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Like to the Lark / Phipps, Swedish Chamber Choir


Release Date: 11/01/2019 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5255  
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsJudith BinghamCharles Villiers StanfordWilhelm Stenhammar,   ... 
Performer:  Jennifer PikeMaria Forsström
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Swedish Chamber Choir makes its debut on Chandos with this fascinating programme of works for choir, choir and solo voice, and for choir and violin. The founder and conductor, Simon Phipps, leads the choir in unaccompanied works by Swedish and British composers. Maria Forsstrom joins them in one of Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder, “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,” in a sixteen-part arrangement by Clytus Gottwald, and in Judith Bingham’s ‘The Drowned Lovers,’ a stark companion piece to Stanford’s ‘The Blue Bird.’ The violinist Jennifer Pike joins the Choir in Ola Gjeilo’s stunning ‘Serenity’ (a setting of O magnum mysterium) and Paul Drayton’s outstanding 2018 arrangement of Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Lark Ascending,’ for violin and chamber Read more choir.

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REVIEW:

This is a highly attractive and innovative programme of a cappella choral music which also makes use of solo instruments. The Swedish Chamber Choir, a beautifully honed sound with a versatile tessitura (and excellent English!), are directed by Simon Phipps, who brings a sympathetic set of interpretations to much of this inwardly melancholy repertoire.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Rest by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; England 
2.
Shakespeare Songs (3) for Chorus by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
3.
The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Jennifer Pike (Violin)
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
4.
The Drowned Lovers, for mezzo-soprano & chorus by Judith Bingham
Performer:  Maria Forsström (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: Contemporary 
5.
Partsongs (8), Op. 119: no 3, Blue Bird by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; England 
6.
Choral Songs (3) by Wilhelm Stenhammar
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1890; Sweden 
7.
Uti vĺr hage by Hugo Alfvén
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: Modern 
Written: Sweden 
8.
Limu, limu, lima by Hugo Alfvén
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
9.
Kung liljekonvalje by David Wikander
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
10.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Maria Forsström (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Serenity by Ola Gjeilo
Performer:  Jennifer Pike (Violin)
Conductor:  Simon Phipps
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Chorus
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Norway 

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