Barber: A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

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Barber: An American Romantic

Barber: An American Romantic


Barber:

Twelfth Night

To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42

The Virgin Martyrs Op. 8 No. 1

Let Down the Bars, O Death Op. 8 No. 2

Reincarnations, Op. 16

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

Agnus Dei

The Lovers, Op. 43

arr. Robert Kyr for chamber orchestra and chorus

with David Farwing (baritone)

Chamber Orchestra

Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale)


Conspirare & Company of Voices, Craig Hella Johnson

Samuel Barber’s lyrical melodies and unabashed romanticism have earned him a cherished place in the pantheon of 20th-century composers. Recorded here are some of Barber’s finest works for choir (including the beloved 'Agnus Dei') alongside 2 world premières: a new version for chamber chorus and orchestra of Barber’s anguished work 'The Lovers' on poetry by Pablo Neruda, and a new version of 'Easter Chorale', which were both made by Robert Kyr for Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare.

From its 1991 origins as a summer classical music festival in Austin, Texas, Conspirare has evolved into an internationally recognised, professional choral organisation known for outstanding vocal artistry and innovative programming. Led by founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare comprises a professional chamber choir, a highly skilled volunteer Symphonic Choir, and an outstanding youth choir.

Conspirare’s critically acclaimed releases on the harmonia mundi label have earned copious praise. 'Threshold of Night' (2008) in particular, featured music by Tarik O’Regan and was nominated for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album at the Grammys.

“The performance is a triumph, superbly well sung by Company Voices, a professional chamber choir that forms one part of the choral ensemble Conspirare.” International Record Review, September 2012

“These are exemplary performances and Johnson represents every nuance of Barber's expression markings...Barber's choral output now has the attention it deserves.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

“Performances throughout the programme are exemplary, the recorded sound is excellent - I listened in conventional CD format - and the documentation, which is in English, French and German is first class and beautifully laid out. This is an important disc for all devotees of Samuel Barber’s music.” MusicWeb International, October 2012

“The 36 professional of the America choir Conspirare sing with good tuning and clear articulation, their voices beautifully blended in a warm acoustic...Craig Hella Johnson directs a sympathetic performance, with a good team of step-out soloists, led by baritone David Farwig.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

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Choral Music By Samuel Barber

Choral Music By Samuel Barber


Barber:

Heaven-Haven: A Nun Takes the Veil Op. 13, No. 1

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Ad Bibinem Cum Me Rogaret Ad Cenam

Agnus Dei

Two choruses from Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40

Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale)

God’s Grandeur

The Monk and His Cat (No. 8 from Hermit Songs)

Let Down the Bars, O Death Op. 8 No. 2

Motetto on Words from the Book of Job

Reincarnations, Op. 16

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

The Moon

The Virgin Martyrs Op. 8 No. 1

To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42

Twelfth Night

Under the Willow Tree


Ben Kennedy (piano) & Matthew Firkins (timpani)

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir, Paul Spicer

This fourth disc in Somm's series of recordings with Paul Spicer and his Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir gives us most of Samuel Barber's utterly beautiful, neo-Romantic choral music.

Barber wrote a great deal of choral music, written in a traditional 19th century tonal idiom despite the fact that his critics called it 'utterly anachronistic and passé', a criticism to which he remained largely impervious. There was no denying however, that Barber's technical brilliance and emotional immediacy placed him at the forefront of American music.

Setting texts for chorus or solo songs formed a large part of Barber's creative life. At the heart of his self-expression was an intimate relationship with the text he was setting. He was fond of British and Irish literature and read poetry ardently, marking texts he might later use, and honing vocal pieces until he was satisfied that they reflected the rhythm, contour, and meaning of words. Barber's use of alternating homophonic and contrapuntal textures as well as sombre harmonies reflect his interest in early Baroque choral music.

Much of his music exposed his melancholy but he also had a kind, gregarious, likable side to his character, seen here in works like the three 'Reincarnations' and 'The Monk and His Cat'. Barber's Agnus Dei, heard here in his own arrangement of the famous Adagio for Strings has gained the same prominence as its instrumental counterpart.

Barber's music reflects the many sides of a complex man who, despite his warmth and humour could never fully escape his own sadness. "I myself wrote always as I wished, and without a tremendous desire to find the latest thing possible... I wrote as I wanted to for myself", he once declared.

