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Brahms: Motets / Best, Corydon Singers


Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55346   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christine BarrattJoya LoganJohn Scott
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's wonderful to have this fine program of Brahms motets back in the catalog, especially since the other reference set of "complete motets", from Trinity College, Cambridge (Conifer), seems to be no longer available. (And also because my 21-year-old original Hyperion CD succumbed to a manufacturing defect from that era and is no longer playable!) Although the recording perspective is somewhat distant and perhaps slightly more resonant than ideal (Hyperion offers no clue as to the venue), there's no quibbling with the exemplary performances. These works demand a high level of technical proficiency from the ensemble, as well as a respect for textural clarity, and Matthew Best and his singers handily fulfill these requirements while Read more offering a sound that exploits the music's more lyrical qualities. As before, the Geistliches Lied remains a highlight for its impassioned interpretation (aided by Best's sensitive pacing and John Scott's sympathetic organ accompaniment), and the several selections for women's voices are models of blend, balance, and assured technique. This is an essential component of any Brahms choral collection.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Motets (2), Op. 29 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1860; Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Sacred Choruses (3) for Female Voices, Op. 37 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christine Barratt (Soprano), Joya Logan (Alto)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1863; Germany 
3.
Motets (2), Op. 74 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1877; Austria 
4.
Motets (3), Op. 110 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Austria 
Language: German 
5.
Fest und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1889; Austria 
6.
Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Language: German 
7.
Psalm 13, Op. 27 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
8.
Ave Maria, Op. 12 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  Matthew Best
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 

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