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Classical - Released November 3, 2017 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Editor's Choice
“Nacht und Träume” takes its name from one of Schubert’s best-loved lieder, which is joined on the album by a further 10 of the composer’s songs. All performed in orchestral versions by such masters as Berlioz, Liszt, Brahms, Strauss, Webern, Britten and Schubert himself, they are complemented by three choral numbers and an orchestral interlude. The singers are rising stars – German mezzo-soprano Wiebke Lehmkuhl and French tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac – and Laurence Equilbey conducts two ensembles she founded: the Insula orchestra and the choir Accentus. © Warner Classics
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Classical - Released April 21, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 7, 2011 | naïve classique

Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica
Conductor Laurence Equilbey continues to broaden the range of repertoire in which the choir Accentus excels. This album presents a sampling of some of Mendelssohn's (relatively) small-scale sacred choral works. Each of them demonstrates the sweet euphony characteristic of so much of the composer's writing. The single-movement cantata Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich, and the chorus from Christus, "Es wird ein Stern aus Jacob aufgehn" are especially lovely examples of the choral serenity Mendelssohn was so skilled at creating. Christus consists of six movements from the unfinished oratorio, with three movements devoted to the Nativity and three to the Passion. In the cantatas based on Lutheran chorales, O Haupt voll blut und wunden and Vom Himmel hoch, it's easy to hear the influence of J.S. Bach in the music's contrapuntal richness and the grandeur summoned in the choral passages. The soloists, soprano Sandrine Piau, tenor Robert Getchell, and basses Markus Butter and Laurent Slaars are all top-notch, singing with exceptionally pure, warm tone, and unmannered delivery. Accentus sings with its accustomed full, sumptuous blend; immaculate intonation; and shapely sensitivity to the music's nuances. Ensemble Orchestral de Paris capably matches the choir's subtlety and musicality. Naïve's album is beautifully engineered, with absolute clarity and spacious ambience. Highly recommended for fans of Romantic choral music.
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released September 29, 2014 | naïve classique

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 clés de sol d'Opéra
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released September 1, 2000 | naïve Montaigne

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Classical - Released March 19, 2012 | naïve classique

The title of the 2012 compilation, Accentus: Best 20, has a double meaning: it's a celebration of the choir's 20th anniversary and it includes 20 of the best tracks from its 18 albums made for the Naïve label. The ensemble has established itself as one of the world's most distinguished and versatile chamber choirs, excelling in the traditional repertoire as well as the work of avant-garde composers like Stockhausen, Manoury, and Dusapin. The group is perhaps most widely known for its best-selling albums of choral transcriptions of orchestral works, piano music, and solo song literature. The selections on this compilation are heavily weighted to the Romantic, post-Romantic, and early Modern eras. The Baroque is represented by a chorus from a Buxtehude cantata and a transcription of a movement from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, and the contemporary by Pascal Dusapin's Dona eis. The choir is joined by a number of distinguished ensembles, pianists, and vocal soloists. The sound throughout is consistently good: clean, balanced, and nicely ambient. This compilation of very diverse works from the choir's expansive repertoire is an excellent introduction to its versatility and finely-honed musicianship and should whet listeners' appetite for seeking out the complete albums.
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Classical - Released November 3, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 13, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 21, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Universal Music