Chormusik der Welt / Creed, SWR Vocal Ensemble

Release Date: 6/12/2020
Label: SWR Music
Catalog Number: SWR19100CD
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Number of Discs: 9

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This box comprises all nine releases of the SWR Vokalensemble series dedicated to musical portraits of different countries: America, Russia, Italy, France, Great Britain, Poland, Japan and the Baltic countries. With the chief conductor Marcus Creed bidding after many years farewell to one of the world's finest choir for modern a cappella music, the box also marks the end of this series. At the same time the box will be released just in time to mark the 20th anniversary of the label SWR CLASSIC. The booklet that accompanies each individual album contains the sung texts in the original language.

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Excerpts of reviews from some of the previously released volumes included in this set:

America - Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber:

This is an extremely well-thought-out collection, performed with skill and sensitivity by this German vocal ensemble, with friends. Anyone who cares about modern music needs a recording of The Rothko Chapel in his or her collection. Steve Reich’s Proverb is an astonishingly beautiful work that sets Wittgenstein’s dictum “How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life.” Reich’s polyphonic writing, while fundamentally lyrical, creates achingly beautiful dissonances, and the work also can be heard as a tribute to the organum writing of Pérotin. Especially for the Reich and the Feldman, this is recommended, but it adds up to more than the sum of its individual components.

– Fanfare

Japan / Creed SWR Vocal Ensemble:

Each new album in this series has brought epiphanies. With the gentle tintinnabulations and soft-focus clusters opening Toshio Hosokawa’s Lotus Blossom, for example, we are transported to the pentagonal gardens and Shinto temples of familiar postcards both visual and musical. The abrupt climax is a Noh theatre device, while its placing at the golden-section point owes something to Western forms. The most original and ambitious work is also the most recent: Motet under the Rose by Jö Kondö (b1947), who sets a text by the symbolist poet Kambara Ariake with great subtlety. Takemitsu is an unavoidable presence, represented by a trio of saccharine songs—but then Japanese sweets make a virtue of cloying sweetness and eye-watering colours—and more valuably by the five-movement Wind Horse cycle (1962-66).

– Gramophone

Finland / Creed, SWR Vocal Ensemble:

Maestro Creed’s SWR singers prove quickly that they aren’t accidental tourists in Finland any more than they were in Russia, Poland, Italy, and the USA in their previous choral stops. They sing Sibelius’s ‘Rakastava’ (The Lover) with commendable ethnic flair, and if there’s ever been a lovelier ‘Finlandia’ I haven’t heard it. Rautavaara’s settings of Lorca’s poetry are nightmarish to a fault, and there’s an attractive meeting of Scandinavian pop culture and American jazz in ‘Mieliteko’ by Jukka Linkola (b 1955).

– American Record Guide

 

There are some gems on this program, and the singing is burnished and ethereal. Verdi’s ‘Ave Maria’, ‘Laudi alla Vergine Maria’, and ‘Pater Noster’ are restrained yet lovely and moving. Scelsi’s ‘Yliam’ has some mystical ululating, and it sounds not a bit out of place between the Verdi pieces. Nono’s ‘Sara Dolce Tacere’ is slow-paced; disconnected syllables appear and then disappear like twinkling stars. Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Three Choral Compositions are more charming than their pedestrian name suggests, though they are a little pale next to Verdi’s wondrous harmonies.

 

I’ll mostly come back to this for the Verdi, but the program makes an excellent sampler of Italian choral music.

 

– American Record Guide

Works on This Recording
1. Motets (4) by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921 ; Paris, France
1. Kaze no uma (Wind Horse) by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1962-1966 ; Japan
2. Five by John Cage
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; USA
2. Composition for Chorus No. 1 by Michio Mamiya
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; Japan
3. The Rothko Chapel by Morton Feldman
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; USA
3. Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
4. Missa Brevis by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Franz Vitzthum, Peer [Percussion] Kaliss (Percussion), Boris Müller (Percussion)
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; USA
4. Tsubasa (Wings) by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
5. A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15 by Samuel Barber
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940 ; USA
5. Motet Under the Rose for 12 Voices by Jo Kondo
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2011 ; Japan
6. Proverb, for 3 sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 vibes & 2 organs by Steve [Composer] Reich
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Contemporary
Written: 1995 ;
6. Chiisana sora (Small Sky) by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
7. Sacred Hymns (3) by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; USSR
7. Kaze no uma (Wind Horse) by Toru Takemitsu
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1962-1966 ; Japan
8. Hommage à Marina Tsvetayeva by Sofia Gubaidulina
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; USSR
8. Composition for Chorus No. 1 by Michio Mamiya
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1958 ; Japan
9. Chöre nach Jakov Polonski, op. 27: Sterne by Sergei [Composer] Taneyev
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1909 ;
9. Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) by Toru Takemitsu
Period: 20th Century
10. Chöre nach Jakov Polonski, op. 27: Über'm Berg zwei grimme Wolken by Sergei [Composer] Taneyev
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1909 ;
10. Tsubasa (Wings) by Toru Takemitsu
Period: 20th Century
11. Chöre nach Jakov Polonski, op. 27: Sieh, wenn auf's verschlaf'ne Meer by Sergei [Composer] Taneyev
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1909 ;
11. Motet Under the Rose for 12 Voices by Jo Kondo
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2011 ; Japan
12. Cherubic Song by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; Russia
12. Chiisana sora (Small Sky) by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
13. Cherubim-Hymnus by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1885 ;
14. O Mother of God vigilantly praying (Sacred concerto), motet for chorus, TN ii/61 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1893 ;
15. Quattro pezzi sacri: Laudi alla Vergine Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1890 ; Italy
16. Quattro pezzi sacri: Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889-1897 ; Italy
17. Yliam by Giacinto Scelsi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Written: 1964 ;
18. Pater noster by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Italy
19. Sarà dolce tacere by Luigi Nono
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1960 ; Italy
20. Composizioni (3) corali by Ildebrando Pizzetti
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942-1943 ; Italy
21. TKRDG by Giacinto Scelsi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Written: 1968 ;
22. Nonsense by Goffredo Petrassi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; Italy
23. Corpus Christi, with Cat and Mouse, for SATB chorus, J. 260 by Peter Maxwell Davies
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: Contemporary
Written: 1993 ;
24. Alleluia, for 13-part chorus by James MacMillan
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2013 ;
25. How could the soul take flight, for double chorus by Jonathan Harvey
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
26. Schuon Hymnen by John Tavener
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
27. Sacred and Profane, Op. 91 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1974-1975 ; England
28. Rakastava, Op. 14 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Inga Schafer (Alto), Bernhard Hartmann (Baritone)
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic
29. Nuits, adieux by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
30. Kuun Kirje by Rikka Talvitie
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2003 ; Finland
31. Canticum Mariae Virginis by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer: Eva-Maria Schappé (Soprano), Wakako [Soprano] Nakaso (Soprano)
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1978 ; Finland
32. Mieliteko by Jukka Linkola
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
33. Cancion de nuestro tiempo by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993 ; Finland
34. Orpheus singt by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
35. Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic
36. Die Lotosblume by Toshio Hosokawa
Performer: Franz Bach (Percussion)
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Written: 2006 ;
37. Motets (4) by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921 ; Paris, France
38. Five by John Cage
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; USA
39. The Rothko Chapel by Morton Feldman
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; USA
40. Missa Brevis by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Franz Vitzthum, Peer [Percussion] Kaliss (Percussion), Boris Müller (Percussion)
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; USA
41. A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15 by Samuel Barber
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940 ; USA
42. Proverb, for 3 sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 vibes & 2 organs by Steve [Composer] Reich
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Contemporary
Written: 1995 ;
43. Sacred Hymns (3) by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; USSR
44. Hommage à Marina Tsvetayeva by Sofia Gubaidulina
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; USSR
45. Chöre nach Jakov Polonski, op. 27: Sterne by Sergei [Composer] Taneyev
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1909 ;
46. Chöre nach Jakov Polonski, op. 27: Über'm Berg zwei grimme Wolken by Sergei [Composer] Taneyev
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1909 ;
47. Chöre nach Jakov Polonski, op. 27: Sieh, wenn auf's verschlaf'ne Meer by Sergei [Composer] Taneyev
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1909 ;
48. Cherubic Song by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; Russia
49. Cherubim-Hymnus by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1885 ;
50. O Mother of God vigilantly praying (Sacred concerto), motet for chorus, TN ii/61 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1893 ;
51. Quattro pezzi sacri: Laudi alla Vergine Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1890 ; Italy
52. Quattro pezzi sacri: Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889-1897 ; Italy
53. Yliam by Giacinto Scelsi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Written: 1964 ;
54. Pater noster by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Italy
55. Sarà dolce tacere by Luigi Nono
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1960 ; Italy
56. Composizioni (3) corali by Ildebrando Pizzetti
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942-1943 ; Italy
57. TKRDG by Giacinto Scelsi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Written: 1968 ;
58. Nonsense by Goffredo Petrassi
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; Italy
59. Corpus Christi, with Cat and Mouse, for SATB chorus, J. 260 by Peter Maxwell Davies
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Contemporary
Written: 1993 ;
60. Alleluia, for 13-part chorus by James MacMillan
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2013 ;
61. How could the soul take flight, for double chorus by Jonathan Harvey
Conductor: Marcus Creed
62. Schuon Hymnen by John Tavener
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
63. Sacred and Profane, Op. 91 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1974-1975 ; England
64. Rakastava, Op. 14 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Inga Schafer (Alto), Bernhard Hartmann (Baritone)
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
65. Nuits, adieux by Kaija Saariaho
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
66. Kuun Kirje by Rikka Talvitie
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2003 ; Finland
67. Canticum Mariae Virginis by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer: Eva-Maria Schappé (Soprano), Wakako [Soprano] Nakaso (Soprano)
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1978 ; Finland
69. Cancion de nuestro tiempo by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993 ; Finland
70. Orpheus singt by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: 20th Century
71. Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Period: Romantic
72. Die Lotosblume by Toshio Hosokawa
Performer: Franz Bach (Percussion)
Conductor: Marcus Creed
Written: 2006 ;
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