Netherlands Radio Choir

Biography

Active: Hilversum, The Netherlands -
The Netherlands Radio Choir is one of the best known large permanent professional choral organizations in the world, known for having command of virtually any choral style of any era in musical history. Its existence arises from the unusual organization and history of Dutch radio broadcastings.

The Netherlands has one of the longest records of radio broadcasting on a worldwide scale. For its internal radio broadcasting the country steered
Read more a middle course between the American system of a myriad local commercial stations (some organized into networks) and the European tendency to establish a single government-funded broadcasting organization. Instead, programming was placed into a number of independent radio organizations who share broadcasting facilities, including musical staff.

Holland was the first European country to initiate regularly scheduled short-wave radio broadcasting of news and entertainment programs. This was not a government program, but an initiative of the large electronics firm Philips, whose initial interest was to stimulate a world market for its radio receiving sets. The first broadcasts, in 1927, were to the Netherlands' East Indies, the country's primary overseas possession (now the nation of Indonesia). Although Indonesia has been independent for over half a century, Radio Netherland's broadcasts remain popular in Indonesia as the main independent source of news in that country of many languages spread over thousands of islands.

In 1928, Philips started a second foreign language service, PCJJ, making an international personality of announcer Edward Startz, who established the channel's image as the "Happy Station," and said the call sign stood for "Peace, Cheer, and Joy."

PCJJ's transmitters were captured undamaged by the Nazi troops when they invaded Holland in May 1940. They made the powerful transmitters into their primary voice beamed to Asia, under the control of Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels. Countering it was the Dutch exile government in London, using the BBC's facilities, which initiated "Radio Oranje" to bring truthful news to the Dutch populace. This war of truth versus propaganda instilled in the Dutch a strong appreciation for broadcasting that is factually and politically impartial and accurate. Henk van den Broek, head of Radio Oranje, was asked to create a new multi-language radio service. The result was the Radio Netherlands Foundation, which began broadcasting on April 15, 1947.

Music for Netherlands radio operations is provided by the MCO (Musikcentrum von de Omroep), which means Broadcasting Music Center. Among the several musical ensembles it maintains is the Netherlands Radio Choir.

The Choir is a very busy fully professional choir of seventy-nine permanent members. This makes it one of the largest professional choirs in the world. It therefore affords steady work that attracts some of the finest choral singers in the world, who work in the MCO Building in Hilversum. Ninety percent of their work is for concerts for the various broadcasting organizations, including Radio Netherlands. Most of this work is live; there is very little broadcasting of studio recordings.

Netherlands Radio Choir often sings with the various radio orchestras (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Radio Chamber Orchestra) and ensembles (Netherlands Radio Boys Choir, Metropole Orchestra) also maintained by the MCO and is frequently invited to perform with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. It rarely tours abroad, due to its heavy schedule of work at the Hilversum studios. It has a unique reputation for being able to sing virtually anything written for large choral forces. Read less

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Active: Hilversum, The Netherlands -
The Netherlands Radio Choir is one of the best known large permanent professional choral organizations in the world, known for having command of virtually any choral style of any era in musical history. Its existence arises from the unusual organization and history of Dutch radio broadcastings.

The Netherlands has one of the longest records of radio broadcasting on a worldwide scale. For its internal radio broadcasting the country steered
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Beginning song: Come let us worship
Psalm 103 (104), "O praise the Lord"
Blessed is the man
O Joyful Light
Song of Simeon: Lord, now let your servant depart
Hail, O Virgin Mother (Ave Maria)
Hexapsalms: Glory to God on high
Psalm 134-135 (135-136), "O praise the name of the Lord"
Glorifying song of the Resurrection: Teach me O lord in the way of truth
Hymn of Resurrection: We have seen the resurrection
Magnificat: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
Great Doxology: Glory be to God on high
Resurrection hymn (Troparion): This day of salvation has come to the world
Resurrection hymn (Troparion): When you had risen
Thanksgiving hymn of Virgin Mary: O victorious leader
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Veni, creator spiritus -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Imple superna gratia -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Infirma nostri corporis -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Accende lumen sensibus -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Veni, creator spiritus -
Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Gloria sit Patri Domino
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Poco adagio -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Ewiger Wonnebrand -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Fussen -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Gerettet ist das edle Glied -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest - Hier ist die Aussicht frei -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Hochste Herrscherin der Welt! -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Dir, der Unberuhrbaren -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Komm! Hebe dich -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Blicket auf zum Retterblick -
Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Alles Vergangliche ist nur ein Gleichnis
I. Kraftig - Entschieden
II. Tempo di menuetto. Sehr massig
III. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
IV. Sehr langsam. Misterioso
V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
VI. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
I. 'I first saw them'
II. 'Domini canes' ('Dogs of the Lord')
III. 'I saw them leading'
IV. 'Sometimes, like Tobias'
V. 'If you turn down the offerings'
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