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Italia: Verdi, Scelsi, Nono, Pizzetti, Petrassi

Italia: Verdi, Scelsi, Nono, Pizzetti, Petrassi

Discovering Italy’s Historical Choir Tradition


Nono:

Sarà dolce tacere

Petrassi:

Nonsense

Pizzetti:

Tre Composizioni corali

Scelsi:

Yliam

TKRDG for 6 male voices, 3 percussionists and electrically amplified guitar

Verdi:

Quattro Pezzi Sacri: Ave Maria

Quattro Pezzi Sacri: Laudi alla Vergine Maria


In this latest installment of recordings focusing on the choral traditions of different country’s choral music traditions launched last year by the Vokalensemble Stuttgart des SWR, we now arrive in sunny Italy, a country said to have no native choral tradition.

Giuseppe Verdi of course used choirs in his operas, but apart from that there are only a few choral works that have sustained any place in the repertoire, some of the finest of which are presented here. With the beginning of the 20th century, however, one encounters composer‘s that are less well known, but whom have certainly composed some very exciting music for choir, including Pizzetti, Giacinto Scelsi, Luigi Nono and Goffredo Petrassi.

They all offer poignant, poetic, funny, mysterious, ironic choral works that are original and always interesting in their structure. They show an Italy away from the operatic bel canto, but certainly not lacking in beautiful melodies. This is a most worthy addition to their on-going “country” series.

The Vokalensemble Stuttgart des SWR is one of the most internationally acclaimed choirs. Their scholarship, adventurous programming, wide range of styles and impeccable vocal performances are their trademarks. For many years, the Vokalensemble has been considered one of the top ensembles for contemporary music and has, throughout its 65 year history, presented more world premieres than any other professional choir.

“These recordings – made over nine years and in a variety of acoustics – offer as good a survey [of 19th/20th century Italian choral music] as one might hope for, and exhibit impeccable singing of total passion, wearing for the esoteric to the sublime.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

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Der Musikalische Adventskalender

Der Musikalische Adventskalender

The Musical Advent Calendar 2014


includes

Bach, J S:

Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier, BWV469

Fauré:

Berceuse, Op. 16

Gruber, F:

Stille Nacht

Haydn:

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob. VIIe:1: 2nd movement

Ives, C:

Psalm 100

A Christmas Carol

Manfredini:

Concerto grosso in C major, Op. 3 No. 12 'per il Santissimo Natale': II. Largo

Mawby:

Laudate Dominum

Mendelssohn:

Veni Domine 'Hear my prayer, o Lord', Op. 39 No. 1

Praetorius, M:

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme

Reger:

In dulci jubilo

Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

Kommt und laßt uns Christum ehren

Rheinberger:

Ave Maris Stella

Mass in A major, Op. 126: Sanctus

Rutter:

God be in my head

Tchaikovsky:

Suite No. 4 'Mozartiana': Preghiera


Thomas Hopp (organ), Lajos Lencsés (oboe), Christophe Bianco (violin), Gaby Pas-Van Riet (flute), Sophie Hallynck (harp), Thomas Hammes (trumpet), Eva-Maria Roth (soprano), Markus Eichenlaub (organ)

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Mädchenchor am Dom und St. Quintin, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern, Südpfalzlerchen, Marcus Creed, Matthias Bartsch, Miguel de la Fuente, Roger Norrington, Anne Kohler, Paul Goodwin, Klaus Eichenlaub, Garcia Navarro, Neville Marriner

Each year hänssler CLASSIC is pleased to present our beloved Musical Advent Calendar! 24 pieces of music, performed by some of the best amateur and professional ensembles in Southwest Germany provide a sparkling accompaniment for your Christmas countdown!

This year offers something for everyone’s taste and mood, from Michael Praetorius‘ ever-popular Christmas motets to Charles Ives' rugged ‚Psalm 100‘ for mixed choir and bells, together with festive works for the season by JS Bach and John Rutter. From the grandeur of a full orchestra to the angelic beauty of a children’s choir, the tonal range is varied and edifying.

“No selection of Advent music would be complete without a mention of Hänssler's Musical Advent Calendar - an annual tradition for this record label, it's a sparkling collection of 24 delightful pieces that look forward to Christmas, performed by the finest musicians in southwestern Germany.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 29th November 2014

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Russia: Russian Choral Works

Russia: Russian Choral Works


Glinka:

Hymn

Gubaidulina:

Hommage à Marina Tsvetayeva

Rachmaninov:

O Theodokos, immer wachend im Gebet

Schnittke:

Drei geistliche Gesänge

Taneyev:

The Twelve Choruses, Op. 27 (extracts)

Tchaikovsky:

The Cherubic Hymn


Wakako Nakaso (soprano), Sabine Czinczel (alto), Alexander Yudenkov (tenor), Mikhail Shashkov (bass)

Südwestrundfunk Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Marcus Creed

“America” was the title of the first CD in a new series of recordings, each dedicated to the choral music of a different country, by the Maserati of contemporary choirs, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart. What could be better than to have followed “America” than “Russia”?! The peculiarities of Russian choral compositions are immediately apparent - only since 1880s has it been allowed to print sacred music – while Moscow developed into a center of choral singing and many composers were able to enjoy international successes with their works.

