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Netherlands Chamber Choir

Sacred & Secular Music

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Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525525405
Catnr: GLO 5254
Release date: 07 February 2020
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Label
Globe
UPC
8711525525405
Catalogue number
GLO 5254
Release date
07 February 2020
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... The Nederlands Kamerkoor directed by Eric Ericson is in remarkable form throughout both the sacred and secular works. They achieve a high degree of unison combined with a real sense of artistry. It would be hard to better these performances. Clearly Ericson had prepared the choir impeccably with consistent purity of tone and an impressive transparency of texture displaying this music at its finest. In the sacred works there's a satisfying degree of reverential expression and it is of such an elevated quality it feels almost mystical at times. This can be heard to glorious effect in the Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence (Four Lenten Motets). Soprano Barbara Borden s glowing lament in the section Tristis est anima mea (My soul is exceedingly sad) feels divinely reverential. The Figure humaine (The face of man) a hymn to freedom for Occupied France during World War Two is the standout secular work. I especially enjoyed the forceful expressive fervour in the opening section De tous les printemps du monde (Of all the spring times of the world)and the drama in En chantant les servantes s'élancent (As they sing, see the maids rushing forward) is especially notable. Toi ma patiente (Thou patient one) has a dark melancholy and Le jour métonne et la nuit me fait peur (Surprised by day and by night made afraid) is given a warmly sympathetic performance. The Figure humaine is a truly remarkable work. I still recall a powerfully affecting performance given in September 2009 at the Berlin Konzerthaus by the combined Latvijas Radio koris and the Valsts Akad miskais koris Latvija directed by Sigvards Klava Both of these reissued discs on the Globe label have fairly warm and well detailed sound. The balance and perspective on each disc is excellent too. I can only describe the booklet notes as adequate; extra information about each work would have been welcome. Globe is to be congratulated for providing full texts with English translations. Throughout I have used the translations as given in the booklet. The music is extremely well served by this reissue. I would be extremely content if these were the only recordings I had of these marvellous Poulenc works such is their quality. --Michael Cookson - MusicWeb International
... Der Nederlands Kamerkoor unter der Leitung von Eric Ericson ist in bemerkenswerter Form sowohl in den geistlichen als auch in den weltlichen Werken zu finden. Sie erreichen einen hohen Grad an Übereinstimmung, kombiniert mit einem echten Sinn für Kunstfertigkeit. Es wäre schwer, diese Aufführungen zu verbessern. Es ist klar, dass Ericson den Chor tadellos vorbereitet hat, mit einer beständigen Reinheit des Tons und einer beeindruckenden Transparenz der Textur, die diese Musik von ihrer besten Seite zeigt. In den geistlichen Werken gibt es einen befriedigenden Grad an ehrfürchtigem Ausdruck, und sie ist von einer so hoher Qualität, dass sie sich manchmal fast mystisch anfühlt. Dies kann man in den Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence (Vier Fastenmotetten) mit herrlichem Klang hören. Die glühende Klage der Sopranistin Barbara Borden in der Sektion Tristis est anima mea (Meine Seele ist überaus traurig) wirkt göttlich ehrfürchtig. Die Figure humaine (Das Gesicht des Menschen), eine Hymne an die Freiheit des besetzten Frankreichs im Zweiten Weltkrieg, ist das herausragende weltliche Werk. Besonders gefallen hat mir die ausdrucksstarke Inbrunst im Eröffnungsteil De tous les printemps du monde (Ausgerechnet der Frühling der Welt) und das Drama in En chantant les servantes s'élancent (Wie sie singen, siehe die vorwärts eilenden Mägde) ist besonders bemerkenswert. Toi ma patiente (Du geduldiger Mensch) hat eine dunkle Melancholie und Le jour métonne et la nuit me fait peur (Überrascht bei Tag und bei Nacht erschreckt) ist eine warmherzige sympathische Darbietung. Die Figure humaine ist ein wirklich bemerkenswertes Werk. Ich erinnere mich noch an eine kraftvolle und bewegende Aufführung, die im September 2009 im Berliner Konzerthaus durch die Kombination von Latvijas Radio koris und dem Valsts Akad miskais koris Latvija unter der Leitung von Sigvards Klava gegeben wurde. Diese beiden wiederveröffentlichten CDs auf dem Globe Label haben einen verhältnismäßig warmen und gut detaillierten Klang. Auch die Ausgewogenheit und Perspektive auf jeder CD ist ausgezeichnet. Ich kann die Booklet-Notizen nur als angemessen bezeichnen; zusätzliche Informationen zu jedem Werk wären willkommen gewesen. Globe ist zu beglückwünschen, dass es die Volltexte mit englischen Übersetzungen zur Verfügung gestellt hat. Ich habe die Übersetzungen durchgehend so verwendet, wie sie im Booklet angegeben sind. Die Musik ist mit dieser Neuauflage bestens bedient. Ich wäre sehr zufrieden, wenn dies die einzigen Aufnahmen wären, die ich von diesen wunderbaren Poulenc-Werken hätte, so wie sie von der Qualität her sind. --Michael Cookson - MusicWeb International

Artist(s)

Netherlands Chamber Choir

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...
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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.


