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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 10 januari 2020 | Solo Musica

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 6 december 2019 | Herald

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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 22 november 2019 | ASC Records

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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 15 november 2019 | Accentus Music

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
It would be a fool’s errand to look for foreshadowings of Bruckner’s future greatness in this Requiem, which he wrote at the age of 24. Copying from one’s models is a formative experience for young artists, who needs must pass through that stage in order to learn their own art and find their own vocabulary. Taking in various influences, including the clear mark of Mozart, this budding composer finds his way to a mysticism which would go on to be the motor of all his future works, especially his nine fabulous symphonies, all of which are monuments to divinity.Here is a Bruckner who is already finding his own path, brought to life by the soloists, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and the splendid Berlin RIAS Kammerchor, with an inspired Łukasz Borowicz conducting; the programme is rounded off by a few isolated liturgical pieces. Note also the stunning Aeuqale, two short pieces for three trombones written by the young composer for the funeral of his aunt Rosalie Mayrhofer in 1847, and which anticipate the harmonic strategies that would become so typical of Bruckner’s writing for brass sections in his later great works. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 1 november 2019 | Carus

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
During his lifetime Hans Fährmann was known as “the Richard Strauss of the organ.” Today the compositions of this composer and organist, who was born in 1860 in Beicha, Saxony, are largely unknown. Frieder Bernius has now devoted himself to Fährmann's sacred vocal works and has found the SWR Vokalensemble to be the ideal partner for these late romantic a cappella works, whose demanding harmonies also demand professional ensembles. The SWR vocal ensemble has mastered this challenge brilliantly. For Frieder Bernius, a conductor always on the lookout for exciting choral literature, Fährmann’s compositions represent “an indispensable and very welcome enrichment of the late romantic repertoire.” How true! © Carus-Verlag
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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 27 september 2019 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 20 september 2019 | CPO

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Cyprien de Rore is one of the most important representatives of Franco-Flemish musicians. Spread out across all of Europe, these musicians originating in Flanders deepened their knowledge of composition in Italy, where they took up residence in courts. After Josquin des Prés, Rore officiated at the court of the Duke of Ferrara. Later, in Venice, he followed Adrian Willaert as the Master of the Chapel of the Basilica of Saint Mark. This album brings together the mass dedicated to his protector, Ercole II d’Este (Missa vivat felix Hercules secundus) with some motets. So this programme, performed by the Weser-Renaissance choir and conducted by Manfred Cordes, is entirely in Latin. Rore's counterpoint ploughs the furrow of the prima pratica, while the care taken over the text and its harmonic language point towards the "new music" or seconda pratica. Standing at the crossroads of these two styles, Cyprien de Rore has mixed the ordinario of the mass with secular texts, creating a musical unity  – following the example set by Josquin, himself the author of a mass in honour of a Duke of Ferrara, Ercole I. A soggetto cavato provides a bridge: the vowels of the text ("Hercules dux Ferrariae") correspond to the notes (D, C, D, C, D, F, E, D), forming a melodic motif. As for the recorded motets, they were recovered in a magnificent manuscript which was kept in the Library of Bavaria. In fact, Rore was famous in the Munich court, where he went in person to copy his motets into the codex. Polyphonic gems, these pieces blossom with great lucidity. Manfred Cordes and the Bremen Weser-Renaissance ensemble clearly know their stuff: the record is simply magnificent. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz
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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 6 september 2019 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama
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Religieuze cantates - Verschenen op 12 juli 2019 | Decca

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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 30 juni 2019 | Dallas Chamber Choir

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Sacred Oratorios - Verschenen op 28 juni 2019 | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 21 juni 2019 | Opus Arte

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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 14 juni 2019 | Ondine

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Sacred Oratorios - Verschenen op 1 juni 2019 | Passacaille

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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 24 mei 2019 | naïve classique

