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CHORAL RECORDINGS IN MARCH 2014

 

MOZART: REQUIEM

COMPOSER: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

ARTIST: Dunedin Consort • John Butt • Joanne Lunn • Matthew

Brook • Rowan Hellier • Thomas Hobbs

CKD449 | 691062044929

1 Hybrid SACD | US SRP $22.99

·         The premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black’s new 2013 edition of Süssmayr’s completion of Mozart’s Requiem.

·         The Dunedin Consort has established a reputation as one of the finest period-performance choirs around, under the direction of prize-winning historical performance specialist John Butt OBE.

·         The multi-award-winning Dunedin Consort has won praise for the natural style of its soloists and renown for the virtuosity of its singers.

·         The Dunedin Consorts’ eighth release on Linn Records.

 

ST JOHN PASSION

COMPOSER: Johann Sebastian Bach

ARTIST: Academy of Ancient Music • Choir of the Academy of Ancient Music • Richard Egarr

AAM002 | 5060340150020

2 CD | US SRP $29.99

·         The AAM celebrates its 40th anniversary year with this landmark new recording of Bach’s St. John Passion.

·         The second release on the newly launched AAM label features a cast of superb soloists.

·         Rare recording of the work’s first version, dating from 1724.

·         Further content available online.

·         “No better team could be assembled anywhere...Pity, terror, consolation...joy” –The Ark Desk (March 2013) reviewing a concert performance of this work with this same cast.

 

TERRA TREMUIT

COMPOSER: Antoine Brumel • G. P. da Palestrina • William Byrd, Jacobus Vaet • Thomas Crévillon • Rolans de Lassus

ARTIST: Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal • Christopher Jackson (conductor)

ACD2 2653 | 722056265324

1 CD | US SRP $16.99

·         To mark the 40th anniversary of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, ATMA presents Terra Tremuit (The Earth Trembled) featuring Antoine Brumel’s mass Et ecce terrae motus (Lo, the earth shook), considered to be his most original work.

·         Also featured are motets by Jacobus Vaet and Thomas Crecquillon, Franco-Flemish masters following Brumel. Listeners will also discover Terra Tremuit, a motet whose title alludes to the earthquake that marked the death of Jesus. Christopher Jackson conducts.

 

AMERICA

COMPOSER: Aaron Copland • Steve Reich • John Cage • Morton Feldman • Leonard Bernstein •

Samuel Barber

ARTIST: SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart • Marcus Creed

93306 | 4010276026044

1 CD | US SRP $18.99

·         America is the first disc in a new series with each CD focusing on the choral music of a different country.

·         The works are presented at the highest artistic level, with ravishing sonics.

·         The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the few choirs enjoying an international reputation, and has received numerous awards for their recently released CDs.

 

 MEDIEVAL CHANT: TALLIS LAMENTATIONS

COMPOSER: Thomas Tallis • John Sheppard

ARTIST: Tenebrae Consort • Nigel Short

SIGCD901 | 635212090121

1 CD | US SRP $17.99

·         An exploration of classic works at the very heart of the Medieval and early-Renaissance British Choral Tradition.

·         Tenebrae Consort singers are hand-picked from the award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae.

·         Both singers and instrumentalists are directed from within the Consort by Nigel Short.

·         Focusing on repertoire originally written for consort performance, particularly early music, Tenebrae Consort aim to shed new interpretative light on their chosen repertoire.

 

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DANISH PARTSONGS

COMPOSER: Niels W. Gade • J.P.E. Hartmann • Peter Arnold Heise • Friedrich Kuhlau • Thomas Laub • Carl Nielsen • Ib Norholm • Svend S. Schultz • C.E.F. Weyse

ARTIST: Ars Nova Copenhagen • Paul Hillier

6220568 | 747313156863

1 Hybrid SACD | US SRP $16.99

·         The Danish Golden Age in the first half of the 19th century is known as a period with an abundance of artistic expression, famous talents H. C. Andersen, Kierkegaard, Weyse and Gade.

·         However, according to Paul Hillier, we can speak of a continued “Golden Age” for Danish choral music today – which is why this collection of Hillier’s Danish Golden Age jewels with Ars Nova Copenhagen includes Classical and Romantic works as well as music from subsequent generations and our own time.

 

NEW AMERICAN CHORAL SERIES: STEPHEN CARACCIOLO

COMPOSER: Stephen Caracciolo

ARTIST: Cathedra • Michael McCarthy (Director)

G-49287 | 000334928728

1 CD | US SRP $18.99

·         This is the first recording of the professional vocal ensemble Cathedra, based at Washington National Cathedral and directed by Michael McCarthy.

 

BOUND FOR GLORY! NEW SETTINGS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUALS

COMPOSER: Moses Hogan • Paul Carey • Paul Crabtree • Colin Lett • Rollo Dilworth • Robert L. Morris • K. Lee Scott • André Thomas • Joseph Jennings • Gwyneth Walker • Jonathan Miller • Lela Anderson • Robert A. Harris

ARTIST:Chicago a Cappella • Jonathan Miller (Artistic Director)

G-49282 | 000334928223

1 CD | US SRP $18.99

·         This release includes ten world premiere recordings of new arrangements of African-American spirituals sung by Chicago a Cappella under the direction of Jonathan Miller.

 

PEACE & CELEBRATION

CD711 | 658592071122

1 CD | US SRP $18.99

COMPOSER: George Frederic Handel

ARTIST: European Union Baroque Orchestra • Choir of Clare College Cambridge

·         Recorded live at a concert at St John’s Smith Square, London, this recording of famous works by Handel celebrates the 300th anniversary of the accession of George I, the first of the Hanoverian monarchs in 1714. These much-loved coronation anthems have become a traditional part of all subsequent British coronations.

 

IL TRIONFO DI DORI-VENICE 1592

COMPOSER: Various

ARTIST: Vocal Music-Rennaisance

TC590003 | 8007194105766

1 CD | US SRP $18.99

·         Il Trionfo di Dori was printed in 1592. A Venetian nobleman, Leonardo Sanudo asked 29 authors to compose a poem, and then asked 29 musicians to compose a madrigal to each text.

·         Il Trionfo di Dori describes idyllic scenes of a mythical past merged with a peaceful pastoral world.

·         Each piece closes with the words “Viva la bella Dori!” the collection’s unifying element. Dori, the lovely sea nymph, is the name that hints at the woman to whom the work was dedicated, Elisabetta Giustinian.