Suggested Listening

Our selection of favorite choral recordings of recent and upcoming repertory – and related media – for members and fans. Purchasing from Amazon by clicking through on the album cover image benefits SF Choral at no extra cost to you. (And if you haven’t already designated us as the beneficiary under the “Amazon Smile” program, please do so – we benefit even more!)

Lauridsen DVD
This documentary about Morten Lauridsen, composer of Lux Aeterna, is of interest as we  perform that work in November 2015. It’s available as a DVD or to buy or rent online.

Artistic Director Robert Geary recommended two recordings of the Brahms German Requiem ahead of our August 2014 performances. This version “feels like a very good role model for us: Really wonderful.” Click on the album cover to purchase.

But Geary can’t resist this recording, either. It’s less “us,” he says, but monumental. “Wow!” Click on the album cover to purchase.

Bach’s Mass in B Minor, our May 2014 program, is conducted by Philippe Herreweghe leading the Collegium Vocale of Gent. This is his third recording, and “his finest to date,” according to Gramophone. Click on the album cover to purchase.

This 1998 recording of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (performed in November 2013) features the Choir of St. Nicholas Church in Tolmachi (in Moscow) under the direction of Alexei Puzakov. Click on the album cover to purchase.

This recording of our August 2013 offering, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, was made in 1994 featuring Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau among the soloists. Click on the album cover to purchase.

This recording of the Schubert mass performed in November 2012 is available new only as an MP3.

This recording includes a brisker tempo Schicksalslied (performed in November 2012) full of romantic sweep. Includes the rarely performed Triumphlied.

A rich sound because of a larger chorus. Warm and profoundly prayerful. You get five extra Brahms choral works in addition to Schicksalslied.

Among many recordings of Orff’s popular work (sung by us in August 2012) we like this 1991 one from our hometown. So did Grammy voters, who awarded this album the 1992 award for best choral performance.