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Touched - works by Purcell, Sting, Michael Jackson, Elton John; Monteverdi et al. / Calmus Ensemble

Audio Samples

>Dominic Miller / Gordon S : Shape of My Heart
>Calmus Ensemble : Touched, vocal interludes
>Purcell, Henry : Hush, no more, be silent all (from "The Fairy Queen"), bass aria & chorus, Z. 629/14
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Cohen, Leonard : Dance Me to the End of Love, song
>Jackson, Michael : Remember the Time
>Banchieri, Adriano : Bella Olimpia
>Janequin, Clément : Réveillez vous cueurs endormis "Le chant des oiseaux"
>Mercury, Freddie : Crazy Little Thing Called Love
>John, Elton : Your Song
>Anonymous, Canciero de Montecassino : Dindirindin, canzon alla villota, CM 127
>Mercury, Freddie : Love of My Life
>Withers, Bill : Ain't No Sunshine, song
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 1"
>Idle, Eric : Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, song (for the film "Life of Brian")
>Schütz, Heinrich : Feritevi, ferite ("Feritevi, viperette mordaci"), madrigal for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor & bass, SWV 9

Album Summary

>Dominic Miller / Gordon S : Shape of My Heart
>Calmus Ensemble : Touched, vocal interludes
>Purcell, Henry : Hush, no more, be silent all (from "The Fairy Queen"), bass aria & chorus, Z. 629/14
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Cohen, Leonard : Dance Me to the End of Love, song
>Jackson, Michael : Remember the Time
>Banchieri, Adriano : Bella Olimpia
>Janequin, Clément : Réveillez vous cueurs endormis "Le chant des oiseaux"
>Mercury, Freddie : Crazy Little Thing Called Love
>John, Elton : Your Song
>Anonymous, Canciero de Montecassino : Dindirindin, canzon alla villota, CM 127
>Mercury, Freddie : Love of My Life
>Withers, Bill : Ain't No Sunshine, song
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 1"
>Idle, Eric : Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, song (for the film "Life of Brian")
>Schütz, Heinrich : Feritevi, ferite ("Feritevi, viperette mordaci"), madrigal for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor & bass, SWV 9
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For their new album touched, Calmus has chosen songs and lieder from several centuries on themes that never fail to touch the heart and have arranged them for their own forces with the utmost skill. This recording is in a class of its own: Sting stands alongside Henry Purcell, Michael Jackson next to Adriano Banchieri, and Elton John beside Monty Python.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Echolux Tonstudio Leipzig (2012-05-17_2012-05-19&2012-).



Reviews

Enjoyably split personality
Like the better-known Kings Singers, Calmus Ensemble was founded by former members of a famous choir school (in Leipzig) and, like the British group, sings unaccompanied classical pieces and pop arrangements, one voice to a part. (The highest voice here is a woman rather than a sopranist, although each group uses male altos.) Rather than focus on one genre or the other on their newest album, Calmus alternates both, with wordless “interludes” to keep them separated. The madrigals and part-songs are done as originally written, while the pop and jazz numbers get fresh arrangements, some by members of the group. (Freddie Mercury’s rather mawkish ballad “Love of my life” becomes a whole new piece!) The split works pretty well, the only mild misfire being a song from one of the Monty Python movies, which isn’t so funny without the context and the visuals--and doesn’t fit the “touched” theme very well, either. The singers’ English is excellent, and virtually accent-free; they make a clean sound, with little vibrato. Texts are provided, but only in the original language and German.
Submitted on 09/22/13 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Dominic Miller / Gordon S : Shape of My Heart
  • Ensemble: Calmus Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Calmus Ensemble : Touched, vocal interludes
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Purcell, Henry : Hush, no more, be silent all (from "The Fairy Queen"), bass aria & chorus, Z. 629/14
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1689

>Cohen, Leonard : Dance Me to the End of Love, song
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jackson, Michael : Remember the Time
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Teddy Riley (1967 - ), Bernard Belle.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Calmus Ensemble : Touched, vocal interludes
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Banchieri, Adriano : Bella Olimpia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Calmus Ensemble : Touched, vocal interludes
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Clément Janequin (circa 1485 - 1558) : Réveillez vous cueurs endormis "Le chant des oiseaux"
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1520

>Mercury, Freddie : Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>John, Elton : Your Song
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692-1775

>Calmus Ensemble : Touched, vocal interludes
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous, Canciero de Montecassino : Dindirindin, canzon alla villota, CM 127
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.

>Calmus Ensemble : Touched, vocal interludes
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mercury, Freddie : Love of My Life
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Withers, Bill : Ain't No Sunshine, song
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Calmus Ensemble : Touched, vocal interludes
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 1"
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1608

>Idle, Eric : Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, song (for the film "Life of Brian")
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Calmus Ensemble : Touched, vocal interludes
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Heinrich Schütz (Composer) (1585 - 1672) : Feritevi, ferite ("Feritevi, viperette mordaci"), madrigal for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor & bass, SWV 9
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral