The new and eagerly awaited CD with the Netherlands Chamber Choir under its regular conductor Uwe Gronostay. Schumann's four Choral Songs for double choir, Op.141 are considered to be the best choral works the great German composer ever wrote. The Great Mass, Op. 85 by Felix Draeseke is a world premiere recording. German-born composer Draeseke was a contemporary of Liszt and Wagner, who both held him in the highest esteem possible. His music however was too advanced for the audience's taste of those days, but nowadays he is recognised as the great genius he was. This Mass shows Draeseke as the great master of an a cappella style which is not to be found between Brahms and Reger.
In these performances the Netherlands Chamber Choir once again show why they are considered to be the leading international a cappella choir of our times!
The Netherlands Chamber Choir exists since 1937, and has been one of the world’s top choirs for decades. The Netherlands Chamber Choir has been internationally praised by critics for its homogeneous sound and for the soloist quality of the singers. One of the choir’s missions is to keep choral music very much alive as an art form, by looking for new formats, by innovative commissions and exciting collaborations. It results in concerts that are not only perceived as beautiful, but that appeal to all senses.
Education and participation are a vital part of the choir’s mission. The Netherlands Chamber Choir provides coaching, workshops, and ‘adopts’ choirs as supporting act for their own concerts.
Besides their own concert series, the choir often collaborates with renowned ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, ASKO|Schönberg, La Fenice and Concert Lorrain.
From August 1, 2015 Peter Dijkstra watches over the unique sound of the Netherlands Chamber Choir The Netherlands Chamber Choir had Felix de Nobel as its first chief conductor. Uwe Gronostay, Tõnu Kaljuste, Stephen Layton and Risto Joost were his respective successors. Each of them gave the Netherlands Chamber Choir, and choral music in general, new, major impulses.