Ahead of Easter, WQXR has interviewed several choral figures to find out their Top Picks for Easter. Visit WQXR to read contributions from Chanticleer, Mark Shapiro, The King’s Singers, Eric and more.
“As an avid admirer of Bach, Eric Whitacre turns to the Easter Oratorio to honor the holiday. Although the piece does not include any Biblical text, the sequence of movements loosely narrates the Resurrection story. The original version from 1725 had very little choral music, but Bach’s revised version expanded the role of the chorus. The triumphal trumpets in the opening Sinfonia and the jubilant first chorus of the oratorio perfectly set the scene for Easter day.”