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Best 20: Faure, Barber, Buxtehude / Accentus, Equilbey

> Requiem, Op. 48 - Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum
> Agnus Dei, Op. 11 - Agnus Dei, Op. 11
> Der Herr ist mit mir, BuxWV 15 - Der Herr ist mit mir, BuxWV 15: Alleluia
> Mass in G major, FP 89 - Mass in G major, FP 89: Sanctus
> Figure humaine, FP 120 - Figure humaine, FP 120: No. 4. Toi ma patiente …
> Romanzen und Balladen, Book 1, Op. 67 - Romanzen und Balladen, Book 1, Op. 67: No. 3. Heidenroslein
> 3 Mannerchore, TrV 270 - 3 Mannerchore, TrV 270: No. 2. Traumlicht
> Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45 (version with piano duet accompaniment) - Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (version with piano duet accompaniment)
> 5 Gesange, Op. 104 (text by J. Wenzig) - 5 Gesange, Op. 104: No. 4. Verlorene Jugend
> 6 Partsongs, Op. 18 (version for mixed chorus) - 6 Partsongs, Op. 18: No. 1. Sortunut aani (The Broken Voice) (version for mixed choir)
> Christus, Op. 97 - Christus, Op. 97, Part II: Leiden Christi: Ihr Tochter Zions
> Dona eis - Dona eis: Umbrae
> Ronsard a son ame (arr. G. Pesson for choir) - Ronsard a son ame (arr. G. Pesson for choir)
> 3 Folksongs - 3 Folksongs: No. 1. Es gingen zwei Gespielen gut
> Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71 (original 1876 version) (version with piano accompaniment) - Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Eia, mater (original 1876 version)
> Geist der Liebe (Der Abend schleiert Flur und Hain), Op. 11, No. 3, D. 747 - Geist der Liebe (Der Abend schleiert Flur und Hain), Op. 11, No. 3, D. 747
> Die 7 letzten Worte unseres Erlosers am Kreuze (The 7 Last Words), Hob.XX:2 - Die 7 letzten Worte unseres Erlosers am Kreuze (The 7 Last Words), Hob.XX:2: No. 6. Es ist vollbracht (It is finished)
> Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31 - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: The First Antiphon: Bless the Lord, o my soul
> 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)
> Messiah, HWV 56 - Messiah, HWV 56, Part II: Hallelujah!

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48 (Original 1896 version)
>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Cantata, BuxWV 15
>Poulenc, Francis : Mass in G major
>Poulenc, Francis : Figure Humaine
>Schumann, Robert : Heidenroslein ("Sah ein Knab' ein Roslein steh'n"), part song for mixed voices, Op. 67/3
>Strauss, Richard : Choruses (3), Op. posth. 123
>Brahms, Johannes : Ein deutsches requiem, Op. 45 (London version)
>Brahms, Johannes : Verlorene Jugend ("Brausten alle Berge"), for chorus (vocal sextet), Op. 104/4
>Sibelius, Jean : The Broken Voice (Sortunut aani), partsong for (or mixed) male chorus, Op. 18/7
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Christus, Op. 97
>Dusapin, Pascal : Dona eis
>Ravel, Maurice : Ronsard à son âme
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Drei Volksliedsatze
>Dvorak, Antonin : Stabat Mater (Original 1876 version)
>Schubert, Franz : Geist der Liebe, D 747/Op. 11 no 3
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Die sieben letzten worte
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Le Quattro Stagioni
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Named "one of the world's leading choirs" by Gramophone Magazine, Accentus celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The choir, founded and directed by Laurence Equilbey, has built a solid reputation worldwide, garnering 2 GRAMMY nominations over their 18 recordings with Naïve. This special CD release presents 20 highlights from the choir's discography, and includes jewels of the repertoire such as Barber's Agnus Dei, Faure's 'In Paradisum', Strauss' Traumlicht, and a transcription of Vivaldi's L'inverno.



Reviews

Anniversary grab bag
In honor of its 20 years of performing (and almost as many in the studio), Accentus has prepared this 20-track sampler disc. The choir has recorded some modern stuff, two discs of transcriptions, and unusual versions of more standard pieces--such as the piano-accompanied Brahms Requiem and Dvorak Stabat Mater. It's a versatile chorus, at home in various styles, and secure at any dynamic level (except, perhaps, for the solo voice attacking the top B in Barber's "Agnus Dei" adaptation). While one expects liner notes to be small these days, the first time I glanced through the booklet, I didn't even see the English words, which literally run right on from the French. Even though this sells at a reduced price, your money might be better spent on any of the group's full-length CDs; still, if you're curious to give them a try, the sound is good, sung texts are included, and the selections cover a wide range of material.
Submitted on 05/05/12 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 (Original 1896 version) :: In Paradisum
  • Performer: Christophe Henry (Organ)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Maîtrise de Paris
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Cantata, BuxWV 15 :: Hallelujah
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Poulenc, Francis : Mass in G major :: Sanctus
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1937

>Poulenc, Francis : Figure Humaine :: Patience
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1943

>Schumann, Robert : Heidenröslein ("Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein steh'n"), part song for mixed voices, Op. 67/3
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Strauss, Richard : Choruses (3), Op. posth. 123 :: 2. Traumlicht
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935

>Brahms, Johannes : Ein deutsches requiem, Op. 45 (London version) :: Wie lieblich sind Deine Wohnungen
  • Performers: Brigitte Engerer (Piano); Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Verlorene Jugend ("Brausten alle Berge"), for chorus (vocal sextet), Op. 104/4
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888

>Sibelius, Jean : The Broken Voice (Sortunut ääni), partsong for (or mixed) male chorus, Op. 18/7
  • Conductor: Eric Ericson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Christus, Op. 97 :: Ihr Töchter Zions
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1847

>Dusapin, Pascal : Dona eis :: Umbræ
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Ars Nova Copenhagen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Ravel, Maurice : Ronsard à son âme
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1924

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Drei Volksliedsätze :: Es gingen zwei Gespielen gut
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1948

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Stabat Mater (Original 1876 version) :: Eja, Mater, fons amoris
  • Performer: Brigitte Engerer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Schubert, Franz : Geist der Liebe, D 747/Op. 11 no 3
  • Performers: Robert Getchell (Countertenor); Edouard Garcin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/1822

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Die sieben letzten worte :: Lento
  • Performers: Ruth Sandhoff (Mezzo Soprano); Harry van der Kamp (Bass); Robert Getchell (Countertenor); Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1795-1796

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31 :: Bless the Lord, O my Soul (Psalm 102 (103))
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Le Quattro Stagioni :: L'Inverno
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Monts du Reuil
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah
  • Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741