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De Profundis: Sacred Music for Male Choir / Orphei Drangar

Album Summary

>Idenstam, Gunnar : O Kristus valgus oled sa, hymn arrangement for male chorus & organ
>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalms of David
>Eespere, René : Glorificatio
>Lemba, Andres : Gloria, for male chorus
>Söderman, August : Sacred Songs
>Sandström, Sven-David : Ordinary Mass and Psalm
>Orbán, György : Daemon irrepit calidus, for chorus
>Grieg, Edvard : Ave maris stella, EG 150
>Fougstedt, Nils-Eric : Nattlig Madonna (Nocturnal Madonna), for male chorus
>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
>Milhaud, Darius : Psalm 122 (alias 121 or 126), for male a capella chorus, Op. 72
>Rossini, Gioachino : Preghiera ("Tu che di verde il prato"), for 4 tenors, 2 baritones, and 2 basses (Péchés de vieilless
>Chilcott, Robert : Newton's Amazing Grace, hymn arrangement for male chorus
>Langlais, Jean : Praise the Lord (Psalm 150), for 3 men's voices & organ
>Pärt, Arvo : De profundis
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Estonia provides the starting point and goal for this disc of sacred music for male choir, with a traditional hymn followed by works by composers such as Kreek, Eespere and Lemba, and the closing De profundis by Arvo Part. In between Orphei Drangar take in music by composers from the Nordic countries, France, Italy, Central Europe and the UK. Throughout a program ranging from Rossini's Preghiera from c. 1860 to Sven-David Sandstrom's Sanctus, composed for the choir in 2010, Orphei Drangar and Rydinger Alin once again demonstrate the versatility and exalted standards that habitually causes the choir to be described as the finest male-voice choir in the world.

MusicWeb International, 30th October 2013
Orphei Drängar is a 160-year-old choir with a warm sound and a seeming inability to ever sound ugly, no matter the language they're singing...Narrowing down my Recording of the Year list just got a lot harder.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
Mainly unfamiliar repertoire, in warmly blended performances by one of Sweden's oldest male-voice choirs. Rossini's Preghiera stands out for its charm and lightness of touch. The sound is plushly satisfying.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
Orphei Drängar's rich, deep, enormously versatile sound is beautifully captured by BIS's engineers and sounds glorious on this SACD. Essential for any choral enthusiast.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bälinge Church, Bälinge, Sweden (02/2013).



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Works Details

>Idenstam, Gunnar : O Kristus valgus oled sa, hymn arrangement for male chorus & organ
  • Performer: Andrew Canning (Organ)
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Ensemble: Orphei Drangar
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kreek, Cyrillus : Psalms of David :: Psalm no 137
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Eespere, René : Glorificatio
  • Performers: Andrew Canning (Organ); Elin Rombo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lemba, Andres : Gloria, for male chorus
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Söderman, August : Sacred Songs :: Kyrie
  • Performer: Elin Rombo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Söderman, August : Sacred Songs :: Domine
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Sandström, Sven-David : Ordinary Mass and Psalm :: Sanctus
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1992

>Orbán, György : Daemon irrepit calidus, for chorus
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Grieg, Edvard : Ave maris stella, EG 150
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Fougstedt, Nils-Eric : Nattlig Madonna (Nocturnal Madonna), for male chorus
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Olle Englund; Erik Hartman
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1964

>Milhaud, Darius : Psalm 122 (alias 121 or 126), for male a capella chorus, Op. 72
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Rossini, Gioachino : Preghiera ("Tu che di verde il prato"), for 4 tenors, 2 baritones, and 2 basses (Péchés de vieilless
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Chilcott, Robert : Newton's Amazing Grace, hymn arrangement for male chorus
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Langlais, Jean : Praise the Lord (Psalm 150), for 3 men's voices & organ
  • Performer: Andrew Canning (Organ)
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Pärt, Arvo : De profundis
  • Performers: Andrew Canning (Organ); Magnus Einarsson (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Cecilia Alin
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1980