Chamber Choir

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.
Helsinki Chamber Choir & Nils Schweckendiek - Erik Bergman: Choral Works 1936-2000 (2017)

Helsinki Chamber Choir & Nils Schweckendiek - Erik Bergman: Choral Works 1936-2000
Classical, Choral | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 111:46 min | 124 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 34 | Rls.date: 2017

In his later years often described as the grand old man of Finnish modernism, Erik Bergman (1911-2006) was among the first in Finland to use compositional methods such as twelve-tone technique, serial music, choral Sprechgesang and aleatory counterpoint. His specialty was choral music, and a large part of his huge production involves a choir in some form. This recording focuses primarily on his works for mixed choir that have not appeared on disc before, and gives a broad picture of his production for the medium over a period of more than 60 years.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier - Galina Grigorjeva: Nature Morte (2016)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier - Galina Grigorjeva: Nature Morte (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 66:21 | 289 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Ondine | Catalog: ODE 1245-2

Though born in Ukraine, composer Galina Grigorjeva has lived in Estonia since 1992 and has worked within that country's deep tradition of sacred choral music. She studied music in Tallinn in the mid-'90s, and her music is thus interesting in terms of representing the thoughts of a younger generation that has absorbed the holy minimalism of Arvo Pärt as well as a variety of other styles from the Slavic world and beyond. Indeed, the unifying stylistic thread of the six works on the album can be hard to find, and indeed the booklet notes by Saale Karede point to "the living light that glows through the music," most of it religious.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensemble, Gregory Rose - Gregory Rose: Danse Macabr (2015)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensemble, Gregory Rose - Gregory Rose: Danse macabr (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 60:09 | 254 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Toccata Classics | Catalog: TOCC 0284

The Danse macabre the idea that Death comes for everyone regardless of status or importance has fascinated musicians for centuries. In 2011, inspired by a vast 16th c. painting by Bernt Notke in St Nicholas Church in Tallinn, the English composer Gregory Rose (b. 1948) set the mediaeval German texts which sit below each panel, turning Notkes terrifying vision into a bleak but grimly humorous ritual. The recording features the world-renowned Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. It was recorded in the very church that houses Notkes paintings and is conducted by the composer.
Komitas Vartapet - Armenian Divine Liturgy (Hover- Chamber Choir of Armenia, Sona Hovhannisyan) [2006]

Komitas Vartapet - Armenian Divine Liturgy (Hover- Chamber Choir of Armenia, Sona Hovhannisyan) [2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 517.3 MB
Classical | Label: HOVER | Catalog Number: no

“Hover” choral ensemble was established within “Hover” State Chamber Choir. It is gathered from the leading singers of the choir, who are also orchestra musicians. It started to appear in Europe as “Armenian Voices” since January 2012.
Gevorg Avetisyan is one of the leading flutists of Armenian Philharmonic, State Youth orchestras and Opera Theatre orchestra. Kim Sargsyan is a violinist of Armenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.,.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Heikki Seppanen - Sibelius: Complete Works for Mixed Choir (2015) 2CD

Jean Sibelius: Complete Works for Mixed Choir (2015) 2CD
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conducted by Heikki Seppänen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 254 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1260-2D | Time: 01:43:47

Year 2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), often entitled 'Finland’s national composer'. The fourth album on Ondine by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is dedicated to the complete works for mixed choir by Jean Sibelius. The award-winning choir, one of the finest of its kind internationally, is conducted here by one of the leading Finnish choir directors, Heikki Seppänen, who has conducted a large number of professional choirs in Finland and abroad. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s releases on Ondine have been a critical success: the first release was given an ‘Editor’s Choice’ by the Gramophone Magazine and ‘Disc of the Year’ by the renowned German weekly Die Zeit.