Netherlands Chamber Choir

Biography

Active: 1937 - ; Netherlands
The Netherlands Chamber Choir was founded as the chorus Pro Musica in 1937 by Felix de Nobel for a series of radio broadcasts of Bach cantatas. The following year, de Nobel changed the ensemble's name to the Netherlands Chamber Choir. The early days of the choir featured a host of famous Dutch singers just beginning their careers, including Theo Baylé, Corry Bijster, Greet Koeman, Roos Boelsma, Annie Hermes, and Guus Hoekman. Over the course of Read more the next decade, de Nobel struggled to develop an identity for the choir, which was becoming known as simply a stepping stone for singers on their way to operatic careers. Just after World War II, the choir found sponsorship by the Netherlands Transitional Radio Authority, but soon thereafter, it established itself as an independent organization. The group soon developed a large a cappella repertoire of music from the early medieval period to the present. A series of international tours followed, solidifying its position as leaders in the field. The Netherlands Chamber Choir has performed numerous premieres, including works by Francis Poulenc, Frank Martin, Hendrik Andriessen, Henk Badings, Lex van Delden, and Rudolf Escher. In 1953, the government of the Netherlands instituted an annual subsidy that allowed the choir to remain financially sound and to attract leading singers who could make a career in the ensemble. The next decade saw frequent collaborations with Carlo Maria Giulini in opera productions at the Holland Festival and on tour. As the choir personnel aged, they became the target of critics who felt that they were unable to match developments in younger ensembles that specialized in a period approach to early music. In 1972, Felix de Nobel resigned his leadership. After a brief period of stagnation, the choir re-emerged in the 1980s as a more youthful ensemble of 26 singers without a single conductor. Instead, the group collaborated with various conductors from the thriving early music movement, including Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ton Koopman, Jos van Immerseel, Paul Van Nevel, Christopher Hogwood, Roger Norrington, Andrew Parrott, Peter Philips, and William Christie. In 1987, Uwe Gronostay was appointed chief conductor and artistic director, leading the choir in critically acclaimed performances of late nineteenth century works. Gronostay left in 1997 and was succeeded by the team of artistic director Ivar Munk and chief conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. Under Munk and Kaljuste, the choir has expanded its repertoire of contemporary music. Each season, the choir offers its own a cappella concert series in ten cities across the Netherlands. It has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. In 2002, Stephen Layton became chief conductor.

During the 1990s, the group was found on a number of award-winning recordings, including Vox Neerlandica I and Vox Neerlandica II, surveying the entire history of Dutch vocal music, and those featuring choral works of Poulenc, Hindemith, and Janácek. Read less

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Biography

Active: 1937 - ; Netherlands
The Netherlands Chamber Choir was founded as the chorus Pro Musica in 1937 by Felix de Nobel for a series of radio broadcasts of Bach cantatas. The following year, de Nobel changed the ensemble's name to the Netherlands Chamber Choir. The early days of the choir featured a host of famous Dutch singers just beginning their careers, including Theo Baylé, Corry Bijster, Greet Koeman, Roos Boelsma, Annie Hermes, and Guus Hoekman. Over the course of Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Liszt: Via Crucis - Andante Maestoso "Vexilla Regis prodeunt"
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station I: Jesus wird zum Tode verdammt
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station II: Jesus trägt sein Kreuz
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station III: Jesus fällt zum ersten Mal
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station IV: Jesus begegnet seiner Heiligen Mutter
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station V: Simon von Kyrene hilft Jesus das Kreuz zu tragen
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station VI: Sancta Veronica
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station VII: Jesus fällt zum zweiten Mal
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station VIII: Die Frauen von Jerusalem
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station IX: Jesus fällt zum dritten Mal
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station X: Jesus wird entkleidet
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station XI: Jesus wird ans Kreuz geschlagen
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station XII: Jesus stirbt am Kreuze
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station XIII: Jesus wird vom Kreuz genommen
Liszt: Via Crucis - Station XIV: Jesus wird ins Grab gelegt
Dixit Dominus
Laudate pueri Dominum
Laetatus sum
Nisi Dominus aedificaverit
Lauda Jerusalem Dominum
Ave maris stella
Magnificat
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Magnificat anima mea
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Aria: Alto: "Et exultavit spiritus meus"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Aria: Soprano: "Quia respexit"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Omnes generationes"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Aria: Basso: "Quia fecit mihi magna"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Duetto: Alto, Tenore: "Et misericordia"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Fecit potentiam"
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Tenore: Deposuit potentes
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Alto: Esurientes implevit bonis
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Suscepit Israel"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Sicut locutus est"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Gloria Patri"
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Sinfonia
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Recitativo: Wie hast du dich, mein Gott
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Bäche von gesalzen Zähren
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Recitativo: Ach, Jesu, meine Ruh
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Duetto: Komm, mein Jesu
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Sei nun wieder zufrieden
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Aria: Erfreue dich, Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Das Lamm, das erwürget ist
Deus in adjutorium
Dixit Dominus
Nigra sum, a voce sola
Laudate pueri
Pulchra es
Laetatus sum
Duo Seraphim
Nisi Dominus
Audi c?lum
Lauda Jerusalem
Ave Maris Stella
Sonata a 8 sopra "Sancta Maria pro nobis"
Antienne "Sancta Maria, succure miserie" - Magnificat
Et exultavit
Quia respexit
Quia fecit
Et misericordia
Fecit potentiam
Deposuit
Esurientes
Suscepit Israel
Sicut locutus est
Gloria Patri
Sicut erat - Antienne (reprise) - Benedicamus Domino
I. Introit
II. Kyrie
III. Offertoire
IV. Sanctus
V. Pie Jesu
VI. Agnus Dei
VII. Libera me
VIII. In Paradisum
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Magnificat anima mea
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Alto: Et exultavit spiritus meus
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Soprano: Quia respexit
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Omnes generationes
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Basso: Quia fecit mihi magna
Magnificat in D BWV243: Duetto: Atlto, Tenore: Et misericordia
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Fecit potentiam
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Tenore: Deposuit potentes
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Alto: Esurientes implevit bonis
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Suscepit Israel
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Sicut locutus est
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Gloria Patri
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Sinfonia
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Recitativo: Wie hast du dich, mein Gott
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Bäche von gesalzen Zähren
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Recitativo: Ach, Jesu, meine Ruh
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Duetto: Komm, mein Jesu
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Sei nun wieder zufrieden
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Aria: Erfreue dich, Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Das Lamm, das erwürget ist


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