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Schnittke: Voices Of Nature, Etc; Pärt / Rönnlund, Kaljuste


Release Date: 07/01/2004 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1157   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alfred SchnittkeArvo Pärt
Performer:  Jonny Rönnlund
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since the 1960s, the Swedish Radio Choir has been recognized as a - not to say the - world-leading a cappella choir. Made up of 33 professional singers, the choir has been engaged by some of today's leading conductors, such as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen, for concerts, tours and recordings. This success story began in 1952 when the legendary choir conductor Eric Ericson became principal conductor of the choir. When the Estonian conductor Tõnu Kaljuste became the choir's first non-Swedish principal conductor, he introduced the choir to new repertoire in a particularly exciting collaboration. It is the fruits of this we can enjoy on the present disc: three works on sacred themes by Kaljuste's compatriot Arvo Read more Pärt (of which one, Dopo la vittoria, was dedicated to Kaljuste and the Swedish Radio Choir) and Alfred Schnittke's short Voices of Nature and monumental Concerto for Choir. Using texts by the 10th century Armenian mystic Gregory of Narek - in a Russian translation - the 40-minute long Concerto has become a classic in the modern repertoire for choir. In several ways the work invokes the music of the Russian Orthodox Church, and in fact, Schnittke was reluctant to publish the work outside of Russia, as he feared that non-Russian performances would lack religious intensity. But as anyone will know who has listened to the Swedish Radio Choir's previous BIS release (BIS-CD-1048), such fears would be groundless in the circumstances. The choir's interpretation of Bengt Hambræus's Apocalipsis was described as 'breathtakingly exciting' by the critics - and their performance of the music of Schnittke and Pärt will surely make as big an impact. It is with great pride that BIS resumes the collaboration with the Swedish Radio Choir - with a recording of the Requiems by Duruflé and Fauré to look forward to!. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Chorus by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984-1985; USSR 
Length: 39 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2. Voices of Nature by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Jonny Rönnlund (Vibraphone)
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3. Dopo la vittoria by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996-1998; Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Bogoroditse Devo by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Estonia 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
5. I am the True Vine by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Choir Concerto: I. -
Choir Concerto: II. -
Dopo la vittoria: (Piccola Cantata)
Bogoroditse Dyevo (Mother of God and Virgin): Bogoroditse Djevo (Mother of God and Virgin)
I am the True Vine: I Am the True Vine

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