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Schnittke: Choir Concerto, Minnesang, etc / Layton, et al

Album Summary

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for choir (Concerto for soprano & chorus)
>Schnittke, Alfred : Voices of Nature, for 10 female voices & vibraphone
>Schnittke, Alfred : Minnesang, for 52 voices
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Schnittke's Choir Concerto is one of the most elaborate works with a tonal basis a choir is ever going to face; and Stephen Laton's Holst Singers face it boldly, with scrupulous concern for the words... Especially impressive is the proselytising zeal of the second-movement prayer against its unfolding background of 'Alliluyias'. After so many emotional turning points, the fourth-movement epilogue comes as a decisive benediction." ***** - David Nice BBC

'A superb and revealing performance of one of Schnittke's most approachable works... The technical skill of the Holst Singers is truly impressive... there is a complete sense of security and enjoyment from the highest floating soprano to the lowest bass rumblings' (Gramophone)

'One of the most imposing of all Schnittke's later works... superbly performed' (The Guardian)

'if the concerto does not ultimately go down as one of the masterpieces of the late twentieth century choral repertoire, I shall be staggered' (International Record Review)

'spinetingling... music great for contemplation, and a terrific showcase for the choir's stamina' (The Times)

'superbly performed' (The Guardian)

'This is a disc that reaffirms Schnittke as one of the most significant composers of the last century and the Holst Singers as a leading chorus on the international stage' (bbc.co.uk)

'the music, direct in manner and imposing in effect, should appeal to anyone who already loves the sacred choral works of Rachmaninov or Tchaikovsky' (Irish Times)

'high vocal standards... A fine introduction to some rare and satisfying repertoire' (The Observer)

'Stephen Layton's Holst Singers really show their mettle... Schnittke fans will want to hear this; and anyone else who's curious about what one of the 20th Century's more intriguing and inventive composers was up to during the 1980's also should check it out' (ClassicToday.com)

'The Holst Singers have done an excellent job... They have a beautiful, cool sound in the best British tradition, and the deep bass voices bring forth some glorious noises... This disc is hugely welcome... fascinating and, ultimately, uplifting' (musicweb.uk.net)



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Works Details

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto for choir (Concerto for soprano & chorus)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Holst Singers
  • Notes: All Hallows', Gospel Oak (07/13/2001-07/15/2001)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1984-1985

>Schnittke, Alfred : Voices of Nature, for 10 female voices & vibraphone
  • Performer: Rachel Gledhil (Vibraphone)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Holst Singers
  • Notes: All Hallows', Gospel Oak (07/13/2001-07/15/2001)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1972

>Schnittke, Alfred : Minnesang, for 52 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Holst Singers
  • Notes: All Hallows', Gospel Oak (07/13/2001-07/15/2001)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980-1981