Program #98

Years before Eastern European composers like Henryk Gorecki and Arvo Pärt ascended the Billboard charts with their sublime, "mystical minimalist" compositions, John Schaefer was unearthing examples of this spiritual style. From an August 27, 1988 edition of New Sounds, we hear sacred songs by Tavener, Pärt, Gorecki, Ni Riain, de la Rue, Hykes, and others.

PROGRAM #98: "Sacred Songs" (Original broadcast date: 8/27/1988)





Bernardus Ycart

Officium Tenebrarum

Lamentationis Jeremiae [1:00]

Celestial Harmonies #132

John Tavener

Ikon of Light

Mystical Prayer [9:00]

Gimell #1585-05
Available for purchase at*

Arvo Pärt


De Profundis [7:00]

ECM #1325

Henryk Gorecki

Police {soundtrack) Symphony #3

Chant #1 [8:00]

Erato #ERA-9275
Out of print, but the Symphony was recorded again, on Nonesuch #79282. Try*

Noirin Ni Riain

Caoineadh na Maighdine (The Virgin's Lament)

Seacht nDolas 2 [5:00]

Gael-Linn #CEL-084
Rereleased on the Sounds True label ( OR Available through*

Pierre de la Rue

Officium Tenebrarum

Lamentationis Jeremiae [6:00]

See above.

Ingram Marshall

Fog Tropes/Gradual Requiem

Gradual Requiem #5 [5:00]

New Albion #NA-002

David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir

Harmonic Meetings

Kyrie [3:00]

Celestial Harmonies #14013/14.

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