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Ave Maria

First line:
Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae
author of text
from the Angelus

Bavarian-born Franz Xaver Biebl eventually settled in Munich where he became the first head of choral programming for the Bavarian Radio. He had a huge influence on choral music in Germany even though, with typical modesty, he described himself as 'a little composer of little songs'. One of those 'little songs' was his Ave Maria, composed in 1964, when Biebl was choirmaster at the Fürstenfeldbruck Church near Munich. It was requested by one of his choir members, a fireman, who also sang in a firemen’s choir—which is why Biebl’s original scoring was for double men’s chorus. Regarded superciliously for years in Germany, the piece remained virtually unknown in North America until the recording thirty years later by the San Francisco-based men’s choir, Chanticleer, became enormously popular. In response, Biebl arranged it for other vocal and orchestral combinations. His lush, consonant harmonies are conservative but acutely poignant.

from notes by Robert Jordan © 2020


Cantos sagrados
Studio Master: SIGCD604Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 16 on SIGCD604 [4'51] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD604 track 16

Recording date
4 January 2017
Recording venue
New Auditorium of the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Recording producer
Alexander Van Ingen
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Michael Gerrard
Hyperion usage
  1. Cantos sagrados (SIGCD604)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: May 2020
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