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Paul Hindemith

Netherlands Chamber Choir

Choral Works for mixed chorus a capella

  • Type CD
  • Label Globe
  • UPC 8711525512504
  • Catalog number GLO 5125
  • Release date 19 August 2002
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The Netherlands Chamber Choir was founded in 1937. Over the years composers such as Francis Poulenc, Hendrik Andriessen, Henk Badings and Rudolf Escher wrote works for the ensemble. In 1965 the Dutch government decided to cover the payment of the singers. This enabled the Netherlands Chamber Choir to occupy a unique place among the professional choirs in Europe without any firm bond to an opera house or a broadcasting corporation.

The Netherlands Chamber Choir applies itself first of all to the repertory for a cappella chorus. It also collaborates regularly with various ensembles like the Schonberg Ensemble, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, The repertory of the Netherlands Chamber Choir spans the whole of Western music, ranging from the early Middle Ages to contemporary music.

Uwe Gronostay was born in Hildesheim, Germany in 1939 and studied church music in Hannover, Bremen and Siena. From 1963 onwards, Gronostay worked as cantor and organist in Bremen, where he founded the Nord-deutscbe Figuralchor in 1966. In 1972, he was appointed conductor of the Berlin RIAS-Kammerchor. ln 1982, he became conductor of the Philharmonische Chor Berlin, and has remained its artistic leader till 2002. Many composers, such as Mauricio Kagel, Milko Kelemen, Carl Orff, Krzystof Penderecki, Aribert Reimann and Heinz Werner Zimmermann wrote works of which the first performance was entrusted to Uwe Gronostay. Herbert von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly and Gerd Albrecht have regularly appealed to him when practising big works with chorus. In 1987 Uwe Gronostay vacated his post as principal conductor of the RIAS-Kammerchor in order to apply himself to his many guest conductorships. 

Cappella Pratensis on tour with Nederlands Kamerkoor - concert tickets with discount


image April 2016, Cappella Pratensis and the Nederlands Kamerkoor will perform together throughout the Netherlands. They will sing the world premiere of Missa Unitatis composed by Antony Pitts (1969). In the context of Hieronymus Bosch’ 500th Anniversary the Missa Unitatis by Antony Pitts was commissioned by the Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady, a brotherhood that also had Hieronymus Bosch as a member. The following short video, with a small piece of the enchanting ...

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