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or
Founded in 2018 by the singer Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, a specialist in baroque music and Monteverdi in particular, the ensemble I Gemelli has set itself the task of protecting the great works of the Italian "Seicento" (meaning 17th century), not hesitating to unveil many scores that are as yet still unpublished, waiting deep in the libraries for the musicians who will bring them to life.This is the case for composer Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, to whom the conductor and her ensemble dedicate their first album, with several superb psalms and motets collected here to form an office of “Vêpres à la Vierge” (Vespers to the Virgin). It’s the extraordinary richness of the Italian convents’ archives that has enabled the unearthing of this sensual and delicate music published some thirty years ago after Montevardi’s Vêpres, which seems to have served as a model.A nun, then abbess of the convent of Saint Ragedonde in Milan, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani was born into an upper-class Milanese family. Emiliano Gonzalez Toro’s choice was the collection of the 1650 Salmi a otto voci ("Psalms for 8 voices") and the Concerti sacri, published in 1642. They are connected to each other by an older work, composed by Caterina Assandra, with the text of "Duo Seraphim" already set to music by Monteverdi in his own Vêpres from 1610.Looking to the future, with the use of dissonances reinforcing expression, these psalms and motets alternate between parts for choir and those for soloists, with a voice treatment designed to highlight the talent of the singers of Sainte-Radegonde. A double debut album: the first for the ensemble and the first dedicated to this composer whose talent demands our full attention, just like her contemporaries Cavalli, Strozzi or Benedetto Ferrari. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 6 mei 2019 | Music Play

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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 29 april 2019 | Agorila

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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | Signum Records

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Qobuzism - Grammy Awards
This spectacular new release of Maurice Duruflé’s complete choral output uncovers hidden gems of French classical music. Infused with modal harmonies and plainsong, Maurice Duruflé's choral works look back to Gregorian chant. The composer also found inspiration in the likes of Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy, incorporating definite lines and close harmonies into his music, and the result is astonishingly simple. His works were part of a whole stylistic movement in the 20th century (one that was far removed from neoclassicism) that tried to trace music back to its origins, separating itself from all the trappings of theatre and performance, and moving away from the highly abstract tendencies that characterised much of the music in the post-war period. Is Gregorian chant the “mother” of all music? Quite possibly. Duruflé aimed to create a serene, gentle mood all the while echoing a contemporary trend, one that was still emerging yet already rather developed, centred around harmony and floating atmospheres in the hope of bringing people together in communion. With little to show by way of recordings yet much by way of talent, the Houston Chamber Choir give a beautiful performance of the French composer's works. Their radiant singing is well worth discovering, made all the more breathtaking by the generous acoustics of the Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall at Rice University, which allow the conductor Robert Simpson to use broad phrasings. The conductor adds an especially touching quality to these naturally expressive works, making this recording – which is as moving as the composer's earlier recordings (Erato) - an ideal gateway into Duruflé’s hypnotic universe (Messe “Cum Jubilo”). It should be noted that despite his relatively long life, Duruflé’s composed only fourteen works. His final composition Notre Père (which lasts just ninety seconds!) was written especially for the Catholic Church though was never performed due to its sheer difficulty. This modest number of compositions reflects Duruflé’s crippling self-criticism and continuous search for perfection. This Houston Chamber Choir recording is a wonderful opportunity to rediscover one of the best kept secrets of the 20th century. © Qobuz
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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | BR-Klassik

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Sacred Oratorios - Verschenen op 29 maart 2019 | Mirare

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
Composed by Dietrich Buxtehude in 1680 for the church of Lübeck, where he had been working for ten years, Membra Jesu Nostri describes the scars of the Passion of Christ through a cycle of seven cantatas. The work owes its title to a Latin manuscript written by a relative of Saint Bernard. Typical of the pietism of 17th century Lutheran Germany, the piece is a descent into the darkness of suffering and an ode to the promise of consolation. Grounded in rhetoric, Buxtehude’s music influenced a generation of innovative musicians. It would later be an inspiration to Johann Sebastian Bach, who traveled to Lübeck specifically to meet Buxtehude.Membra Jesus Nostri was written for a five-voice ensemble. It requires a set of soloists with three lower voices and two upper parts, as well as a subtle instrumental accompaniment featuring two violins, five viols, and one basso continuo chose by the musicians. Some authors have seen the influence of the “Versailles Motet,” which Buxtehude knew well, in this setup. The influence of Italian music, especially Monteverdi, which he may have known through his interest in Schütz’s music, is also clear. The work is the testimony to Buxtehude’s incredibly expressive power and deserves to be considered as a masterpiece among other spiritual compositions such as Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, Bach’s Passions and, on an instrumental level, Biber’s Sonates du Rosaire.According to Philippe Pierlot, who can be heard on the record, “Buxtehude is appealing directly to our senses and making us experience the suffering of Christ. We can feel the wounds, the blows, and the heart when it ceases to beat. Thanks to the genius of his music, the composer not only moves his listener to intense emotion, but also enlightens him, giving him access to the deep meaning of the text it sings” © François Hudry/Qobuz