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Touched / Calmus Ensemble

Sting / Calmus Ensemble
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83379  
Composer:  AnonymousAdriano BanchieriLeonard CohenClément Janequin,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Calmus Ensemble is one of the most successful a cappella ensembles on the international scene. For their new album touched, the singers from Leipzig have chosen songs and lieder from several centuries on themes which never fail to touch our hearts, and have arranged them for their own forces with the utmost skill. What results is a vocal CD in a class of its own: Sting stands alongside Henry Purcell, Michael Jackson next to Adriano Banchieri, and Elton John beside Monty Python. The ensemble describes the concept in the CD booklet as follows: “As far as themes go, nothing whatsoever has changed: love, longing, pain, but also joy, pleasure and exuberance. That which touches our hearts, which moves us, has been convincingly expressed in music Read more since time immemorial. Then as now, songs were one thing above all – a living expression of the soul! In this common ground the boundaries of the two eras of music on this recording become blurred.” We’re offering you the opportunity to contemplate the texts and music of two very different epochs in a new light and from new perspectives. The CD is a must for lovers of a cappella singing! - Carus-Verlag Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Dindirindín by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; Spain 
2. Bella Olimpia by Adriano Banchieri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
3. Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
4. Le chant des Oyseaux by Clément Janequin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Freddie Mercury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
6. Madrigals, Book 6: Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 5" - Lasciatemi morire by Claudio Monteverdi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
7. If music be the food of love, Z 379 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692-1695; England 
8. Fairy Queen, Z 629: If love's a sweet passion by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
9. Fairy Queen, Z 629: Hush, no more by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
10. Il primo libro de madrigali, Op. 1: Feritevi, ferite, SWV 9 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Venice, Italy 
11. Shape of My Heart by Sting
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
12. Interlude no 6 by Calmus Ensemble Leipzig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble

Sound Samples

Shape of My Heart (arr. L. Bohme): Shape of My Heart
Shape of My Heart (arr. L. Bohme): Interlude
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (arr. for vocal ensemble): Act II: Hush, no more, be silent all
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (arr. for vocal ensemble): Act III: If love's a sweet passion
Dance Me to the End of Love (arr. L. Bohme)
Remember the Time (arr. L. Bohme): Remember the Time
Remember the Time (arr. L. Bohme): Interlude
Bella Olimpia
Bella Olimpia: Interlude
Reveillez vous, cueurs endormis, "Le chant des oiseaux"
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (arr. L. Bohme)
Your Song (arr. M. Makaroff)
If music be the food of love, Z. 379 (arr. for vocal ensemble): If music be the food of love, Z. 379
If music be the food of love, Z. 379 (arr. for vocal ensemble): Interlude
Dindirindin
Dindirindin: Interlude
Love of My Life (arr. M. Makaroff)
Ain't No Sunshine (arr. S. Krause): Ain't No Sunshine
Ain't No Sunshine (arr. S. Krause): Interlude
Lamento d'Arianna, SV 22 (arr. for vocal ensemble): Lamento d'Arianna, SV 22: 1a parte - Lasciatemi morire (arr. for vocal ensemble)
Monty Python's Life of Brian (arr. M.E. Becker): Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Monty Python's Life of Brian (arr. M.E. Becker): Interlude
Il primo libro de madrigali, Op. 1, SWV 1-19 (text by M. Giambattista): Il primo libro de madrigali, Op. 1, SWV 1-19: No. 9. Feritevi, ferite, SWV 9

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Enjoyably split personality September 22, 2013 By Jim  D. See All My Reviews "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." Report Abuse
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