This CD offers a wide range of Russian composers who composed in the tradition of Orthodox Church music, ranging from Mikhail Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Sergei Taneyev and Sergei Rachmaninoff to Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina, from romantic nationalist musical settings of the 19th century to the more intensely expressionist sounds of the two more recent composers.

This CD is a treat for the ears: both a recording where you can hear the outstanding virtuosity of the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, and an opportunity to discover a number of previously under-represented works.

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America

America


Barber:

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Bernstein:

Missa Brevis

Cage:

Five

Women Choir

Copland:

Four Motets

Feldman, M:

Rothko Chapel

Reich:

Proverb


Kerstin Steube-Konig (soprano), Ulrike Koch (alto), Rüdiger Linn (tenor), Philip Niederberger (bass), Johanna Zimmer (soprano), Kirsten Drope (soprano), Julius Pfeifer (tenor), Johannes Kaleschke (tenor), Franz Bach (vibraphone), Boris Müller (vibraphone), Tomoko Hemmi (synthesizer), Jürgen Kruse (synthesizer), Angelika Lenter (soprano), Sophia Maeno (alto), Sabine Czinczel (alto), Ulrike Becker (alto), Andra Darzins (viola), Markus Stange (celesta), Franz Vitzthum (counter-tenor), Peer Kaliss (percussion), Alexander Yudenkov (tenor), Boris Müller (percussion), Franz Bach (timpani)

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Marcus Creed

The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the few choirs enjoying an international reputation. Their latest recording has “America” as its subject - and presents a tremendously wide range of forms and expressions, from music written under the influence of European masters to works that boldly explore experiments in aesthetic reorientation. The big names of the U.S. composers are of course represented, including Leonard Bernstein with his single a cappella work, the “Missa Brevis”, Steve Reich with his minimalist “Proverb” and John Cage with some of his late “Number Pieces”. Everything is presented at the highest artistic level, with ravishing sonics that cannot be beat.

“An attractive programme of 20th-century American music, moments of choral weight and exposed fragility alike approached with great individuality.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2014

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2014

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Hindemith: Messe, Six Chansons, Apparebit repentina dies

Hindemith: Messe, Six Chansons, Apparebit repentina dies


Hindemith:

Apparebit repentina dies

6 songs

Lieder nach alten Texten, Op. 33

Mass


Stuttgart Southwest Radio Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, members, Marcus Creed

December 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of Paul Hindemith's death, but this is not the only reason for the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart to turn Hindemith's choral works.

His works continue to impress with diverse expressions and moods that utilize a variety of different compositional techniques and musical forms.

In the works on this program, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart realizes this idea quite beautifully. With this latest recording of the choral works of Hindemith, the elite Stuttgart team under the direction of Marcus Creed continues its award-winning series of recordings together with the choral works by Kurtág, Carter, Schnittke and Villa-Lobos.

“What draws these disparate strands so effectively together is the excellent singing of the SWR Vocal Ensemble under Marcus Creed...this release, performed with real polish and recorded in a suitably generous acoustic by Hänssler Classics, is a valuable addition to the catalogue.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

GGramophone Awards 2014

Finalist - Choral

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Der Musikalische Adventskalender Jubilaums-Edition

Der Musikalische Adventskalender Jubilaums-Edition

The Musical Advent Calendar 2012


 

Leise rieselt der Schnee

Es wird scho glei dumpa

Menuett

Anderson, Leroy:

Sleigh Ride

Bach, J S:

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Sinfonia 'Hirtenmusik'

Bernard, F:

Winter Wonderland

Casals:

Nigra sum

Cornelius:

The Three Kings

Fauré:

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Gruber, F:

Stille Nacht

Hammerschmidt:

Machet die Tore weit

Handel:

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Messiah: Pastoral Symphony 'Pifa'

Lauridsen:

Dirait-on

Nordin, Jill:

Whisperin' your name

Piazzólla:

Oblivion

Reger:

Schlaf, mein Kindelein

trad.:

In Dulci Jubilo

Maria durch ein’ Dornwald ging

Adeste fideles

Segne und behüte uns

Hort, der Engel helle Lieder

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297: Largo


Matthias Settelmeyer (piano), Sabine Murza (vocals), Barbara Comes (organ), Regina Kabis (soprano), Judith Sartor (viola da gamba), Andreas Hoffmann (piano), Andreas Bongard (tenor), Caroline Leibfried (piano), Kyoko Tanino (violin), Soren Gieseler (piano)

