The Vatican Concert

Regensburger Domspatzen
Athestis Chorus


Recorded live in the presence of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City, this profoundly moving and inspiring concert is a true musical landmark. While the music ranges from the grand to the sublime, the atmosphere retains the warmth and intimacy of a "family reunion": both the Munich Philharmonic and the boys' chorus "Regensburger Domspatzen" are world-renowned institutions from the Pope's native Germany and from cities closely connected with the former Cardinal Ratzinger. Among the works performed is a Sanctus from a mass written by Georg Ratzinger, the Pope's brother and one-time director of the "Regensburger Domspatzen". Under the direction of its distinguished young principal conductor Christian Thielemann, the Munich Philharmonic is joined by the boys' chorus (which also sings a cappella works led by Georg Büchner) in music by Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Palestrina, Pfitzner, Verdi, Wagner and Georg Ratzinger. The musical event is rounded off with an address to the listeners and performers by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: „Kyrie“ aus „Missa Papae Marcelli“
Georg Ratzinger: „Sanctus“ aus „Missa L’anno santo“
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: „Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen“
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: „Ave verum corpus“
Franz Liszt: „Tu es Petrus“ aus „Christus“
Hans Pfitzner: „Palestrina“, Vorspiele zum 1. und 3. Akt
Giuseppe Verdi: „Te Deum“ aus „Quattro Pezzi Sacri“
Richard Wagner: „Tannhäuser“, Ouvertüre