Notes & Reviews:
This K&K audiophile a-cappella-recording from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, performed by the highly honored Maulbronn Chamber Choir under the direction of Jürgen Budday, with works about love and sorrow for 4- to 12- part mixed choir by Robert Pearsall (1795-1856), Robert Schumann (1810-56), Peter Cornelius (1824-74), Sven-David Sandström (b. 1942), John Tavener (1944-2013), John Rutter (b. 1945), Branko Stark (b. 1954), David Hill (b. 1957), Wolfram Buchenberg (b. 1962), Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963) and Eric Whitacre (b. 1970).
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This Liebe & Leid program was recorded at Maulbronn Monastery in Germany, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very resonant space. It's in those echoes, in fact, that the charm of the release resides. This is a pretty good choir, to be sure; and a joyful noise is made in varied repertoire stretching from Robert Lucas de Pearsall's sumptuous 'Great God of Love', to Eric Whitacre's tingly 'Nox Aurumque', to Jaako Mantyjarvi's absorbing account of a true-to-life maritime disaster that took place on the Baltic. (The two Schumanns are Clytus Gottwald arrangements, in case you were wondering.)
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