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Transcriptions - Barber, Mahler, Bach... / Accentus


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5151   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Samuel BarberGerard PessonGustav MahlerKnut Nystedt,   ... 
Performer:  Brigitte EngererJean-François LombardSolange AñorgaAndré Henrich,   ... 
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Music As Song

French chamber choir Accentus and its chic director, Laurence Equilbey, enjoyed international success with their two mostly a cappella Transcriptions albums from 2001 and 2006. Now these albums have been repackaged as a deluxe, double-CD/hardback-book set in Naïve’s 10th-anniversary series. The discs feature beautiful singing of such familiar items as Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei (his vocal version of the Adagio for Strings). Yet much of the magic lies in the way Accentus and various arrangers reorient our ears to music we only thought we knew — such as with Prokofiev’s orchestral song “The Field of Death” (from Alexander Nevsky), the choral treatment truly haunting the mind like
Read more a picture of collective grief.

The Accentus makeover of Debussy’s piano prelude Des Pas sur la Neige (Footprints in the Snow) is less transcription than transformation, a conjuring trick. The new weave, to verses by Rilke and Mallarmé, allows dissonances to rise out of the texture like spirits, the voices creating resonances that Debussy could only dream of on the keyboard. The Debussy was remade by German composer–conductor Clytus Gottwald. On the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack, he led the recording of György Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna — a milestone work for the “orchestrating” of voices. Gottwald’s arrangement of Ravel’s song “Soupir” here comes closest to Ligeti’s hovering otherworldliness.

But unlike much postwar avant-garde choral music, the arrangers here generally avoid non-singing vocalization for color — so it’s striking when a whistled descant threads silver through the shimmer of the Pavane from Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye. In the ensemble re-creations of Lieder by Schubert, Wagner, Wolf, Mahler and Berg — which sound both foreign and familiar — just the rising cry of a solo voice can feel like a special effect. Always fine-tuned, the Accentus vocal blend is simultaneously lithe and voluptuous, Equilbey conducting the rhythm as if singing were ballet.

With backing from a few strings and lute, “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons sounds like a chorus from an opera. The Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is another wordless work to which Accentus gives surprising voice. Arranger Gérard Pesson tied the Adagietto to its use in Visconti’s film of Death in Venice, drawing on Venetian verses by the man who inspired Thomas Mann’s tale. Hearing this music sung takes getting used to, but Pesson points out in the extensive booklet notes that a choir is just another kind of string orchestra — the singers’ vocal cords being the strings.

-- Bradley Bambarger, Listen [March 2009]
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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:  Brigitte Engerer (Piano), Jean-François Lombard (Tenor)
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: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald.
Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey. 
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.
Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey. 
4.
Immortal Bach by Knut Nystedt
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: Arranger: Franck Krawczyck.
Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey. 
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: Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey.
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: Franck Krawczyck.
Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey. 
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.
Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey. 
8.
Poèmes (3) de Stéphane Mallarmé: no 1, Soupir by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Solange Añorga (Soprano)
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.
Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey. 
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.
Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey. 
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.
Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey. 
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: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald.
Audio Engineer: Jacques Doll.
Audio Producer: Laurence Equilbey.
This selection is a transcription of the Etude for Piano no. 6, Op. 10 by Chopin. 
12.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  André Henrich (Lute)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Franck Krawczyck.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
13.
Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Brigitte Engerer (Piano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
14.
Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: Field of the Dead by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1939; USSR 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Franck Krawczyck.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
15.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 3, Scheiden and Meiden by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
16.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 3, Im Treibhaus by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
17.
Trauerchöre (5), Op. 9: no 4, Grablied by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
18.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 20, Der Wegweiser by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
19.
Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Franck Krawczyck.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
20.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 4, Die zwei blauen Augen by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
21.
Préludes, Book 1: no 6, Des pas sur la neige by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Clytus Gottwald.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
22.
Shéhérazade: no 2, La flûte enchantée by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Hélène Moulin (Alto), Romain Champion (Tenor), Solange Añorga (Soprano)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gérard Pesson.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
23.
Shéhérazade: no 3, L'indifférent by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Solange Añorga (Soprano), Romain Champion (Tenor), Hélène Moulin (Alto)
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gérard Pesson.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
24.
Preuve par la neige: Si comme la lune... by Gerard Pesson
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
25.
Preuve par la neige: La lune paraît by Gerard Pesson
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
26.
Ma mère l'oye: Pavane de la belle au bois dormant by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Thierry Machuel.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil.
Composition written: France (1908 - 1910). 
27.
Ma mère l'oye: Le jardin féerique by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Thierry Machuel.
Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil.
Composition written: France (1908 - 1910). 
28.
Psalms (3) after JS Bach, Op. 13: Why do you hide your face from me? by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
29.
Psalms (3) after JS Bach, Op. 13: By the rivers of Babylon there we sat down by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 
30.
Psalms (3) after JS Bach, Op. 13: Prosperity and joy were promised me by Peter Cornelius
Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Pierre-Antoine Signoret.
Audio Producer: Jean-Pierre Loisil. 

