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Church Music Recordings

This is a list of some good recordings of church music that I am familiar with.  It is obviously not all-inclusive and they are in no particular order.

Praetorius – Mass for Christmas Morning (Paul McCreesh)

Schutz – Christmas Vespers (Paul McCreesh)

Gabrielli – A Venetian Coronation (Paul McCreesh)

Paul Manz – Hymn Improvisations (vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3)

Charles W. Ore – From My Perspective (vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3, vol. 4)

Jeffrey Blersch – Resounding Alleluias

Bach Edition: Complete Works (where else can you get the complete recordings of J.S. Bach for $150?  And while it’s not all church music, much of it is.)

Evening and Morning: Music of Lutheran Daily Prayer

Music for Compline – Stile Antico

Hymn We Love to Sing – National Lutheran Choir (David Cherwien)

Great Hymns of Faith – St. Olaf Choir (Anton Armstrong) (vol. 1, vol. 2)

Great Hymns of Faith – (UT Chamber Singers, Gerre Hancock)

Te Deum – Concordia Theological Seminary Kantorei (Richard Resch)

More CDs by the Kantorei (from CPH)

Martin Luther: Hymns, Ballads, Chants, Truth

Heirs of the Reformation: Treasures of the Singing Church

Hymns & Liturgy from the Children’s Choir of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana

For All Seasons – John Behnke

Hymn Improvisations – Michael Burkhardt

Hymns for All Saints (CPH)

Passio – Arvo Pärt (The Hilliard Ensemble)

Litany – Arvo Pärt (The Hilliard Ensemble)

I am the True Vine – Arvo Pärt (Theatre of Voices/The Pro Arte Singers)

Kanon Pokajen – Arvo Pärt (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)

Sing the Faith – Phil Magness (Luther’s Small Catechism set to music) (Piano Accompaniment Book)

An Organ Pilgrimage – Peter Latona (recording of the 4 organs at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)

  1. Great list! I didn’t know Blersch had recorded a CD — I’ll add it to my next CPH order.

    I would also add:
    ANY of the six CTSFW Kantorei CDs — they are all great (most, but not all, are available on the CPH website).
    The St Paul’s Children Choir CD’s are also well done (4 CD’s from CPH).
    John Behnke had 3 CDs (CPH), but I think the first is out of print.
    Michael Burkhardt’s Improv CD (Morningstar). Do you play any of his organ music?
    The Hymns for All Saints series (CPH): Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, Lent/Easter, and General

    • jbehnke permalink

      Hi Chris.. there are now 4 volumes of For All Seasons and all 4 of them are still available. Contact CPH or me. Blessings!

  2. Thanks for the additions. I will add them when I get a chance. And yes, I do play some Burkhardt. I especially like his improvisation on “In Dir Ist Freude.” Great piece!

    Regarding the Blersch, yeah, he put out the cd in 2005. I was in the choir for it and there are two pieces that are duets for Soprano and Baritone. Well, I am the baritone, so I am quite familiar with that recording.

  3. The Paul Manz & Charles Ore CDs are probably some of my most-listened to CDs. I’m also really fond of the recordings of Kantorei of CTSFW.

    Here’s a few more that get plenty of mileage in my car and iPod:
    + Easter on Fifth Avenue NYC (on Pro Organo label)
    + “Erhalt uns, Herr, bei Deinem Wort” (500 Jahre Lutherlieder) (ifo records — was really hard to find)
    + “Bach in the Back Bay” with Balint Karosi, organ – recorded at my own church!

    And 2 of my absolute favorites: 2 live recordings of Dutch organist Sietze de Vries, made at my own church (First Lutheran in Boston). He improvised (Baroque style) on Lutheran chorales. I can’t get enough of these two recordings!

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