Steven Sivyer - Desert Island Discs

Submitted by huw on Mon, 02/12/2024 - 14:01
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In opting for a Desert Island Discs, there is simply too much music to decide so I will choose a category each time.  On this occasion I am choosing choral pieces that I have performed in church.  All of these pieces share the characteristic of taking the words and making them go much deeper spiritually than if they were simply spoken. Here are my chosen eight:

1. I heard a voice from heaven, from the Requiem by Herbert Howells.

2. O Salutaris by Marcel Dupré.

3. Kyrie, from the Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne.

4. Agnus Dei, from the Missa Brevis by Zoltán Kodály.

5. O Magnum Mysterium by Morton Lauridsen.

6. Requiem Aeternum & Kyrie , from the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.

7. Peace be to you by Paul Manz.

8. And I saw a new heaven by Edgar Bainton.

If I were to have the option of an object I would choose an organ, and my book would be the complete organ works of J S Bach.  That should help pass the time.