What's the value of sacred music in a secular age?

Is sacred music past its sell-by? Religious leaders, musicians and non-believers share their views.

Friar Alessandro: I don't know about you but I’m a believer...

The charismatic Franciscan has a second album in the classical hit parade but he’s alert to the lure of fame.

Wesley: Ascribe Unto The Lord (Sacred Choral Works)

A radical redeemed: SS Wesley’s sacred music revisited.

Stanford: Sacred Choral Music (Winchester Cathedral Choir)

An Anglican celebration of choral wonder.

Stanford, Parry: Sacred Music (King’s Consort choirs)

Period instruments in Stanford and Parry packs quite a punch.

Alleluia (Julia Lezhneva)

It’s easy to sing the praises of Kiri Te Kanawa’s young protégée.

Live Review: Tenebrae et Lux – Gesualdo (Perth Festival)

Murder in the Dark: light, shadow, movement and music illuminate the Passion of Christ.

The Top 10 Alleluias in Classical Music

Never mind the Hallelujah chorus; there are plenty of sublime examples in classical music.

Hildegard of Bingen to be canonised

Pope Benedict XVI to admit the 12th-century mystic and composer as Doctor of the Church.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY (Theatre of Voices; Ars Nova Copenhagen/Hillier)

Choir guru Paul Hillier has created a Christmas album worth listening to all year round.

Bach in bondage: Sydney Chamber Opera

A controversial new production puts the master composer in chains.

GOUNOD: Requiem, Messe Chorale (Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Lausanne/Corboz)

If, as an opera composer, Gounod has faded, on the evidence contained in this excellent CD his religious music warrants reappraisal.
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