Notes & Reviews:
Although Reger’s music has partly recovered from its once unfashionable reputation, much of this prolifi c composer’s work still remains underperformed. Hyperion’s new disc from the chamber choir Consortium offers a chance to redress the balance, both by bringing to light an aspect of Reger’s output that has been relatively neglected, and by demonstrating that the important infl uences on him were not just musical but literary. Like his near contemporaries, Mahler, Strauss, Wolf and Zemlinsky, Reger responded deeply and imaginatively to the German Romantic poetic tradition. The works recorded here set many of the same poets with a sensitivity and intuitive understanding that belie Reger’s reputation for stodgy academicism.
"[Consortium] may not have sanded down all the rough edges in terms of blend and tone but their singing is sensitive and technically impressive. Andrew-John Smith draws from them an infinitely subtle dynamic range and some impeccably moulded phrasing which certainly serves Reger uncommonly well. One suspects this repertoire could have found no finer exponents to bring it to public attention." -Gramophone Magazine
"The performances are fine indeed, but more than anything, it's the music itself that strikes you - it's both utterly unique and breathtakingly beautiful...Andrew-John Smith's group are perfectly suited to it. The voices blend well but are never overly polite; this is passionate rather than devotional, and you sense the fine gradations of the composer's intensity." -Classic FM Magazine *****
"These wistful, autumnal choral works...caress the ear - and the soul...Consortium, a London-based professional choir, provides admirable performances of this sometimes tricky music... The accompanist, Christopher Glynn, acquits himself sensitively... A release with very considerable virtues, then" -International Record Review
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