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Deutsche Motette: German Romantic Choral Music from Schubert to Strauss - plus Brahms. Rheinberger, Cornelius, Schumann

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Deutsche Motette ("Die Schopfung ist zur Ruh gegangen"), for soloists & chorus, Op. 62 (TrV 230)
>Schumann, Robert : Doppelchorige Gesange (4), Op.141
>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
>Brahms, Johannes : Motets (2) for chorus, Op. 74
>Rheinberger, Joseph : Abendlied, for chorus, Op. 69/3
>Cornelius, Peter : Liebe, pieces (3) for chorus, Op. 18
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Notes & Reviews:

The Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and The Choir of King's College London are among the UK's finest collegiate and university ensembles. The two groups regularly combine efforts for religious services, concerts, recordings and broadcasts, both in the UK and abroad. Here, Delphian presents a stunning collection of German Romantic choral works that displays the many talents of this unusual 'superchoir.' Richard Strauss's sumptuous Deutsche Motette exemplifies Romantic choral opulence. Its complex polyphony is brought to thrilling life by this virtuoso cast of over sixty singers. The rest of the program explores the many facets of German music of the period. The singing throughout demonstrates the musical intensity, imagination and understanding of period style that are hallmarks of both choirs' work.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
For this recording two very fine British choirs have joined, with their conductors splitting the duties of leadership; both choirs are mixed: no boys. The Strauss is splendidly done: rich and sumptuous in sound and consistently in tune. Schubert's setting of the 23rd Psalm, one of his loveliest pieces, is beautifully done. The performances are enjoyable and very well done.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John's Church, Upper Norwood (07/04/2012-07/06/2012).



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Deutsche Motette ("Die Schöpfung ist zur Ruh gegangen"), for soloists & chorus, Op. 62 (TrV 230)
  • Performers: Victoria Holden; William Kendall (Tenor); Charity Mapletoft; Helen Massey (Soprano); Timothy Mirfin (Bass); Billie Robson
  • Conductor: David Trendell
  • Ensemble: Choir of King's College London
  • Notes: St John's Church, Upper Norwood (07/04/2012-07/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1913

>Schumann, Robert : Doppelchörige Gesänge (4), Op.141
  • Performers: Nicholas Crawford; Poppy Ewence; James Way (Voice)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Ensemble: Choir of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge
  • Notes: St John's Church, Upper Norwood (07/04/2012-07/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1849

>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
  • Performer: David Ward (Fortepiano)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Ensemble: Choir of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge
  • Notes: St John's Church, Upper Norwood (07/04/2012-07/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1820

>Brahms, Johannes : Motets (2) for chorus, Op. 74
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Ensemble: Choir of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge
  • Notes: St John's Church, Upper Norwood (07/04/2012-07/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Rheinberger, Joseph : Abendlied, for chorus, Op. 69/3
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Webber
  • Ensemble: Choir of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge
  • Notes: St John's Church, Upper Norwood (07/04/2012-07/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Cornelius, Peter : Liebe, pieces (3) for chorus, Op. 18
  • Conductor: David Trendell
  • Ensemble: Choir of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge
  • Notes: St John's Church, Upper Norwood (07/04/2012-07/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic