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Im Herbst - choral works by Brahms and Schubert

Composer Johannes Brahms
Franz Schubert
Performer Ingrid Andsnes
Madelene Berg
Öystein Birkeland
Catherine Bullock
Kåre Nordstoga
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Ole Eirik Ree
Dan Styffe
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1869 SACD
EAN 7318599918693
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2011
Total time 63'24

Gramophone Editor's Choice February 2012.

‘Some of the most striking and moving singing put down on disc for years’ is how White Night, the previous release with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and its conductor Grete Pedersen, was described on the website of Gramophone. Having focused on music from their home country before, the team here presents a German programme, featuring two of the most influential composers in 19th-century choral music: Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert. It includes both sacred and secular music, scored for male, female and mixed choir a cappella and accompanied, starting with a selection from Brahms’ deservedly popular Zigeunerlieder for mixed choir and piano. A contrast to these settings of Hungarian folk songs is provided by the autumnal Five Songs for mixed choir a cappella – a collection of poems dealing with the transience of youth, love and life, which in many respects presents a masterful distillation of Brahms’ choral output. From an earlier part of the composer’s career come two sacred works for mixed choir, the motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen, showing Bach’s influence on the composer, and Geistliches Lied, with organ accompaniment. Schubert is represented with a setting of Psalm 23 for women’s choir and piano and Der Gesang der Geister über den Wassern to a poem by Goethe which Schubert chose to set several times. The version recorded here, numbered D714, is the last one. It has an unusual scoring for eight-part male choir and low strings which in 1821 perplexed the first audience, and which even today has a very special effect on the listener.
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  Johannes Brahms
  from 11 Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 for mixed choir and piano 16'08
01 01. He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein! 1'19
02 02. Hochgetürmte Rimaflut, wie bist du trüb 1'24
03 03. Wisst ihr, wann mein Kindchen am allerschönsten ist? 1'25
04 05. Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze 1'18
05 07. Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn 2'03
06 08. Horch, der Wind klagt in den Zweigen traurig sacht 2'28
07 09. Weit und breit schaut niemand mich an 1'45
08 10. Mond verhüllt sein Angesicht 3'03
09 11. Rote Abendwolken ziehn am Firmament 1'23
  Johannes Brahms
  5 Gesänge, Op. 104 for mixed choir a cappella 13'57
10 1. Nachtwache I 2'38
11 2. Nachtwache II 1'11
12 3. Letztes Glück 2'34
13 4. Verlorene Jugend 2'10
14 5. Im Herbst 5'24
  Franz Schubert
  Psalm 23, D706 for four-part women\'s choir and piano
15 Psalm 23, D706 5'14
  Franz Schubert
  Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D714 for eight-part male choir and strings
16 Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D714 10'26
  Johannes Brahms
  2 Motets, No. 1: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen
Op. 74 No.1, for mixed choir a cappella
17 I. Langsam und ausdrucksvoll 5'44
18 II. Wenig bewegter 1'05
19 III. Langsam und sanft 2'27
20 IV. Choral 1'17
  Johannes Brahms
  Geistliches Lied, Op.30 for four-part mixed choir and organ
21 Geistliches Lied, Op.30 for mixed choir and organ 5'10
  Album total 63'24
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
Schubert, Franz
ChoirNorwegian Soloists' Choir, The
PianoAndsnes, Ingrid
Double bassStyffe, Dan
ViolaBerg, Madelene
Bullock, Catherine
CelloBirkeland, Öystein
Ree, Ole Eirik
OrganNordstoga, Kåre

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