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De Profundis - Sacred Music for Male Choir

”Recording of the month”, 10/2013 AND 12/2013
5/5 Pizzicato 11/2013

”…almost too wonderful: it makes other male-voice choirs sound inferior, and the singers frequently seem to be revelling in their technical virtuosity, such as sudden and perfectly controlled changes in dynamics, or great ringing chords that are perfectly voiced and tuned. …Anyone who responds to choral music will need to have this gorgeous CD.” International Record Review 12/2013

Estonia provides both starting point and goal for this disc of sacred music for male choir, with a traditional hymn followed by works by composers such as Kreek, Eespere and Lemba, and the closing De profundis by Arvo Pärt. But in between, Orphei Drängar and their conductor Cecilia Rydinger Alin make a grand tour of Europe, taking in music by composers from the Nordic countries, France, Italy, Central Europe and the UK. Biblical Psalms have provided many of these with their texts, such as Milhaud (in French), Langlais (in English), Kreek (in Estonian) and Pärt (in Latin). Others – Lemba, Söderman, Sandström – have set portions of the text of the Catholic mass. Grieg and Biebl were both inspired by prayers in Latin, while Rossini chose to set one in Italian. For Nattlig madonna ('Nocturnal Madonna') the Finnish composer Nils-Eric Fougtstedt selected a poem depicting the Virgin Mary with her newborn child by his compatriot Edith Södergran, while Bob Chilcott has chosen one by the Guyanese-British poet John Aagard, whose version of John Newton's Amazing Grace gives the background to the conversion of this 18th-century slave-trader turned abolitionist. Throughout a programme ranging from Rossini's Preghiera from c. 1860 to Sven-David Sandström's Sanctus, composed for the choir in 2010, Orphei Drängar and Rydinger Alin once again demonstrate the versatility and exalted standards that habitually causes the choir to be described as the finest male-voice choir in the world.
    File formats included in STUDIO QUALITY
    • FLAC 24-bit Stereo
    • FLAC 24-bit Surround 5.0
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
$ 15.15
Extra material for download
  Composer: Anonymous
01 Oh Kristus valgus oled sa 05:16 $ 1.26 USD
  Composer: Kreek, Cyrillus
02 Taaveti laul nr.137 06:02 $ 1.45 USD
  Composer: Eespere, René
03 Glorificatio 06:52 $ 1.65 USD
  Composer: Lemba, Andres
04 Gloria 02:38 $ 0.63 USD
  Composer: Soderman (Söderman), August
05 Kyrie 02:36 $ 0.62 USD
  Composer: Soderman (Söderman), August
06 Domine 01:57 $ 0.47 USD
  Composer: Sandstrom (Sandström), Sven-David
07 Sanctus 04:47 $ 1.15 USD
  Composer: Orbán, György
08 Daemon irrepit callidus 01:30 $ 0.36 USD
  Composer: Grieg, Edvard
  Ave Maris Stella
09 Ave maris stella 03:09 $ 0.76 USD
  Composer: Fougstedt, Nils-Eric
10 Nattlig Madonna 01:47 $ 0.43 USD
  Composer: Biebl, Franz Xaver
11 Ave Maria (Angelus Domini) 05:34 $ 1.34 USD
  Composer: Milhaud, Darius
12 Psaume 121 02:52 $ 0.69 USD
  Composer: Rossini, Gioacchino
13 Preghiera 03:05 $ 0.74 USD
  Composer: Chilcott, Bob
14 Newton’s Amazing Grace 05:28 $ 1.31 USD
  Composer: Langlais, Jean
15 Praise the Lord (Psalm 150) 03:45 $ 0.90 USD
  Composer: Pärt, Arvo
  De profundis
16 De profundis 05:50 $ 1.40 USD
  Album total 66:23
Biebl, Franz Xaver
Chilcott, Bob
Eespere, René
Fougstedt, Nils-Eric
Grieg, Edvard
Kreek, Cyrillus
Langlais, Jean
Lemba, Andres
Milhaud, Darius
Orbán, György
Pärt, Arvo
Rossini, Gioacchino
Sandstrom (Sandström), Sven-David
Soderman (Söderman), August
ConductorRydinger Alin, Cecilia
Male choirOrphei Drängar (OD), The

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