Chorale Music Recordings

The term 'chorale' is used to describe a musical form mainly used in German Christian Protestant church services. The chorale is a melody sung by the congregation and the sopranos, which is in turn harmonized by three lower voices. Given their utilitarian nature, they tend to be very singable tunes (even if the resulting harmonies are quite complex), and strophic in nature. Johann Sebastian Bach harmonized hundreds of chorales, which he set and the end of his Cantatas and Passions. Nowadays, chorales are also used as a device for studying harmonization.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
3 Chorals for Organ César Franck Organ Late 19th century
52 Chorale Preludes, Op.67 Max Reger Organ Romantic
Angeli, Archangeli Andrea Gabrieli Choir Renaissance
Attende cælum Manoel Dias de Oliveira Choir and Orchestra Classical
Ave Maria I, S. 20 Franz Liszt Choir and Instrument Romantic
Ave verum corpus, S. 44 Franz Liszt Choir and Instrument Romantic
Ein Sträußchen am Hute Konrad Rotter Choir Romantic
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen Michael Praetorius Choir Renaissance
Gesang der geister ueber der wassern, D. 714 Franz Schubert Choir and Orchestra Romantic
Gloria laus Emerico Lobo de Mesquita Choir and Instrument Classical
Halleluja Philipp Heinrich Erlebach Choir Baroque
Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen Heinrich Isaac Choir Renaissance
Mandatum novum Francisco Raposo Pereira Lima Choir and Orchestra Romantic
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211 Dietrich Buxtehude Organ Baroque
Sanctus Giovanni Ocio Choir Early 20th Century
The Silver Swan Orlando Gibbons Choir Renaissance
Who can from Joy Refrain?, Z.342 Henry Purcell Orchestra Baroque
''Wir Glauben all an einen Gott'', BWV 437 (instrumental) Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestra Baroque