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Transcriptions Vol 2 / Equilbey, Añorga, Accentus, et al

> L'hiver (after Vivladi's The 4 Seasons: Winter) - The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter): I. Allegro non molto (arr. for choir)
> Am Tage aller Seelen, D. 343, "Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen" (arr. C. Gottwald) - Am Tage aller Seelen, D. 343, "Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen" (arr. for choir)
> Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: IV. The Field of the Dead (arr. F. Krawczyk) - Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: IV. The Field of the Dead (arr. F. Krawczyk)
> Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 3. Scheiden und Meiden (arr. C. Gottwald) - Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 3. Scheiden und Meiden (arr. for choir)
> 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, "Wesendonck Lieder" (arr. C. Gottwald) - 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, Op. 91, "Wesendonck Lieder": No. 3. Im Treibhaus (arr. for choir)
> 4 Grablied (after F. Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden") - 4 Grablied (after F. Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden") (excerpts)
> Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 20. Der Wegweiser (arr. C. Gottwald) - Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 20. Der Wegweiser (arr. for choir)
> Nacht und Traume, Op. 43, No. 2, D. 827b (arr. F. Krawczyk) - Nacht und Traume, Op. 43, No. 2, D. 827b (arr. for choir)
> Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) (arr. C. Gottwald) - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: No. 4. Die zwei blauen Augen (arr. for choir)
> 3 Psalmlieder, Op. 13 - No. 1. Busslied (after the Sarabande from Bach's French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812)
> 3 Psalmlieder, Op. 13 - No. 2. An Babels Wasserflussen (after the Sarabande from Bach's English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808)
> 3 Psalmlieder, Op. 13 - No. 3. Jerusalem (after the second Menuet from Bach's Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825)
> Preludes, Book 1: No. 6. Des pas sur la neige (arr. C. Gottwald) - Preludes, Book 1: No. 6. Des pas sur la neige (arr. for choir)
> Sheherazade (arr. G. Pesson) - No. 2. La flute enchantee
> Sheherazade (arr. G. Pesson) - No. 3. L'indifferent
> Si comme la lune… (after A. Scriabin's 24 Preludes, Op. 11: No. 13 in G flat major) - Si comme la lune … (after A. Scriabin's 24 Preludes, Op. 11: No. 13 in G flat major)
> La lune parait (after A. Scriabin's 3 Pieces, Op. 45: No. 1. Feuillet d'Album) - La lune parait (after A. Scriabin's 3 Pieces, Op. 45: No. 1. Feuillet d'Album)
> Ma mere l'oye (Mother Goose) (arr. T. Machuel) - I. Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty (Pavane de la belle au bois dormant)
> Ma mere l'oye (Mother Goose) (arr. T. Machuel) - V. The Fairy Garden (Le jardin feerique)

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
>Schubert, Franz : Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Alexander Nevsky
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesange, vol 3
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D. 810
>Schubert, Franz : Der Wegweiser ("Was vermeid' ich denn die Wege"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/20 (O
>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Traume, D 827
>Mahler, Gustav : Die zwei blauen Augen, song for low voice & piano (or orchestra) (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen No
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Ravel, Maurice : La flute enchantee, poem for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (Sheherazade no 2)
>Ravel, Maurice : L'indifferent, poem for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano) (Sheherazade no 3)
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 45
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This one features the 40-voice choir in masterful transcriptions--as close to literal as possible--of both purely instrumental works (Vivaldi's "L'hiver" from the Four Seasons; several keyboard works by Bach, Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin) and pieces originally for voice and either piano or orchestra (Schubert, Wagner, and Mahler songs). Where no texts were originally assigned, they are provided by the arrangers, ingeniously utilizing poetry of Rilke or Mallarmé, the Psalms, or the Requiem Mass.

While all of these settings are superbly accomplished and sung to the highest artistic and technical standard, perhaps the most impressive--I'd even use the word astonishing--is Clytus Gottwald's transcription of Debussy's piano piece "Des pas sur la neige". If you can't imagine how this lovely little prelude could be set with words and sung by a choir, well, you're in for a major surprise! It's so perfect in its realization and preservation of the original harmonic character, and yet the voices add such a unique atmospheric dimension that if you didn't know better you'd believe this could have been conceived for these forces. The same could be true for the selections from Ravel's Mother Goose, transcribed by Thierry Machuel. Franck Krawczyk's Vivaldi is quite clever and "fun", and the Schubert setting of Nacht und Träume is pure pleasure.

And that--pure pleasure--describes the whole disc, whose concept works because the arrangers/transcribers are so careful about and respectful of their source material, and are absolutely scrupulous in their treatment of voices relative to matters of range, register, textures, and expressive possibilities. In other words, if you know the original works, you will be completely at home here--but you also will experience new and pleasantly surprising facets of these pieces that only make them more rich and universally relevant. This is the kind of program--unique, virtuosic, yet easily accessible--that makes listening enjoyable and engaging, setting expectations for the next project, whatever it may be. Based on these performances--and knowing the adventurous and highly accomplished nature of this choir--I'm eagerly awaiting what's sure to be a worthy and very entertaining follow-up." -Classics Today (10/10)

The Times - Geoff Brown
Laurence Equilbey and her chamber group Accentus deserve nothing but praise for their mellifluous tone and ability to fan into a vocal forest.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: L'Arsenal, Metz, France (06/2006).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Schubert, Franz : Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343
  • Performers: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor); Brigitte Engerer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Alexander Nevsky :: Le Champ des morts
  • Performers: Romain Champion (Tenor); Céline Boucard; Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor); Catherine Padaut (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1938

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-90.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder :: Im Treibhaus
  • Performers: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor); Solange Añorga (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D. 810 :: Grablied (after Der Tod und das Mädchen)
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1824

>Schubert, Franz : Der Wegweiser ("Was vermeid' ich denn die Wege"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/20 (O
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1827.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1827

>Schubert, Franz : Nacht und Träume, D 827
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?1825.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1825

>Mahler, Gustav : Die zwei blauen Augen, song for low voice & piano (or orchestra) (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen No
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?12/1883-?/1885

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812 :: Buálied (after the Sarabande)
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808 :: An Babels Wasserflüssen (after the Sarabande)
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 :: Jerusalem (after the Menuet II)
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Ravel, Maurice : La flûte enchantée, poem for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (Shéhérazade no 2)
  • Performers: Romain Champion (Tenor); Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor); Solange Añorga (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1903.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Ravel, Maurice : L'indifférent, poem for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano) (Shéhérazade no 3)
  • Performers: Romain Champion (Tenor); Pierre Corbel (Bass); Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor); Solange Añorga (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1903.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 45
  • Performers: Kristina Vahrenkamp; Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye :: Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
  • Performers: Pierre Corbel (Bass); Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor); Solange Añorga (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye :: Le Jardin féerique
  • Performers: Pierre Corbel (Bass); Nicolaï Maslenko (Cantor); Solange Añorga (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912