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Xl - Choral Works For 40 Voices - Tallis, Pitts, Etc


Release Date: 09/13/2005 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 801873   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Thomas TallisAntony PittsAnonymousHenry Purcell,   ... 
Performer:  Arvid Gast
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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CHORAL WORKS FOR 40 VOICES ? Simon Halsey, dir; Rundfunkchor Berlin ? HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 801873 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 79:33 & )


TALLIS Spem in alium. PURCELL Hear my prayer, O Lord. BACH (arr. Schnebel) The Art of Fugue: Contrapunctus Read more 1 . CHANT Veni creator spiritus. HARVEY Come, Holy Ghost. NYSTEDT Immortal Bach. KÓDALY Laudes organi. PURCELL (arr. Sandström) Hear my prayer, O Lord. PITTS XL


This is the third surround-sound ?Spem in alium? in succession, supplemented by other, mostly modern works for similar forces. Antony Pitts has composed a vastly different work for 40 voices modeled on it, set to the beginning of Psalm 39 (40) and placed at the end of the program. Its title will be self-explanatory to Superbowl fans, and its text was determined by the number of the psalm. Jonathan Harvey?s English setting of ?Veni creators? is placed in the middle, with the original chant sung twice framing the entire program. Elaborate in a different way is the Kódaly work, his last composition (1965), which features a prominent organ part, much more than an accompaniment to the choir (it was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists). It fits the program?s pattern of building on music of the past, for it was inspired by a medieval sequence in praise of the organ. In the same vein, Sven-David Sandström extends the Purcell anthem in his own style, and Dieter Schnebel realizes the Bach Contrapunctus for wordless voices. Related to this is Knut Nystedt?s setting of a text to Bach?s ?Komm, süsser Tod.?


The resulting program is a feast of choral music (only the Purcell and Kódaly works use any instrument, apart from the Bach Contrapunctus), produced especially for surround sound. To that end, the varied layouts of the choral forces are explained and diagrammed. The Rundfunkchor is of surpassing virtuosity in this highly demanding program. For the Tallis alone, some might prefer the more homogeneous program put together by The Sixteen (Coro CORSACD 16016), which has its own juxtaposition of ?Spem in alium? with ?Sing and glorify,? the contrafactum that is the surviving version of that piece, or the all-Tallis program under Jeremy Summerly, just reviewed. All three are in surround sound, and this one falls between the fast and slow versions represented by the first two.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2004 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
XL by Antony Pitts
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/2004 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Veni creator spiritus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1300; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2004 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z 15 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2004 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Sven-David Sandström. 
5.
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arvid Gast (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1745-1750; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2004 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Come Holy Ghost by Jonathan Harvey
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2004 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Immortal Bach by Knut Nystedt
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Norway 
Date of Recording: 09/2004 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Laudes organi by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Arvid Gast (Organ)
Conductor:  Simon Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/2004 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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