Obadiah) - "If with all your hearts"
8. Chorus - "Yet doth the Lord see it not"    Listen
9. Recitative (Angel) - "Elijah! Get thee hence"
10. Double Quartet - "For He shall give His angels"    Listen
11. Recitative (Angel) - "Now Cherith's brook is dried up"
12. Air (Widow) - "What have I to do with thee" - and Recitative (Elijah, Widow) - "Give me thy son!"
13. Chorus - "Blessed are all they that fear Him"    Listen
14. Recitative (Elijah, Ahab) with Chorus - "As God the Lord of Sabaoth liveth" 15. Chorus - "Baal, answer us"
16. Recitative (Elijah) and Chorus - "Call him louder, for he is a god!"
17. Recitative (Elijah) and Chorus - "Call him louder! He heareth not"
18. Air (Elijah) - "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel"
19. Quartet (Angels) - "Cast thy burden upon the Lord"
20. Recitative (Elijah) and Chorus - "O Thou, who makest thine angels spirits"
21. Air (Elijah) - "Is not His word like a fore?"
22. Air - "Woe unto them who forsake Him!"
23. Recitative (Obadiah, Elijah, Youth) and Chorus - "O man of God, help thy people!"
24. Chorus - "Thanks be to God!"    Listen

Disk two
1. Air - "Hear ye, Israel!"
2. Chorus - "Be not afraid"    Listen
3. Recitative (Elijah, Queen) and Chorus - "The Lord hath exalted thee"
4. Chorus - "Woe to him!"
5. Recitative (Obadiah, Elijah) - "Man of God, now let my words be precious"
6. Air (Elijah) - "It is enough, O Lord"
7. Recitative - "See, now he sleepeth"
8. Trio of Angels - "Lift thine eyes"    Listen
9. Chorus - "He, watching over Israel"    Listen
10. Recitative (Angel, Elijah) - "Arise, Elijah"
11. Air (Angel) - "O rest in the Lord"
12. Chorus - "He that shall endure to the end"
13. Recitative(Elijah, Angel) - "Night falleth 'round me"
14. Chorus - "Behold, God the Lord passed by!"    Listen
15. Recitative, Quartet and Chorus - "Above him stood the seraphim"
16. Chorus - "Go, return upon thy way" - and Recitative (Elijah) - "I go on my way"
17. Arioso (Elijah) - "For the mountains shall depart"
18. Chorus - "Thus did Elijah the prophet break forth"
19. Air - "Then shall the righteous shine forth"
20. Recitative - "For God sent his people the prophet Elijah"
21. Chorus - "Thus saith the Lord"
22. Quartet - "O come, everyone that thirsteth"
23. Chorus - "And then shall your light break forth"    Listen

The Creation (sung in English)

2 CD's - Total Playing Time [106:58]


Disk one
Part I
1. Introduction
2. Recitative (Raphael): In the beginning / Chorus: In the spirit / Recitative (Uriel): And God saw the light    Listen
3. Aria with chorus (Uriel): Now vanished by the holy beams
4. Recitative (Raphael): And God made the firmament
5. Chorus with Solo (Gabriel): What wonder doth his work reveal    Listen
6. Recitative (Raphael): And God said: Let the waters
7. Aria
8. Recitative (Gabriel): And God said: Let all the earth bring forth grass
9. Aria (Gabriel): Now robed in cool refreshing green
10. Recitative (Uriel): And the heavenly host
11. Chorus: Awake the harp    Listen
12. Recitative (Uriel): And God said: Let there be lights
13. Recitative (Uriel): In shining splendor    Listen
14. Chorus with Trio: (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael): The heavens are telling    Listen

Part II
15. Recitative (Gabriel): And God said: Let the waters bring forth
16. Aria (Gabriel): On mighty wings
17. Recitative (Raphael): And God created whales
18. Recitative (Raphael): And the angels struck
19. Trio (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael): In fairest raiment / Chorus with Trio: The Lord is great    Listen

Disk 2
1. Recitative (Raphael): And God said: Let earth bring forth
2. Recitative (Raphael): Straight opening her fertile womb
3. Aria (Raphael): Now shines the brightest glory
4. Recitative (Uriel): And God created Man
5. Aria (Uriel): In native worth
6. Recitative (Raphael): And God saw everything
7. Chorus: Fulfilled at last the glorious work / Trio (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael): From thee, O Lord! / Chorus: Fulfilled at last the glorious work    Listen

Part III
8. Recitative (Uriel): In rosy mantle
9. Hymn (Eve, Adam, Chorus): By thee with grace
10. Recitative (Eve, Adam): Now is our duty
11. Duet (Eve, Adam): Sweet companion!
12. Recitative (Uriel): O happy pair
13. Chorus with Soloists: Sing to God    Listen

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