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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

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Editor's Choice - August 2014

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American Classics - Barber

American Classics - Barber

Choral Music


Barber:

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Vanessa - excerpts

Twelfth Night

To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42

The Monk and His Cat (No. 8 from Hermit Songs)

Agnus Dei

Reincarnations, Op. 16

The Virgin Martyrs Op. 8 No. 1

Let Down the Bars, O Death Op. 8 No. 2

Heaven-Haven: A Nun Takes the Veil Op. 13, No. 1

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale)

Two choruses from Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40

God’s Grandeur


Choir or Ormond College, University of Melbourne, Douglas Lawrence

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Simple Gifts

Simple Gifts


Barber:

Agnus Dei

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Britten:

Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (Text: The Oxford Book of Ballads)

The Bonny Earl o' Moray

Down by the Salley Gardens

Oliver Cromwell

Copland:

Simple Gifts (from Old American Songs, Set I)

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Simple Gifts (from Old American Songs, Set I)

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The Boatmen's Dance

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The Dodger

(version for male choir)

I Bought me a Cat

(version for male choir)

Thompson, R:

Alleluia

Tippett:

Five Negro Spirituals from A Child Of Our Time


Philip Mayers (piano), Sophie Klussmann (soprano), Judith Simonis (alto), Bianca Reim (soprano), Christoph Leonhardt (tenor), Axel Scheidig (bass), Rene Vosskuhler (tenor), Isabelle Vosskuhler (soprano), Michael Timm (bass), Jorg Schneider (baritone), Gorg Witt (bass), Thomas Pfutzner (bass), Sabine Puhlmann (soprano)

Berlin Radio Chorus, male section, Berlin Radio Chorus, Berlin Radio Chorus, female section, Simon Halsey

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Barber: Choral & Organ Works

Barber: Choral & Organ Works


Barber:

Reincarnations, Op. 16

Under the Willow Tree

The Virgin Martyrs Op. 8 No. 1

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Agnus Dei

Two choruses from Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40

Twelfth Night

The Monk and His Cat (No. 8 from Hermit Songs)

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

Heaven-Haven: A Nun Takes the Veil Op. 13, No. 1

Let Down the Bars, O Death Op. 8 No. 2

To Be Sung on the Water, Op. 42

Chorale Prelude on 'Silent Night'

Wondrous Love Op.34

Happy Birthday


Jeremy Filsell (organ)

Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Timothy Brown

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The Singing Apes

The Singing Apes

and Other Songs of Love and War


Barber:

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Britten:

The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (Text: The Oxford Book of Ballads)

Cornelius:

Der alte Soldat Op. 12 No. 1 (Eichendorff)

David, J N:

Wir zogen in das Feld (Text: Georg Forster)

Distler, H:

Der Tambour (Text: Eduard Mörike)

Holst:

The Song of the Blacksmith. Hampshire Folk-song

Pizzetti:

Per un morto (Text: Greek Poetry)

Sandstrøm, J:

The Singing Apes of Khao Yai (Text: onomatopoetic verse)

Schoenberg:

Verbundenheit, Op. 35 No. 6, for male choir

Schubert:

Ständchen 'Zögernd leise', D920/921

Schumann:

Die Rose stand im Tau, Op. 65 No. 1

Vaughan Williams:

The Turtle Dove

Weill, K:

Berliner Requiem


Folke Alin (organ)

Orphei Drängar Choir, Members of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Robert Sund

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OD Highlights

OD Highlights


Barber:

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Bartók:

Four Old Hungarian Songs

Bossi, M E:

Il brivido (text: G. Pascoli)

David, J N:

Wir zogen in das Feld

Gounod:

Gloire immortelle de nos aïeux (from Faust)

Milhaud:

Psaume 121, Op. 72

Peterson-Berger:

På fjället i sol

Reger:

An das Meer (text: O.F. Gensichen)

Saint-Saëns:

Saltarelle Op. 74

Söderman:

Ett bondbröllop: I bröllopsgården (text: Richard Gustafsson)

Strauss, R:

Traumlicht, No. 2 of Drei Männerchöre AV123

Suchon:

Three Slovakian Folksongs

Tormis:

The Songs of Hamlet (text: Paul-Eerik Rummo)

trad.:

Hej dunkom

Uti vår hage

Verdi:

Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore)

Wikander:

Kung Liljekonvalje (text: Gustav Fröding)


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