Sacred Songs of Life & Love / Schmidt, South Dakota Chorale

Release Date: 2/10/2015
Label: Pentatone
Catalog Number: PTC5186530
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Recorded in January 2014 in the grand acoustical environment of St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by Grammy Award-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh of Soundmirror, this recording once again testifies the stature of South Dakota Chorale as a first-rate ensemble that delivers no less than sublime choral performances.

Sacred Songs of Life and Love features some of the most beautiful works in contemporary Scandinavian and Baltic choral music, including Arvo Pärt’s Sieben Magnificat Antiphonen, selections from Kunt Nystedt’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, Sven-David Sandström’s Four Songs of Love and Algirdas Martinaitis’ Alleluia.

Review:

The South Dakota Chorale are more than well suited to this full-bodied repertoire. They address the common lyricism of the music through a warmth of sound and sonority that is not only notably varied in tone and color but which is all but perfect in blend, ensemble and intonation.

– Gramophone
Works on This Recording
1. Nunc dimittis by Arvo Pärt
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2001 ; Germany
2. Magnificat Antiphons (7) by Arvo Pärt
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988/1991 ;
3. Magnificat by Arvo Pärt
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Germany
4. Bogoroditse Devo by Arvo Pärt
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1990 ; Estonia
5. Alleluia by Algirdas Martinaitis
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
Period: 20th Century
6. Prayers (6) of Kierkegaard, Op. 157: Great are You o God! by Knut Nystedt
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1999 ; Norway
7. Prayers (6) of Kierkegaard, Op. 157: Father in Heaven! You loved us first! by Knut Nystedt
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1999 ; Norway
8. songs of Love (4) by Sven-David Sandström
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
9. I am the rose of Sharon by Ivo Antognini
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
10. O salutaris hostia by Eriks Esenvalds
Conductor: Brian Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: South Dakota Chorale
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2004 ; Latvia
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