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A Cappella Pleasures - Folk Songs / Schnittpunktvokal, Et Al


Release Date: 01/17/2006 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777168   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  SchnittpunktvokalVita
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Here, two quartets--a male ensemble from Austria and a women's group from Slovenia--join for what could have been a program of limited appeal to a world-wide audience. The folksongs of any country are by definition rooted in often very specific territories and customs and musical styles--and of course language--but those from the southern Austrian province of Carinthia and neighboring Slovenia, featured on this disc, are certainly more obscure than most. I must confess that normally I'm not a fan of Austrian folk songs. The sturdy yet square dotted rhythms (often connected to a dance), the four-part harmonic style heavy on tonics and dominant-sevenths, and the short-phrased, repetitive tunes don't
Read more keep me interested for long (although it's amazing what Schubert or Brahms could do with similar material!). Scotland, France, Italy, Spain, and most Eastern European countries have more varied and melodious and memorable (in the best sense) folk tunes.


Now, after all that, I have to say that this is a terrific CD, one that I happily and easily listened to and enjoyed from beginning to end--a whole hour's worth of interesting and sensationally well sung music. One of the most engaging aspects of the music is the different dialects (and expressive techniques!) these singers employ, depending on the song's origin and text. (And with titles such as "Izberi si moža!" and "Da b'biva liepa ura", one look tells you that you're in unfamiliar territory.) Of course, the program also includes music from Slovenia, which although virtually unknown to most listeners, proves very fetching, especially as the four highly skilled women singers of Kvartet VITA illuminate it with such authentically inflected, tonally vibrant vocalism.


And speaking of vibrant, the men of Schnittpunktvokal offer a virtual clinic in how to sing beautifully in ensemble--with ideal vocal tone, intonation, blend, and range of expression--while conveying an infectious joy in performance, discernible even through your speakers. The liner notes say that these guys perform their concerts without microphones (bravo!), and you can tell that they're used to actually listening to each other as they sing--no mixing-board magic here! Much of the time the two groups sing separately their own repertoire--but on a few tracks they join, and the result makes you wish to hear even more. Besides the excellent singing, the thing that kept me listening was the wide variety of music--coupled with several surprises, including yodeling, shouting, and some very unusual harmonies--and the occasional memorable song (Guete Nåcht, o Welt being one of these). The sound on this hybrid SACD couldn't be more realistic or more satisfyingly balanced. Full texts, translations, and brief descriptions of the songs are included. Super!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
By the lake by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal,  Vita
Written: Austria 
2.
With her mouth silent by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
Written: Austria 
3.
She was washing nappies by the cool spring by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Slovenia 
4.
Choose a man by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Slovenia 
5.
Up to the alpine meadow I go by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
Written: Austria 
6.
I went strolling by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Slovenia 
7.
Gora Ta Banerina by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Italy 
8.
Let's go out to the back slope by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Austria 
9.
I did go around the house by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
Written: Austria 
10.
The girl in the garden by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Slovenia 
11.
He who wants to be a driver by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Bohemia 
12.
Oh, you, my Agathe by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
Written: Austria 
13.
Pobelelo Pole by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Slovenia 
14.
The rustic shepherd by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Slovenia 
15.
If only the weather was fine by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Slovenia 
16.
O humankind, consider the sadness by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
Written: Austria 
17.
Good night, o world by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Austria 
18.
Where are the paths by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Slovenia 
19.
For my Slovenian sweetheart by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
Written: Slovenia 
20.
If you want to hug me by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
21.
I went to visit on the meadow by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
Written: Austria 
22.
In German he's called "Teufel" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
Written: Slovenia 
23.
But tonight, oh, tonight by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vita
Written: Austria 
24.
The Old "forsaken" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
25.
Girl, farewell by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal,  Vita
Written: Austria 
26.
The Girls of the high meadow by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal,  Vita
27.
Wedding song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schnittpunktvokal
Written: Austria 

Sound Samples

N'mav criez jezaro (Beyond the lake)
Mit'n Mund schweigg sie still (With her mouth she's silent): Mit dem Mund schweigt (With her mouth she's silent)
Plenicke je prala (She's washing nappies)
Izberi si moza (Chose a man)
Auf die Alma geh i aufe (Up the alpine meadow I go)
San se setao (I went strolling)
Gora ta Banerina (That's the Banera Mountain)
Geh ma ausse am hintarn Ran (Let's go out to the back slope)
Bin gangan wohl uma ums Haus (I did go around the house)
De cva pa v hartlcu (The girl in the garden)
Kdor ho ce furman biti (He who wants to be a driver)
Ei, du, mei Agatha (Oh, you, Agathe)
Pobelelo pole (The field is white)
Kmetovski ov car (The rustic shepherd)
Da b' biva liepa ura (If only the weather was fine)
O Mensch betracht' die Traurigkeit (O humankind, consider the sadness)
Guete Nacht, o Welt (Good night, o world)
Cej so tiste stezice (Where are the paths)
Fia mei slowenische Freindin (For my Slovenian sweetheart)
Wann du mi Willst halsn (If you want to hug me)
Sem puanino ves hodu (I went to visit on the meadow)
Auf deitsch hast er Teifl (In German he's called Teufel)
Nocoj pa, oh, Nocoj (But tonight, oh, tonight)
Das alte Varlassn (The old forsaken)
Diandle, lebwohl (Girl, farewell)
Die hochalma Diandlan (The girls of the high meadow)
Hochzeitslied (Wedding Song)

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