Thursday, December 25


Yes, it's deja vu all over again.... This year, though, you're getting more requiem bang for your buck -- and all in an easily-downloadable, handy-dandy zip-file....

>>>This past Thanksgiving, I went with a change-of-pace post -- classical music for the masses. So, here it is another holiday, and I'm going to follow that up in an even more literal way. Classical masses.

Most of these happen to be masses for the dead, which I suppose may seem inappropriate for the day. But, to flip a phrase, death does not take a holiday. DEAN MARTIN, JAMES BROWN, and Charlie Chaplin all died on December 25. So did JonBenet Ramsey. Then again, BARBARA MANDRELL, DIDO, and Humphrey Bogart were all born on December 25. So was Karl Rove. And, in 1887, Conrad Hilton -- hotelier extraordinaire (and great-grandfather of Paris). This music is dedicated to all of them -- the living and the dead. And to Karl Rove -- who we truly, truly wish were dead.

At the very least, I hope these selections will make for excellent background music as you unwrap your presents and try to prevent yourself from drunkenly punching relatives you may or may not love or respect. Deus succurro vos. Deus succurro nos totus.>>>

Left-click [HERE] for the easily-downloadable, handy-dandy zip-file.


01 Mozart/Requiem/Introitus
02 Mozart/Requiem/Dies Irae
03 Mozart/Requiem/Rex Tremendae
04 Mozart/Requiem/Confutatis
05 Mozart/Requiem/Lacrymosa
06 Verdi/Requiem/Dies Irae
07 Verdi/Requiem/Lacrymosa
08 Brahms/Requiem/Denn alles Fleish, es ist wie Gras
09 Barber/Agnus Dei
10 Faure/Requiem/Agnus Dei
11 Durufle/Requiem/Kyrie
12 Beethoven/Missa Solemnis/Kyrie
13 Beethoven/Missa Solemnis/Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi
14 Mozart/Mass in C Minor/Kyrie
15 Rutter/Requiem/Pie Jesu

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