The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, Simon Russell Beale (host) and others
The BBC's groundbreaking series, Sacred Music:
All 4 Episodes from Series One: Episode 1: The Gothic Revolution / Episode 2: Palestrina & the Popes / Episode 3: Tallis, Byrd & the Tudors / Episode 4: Bach & the Lutheran Legacy / Plus Bonus Features: • An Easter Celebration Preview • An Easter Celebration Bonus Tracks • Bonus Audio Tracks from CORO • Harry Christophers’ Favourite Recordings • The Sixteen’s Favourite Recordings • Biographies & Images
One of the most insightful and comprehensive documentaries ever done on the story of the orgins of chant, medieval and renaissance polyphony and sacred music by Bach. The performances and demonstration by Harry Christophers and his group 'The Sixteen' are both beautiful and informative. Simon Russell Beale leads us on this quest through locations such as Santa Maria Maggiore, Notre Dame Cathedral, and many other beautiful churches in in Italy, German, France and England. The overall concept of the series is fantastic, and I can only hope that they will continue with another series progressing onward from Bach. This 2 DVD set is remarkable and a great watch. Simply Brilliant!
Presented by renowned actor and former chorister, Simon Russell Beale, Sacred Music explores the flowering of Western sacred music in four episodes. Taking the viewer on a pilgrimage spanning six centuries Simon presents a rich mix of personal, political and musical stories. Each episode features some of the greatest choral music ever written, all performed by the Gramophone Award-winning and Grammy-nominated choir The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers in appropriate architectural settings.
“Whatever your faith, or lack of faith, there’s something very moving about the fact that what these composers regarded as their highest calling was the praise of God. There was always a more important reason for writing this music than the vanity of pleasure.” Simon Russell Beale