Mainz Chamber Choir, Novas Brass, Gospelchor Lingenfeld, Aramis Trio, Sabine Murza Trio, Stuttgarter Saloniker, Stuttgart Children's Choir, Secret des Muses Lute Quartet, Ulmer Spatzen Chor, Madchenkantorei an der Domkirche St. Eberhard, Zithergruppe der , Jan Schumacher, Meinhard Emling, Patrick Siben, Johannes Knecht, Hans de Gilde, Martin Ducker, Anneliese Kaltenbach, Enrique Crespo, Christoph Hassler, Hanns-Friedrich Kunz, Carola Bischoff, Wolfgang Mettler, Marcus Creed, Thomas Kammel, Pavel Baleff, Hol

“the disc's cover looks like a reject from the design team at Clinton Cards...but hidden beneath it is a set of more-than-worthwhile performances (one for each day of Advent). Don't be put off” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

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Schnittke: Zwölf Bußverse & Stimmen der Natur

Schnittke: Zwölf Bußverse & Stimmen der Natur


Schnittke:

Penitential Psalms (12)

Voices of Nature, for ten women's voices & vibraphone


Virtually every recording released by this choir has received international acclaim and awards. Their latest recording of choral music by Schnittke has already generated excitement in both the choral and contemporary music communities. “a captivating virtuosity from the Stuttgart choir…” (Villa-Lobos) BBC Music Magazine

“Warmth of expression and passionately projected performance can be heard throughout this recording, and something like 'Oh my soul, why are you not afraid?' has it all...Schnittke’s Twelve Penitential Psalms is one of the choral masterpieces of the last century, and this is a recording which conveys its full, angst-ridden glory.” MusicWeb International, June 2012

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Villa-Lobos: Choral Works

Villa-Lobos: Choral Works


Villa-Lobos:

Cor dulce, cor amabile

José

As Costureiras, for full chorus of women’s Voices

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 for chorus or string orchestra

Chôros No. 3 'Pica-Pau' for male chorus & wind instruments

Preces sem palavras

Duas Lendas Amerindias Em Nheengatu

Ave Maria a 4

Bazzum

Preludio und Fuga No.8 bearbeitet fur Chor aus Wohltemperiertes Klavier BWV853

Na Bahia Tem, for male chorus

Bendita Sabedoria


This is the latest release from the incredible SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and includes several CD and world premiere recordings. Villa Lobos created a vast repertoire of new Brazilian choral music and the works on this CD range from the sublime elegance of Bachianas Brasilieras No.9 to the passionate Préces Sem Palavras. The genius of Brazil’s greatest composer is obvious in this exquisite music.

“All of it is unaccompanied, much of it wordless, entailing a captivating virtuosity from the Stuttgart Choir...It's possible to imagine more dynamic and fiery performances, but on its own terms this is a superb survey, warmly recorded and delivered.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011

“The late six-part cycle is the largest although not weightiest item on Hanssler's new disc...The pick of the remaining items is the arrangement of Bach's Prelude and Fugue, BWV853, sturdy music, sturdily recast and rendered...Hanssler's recording is clean and clear, and beautifully balanced.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2011

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Elliott Carter - Choral Works

Elliott Carter - Choral Works


Carter, E:

Tarantella For Men's Chorus and Piano four hands

Let's Be Gay For Female Chorus and Two Pianos

Ensemble For Chorus of Men's Voices and Piano

Heart Not So Heavy As Mine For Mixed Four-Part Chorus

Musicans Wrestle Everywhere For Mixed Chorus a Cappella

To Music For Unaccompanied Mixed Chorus

The Defense of Corinth For Speaker Men's Voices and Piano four hands

Harvest Home For Mixed Chorus a Cappella


Now for the first time a thoroughly modern recording of Elliott’s complete works for choir is available. These performances will serve as a template for all future ensembles. Once again, the SWR Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Marcus Creed, have distinguished themselves as one of the most adventurous and capable choirs performing in the world today.

“The performances are terrific, so what could have been a curiosity is actually a delight.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ****

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MacMillan & Vaughan-Williams - Choral Works

MacMillan & Vaughan-Williams - Choral Works


MacMillan:

O bone Jesu

Vaughan Williams:

Mass in G minor

Silence and Music


A Capella choral works for choir including the Vaughan-Williams Mass in G minor, one of the most beautiful 20th century works of its kind.

“…the SWR Vokalenensemble Stuttgart…are…a tremendously adroit and versatile group whose immaculate polish, scrupulous blend and stylish musicality cannot fail to impress. Certainly it's hard to imagine more luminously textured or jaw-droppingly eloquent renderings of the two pieces by James MacMillan.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2009

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