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Mitten wir im Leben sind - Romantic Music for Male Chorus / Metternich, Collegium Vocale Limburg

Rheinberger / Collegium Vocale Limburg
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83323   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joseph RheinbergerFelix MendelssohnPeter Cornelius
Performer:  Johannes KalpersHans Jürgen Wulf
Conductor:  Eberhard Metternich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Collegium Vocale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release is among a group of 10 recordings being reissued by Carus, under the name “Carus Classics”, to mark the label’s 40th anniversary. The titles reflect a wide range of the Carus catalog’s choral music repertoire and ensembles, including the Mozart Vespers with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Schubert’s Mass in G with the Vienna Chamber Choir; Brahms’ Liebeslieder-Walzer with the Köln Chamber Choir; Reger’s Es waren zwei Königskinder with the Dresden Chamber Choir, etc. This disc, originally released in 1992 and performed by the (unfortunately) now-disbanded Collegium Vocale Limburg, is a first-rate program of 19th-century choral music for male-voice choir.

You will rarely hear a richer, more
Read more pleasingly sonorous or warmly resonant men’s ensemble sound—and the repertoire, beginning with Joseph Rheinberger’s gorgeous Mass in B-flat Op. 172 (has a more affecting Agnus Dei ever been written?) shows these singers in full command of music that truly defines the description in the disc’s title: “romantic”. Yes, these are all sacred works, but in these settings there is not a trace of the heavily penitential, “churchy” tone that characterizes, that weighs down, say, the sacred music of Liszt from the same period. This is music that celebrates the sheer beauty of combined male voices, with the most heartfelt melody, the most unashamedly sumptuous harmony, while moving the listener in a direction that can only be described as other-worldly, where the spirit is touched and the musical ear is delighted. You think you’re not a fan of male-choir music? Try this and be converted.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Mass in B major, Op. 172 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Johannes Kalpers (Tenor), Hans Jürgen Wulf (Organ)
Conductor:  Eberhard Metternich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Collegium Vocale
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
2. Mass in F major, Op. 190 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Johannes Kalpers (Tenor), Hans Jürgen Wulf (Organ)
Conductor:  Eberhard Metternich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Collegium Vocale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Germany 
3. Sacred Choruses (2), Op. 115: no 1, Beati mortui by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Hans Jürgen Wulf (Organ), Johannes Kalpers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eberhard Metternich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Collegium Vocale
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Language: Latin 
4. Sacred Choruses (2), Op. 115: no 2, Periti autem by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Hans Jürgen Wulf (Organ), Johannes Kalpers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eberhard Metternich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Collegium Vocale
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1833; Germany 
5. Trauerchöre (5), Op. 9: no 3, Mitten wir im Leben sind by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Hans Jürgen Wulf (Organ), Johannes Kalpers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eberhard Metternich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Collegium Vocale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Munich, Germany 
Language: German 
6. Trauerchöre (5), Op. 9: no 2, Nicht die Träne kann es sagen by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Hans Jürgen Wulf (Organ), Johannes Kalpers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eberhard Metternich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Collegium Vocale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Munich, Germany 

Sound Samples

Messe in B flat major, Op. 172: Kyrie
Messe in B flat major, Op. 172: Gloria
Messe in B flat major, Op. 172: Credo
Messe in B flat major, Op. 172: Sanctus
Messe in B flat major, Op. 172: Benedictus
Messe in B flat major, Op. 172: Agnus Dei
Ave Maria, Op. 172
2 sacred choruses, Op. 115, MWV SD58: No. 1. Beati mortui
2 sacred choruses, Op. 115, MWV SD58: No. 2. Periti autem
Trauerchore, Op. 9 (text by M. Franck and M. Luther): No. 3. Mitten wir im Leben sind
Trauerchore, Op. 9 (text by M. Franck and M. Luther): No. 1. Ach, wie nichtig, ach, wie fluchtig
Messe in F major, Op. 190: Kyrie
Messe in F major, Op. 190: Gloria
Messe in F major, Op. 190: Credo: Patrem
Messe in F major, Op. 190: Credo: Et incarnatus est
Messe in F major, Op. 190: Credo: Et in Spiritum Sanctum
Messe in F major, Op. 190: Sanctus
Messe in F major, Op. 190: Benedictus
Messe in F major, Op. 190: Agnus Dei

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