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Light and Love - New vocal works for the Sonux Ensemble / Stefan Kuchel, sax

Album Summary

>Miskinis, Vytautas : Light, for men's chorus
>Mealor, Paul : I Saw Eternity, for voice, saxophone, wind chimes & string quartet
>Praulins, Ugis : To the Light, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
>Gjeilo, Ola : Sacred Light, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
>Forster, Tobias : Light & Love, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
>Schronen, Alwin Michael : Light & Love, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
>Whitacre, Eric : Hebrew Love Songs (5), for chorus & string quartet
>Vujic, Aleksandar : Dû bist mîn, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
>Hubner, Gregor : Fragment from Hohelied des Salomons, for saxophone, string quartet & chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Crossover projects are the hallmark of the Sonux Ensemble. Together with jazz-saxophonist Stefan Kuchel and the Sirius Quartet, the young men's choir performs contemporary works. Most pieces on this CD were written especially for the Sonux Ensemble, and thus composed to the singers' strengths. The works recorded on this CD focus on the topics of light and love. The eponymous poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri that lends its title to the disc frames and connects the two topics. Silvestri wrote the text in 2012 exclusively for this project. Hans-Joachim Lustig came to know the poet through Eric Whitacre, whose Five Hebrew Love Songs are performed in a presently unique version. The choir director was fortunate also in his cooperation with Paul Mealor: the Welsh composer became famous across the globe through his motet Ubi caritas et amor, that he wrote for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, and who has also composed the lullaby for newly-born Prince George.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Light and Love is a collection of recent choral music by nine composers all writing in a similar vein. The most recognizable name might be Eric Whitacre, famous for his virtual choir projects. People familiar with his style will have a good picture of what this record is like. The works were written for these performers and their unusual combination of strings, choir, and saxophone. The mood and sentiment is generally positive and life-affirming; the title of the record is perfect.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-).



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Works Details

>Miskinis, Vytautas : Light, for men's chorus
  • Performer: Stefan Kuchel (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Lustig
  • Ensemble: Sonux Ensemble
  • Notes: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mealor, Paul : I Saw Eternity, for voice, saxophone, wind chimes & string quartet
  • Performers: Julian Clement; Stefan Kuchel (Saxophone); Henry Muhl; Hergen von Voigtlander
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Lustig
  • Ensemble: Sirius String Quartet
  • Notes: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Praulins, Ugis : To the Light, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
  • Performer: Stefan Kuchel (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Lustig
  • Notes: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gjeilo, Ola : Sacred Light, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
  • Performer: Stefan Kuchel (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Lustig
  • Notes: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Forster, Tobias : Light & Love, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
  • Performer: Stefan Kuchel (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Lustig
  • Notes: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schronen, Alwin Michael : Light & Love, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
  • Performers: Julian Clement; Stefan Kuchel (Saxophone); Jonathan Remstedt; Hergen von Voigtlander
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Lustig
  • Notes: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Whitacre, Eric : Hebrew Love Songs (5), for chorus & string quartet
  • Performer: Stefan Kuchel (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Lustig
  • Notes: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996-2001

>Vujic, Aleksandar : Dû bist mîn, for chorus, saxophone & string quartet
  • Performer: Stefan Kuchel (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Lustig
  • Notes: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hubner, Gregor : Fragment from Hohelied des Salomons, for saxophone, string quartet & chorus
  • Performer: Stefan Kuchel (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Hans-Joachim Lustig
  • Notes: Katholischen Kirche Uetersen (2012-11-10_2012-11-11&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary