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Sacred Songs / Barbara Hendricks


Release Date: 03/15/1991 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54098   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles GounodCésar FranckFranz SchubertLouis Niedermeyer,   ... 
Performer:  Erik LundkvistBarbara HendricksOla SamnegårdUlf Johansson,   ... 
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber OrchestraEric Ericson Chamber ChoirSwedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

In a vein of either low-key camp or gently reverent Victorian revivalism, Barbara Hendricks is joined by Erik Lundkvist's wheezy organ for a Bach/Gounod Ave Maria of chaste ardour, then by the Stockholm Chamber Orchestra for a distinctly incense-free Panis angelicus, pure and clear as Scandinavian glass.

After some interminable wanderings in the sidechapels of Stradella and Mascagni, Hendricks permits the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir to come into its own for a surprisingly sprightly Hear my prayer. The choral responses to Hendricks's almost disarming solo are sober and staid. More interesting stylistic dichotemies are to be found in the smouldering flames of the Walesa dedicated "Lacrimosa" of Penderecki, and a
Read more somewhat perfunctory Lloyd Webber "Pie Jesu".

For Bernstein's "Kaddish II" and for the spirituals, Hendricks at last seems able to enter into the spirit of things. The former makes finely poised, unforced progress; the latter, in Robert Sund's busky piano arrangements, enable the fingers of Ulf Johansson and the cavernous male voices of the Orphei Dränger to have the time of their lives.

-- Gramophone [4/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Erik Lundkvist (Organ), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
2. Panis angelicus by César Franck
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Erik Lundkvist (Organ)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
3. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Lundkvist (Organ), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
4. Pietà, Signore by Louis Niedermeyer
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Switzerland 
Language: Italian 
5. Ave Maria "Salve O Maria" (1880) by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6. Motets (3) for Chorus and Organ, Op. 39: no 1, Hear my prayer by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Erik Lundkvist (Organ)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830/1838; Germany 
7. Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile: Sanctus by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
8. Stabat mater: Inflammatus et accensus by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832/1842; Italy 
Language: Latin 
9. Polish Requiem: Lacrimosa by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980-1984; Poland 
10. Symphony no 3 "Kaddish": Kaddish no 2 by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961-1963; USA 
11. Requiem: Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Ola Samnegård (Boy Soprano), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
12. Amazing grace by John Newton
Performer:  Ulf Johansson (Piano), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799 
Language: English 
13. When the saints go marching in by Traditional
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Thomas Bergqvist (Drums), Arne Wilhelmssohn (Double Bass)
Written: USA 
Language: English 
14. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child by Traditional
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orphei Dränger
Written: USA 
Language: English 

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