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Im Herbst - choral works by Brahms and Schubert


Gramophone Editor's Choice February 2012.

‘Some of the most striking and moving singing put down on disc for years’ is how White Night, the previous release with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and its conductor Grete Pedersen, was described on the website of Gramophone. Having focused on music from their home country before, the team here presents a German programme, featuring two of the most influential composers in 19th-century choral music: Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert. It includes both sacred and secular music, scored for male, female and mixed choir a cappella and accompanied, starting with a selection from Brahms’ deservedly popular Zigeunerlieder for mixed choir and piano. A contrast to these settings of Hungarian folk songs is provided by the autumnal Five Songs for mixed choir a cappella – a collection of poems dealing with the transience of youth, love and life, which in many respects presents a masterful distillation of Brahms’ choral output. From an earlier part of the composer’s career come two sacred works for mixed choir, the motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen, showing Bach’s influence on the composer, and Geistliches Lied, with organ accompaniment. Schubert is represented with a setting of Psalm 23 for women’s choir and piano and Der Gesang der Geister über den Wassern to a poem by Goethe which Schubert chose to set several times. The version recorded here, numbered D714, is the last one. It has an unusual scoring for eight-part male choir and low strings which in 1821 perplexed the first audience, and which even today has a very special effect on the listener.
 
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  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  from 11 Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 for mixed choir and piano 16:25
01 01. He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein! 01:20 $ 0.28 USD
02 02. Hochgetürmte Rimaflut, wie bist du trüb 01:25 $ 0.30 USD
03 03. Wisst ihr, wann mein Kindchen am allerschönsten ist? 01:25 $ 0.30 USD
04 05. Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze 01:19 $ 0.28 USD
05 07. Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn 02:03 $ 0.43 USD
06 08. Horch, der Wind klagt in den Zweigen traurig sacht 02:30 $ 0.53 USD
07 09. Weit und breit schaut niemand mich an 01:45 $ 0.37 USD
08 10. Mond verhüllt sein Angesicht 03:04 $ 0.64 USD
09 11. Rote Abendwolken ziehn am Firmament 01:34 $ 0.33 USD
 
 
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  5 Gesänge, Op. 104 for mixed choir a cappella 14:22
10 1. Nachtwache I 02:42 $ 0.57 USD
11 2. Nachtwache II 01:15 $ 0.26 USD
12 3. Letztes Glück 02:39 $ 0.56 USD
13 4. Verlorene Jugend 02:12 $ 0.46 USD
14 5. Im Herbst 05:34 $ 1.17 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
  Psalm 23, D706 for four-part women\'s choir and piano
15 Psalm 23, D706 05:24 $ 1.13 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
  Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D714 for eight-part male choir and strings
16 Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D714 10:39 $ 2.24 USD
 
 
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  2 Motets, No. 1: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen
Op. 74 No.1, for mixed choir a cappella
10:42
17 I. Langsam und ausdrucksvoll 05:45 $ 1.21 USD
18 II. Wenig bewegter 01:05 $ 0.23 USD
19 III. Langsam und sanft 02:27 $ 0.51 USD
20 IV. Choral 01:25 $ 0.30 USD
 
 
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  Geistliches Lied, Op.30 for four-part mixed choir and organ
21 Geistliches Lied, Op.30 for mixed choir and organ 05:41 $ 1.19 USD
 
  Album total 63:13
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
Schubert, Franz
ChoirNorwegian Soloists' Choir, The
PianoAndsnes, Ingrid
Double bassStyffe, Dan
ViolaBerg, Madelene
Bullock, Catherine
CelloBirkeland, Öystein
Ree, Ole Eirik
OrganNordstoga, Kåre

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