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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released September 2, 2016 | BIS

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released August 1, 2007 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc du Monde de la Musique
Though as central to his compositional career as his piano works, Grieg's choral works are rarely heard outside his native land and even more rarely recorded. This splendid 2007 BIS disc with Grete Pedersen leading the Norske Solistkor (the Norwegian Soloists' Choir) adds 13 a cappella pieces to the international Grieg catalog. Some are intimately emotional secular works like "Margaret's Cradle Song," while others are grander scared works like the setting of "Ave, Maris Stella." Some like "As I Lay Down So Late" were originally composed for the medium, while others were adapted for the medium either by the composer from one of his songs as in "Last Spring" or by the conductor from one of his piano pieces as in "Once Upon a Time" from the Opus 71 set of Lyric Pieces. And the last of them, the Four Psalms written directly for chorus, are the composer's last works for any medium. Like the best of Grieg's music in any genre, each work here is lovely, particularly in these warm yet clear performances by Pedersen and the Norwegian choir recorded in deep, resonant sound by BIS. © TiVo
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released September 7, 2018 | BIS

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released December 1, 2017 | BIS

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We can only welcome the appearance of new recordings of Bach's Motets: these unique works which defy classification are also often difficult to date accurately. The common factor shared by those Motets which have survived to the present day (because many were lost) appears to be the purely choral conception of the musical discourse, from end to end, the absence of instrumentation - if they are played with instruments, the latter only back up the choral parts (excluding the BWV118, initially believed to be a cantata as it was written with a small musical accompaniment, but the form remains that of a short motet, hence the uncertainty about which classification to give it) - the deliberate archaism  of the words, and the likely funereal purpose of most of the works. The Norwegian Soloists' Choir (Det Norske Solistkor) is one of the foremost Norwegian musical ensembles and one of the best chamber choirs in Europe. The choir is just as comfortable with the classical/romantic repertoire as with contemporary music and makes frequent forays into music derived from romantic national folkloric works. The ensemble was founded in 1950 by the composer Knut Nystedt, who led it for four decades. In 1990, he was succeeded by Grete Pedersen, and she now directs the group - with the help of the Allegria Ensemble, also Norwegian - for this fine recording. © SM/Qobuz
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 1, 2011 | BIS

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Ein deutsches Requiem is the only choral piece by Brahms that's widely performed today, but during his lifetime his choral works were among his most popular and widely performed music. There were choral societies in practically every community, and most people (apart from those in cosmopolitan areas with the resources to attend orchestral concerts) were far more likely to know Brahms' choral music than his symphonies. (Modern listeners are likely to forget just what a luxury recorded sound is; Brahms himself once said that his fondest wish was to hear orchestral performances of all the Beethoven symphonies, a dream that went unfulfilled.) This exemplary recording by Det Norske Solistkor, led by Grete Pedersen, which includes two pieces by Schubert, another composer whose choral music is too-little known, should whet listeners' appetites for exploring Brahms' extensive works for chorus. The later works in particular, the selections from 11 Zigeunerlieder (1887) and Fünf Gesänge (1886-1888), clearly come from the hand of a master; they are acutely expressive and marvelously subtle and avoid the kinds of easy clichés that can bog down more mundane Romantic choral repertoire. The Schubert works, one for women's voices and one for men's, are simply lovely, models of lyrical gracefulness. Det Norske Solistkor sings with pristine intonation and purity, yet its tone is full, warm, and colorful. Grete Pedersen draws shapely, beautifully nuanced performances from the group. The sound of BIS' hybrid SACD is immaculate, detailed, and natural. © TiVo
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released February 26, 2013 | BIS

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Classical - Released November 19, 2013 | BIS

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