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Silk Road / Curt Faudon, Vienna Boys Choir, et al

Album Summary

>Schuller, Gerd : Silk Road
>Anonymous, French : L'homme arme, chanson
>Desprez, Josquin : O Domine Jesu Christe, motet for 4 parts
>Caldara, Antonio : Work(s)
>Wirth, Gerald : Jog.wa (I Ask for Yoga), song (after a traditional bhajan from Kolhapur, India)
>Usmanova, Yulduz : Shoch va gado (The King and the Beggar), song
>Traditional, Uzbek : Sus Xatin (Lady of Water), Uzbek rain song
>Traditional, qawwal : Haq Ali Maula (True God, Ali Is the Guide)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D, RV 589
>Chant, Gregorian : Veni creator spiritus
>Traditional, Maori : Tarakihi
>Traditional, Chinese : Alamuhan (Uigur)
>Wirth, Gerald : Field Hollers, after traditional work chants from Darg, Tajikistan
>Wirth, Gerald : Guadifeng, song (after a traditional xiaodiao from Gansu)
>Ordway, John Pond : Li Ge (Song Bie), farewell song
>Traditional, Chinese : Kou-luell tsian, song (after a craftsman's song from the Ordos region, China)
>Schubert, Franz : Die Post ("Von der Strasse her"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/13 (Op. 89/13)
>Schubert, Franz : Der sturmische Morgen ("Wie hat der Sturm zerrissen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/
>Icochea, Andy Icochea : Ievan Polkka (Eve's Polka), song (after a traditional Finnish dance melody)
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The music on this CD is an unusual selection; most of it has never before been recorded by the Choir. There is music from the Vienna Boys' Choir's 510-year-tradition and music from their extraordinary project involving music from the Silk Road. The Silk Road selection includes works culled from musicological research. To find suitable pieces, the Choir consulted scholars from the Humboldt University in Berlin, London's Horniman Museum, the University of Oxford, the Smithsonian and the University of Vienna. Early field recordings kept in the archives of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and field recordings and translations made by Ingeborg Baldauf in the 1970s, and by Ted Levin in the 1980s and 1990s formed the basis of the research.



Reviews

I guess you had to be there
It's been a long time since I last heard the Vienna Boys Choir, so I tried to keep an open mind about this disc. No use: I didn't like their sound then, and I don't like it now. This CD might be enjoyable if you saw and enjoyed the documentary film for which it is the soundtrack, but it's a jumble of stuff that doesn't make a whole lot of sense otherwise. (It's also hard to tell from the booklet what the film is actually about.) The boys sing in half a dozen languages--maybe their Arabic is good, but their Latin is still pronounced in the Germanic style, which is totally inappropriate for Vivaldi. (Despite the various locations cited, all the music was recorded in Austria.) If you are a fan, or are just curious about one of the oldest choirs in the world, the film itself is readily available on DVD.
Submitted on 03/05/10 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Schuller, Gerd : Silk Road :: Songs Along the Road and Time
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>Anonymous, French : L'homme armé, chanson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 14th Century

>Desprez, Josquin : O Domine Jesu Christe, motet for 4 parts
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Caldara, Antonio : Work(s) :: Ego sum panis vivus (I am the living bread)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Wirth, Gerald : Jog.wa (I Ask for Yoga), song (after a traditional bhajan from Kolhapur, India)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Usmanova, Yulduz : Shoch va gado (The King and the Beggar), song
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Schuller, Gerd : Silk Road :: Songs Along the Road and Time
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>Traditional, Uzbek : Sus Xâtin (Lady of Water), Uzbek rain song
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Schuller, Gerd : Silk Road :: Songs Along the Road and Time
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>Traditional, qawwal : Haq Ali Maula (True God, Ali Is the Guide)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D, RV 589 :: no 4. Gratias agimus. / no 5. Propter magnam gloriam tuam
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1715

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D, RV 589 :: no 8. Domine Deus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1715

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria in D, RV 589 :: no 9. Qui tollis peccata mundi
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1715

>Chant, Gregorian : Veni creator spiritus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Traditional, Maori : Tarakihi
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.

>Traditional, Chinese : Alamuhan (Uigur)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.

>Wirth, Gerald : Field Hollers, after traditional work chants from Darg, Tajikistan
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wirth, Gerald : Guadifeng, song (after a traditional xiaodiao from Gansu)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Ordway, John Pond : Li Ge (Song Bie), farewell song
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Chinese : Kou-luell tsian, song (after a craftsman's song from the Ordos region, China)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Gerald Wirth.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Schuller, Gerd : Silk Road :: Songs Along the Road and Time
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>Schubert, Franz : Die Post ("Von der Strasse her"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/13 (Op. 89/13)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1827

>Schubert, Franz : Der stürmische Morgen ("Wie hat der Sturm zerrissen"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1827

>Icochea, Andy Icochea : Ievan Polkka (Eve's Polka), song (after a traditional Finnish dance melody)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Schuller, Gerd : Silk Road :: Songs Along the Road and Time
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score