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Transcriptions Vol 1 / Laurence Equilbey, Accentus


Release Date: 08/17/2004 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 4982   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Samuel BarberGerard PessonGustav MahlerKnut Nystedt,   ... 
Performer:  Jean-François ChiamaJean-François LombardHélène MoulinSolange Añorga,   ... 
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.

All tracks have been digitally mastered using 24-bit technology.


Some discs are simply so beautiful that it's almost painful to talk about them when you could be listening instead. This is one. All of the pieces featured here were originally conceived as instrumental works (or songs for voice and accompaniment) but have been transcribed for unaccompanied chorus. Only Barber's famous Adagio for Strings was reworked by the composer himself, in this case as his equally lovely Agnus Dei. The others were the work of
Read more Clytus Gottwald, Gérard Pesson, Franck Krawczyk, and Knut Nystedt, and they are, one and all, marvelous.

Most alluring are the two Mahler pieces, the Adagietto from the Fifth Symphony and the song Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen. Both work extremely well through the medium of voices, but the latter's intensely beautiful harmonies make this setting especially poetic and a true rethinking of the piece. Accentus Chamber Choir's founder Laurence Equilibey conducts both with seamless elegance and a naturally flowing rubato that really makes the music come alive. Quite different if equally intoxicating is Ravel's Soupir. Taking his cue from Ligeti's Lux Aeterna, Clytus Gottwald creates a shimmering, sensual curtain of sound that's simply magical.

Franck Krawczyk's two Chopin transcriptions, the Etude Op. 10 No. 6 and the Largo from the Third Piano Sonata, sound so inevitably right that you'd hardly guess that they originated in piano solos. I could go on, but as I noted at the beginning of this review, why talk when you could (and should) be listening? Suffice it to say that the singing is simply the last word in unobtrusive virtuosity and sumptuous blending of tones, and the sonics capture the chorus in a warm but not overly resonant space. The concept may look odd, but trust me: one listen and you'll be playing this disc often. Start with the Mahler. If that doesn't grab you, then you're either tone deaf or simply dead.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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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 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work is a vocal arrangement of the composer's 'Adagio for Strings.' 
2. Kein deutscher Himmel by Gerard Pesson
Performer:  Jean-François Chiama (Tenor), Jean-François Lombard (Tenor), Hélène Moulin (Alto),
Solange Añorga (Soprano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is an arrangement of the Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony no. 5. 
3. Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Solange Añorga (Soprano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
4. Immortal Bach by Knut Nystedt
Performer:  Nicholas Kern (Tenor), Catherine Ravenne (Alto), Pierre Jeannot (Bass),
Pascale Costes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is an arrangement of J.S. Bach's "Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478." 
5. Lulajze, Jesuniu by Franck Krawczyck
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Polish 
Notes: This work is based on Largo from 3rd Sonata by Chopin. 
6. Early Songs (7): no 3, Die Nachtigall by Alban Berg
Performer:  Solange Añorga (Soprano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
7. Les angélus by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
8. Poèmes (3) de Stéphane Mallarmé: no 1, Soupir by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
9. Mörike Lieder: no 7, Das verlassene Mägdlein by Hugo Wolf
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
10. Mörike Lieder: no 23, Auf ein altes Bild by Hugo Wolf
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald. 
11. Lacrimosa by Franck Krawczyck
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Arsenal Concert Hall, Metz, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is a transcription of the Etude for Piano no. 6, Op. 10 by Chopin. 

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