Ugis Praulins: The Nightingale; Daniel Börtz: Nemesis Divina; et al. / Michala Petri

> The Nightingale - Tableaux I: Introduction: Emperor's Garden
> The Nightingale - Tableaux II: Nigtingale Theme
> The Nightingale - Tableaux III: Emperor and Gentleman-in-waiting
> The Nightingale - Tableaux IV: In the Quest
> The Nightingale - Tableaux V: There She Is
> The Nightingale - Tableaux VI: At the Palace
> The Nightingale - Tableaux VII: The Artificial Bird
> The Nightingale - Tableaux VIII: The Emperor and the Death
> The Nightingale - Reprise
> Nemesis divina - Nemesis divina
> I - I
> 2 Scenes with Skylar - No. 1. The Sea and the Skylark
> 2 Scenes with Skylar - No. 2. The Caged Skylark

Album Summary

>Praulins, Ugis : The Nightingale, for chorus
>Bortz, Daniel : Nemesis divina, for chorus
>Rasmussen, Sunleif : "I", for chorus
>Bruun, Peter : 2 Scenes with Skylark, for chorus
Performer Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

All World Premiere Recordings featuring the virtuoso Danish National VOKAL Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Layton. Four modern masters explore the musical possibilities of combining the Recorder and choir.

American Record Guide
Lush, sonorous chords are sung with just the right timbre to blend, then fade out with truly phenomenal decrescendos. The skylark accompanies the choir, animating the smoothness below. This is the balm for the preceding two, with moments of hypnotic repetition. You'll swoon!

Musical Pointers
The latest release by Michala Petri, masterminded by Lars Hannibal, is in many ways her best. An extraordinary selection of Nordic commissions, each one is completely riveting in its unique way.

Gramophone
This new disc reinforces the extraordinary strengths of the Danish choral tradition. Here are voices of mature suppleness and agility... stirring from a deep wellspring of creativity and all sung in English... Stephen Layton steers his peerlessly virtuoso musicians through this eclectic and innovative mix with his customary polish and dramatic energy. Also running through it all like a golden thread is Michala Petri's iridescent playing. This is an unequivocal treat for connoisseurs of fine choral singing and recorder lovers alike.

Fanfare
I don't think it is going too far to say that more than half of the record's success is due to Layton's greatness as a choral director... He really knows how to get the best out of a choir, not only the usual things like good blend and phrasing but also the unusual things like rhythmic acuity, flawless diction, and a deep knowledge of how to get the most and best out of all of his singers.

The Arts Desk
Veteran Danish virtuoso Michala Petri joins forces with a crack Danish choir in a fascinating selection of new works. The delight lies in hearing just how well the unadorned clarity of Petri's tone blends with the vocals. The main attraction here is Latvian composer Ugis Praulins' English setting of Andersen's The Nightingale. Praulins' eclectic compositional style is readily accessible, encompassing fierce dissonance, speech-like chant and warm diatonic simplicity, over which Petri's lyrical nightingale song can effortlessly soar, contrasting with the shrill staccato squeaking of the bird's mechanical replacement. Wonderful stuff, with a radiant conclusion.

Pizzicato
The wraps on the effect of the voices in the sound room-setting surround the listener with sound production, which all seem to come from above. The 'Danish National Vocal Ensemble' impresses with its highly differentiated and clear, nuanced, and finely tuned singing, which always brings some mystery to the music.

www.klasik.com
The performance of the Danish vocal ensemble has been honored. It may deserve recognition, in what way this choir aptly oscillate between different moods and vocal techniques, such as the sound directly from the homogeneous choral sound may convert to a fanned-out panoramic, where each individual voice is clearly audible. Michala Petri, such as falling under an implied-line tasks less than you'd expect from a pure solo program, same with the well-known masters of their bravery. Much of this music unfolds in the face of the sweet and sad, beautifully sung birdsong until its full effect.

Allmusic.com
Veteran Danish recorder virtuosa Michala Petri gets the top billing here, but the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of British conductor Stephen Layton, deserves at least equal billing. The combination of recorder and choir is unique, and the concept, a collaboration between Petri and U.S. producer Joshua Cheek... merits praise for sheer originality. But the best audience for this release might lie among those who enjoy the British choral sound and are looking for something connected but completely different.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Christianskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/08/2011-08/12/2011).



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Works Details

>Praulins, Ugis : The Nightingale, for chorus
  • Performer: Michala Petri (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Christianskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/08/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Daniel Börtz (1943 - ) : Nemesis divina, for chorus
  • Performer: Michala Petri (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Christianskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/08/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Rasmussen, Sunleif : "I", for chorus
  • Performer: Michala Petri (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Christianskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/08/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Bruun, Peter : 2 Scenes with Skylark, for chorus
  • Performer: Michala Petri (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Christianskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/08/2011-08/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011