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Deutsche Motette: German Romantic Choral Music From Schubert To Strauss

Schubert / Strauss / Webber / Trendell
Release Date: 08/13/2013 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34124   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard StraussRobert SchumannFranz SchubertJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  William KendallBillie [Soprano Vocal] RobsonCharity [Soprano Vocal] MapletoftVictoria [Soprano Vocal] Holden,   ... 
Conductor:  David TrendellGeoffrey Webber
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Delphian’s 'superchoir' reunites after its highly successful recording of Shchedrin’s 'The Sealed Angel', this time for a programme of German Romantic music. Strauss’s sumptuous 'Deutsche Motette' is the last word in late Romantic choral opulence, its teeming polyphony brought to thrilling life by this virtuoso cast of over 60 singers. ['Rosenkavalier' meets 'Friede auf Erden' via 'The bells'] The rest of the programme explores the vivid colours and shadowy half-lights of a distinctly German music that reached its culmination in Strauss’s extravagant masterpiece. The singing throughout combines a musical intensity and imagination with an understanding of period style, that are hallmarks of both choirs’ work. The Choir of Gonville and Caius Read more College, Cambridge (directed by Geoffrey Webber) and The Choir of King’s College London (directed by David Trendell) are two of the UK’s leading collegiate and university choirs. Both choirs combine singing at services during term time with a busy schedule of concerts, recordings and broadcasts, both in the UK and abroad. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Deutsche Motette, Op. 62 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  William Kendall (), Billie [Soprano Vocal] Robson (), Charity [Soprano Vocal] Mapletoft (),
Victoria [Soprano Vocal] Holden (), Helen Massey (), Timothy [Bass Vocals] Mirfin ()
Conductor:  David Trendell
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Germany 
Venue:  St John's Church, Upper Norwood 
Length: 18 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2. Gesänge (4) for Double Chorus, Op. 141 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  James Way (), Poppy Ewence (), Nicholas [Bass Vocal] Crawford ()
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Venue:  St John's Church, Upper Norwood 
Length: 14 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  David Ward (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  St John's Church, Upper Norwood 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4. Motets (2), Op. 74: no 2, O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1877; Austria 
Venue:  St John's Church, Upper Norwood 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5. Geistliche Gesänge (3), Op. 69: no 3, Abendlied by Joseph Rheinberger
Conductor:  Geoffrey Webber
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1873; Germany 
Venue:  St John's Church, Upper Norwood 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6. Liebe, Op. 18 by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  David Trendell
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Munich, Germany 
Venue:  St John's Church, Upper Norwood 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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