Chamber Choir

Jan Lehtola, Helsinki Chamber Choir & Nils Schweckendiek - Riemuitkaamme! - A Finnish Christmas (2017) [24/96]

Jan Lehtola, Helsinki Chamber Choir & Nils Schweckendiek - Riemuitkaamme! - A Finnish Christmas (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:43 minutes | 1.19 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Riemuitkaamme! is an imaginative and unconventional selection of choral music associated with Christmas as it is celebrated in Finland. Several of the pieces are by Finnish composers – Sibelius, Rautavaara and Madetoja, to name a few – while others have become part of the Christmas traditions of the country despite their international background. Among these Berlioz’ The Shepherds’ Farewell and Tchaikovsky’s Christ, when a Child… are quite late additions compared to the medieval hymns Puer natus in Bethlehem, Ecce novum gaudium and Angelus emittitur.
Jan Lehtola, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir; Heikki Liimola - Joonas Kokkonen: Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)

Joonas Kokkonen - Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)
Jan Lehtola (organ); Suvi Väyrynen (soprano); Joose Vähäsöyrinki (baritone)
Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir; Heikki Liimola, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Toccata Classics | # TOCC0434 | Time: 00:55:33

The music of Joonas Kokkonen (1921–96), one of the most important Finnish composers after Sibelius, radiates warmth and light. His limited output is largely introvert in character but also contains moments of grandeur and rhythmic energy. Kokkonen’s Requiem (1980–81), written in memory of his first wife, is both a powerful choral symphony and a tender, moving embodiment of consolation. Originally scored for large orchestra, the Requiem is heard here in a new version for organ intended to bring the work within the reach of smaller forces. This first recording is complemented by the first complete recording of Kokkonen’s four works for solo organ.
Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Gävle Symfoniorkester & Jaime Martin - Brahms: Works for Choir & Orchestra (2017)

Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Gävle Symfoniorkester & Jaime Martin - Brahms: Works for Choir & Orchestra
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 58:02 min | 261 MB
Label: Ondine | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

The series of Brahms recordings on Ondine with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Jaime Martín follow up with this recording of works for choir and orchestra together with the prestigious Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.
Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)

Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:19 | 284 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Ars Musici | Catalog: 232379

The Augsburger Domsingknaben, or boy singers of Augsburg Cathedral, have a claim to be the perfect group to interpret the music of the south German composer Hans Leo Hassler, a student of Andrea Gabrieli whose music straddles the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The young choristers come from the same area where the music originated, and, like some of the English cathedral choirs, they have a history going back to the middle of the last millennium (although not quite so continuous).
Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Songs (2012)
Kiev Chamber Choir; Mykola Hobdych, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included | 01:15:07
Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2279, 476 4990

The Book of Genesis tells us that in the beginning was the Word and that the Word was sound. But what if it was music? What if God, in contemplating the creation of Creation, sang being into being? If so, it might have sounded something like the Sacred Songs of Valentin Silvestrov. In this seventh ECM album devoted to the Ukrainian composer’s music, we thusly encounter a sense of space unique to the Russian liturgy: the more the voices unify in movement, the more they lift from one another like temporary tattoos, leaving behind mirror images that wash away with baptism into infinite oneness with the Holy Spirit. Sin as sun. Firmament as fundament.
Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir & Paul Spicer - South of the Line: Choral Music by John Joubert (2017)

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir & Paul Spicer - South of the Line: Choral Music by John Joubert
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 79:14 min | 300 MB
Label: SOMM Recordings | Tracks: 19 | Rls.date: 2017

SOMM’s celebration of John Joubert’s 90th birthday this month brings to the catalogue yet more new riches, this time no less than seven première recordings of his choral music. South of the Line (together with Autumn Rain) was recorded last June at the Birmingham Conservatoire and poignant is the fact that it was commissioned from the composer for the opening of the Adrian Boult Hall and the last music heard there for this recording, before its demolition.
Suvi Väyrynen, Joose Vähäsöyrinki, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir, Jan Lehtola & Heikki Liimola - Kokkonen: Requiem (2017)

Suvi Väyrynen, Joose Vähäsöyrinki, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir, Jan Lehtola & Heikki Liimola - Kokkonen: Requiem
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 55:25 min | 195 MB
Label: Toccata Classics | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

Joonas Kokkonen is one of the most important Finnish composers of the twentieth century. His music radiates warmth and light, but also contains moments of grandeur and rhythmic energy. His Requiem, written in memory of his first wife, is both a powerful choral symphony and a tender, moving embodiment of consolation. Originally scored for large orchestra, the Requiem is heard here in a new version for organ intended to bring the work within the reach of smaller forces.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Risto Joost - Kõrvits: Moorland Elegies (2017)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Risto Joost - Kõrvits: Moorland Elegies
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, scans | 53:56 min | 253 MB
Label: Ondine ‎– ODE1306-2 | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Choral

Ondine continues its series of works by Baltic composers with a new exciting release. This disc features Moorland Elegies, a 50-minute work for mixed choir and string orchestra by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits (b. 1969). The work is being performed by the prestigious Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Risto Joost.
New London Chamber Choir, James Wood - Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music (1995) Reissue 2004

Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music (1995) Reissue 2004
New London Chamber Choir, conducted by James Wood

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 228 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55179 | Time: 01:07:28

A few of these small choral gems are well known to amateur choirs, and Poulenc's secular choral pieces are more often presented one at a time on choral albums than in the groupings in which they were originally included. Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music offers the composer's very first choral piece, the Chanson à boire for men's voices (1922), but most of the music here dates from either the late '30s (the Petites voix, for female or children's voices, and Sept chansons) or the World War II era (Un soir de neige), the folk-song settings entitled Chansons françaises, and the ambitious Figure humaine, whose final number, "Liberté," was dropped in sheet music form over French cities by Britain's Royal Air Force. Someone once described Poulenc as "part monk, part hooligan," and these a cappella choral works give evidence of both tendencies. The Chansons françaises are cheerful pieces with just a shade of extended harmony, almost French counterparts to Bartók's folk song settings, while the more serious pieces, such as "Un chien perdu" (A Lost Dog), from the Petites voix, have a mystical tinge that links them strongly with Poulenc's better-known sacred choral music.
Poznań Chamber Choir - Media vita: Choral Works of Marek Raczyński (2017)

Poznań Chamber Choir - Media vita: Choral Works of Marek Raczyński (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:50:31 | 116 MB
Label: RecArt | Release Year: 2017

Poznan Chamber Choir combines the best Polish choral traditions with passion and open attitude to art. The ensemble is celebrated both nationally and internationally for excellent musical interpretations originating in its quest for the deepest sources of inspiration: from lyrics, through harmony, texture and form, to individual feelings of the conductor and choristers.