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Best 20 / Laurence Equilbey, Accentus

Faure / Barber / Buxtehude / Accentus / Equilbey
Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5290   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberGabriel FauréDietrich BuxtehudeFrancis Poulenc,   ... 
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Accentus, Laurence Equilbey, and Naïve: it’s a story that goes back a long way now, a story of fidelity and diversity. Fidelity in our artistic companionship, since accentus was one of the first ensembles to join Naïve when the label was created in 1999. Diversity, because our shared artistic trajectory has been shaped by a wide variety of repertoires and projects. First of all there was Pascal Dusapin’s Requiem[s], an ongoing success that has reached far beyond the contemporary sphere; then a magnificent programme of a cappella Poulenc; then the bombshell of Transcriptions, which is both the group’s and the label’s bestseller to date. After an excursion into Schoenberg with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the year 2003 was marked Read more by Brahms’s German Requiem in its version with piano. In 2005 came the first recording with orchestra under the direction of Laurence Equilbey (Haydn’s Seven Last Words). Since then, our projects have embraced music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, key repertoire works (the Fauré Requiem), rarely recorded monuments like Richard Strauss’s masterpieces for a cappella choir, a DVD of the Transcriptions, a concert of Christmas music for CD and television in 2009, Rachmaninoff, Dvorák, Mendelssohn…

Eighteen recordings so far, eighteen documents that have made a lasting impact on the discography of a genre that accentus and Laurence Equilbey have greatly contributed to make more widely known, and indeed popular. Happy Birthday to all the artists who participated in the adventure of the first twenty years, and let’s meet up again very soon to unveil all the new projects for the next twenty.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Agnus Dei, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
2.
Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
3.
Der Herr ist mit mir in F major, BuxWV 15: alleluia by Dietrich Buxtehude
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
5.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": Excerpt(s) by Antonio Vivaldi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
6.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
7.
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: Bless the Lord, O my Soul by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
8.
Geist der Liebe, D 747/Op. 11 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
9.
German Requiem, Op. 45: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen by Johannes Brahms
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 

Sound Samples

Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum
Agnus Dei, Op. 11
Der Herr ist mit mir, BuxWV 15: Alleluia
Mass in G major, FP 89: Sanctus
Figure humaine, FP 120: No. 4. Toi ma patiente ...
Romanzen und Balladen, Book 1, Op. 67: No. 3. Heidenroslein
3 Mannerchore, TrV 270: No. 2. Traumlicht
Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45 (version with piano duet accompaniment): Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (version with piano duet accompaniment)
5 Gesange, Op. 104 (text by J. Wenzig): 5 Gesange, Op. 104: No. 4. Verlorene Jugend
6 Partsongs, Op. 18 (version for mixed chorus): 6 Partsongs, Op. 18: No. 1. Sortunut aani (The Broken Voice) (version for mixed choir)
Christus, Op. 97: Part II: Leiden Christi: Ihr Tochter Zions
Dona eis: Umbrae
Ronsard a son ame (arr. G. Pesson for choir)
3 Folksongs: No. 1. Es gingen zwei Gespielen gut
Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71 (original 1876 version) (version with piano accompaniment): Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B. 71: Eia, mater (original 1876 version)
Geist der Liebe (Der Abend schleiert Flur und Hain), Op. 11, No. 3, D. 747
Die 7 letzten Worte unseres Erlosers am Kreuze (The 7 Last Words), Hob.XX:2: No. 6. Es ist vollbracht (It is finished)
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: The First Antiphon: Bless the Lord, o my soul
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)
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II: Hallelujah!

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