From the German College in Rome, Giacomo Carissimi spent his life producing some of the most beloved choral compositions of the 17th century. While much of his original music has been lost, he is considered the foundation of Baroque choral music.

Zachary Wadsworth describes poet Tim Dlugos’ work as “affirmations, bright and defiant in their optimism, their light, and their life.”

Pablo Heras-Casado’s latest release features a number of stunning choral works. The liner notes are appropriately titled “On Love, Passion, and Humanity.” In them, Sören Ingwersen elaborates on this theme: “The profoundly human aspect of these works and their touching intimacy can be explained not least by reference to the background against which they were written. […] the nine motets included [here] were written for close friends and acquaintances.

Almost all have heard the magnificent finale to Beethoven's final symphony, most commonly referred to as Ode to Joy. However, many are unaware of what music scholar Jurgen Otten describes as, "the little sister of the composer's last completed symphony." Tune in to hear Beethoven's precursor to his most beloved work, performed by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir.

Listen to it on Monday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.

Johannes Brahms revolutionized the requiem form when he chose to set his in German using a Lutheran bible. Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Music Director Paul Haas elaborates on this piece and the upcoming SoNA performance of the game-changing work.