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Brahms: Choral Music / Andrew-John Smith, Consortium

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs and romances (6) for chorus, Op. 93a
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartets (3) for mixed voices & piano, Op. 64
>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (5) for vocal sextet, Op. 104
>Brahms, Johannes : Zigeunerlieder (11) for vocal quartet & piano, Op. 103
>Brahms, Johannes : Dem dunkeln Schoss der heil'gen Erde, WoO 20
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Notes & Reviews:

This charming disc presents a comprehensive selection of Brahms' secular choral music, performed by the professional chamber choir Consortium, conducted by Andrew-John Smith, who will be familiar to Hyperion listeners from his acclaimed recording of Saint-Saens’ organ works. The popular Zigeunerlieder are testimony to the composer’s extraordinary fascination for gypsy music and its fertilizing effect on his style.

'Sung with sympathy and ardour by this excellent chamber choir, with apt accompaniments by Christopher Glynn' (Gramophone)

'This is definitely a crack chamber-sized choir: the sound is perennially fresh, even youthful ... Intonation, ensemble, articulation are all flawless ... I have much enjoyed Consortium's Brahms, especially for the sheer quality of the singing. They are particularly good at sustaining tone in pianissimo, and they are always rhythmically alive, which is vital in this repertoire' (International Record Review)

'There is little doubt that this is high-class choral singing: refined, sweet-toned, impeccably tuned, with subtly nuanced dynamics ... The performances are consistently of the highest quality and when Brahms is at his reflective and melancholy best, so are Consortium' (MusicalCriticism.com)

'Elegant, refined music-making' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'A professional ensemble that seems to be eking out a niche for itself... Consortium makes some very beautiful sounds' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Brahms, Johannes : Songs and romances (6) for chorus, Op. 93a
  • Conductor: Andrew-John Smith
  • Ensemble: Consortium
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/23/2007-10/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1883-1884

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartets (3) for mixed voices & piano, Op. 64
  • Performer: Christopher Glynn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew-John Smith
  • Ensemble: Consortium
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/23/2007-10/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1862-1871

>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (5) for vocal sextet, Op. 104
  • Conductor: Andrew-John Smith
  • Ensemble: Consortium
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/23/2007-10/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888

>Brahms, Johannes : Zigeunerlieder (11) for vocal quartet & piano, Op. 103
  • Performer: Christopher Glynn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew-John Smith
  • Ensemble: Consortium
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/23/2007-10/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1887

>Brahms, Johannes : Dem dunkeln Schoss der heil'gen Erde, WoO 20
  • Conductor: Andrew-John Smith
  • Ensemble: Consortium
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England (10/23/2007-10/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1864