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Eric Ericson (conductor)

Composer(s)

Francis Poulenc

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. Poulenc's wealthy family intended him for a business career in the Rhone Poulenc family company and did not allow him to enrol at a music college. Largely self-educated musically, he studied with the pianist Ricardo Viñes, who became his mentor after the composer's parents died. Poulenc soon came under the influence of Erik Satie, under whose tutelage he became one of a group of young composers known collectively as Les Six. This group of French composers from the 1920s aimed to clear music of the impressionism of Claude Debussy, and German influences such as the Romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Their motto was 'L'art pour l'art': they composed music for the sake of...
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Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. Poulenc's wealthy family intended him for a business career in the Rhone Poulenc family company and did not allow him to enrol at a music college. Largely self-educated musically, he studied with the pianist Ricardo Viñes, who became his mentor after the composer's parents died. Poulenc soon came under the influence of Erik Satie, under whose tutelage he became one of a group of young composers known collectively as Les Six. This group of French composers from the 1920s aimed to clear music of the impressionism of Claude Debussy, and German influences such as the Romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Their motto was "L'art pour l'art": they composed music for the sake of music, without any 'meaning' or extramusical intents. In his early works Poulenc became known for his high spirits and irreverence. During the 1930s a much more serious side to his nature emerged, particularly in the religious music he composed from 1936 onwards, which he alternated with his more light-hearted works.

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Disc #1
01.
Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Timor et tremor
03:21
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
02.
Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Vinea mea electa
03:58
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
03.
Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Tenebrae factae sunt
04:17
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
04.
Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence: Tristis est anima mea
03:33
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
05.
Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’ Assise: Salut Dame Sainte
02:34
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
06.
Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’ Assise: Tout Puissant, très saint
01:32
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
07.
Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’ Assise: Seigneur, je vous en prie
01:22
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
08.
Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’ Assise: O mes très chers frères
02:03
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
09.
Ave verum corpus
02:32
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
10.
Salve Regina
05:05
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
11.
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: O magnum mysterium
03:29
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
12.
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: Quem vidistis pastores dicite
02:11
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
13.
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: Videntes stellam
03:12
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
14.
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël: Hodie Christus natus est
02:15
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
15.
Exultate Deo
02:45
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
16.
Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue: O Jesu perpetua Lux
02:09
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
17.
Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue: O proles Hispianiae
00:52
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
18.
Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue: Laus Regi
02:28
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
19.
Laudes de Saint Antoine de Padoue: Si quaeris miracula
02:49
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
20.
Messe en Sol majeur: Kyrie
03:55
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
21.
Messe en Sol majeur: Gloria
04:00
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
22.
Messe en Sol majeur: Sanctus
02:19
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
23.
Messe en Sol majeur: Benedictus
04:08
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
24.
Messe en Sol majeur: Agnus Dei
05:13
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor

Disc #2
01.
Un soir de neige: De grandes cuillers de neige
01:21
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
02.
Un soir de neige: La bonne neige
01:44
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
03.
Un soir de neige: Bois meurtri
02:15
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
04.
Un soir de neige: La nuit le froid la solitude
01:13
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
05.
Figure humaine: De tous les printemps du monde
02:48
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
06.
Figure humaine: En chantant les servantes s’élancent
01:59
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
07.
Figure humaine: Aussi bas que le silence
01:38
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
08.
Figure humaine: Toi ma patiente
02:08
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
09.
Figure humaine: Riant du ciel et des planètes
01:04
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
10.
Figure humaine: Le jour m’étonne et la nuit me fait peur
01:41
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
11.
Figure humaine: La menace sous le ciel rouge
02:53
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
12.
Figure humaine: Liberté
02:48
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
13.
Chansons Françaises: Margoton va t'a l'iau
02:10
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
14.
Chansons Françaises: La belle se sied au pied de la tour
01:48
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
15.
Chansons Françaises: Pilons l'orge
00:46
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
16.
Chansons Françaises: Clic, clac, dansez sabots
02:14
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
17.
Chansons Françaises: C'est la petit' fill' du prince
05:27
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
18.
Chansons Françaises: La belle si nous étions
01:22
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
19.
Chansons Françaises: Ah! mon beau laboureur
03:44
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
20.
Chansons Françaises: Les tisserands
02:10
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
21.
Chanson à boire
04:04
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
22.
Petites Voix: La petite fille sage
01:39
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
23.
Petites Voix: le chien perdu
01:06
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
24.
Petites Voix: En rentrant de l’école
00:35
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
25.
Petites Voix: Le petit garçon malade
01:56
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
26.
Petites Voix: Le hérisson
00:52
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
27.
Sept chansons: La blanche neige
01:17
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
28.
Sept chansons: À peine défigurée
01:43
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
29.
Sept chansons: Par une nuit nouvelle
01:27
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
30.
Sept chansons: Tous les droits
02:50
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
31.
Sept chansons: Belle et ressemblante
02:16
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
32.
Sept chansons: Marie
02:02
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
33.
Sept chansons: Luire
02:03
(Francis Poulenc) Nederlands Kamerkoor
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