Featured Sound Samples

Agnus Dei (Barber)
Kein deutscher Himmel (Mahler, arr. Pesson)
Violin Concerto, op 8 no 4 "Winter" (Vivaldi, arr. Krawczyck)
Préludes, Book 1 (Debussy, arr. Gottwald): No 6: Des pas sur la neige

Sound Samples

Agnus Dei, Op. 11
Kein deutscher Himmel (after Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: IV. Adagietto)
Immortal Bach (after J.S. Bach's Komm, susser Tod, BWV 478)
Lacrimosa (after Chopin's Etude No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 10, No. 6)
3 Poemes de Stephane Mallarme: No. 1. Soupir (arr. C. Gottwald)
Gedichte von Eduard Morike (arr. C. Gottwald): No. 7. Das verlassene Magdlein
Gedichte von Eduard Morike (arr. C. Gottwald): No. 23. Auf ein altes Bild
7 Fruhe Lieder (arr. C. Gottwald): 7 Fruhe Lieder: No. 3. Die Nachtigall (arr. C. Gottwald)
Ruckert-Lieder (arr. C. Gottwald): Ruckert-Lieder: No. 5. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (arr. C. Gottwald)
Les angelus (arr. C. Gottwald)
Lulajze, Jesuniu (after Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58)
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 1
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 2
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 3
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 4
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 5
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 6
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 7
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 8
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 9
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part I: Interview Segment 10
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)
Am Tage aller Seelen, D. 343, "Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen" (arr. C. Gottwald): Am Tage aller Seelen, D. 343, "Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen" (arr. for choir)
Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: IV. The Field of the Dead (arr. F. Krawczyk)
Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 3. Scheiden und Meiden (arr. C. Gottwald): Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 3. Scheiden und Meiden (arr. for choir)
5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, "Wesendonck Lieder" (arr. C. Gottwald): 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, Op. 91, "Wesendonck Lieder": No. 3. Im Treibhaus (arr. for choir)
4 Grablied (after F. Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"): (excerpts)
Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 20. Der Wegweiser (arr. C. Gottwald): Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911: No. 20. Der Wegweiser (arr. for choir)
Nacht und Traume, Op. 43, No. 2, D. 827b (arr. F. Krawczyk): Nacht und Traume, Op. 43, No. 2, D. 827b (arr. for choir)
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) (arr. C. Gottwald): Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: No. 4. Die zwei blauen Augen (arr. for choir)
3 Psalmlieder, Op. 13: No. 1. Busslied (after the Sarabande from Bach's French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812)
3 Psalmlieder, Op. 13: No. 2. An Babels Wasserflussen (after the Sarabande from Bach's English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808)
3 Psalmlieder, Op. 13: No. 3. Jerusalem (after the second Menuet from Bach's Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825)
Preludes, Book 1: No. 6. Des pas sur la neige (arr. C. Gottwald): Preludes, Book 1: No. 6. Des pas sur la neige (arr. for choir)
Sheherazade (arr. G. Pesson): No. 2. La flute enchantee
Sheherazade (arr. G. Pesson): No. 3. L'indifferent
Si comme la lune... (after A. Scriabin's 24 Preludes, Op. 11: No. 13 in G flat major): Si comme la lune ... (after A. Scriabin's 24 Preludes, Op. 11: No. 13 in G flat major)
La lune parait (after A. Scriabin's 3 Pieces, Op. 45: No. 1. Feuillet d'Album)
Ma mere l'oye (Mother Goose) (arr. T. Machuel): I. Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty (Pavane de la belle au bois dormant)
Ma mere l'oye (Mother Goose) (arr. T. Machuel): V. The Fairy Garden (Le jardin feerique)
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part II: Interview Segment 1
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part II: Interview Segment 2
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part II: Interview Segment 3
Interview with Laurence Equilbey, Part II: Interview Segment 4

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