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The Choruses

Netherlands Chamber Choir

The Choruses

Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525510500
Catnr: GLO 5105
Release date: 19 August 2002
1 CD
 
Label
Globe
UPC
8711525510500
Catalogue number
GLO 5105
Release date
19 August 2002
Album
Artist(s)
Composer(s)
NL

About the album

De complete voortreffelijke Koren van Wolf
Dit is opnieuw een absoluut uniek album van het beroemde Nederlands Kamerkoor onder leiding van al even beroemde Uwe Gronostay, chef-dirigent van het koor van 1988 tot 1997. Het is tot nu toe het enige album dat de complete Koren van Hugo Wolf bevat.

Wolf schreef de meeste van deze voortreffelijke werken terwijl hij aan het Conservatorium in Wenen studeerde, waar hij in dezelfde klas zat als Gustav Mahler. Soms worden ze afgeschreven als jeugdige werken, maar uit deze uitvoeringen blijkt het tegendeel! Het album bevat ook de Zes Liederen op Gedichten van Eichendorff, die Wolf enige tijd later componeerde, en tijdens zijn eigen begrafenisdienst werden gezongen. Bovendien bevat het album het zelden uitgevoerde koorlied Requiem van Peter Cornelius, op een tekst van Friedrich Hebbel.

Het Nederlands Kamerkoor is in 1937 opgericht door de legendarische dirigent en pianist Felix de Nobel, en is een volledig professioneel vocaal ensemble. Componisten als Francis Poulenc, Hendrik Andriessen, Henk Badings en Rudolf Escher hebben werken voor het koor gecomponeerd. Het repertoire van het koor omvat bijna het geheel van de Westerse muziek, reikend van de vroege Middeleeuwen tot aan de late 20e eeuw.

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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Uwe Gronostay (conductor)

Composer(s)

Hugo Wolf

Together with Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf can be considered as one of the greatest composers of Late Romantic lieder. Both of them followed the tradition of Schubert and Schumann, but intensified the gerne with Wagner's techniques of text declamation and harmonic development. What makes Wolf's song cycles special, is the fact that often they are devoted to a single poet, like in his Mörike-Lieder (1889), Eichendorff-Lieder (1889) en Goethe-Lieder (1890). For each cycle, he spent a considerable time studying the text to create the best matching music. His accomodation of musical structure, harmonic subteties and pianistic texture are all inseperable from the lyrics. Partly due to his psychological sophistication his songs can be heard as miniature operas. Even though he did start writing...
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Together with Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf can be considered as one of the greatest composers of Late Romantic lieder. Both of them followed the tradition of Schubert and Schumann, but intensified the gerne with Wagner's techniques of text declamation and harmonic development. What makes Wolf's song cycles special, is the fact that often they are devoted to a single poet, like in his Mörike-Lieder (1889), Eichendorff-Lieder (1889) en Goethe-Lieder (1890). For each cycle, he spent a considerable time studying the text to create the best matching music. His accomodation of musical structure, harmonic subteties and pianistic texture are all inseperable from the lyrics. Partly due to his psychological sophistication his songs can be heard as miniature operas.
Even though he did start writing on several full-fledged operas, it never became a true succes. Only his opera Der Corregidor (1896) was completed. Things went downhill from there. In 1897, Wolf had a nervous breakdown as a consequence of a syphilis infection he had since his teens. After a failed suicide attempt, he was admitted to a clinic in Vienna. The somber Michelangelo-Lieder (1898) would become his last completed composition. Wolf died in 1903, three weeks before his 43st birthday.


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