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Transcriptions Vol 2 / Equilbey, Añorga, Accentus, Et Al


Release Date: 02/27/2007 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5048   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiFranz SchubertSergei ProkofievGustav Mahler,   ... 
Performer:  Brigitte EngererSolange AñorgaHélène MoulinRomain Champion
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  AccentusLes monts du Reuil
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


If you enjoyed this virtuoso choir's first transcriptions disc, you'll certainly want to have this follow-up recording; and if you're a choral fan and aren't yet acquainted with Accentus and its earlier program, you'll definitely want both of these exceptional discs. This one features the 40-voice choir in masterful transcriptions--as close to literal as possible--of both purely instrumental works (Vivaldi's "L'hiver" from the Four Seasons; several keyboard works by Bach, Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin) and pieces originally for voice and either piano or orchestra (Schubert, Wagner, and Mahler songs). Where no texts were originally assigned, they are provided by the arrangers, ingeniously
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While all of these settings are superbly accomplished and sung to the highest artistic and technical standard, perhaps the most impressive--I'd even use the word astonishing--is Clytus Gottwald's transcription of Debussy's piano piece "Des pas sur la neige". If you can't imagine how this lovely little prelude could be set with words and sung by a choir, well, you're in for a major surprise! It's so perfect in its realization and preservation of the original harmonic character, and yet the voices add such a unique atmospheric dimension that if you didn't know better you'd believe this could have been conceived for these forces. The same could be true for the selections from Ravel's Mother Goose, transcribed by Thierry Machuel. Franck Krawczyk's Vivaldi is quite clever and "fun", and the Schubert setting of Nacht und Träume is pure pleasure.

And that--pure pleasure--describes the whole disc, whose concept works because the arrangers/transcribers are so careful about and respectful of their source material, and are absolutely scrupulous in their treatment of voices relative to matters of range, register, textures, and expressive possibilities. In other words, if you know the original works, you will be completely at home here--but you also will experience new and pleasantly surprising facets of these pieces that only make them more rich and universally relevant. This is the kind of program--unique, virtuosic, yet easily accessible--that makes listening enjoyable and engaging, setting expectations for the next project, whatever it may be. Based on these performances--and knowing the adventurous and highly accomplished nature of this choir--I'm eagerly awaiting what's sure to be a worthy and very entertaining follow-up.

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

1. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus,  Les monts du Reuil
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Franck Krawczyck. 
2. Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Brigitte Engerer (Piano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
3. Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: Field of the Dead by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1939; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranger: Franck Krawczyck. 
4. Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 3, Scheiden and Meiden by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
5. Wesendonck Lieder: no 3, Im Treibhaus by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Solange Añorga (Soprano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
6. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 20, Der Wegweiser by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
7. Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Franck Krawczyck. 
8. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 4, Die zwei blauen Augen by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
9. Préludes, Book 1: no 6, Des pas sur la neige by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
10. Shéhérazade: no 2, La flûte enchantée by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Solange Añorga (Soprano), Hélène Moulin (Alto), Romain Champion (Tenor)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Gérard Pesson. 
11. Shéhérazade: no 3, L'indifférent by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Hélène Moulin (Alto), Solange Añorga (Soprano), Romain Champion (Tenor)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Gérard Pesson. 
12. Ma mère l'oye: Pavane de la belle au bois dormant by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Solange Añorga (Soprano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Thierry Machuel. 
13. Ma mère l'oye: Le jardin féerique by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Solange Añorga (Soprano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Thierry Machuel. 
14. Trauerchöre (5), Op. 9: no 4, Grablied by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Psalms (3) after JS Bach, Op. 13 by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
16. Preuve par la neige: Si comme la lune... by Gerard Pesson
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
17. Preuve par la neige: La lune paraît by Gerard Pesson
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: French 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Concerto, op 8 no 4 "Winter" (Vivaldi, arr. Krawczyck)
Préludes, Book 1 (Debussy, arr. Gottwald): No 6: Des pas sur la neige

Sound Samples

L'hiver (after Vivladi's The 4 Seasons: Winter): The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter): I. Allegro non molto (arr. for choir)
Am Tage aller Seelen, D. 343, "Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen" (arr. C. Gottwald): Am Tage aller Seelen, D. 343, "Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen" (arr. for choir)
Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: IV. The Field of the Dead (arr. F. Krawczyk)
Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 3. Scheiden und Meiden (arr. C. Gottwald): Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 3. Scheiden und Meiden (arr. for choir)
5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, "Wesendonck Lieder" (arr. C. Gottwald): 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, Op. 91, "Wesendonck Lieder": No. 3. Im Treibhaus (arr. for choir)
4 Grablied (after F. Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"): (excerpts)
Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 20. Der Wegweiser (arr. C. Gottwald): Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 20. Der Wegweiser (arr. for choir)
Nacht und Traume, Op. 43, No. 2, D. 827b (arr. F. Krawczyk): Nacht und Traume, Op. 43, No. 2, D. 827b (arr. for choir)
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) (arr. C. Gottwald): Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: No. 4. Die zwei blauen Augen (arr. for choir)
3 Psalmlieder, Op. 13: No. 1. Busslied (after the Sarabande from Bach's French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812)
3 Psalmlieder, Op. 13: No. 2. An Babels Wasserflussen (after the Sarabande from Bach's English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808)
3 Psalmlieder, Op. 13: No. 3. Jerusalem (after the second Menuet from Bach's Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825)
Preludes, Book 1: No. 6. Des pas sur la neige (arr. C. Gottwald): Preludes, Book 1: No. 6. Des pas sur la neige (arr. for choir)
Sheherazade (arr. G. Pesson): No. 2. La flute enchantee
Sheherazade (arr. G. Pesson): No. 3. L'indifferent
Si comme la lune... (after A. Scriabin's 24 Preludes, Op. 11: No. 13 in G flat major): Si comme la lune ... (after A. Scriabin's 24 Preludes, Op. 11: No. 13 in G flat major)
La lune parait (after A. Scriabin's 3 Pieces, Op. 45: No. 1. Feuillet d'Album)
Ma mere l'oye (Mother Goose) (arr. T. Machuel): I. Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty (Pavane de la belle au bois dormant)
Ma mere l'oye (Mother Goose) (arr. T. Machuel): V. The Fairy Garden (Le jardin feerique)

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