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Secular Vocal Music - Released June 10, 2016 | GB Records

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Classical - Released May 1, 2011 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Classical - Released November 6, 2015 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released March 5, 2013 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released October 27, 2009 | Oehms Classics

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released January 1, 2005 | Oehms Classics

Nineteen love songs in rich arrangements for a cappella vocal sextet may not sustain everyone's interest, but Singer Pur seems determined to hold the listener enthralled with its extremely luscious sound for over an hour on this 2005 release from Oehms. At its best, this German ensemble -- a soprano, three tenors, a baritone, and a bass -- charms with its inventive jazz harmonies and closely knitted counterpoint; and such pop selections as the opening As You Are, Misty, Our Love is Here to Stay, and London By Night are their most immediately appealing numbers. But a melancholy tone dominates this CD, and the sad moods of Londonderry Air, The Three Ravens, the various arrangements of Volkslieder, and the pensive art songs by Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms may reduce one to a state of despondency. Concerned to produce a lovely tone at all times, Singer Pur favors slow, poignant numbers to bring out its opulent sound; yet the group might have included a few upbeat or humorous numbers to make the program easier to take emotionally. (The hidden final track, an outtake, is the only amusing number on this rather somber collection.) The up-close reproduction is excellent and well-suited to Singer Pur's personable and intimate quality. © TiVo
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released September 13, 2019 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released June 29, 2010 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released July 3, 2012 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released August 6, 2013 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Oehms Classics

The German vocal group Singer Pur, founded by former singers of the boy's choir Regensburger Domspätzen, has produced an impressive number of releases since it first got together as a unit in 1994. This disc for Oehms Classics, Singer Pur Featuring the Hilliard Ensemble, teams it with the English a cappella group the Hilliard Ensemble and highlights Singer Pur in some of material written expressly for them by contemporary composers. The four composers featured all bring a different approach to bear on the 2,000-year legacy of unaccompanied Western sacred music. The first four pieces are Passionsmotetten by German composer Wolfgang Rihm. These are among the most appealing works of Rihm yet, sounding a little like late-Renaissance mannerisms shot through with a variety of intersecting ideas and techniques, although its total effect is eclectic, and ultimately a little obscure. The Responsorio delle tenebre of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino is intriguing, as the voices of Singer Pur interweave about fragments of chant that slide around in a slippery microtonality. Young English composer Ivan Moody has contributed a lot of ink in terms of articles about music and in liner notes, though his work is not yet well represented on disc. Moody's Lamentation of the Virgin is good, and certainly the most traditional of the music on Singer Pur Featuring the Hilliard Ensemble, stylistically reflecting Moody's apprenticeship with Sir John Tavener. Singer Pur has saved the best for last, a very effective setting of Canto XXIII of Dante's Inferno entitled Il nome del bel fior by American composer Joanne Metcalf. It is a beautiful and moving piece, with Metcalf striking a balance between self-expression, technique, and responsiveness to the opportunity of working with such a fine ensemble as Singer Pur. In this work, Singer Pur is joined by the Hilliard Ensemble, mostly in alternating choruses but finally together as a choir. While Singer Pur Featuring the Hilliard Ensemble may not be for all tastes, it is an eye-opening and enjoyable disc, demonstrating once again that music of the twenty-first century is to be embraced, not feared. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released November 16, 2010 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released January 14, 2012 | Musique en Wallonie

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The concept of this release and of the series of which it is a part is a good one: a "biographie musicale" is needed for more Renaissance composers, whose works tend from a distance of 500 years to blend into a general style. The focus here is on the early years of Roland de Lassus (aka, Orlande de Lassus, aka, Orlando di Lasso) in Munich, his "time of favor" as the rest of the title has it. During this period Lassus benefited from the patronage of Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria, a big spender who was determined to earn an international musical reputation for his court. The result was an outpouring of compositions from Lassus, designed for a great variety of occasions. The selection goes beyond the usual division of sacred and secular into such curious hybrids as Ave color vini clari (Hail, color of clear wine, track 9), a secular parody of a sacred piece. Within the secular realm itself, the German group Singer Pur tries to understand how and why Lassus succeeded in bringing various national styles of song to the Bavarian court. The texts are given in five languages, and the program gives a real sense of how the Bavarian duke might have been so entertained by Lassus' music. The performances by Singer Pur are less successful. They use the same one-voice-per-part approach for everything from masses to madrigals, and their mode of expression doesn't change much from piece to piece. Nevertheless, the album is worth hearing for those seriously interested in Lassus, who remains among the least understood of major Renaissance composers, with much of his output still awaiting publication. © TiVo
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Classical - Released March 17, 2017 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released November 22, 2005 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Classical - To be released September 17, 2021 | Oehms Classics

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The Geiger von Echternach deals with the origins of the Echternach Jumping Procession, which dates back to the Middle Ages and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ballad tells the story of Tall Veit, who on his return from the Orient is sentenced to death by hanging for allegedly killing his wife. The composer and poet are equally interested in a detailed description of the different emotional states of the musician Veits, which modulate his violin playing and move the listener more and more until they fall into a dance rage from which only Saint Willibrord can free them. © Oehms Classics