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Tehilim

Netherlands Chamber Choir

Tehilim

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525524705
Catnr: GLO 5247
Release date: 07 November 2011
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Label
Globe
UPC
8711525524705
Catalogue number
GLO 5247
Release date
07 November 2011
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About the album

‘And the Psalms? I hope you like them?’ ‘No, sir.’ Aldus een pedagogische martelscene uit de roman Jane Eyre die de verweesde titelheldin duur komt te staan. Nee, dan de schrijver dezes: in de vroegste klassen van de lagere school was ik maar een matige leerling. Er was echter één onderdeel waarvoor ik steevast een 10 kreeg, en dat was voor het uit het hoofd leren (en loepzuiver zingen) van het psalmversje. Het lijkt een te verwaarlozen onderdeel van het lesprogramma, maar ik stond hiermee wel in een oeroude traditie van psalmzingen waarvan de wortels terugreiken tot de kloosters, de synagogen en de tempel in Jeruzalem. Op deze cd van het Nederlands Kamerkoor horen we slechts een fractie van al die tradities, en toch is dit al heel veel. Het intrigerende van dit soort cd’s is dat de kunstmuziek en de gebruiksmuziek elkaar totaal niet bijten. Rossi, Sweelinck, Mendelssohn en Schönberg staan hier naast de synagogale gezangen van Sim Gokkes en Yossele Rosenblatt. Ook het booklet oogt oecumenisch: de voorkant laat de talliet (de joodse gebedssjaal) zien, terwijl elders het oer-Hollandse psalmenbord wordt getoond. De rol van cantor wordt hier vervuld door Gilad Nezer, die een vast lid van het Nederlands Kamerkoor is. (HJ)

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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Composer(s)

Felix Mendelssohn

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn is often compared to Mozart. Both of them were child prodigies, both had a talented sister and they both died at a young age. Mendelssohn, who as a child also painted wrote poetry, was born in small family which converted to christianity from judaism. As a composer he preferred looking back, rather than forward: his main examples were Bach, Handel and Mozart. It was Mendelssohn who retrieved Bach from oblivion and pushed for a revival of his music, which still lasts today. One century after its premier, Mendelsson performed the St Matthew Passion for the second...
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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

Mendelssohn is often compared to Mozart. Both of them were child prodigies, both had a talented sister and they both died at a young age. Mendelssohn, who as a child also painted wrote poetry, was born in small family which converted to christianity from judaism. As a composer he preferred looking back, rather than forward: his main examples were Bach, Handel and Mozart. It was Mendelssohn who retrieved Bach from oblivion and pushed for a revival of his music, which still lasts today. One century after its premier, Mendelsson performed the St Matthew Passion for the second time ever, in 1829.

Three years, earlier, on his 17th, he had already composed his masterfully overture A midsummer night's dream op. 21, based on Shakespeare's play. Today, it is still considered as one of the absolute masterpieces in all of the orchestra reperoire. His Violin Concerto op. 64 belongs to the most beautiful works of the 19th century as well. During his travels through Europe, he wrote his brilliant Italian Symphony, Scottish Symphony and the overture The Hebrides.

Although Mendelssohn had a prosperous career, his weak physique made him emotionally vulnerable. The death of his favourite sister Fanny became fatal: Mendelssohn died in the same year, at the age of 38.


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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

If it were up to Calvinism, all the organs would have been destroyed during the Beeldenstorm, the outbreaks of destruction of religious images that occurred in Europe in the 16th century. Thanks to city governments, the organs were saved. Strictly speaking, Sweelinck was a servant for the city government as well as the city organist of Amsterdam. His organ and harpsichord music was also used during international negotiations, making his music arguably quite influential.  Sweelinck's music should not be listened to with the same ears as one listens to Bach, Beethoven or Brahms. His instrumental works have its own completely unique expression, including temporal modulations, instead of tonal ones. His toccatas, variations and fantasies often start modestly, and gradually increase in movement....
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If it were up to Calvinism, all the organs would have been destroyed during the Beeldenstorm, the outbreaks of destruction of religious images that occurred in Europe in the 16th century. Thanks to city governments, the organs were saved. Strictly speaking, Sweelinck was a servant for the city government as well as the city organist of Amsterdam. His organ and harpsichord music was also used during international negotiations, making his music arguably quite influential. Sweelinck's music should not be listened to with the same ears as one listens to Bach, Beethoven or Brahms. His instrumental works have its own completely unique expression, including temporal modulations, instead of tonal ones. His toccatas, variations and fantasies often start modestly, and gradually increase in movement. Especially his fantasies are masterpieces in this regard. Take for instance his Chromatic Fantasy. The first part uses the chromaticism by alternating whole and half steps. In the second section, the theme is enlarged to a complete cantus firmus, while the embellishments increase in speed. In the third section, the chromatic theme is increased in speed as well, after which the whole work is finished with a graceful bow.
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Arnold Schönberg

Arnold Schoenberg was one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, but perhaps also one of the least listened to. Strikingly, Schoenberg was self-educated, even though his music is imbedded in complex music theory. It was Schoenberg who definitely departed from tonality and he developed the twelve tone technique. In this composition style, one has to use every twelve tones of the scale, before one can be repeated. The struggle to adhere to this dogma is clearly audible: his music is tense, hectic and particularly acute - and therefore at times not that accesible to occasional listeners.  Nevertheless, his music and his liberation of tonality had an enormous impact on all composers that came after him. Together with the...
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Arnold Schoenberg was one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, but perhaps also one of the least listened to. Strikingly, Schoenberg was self-educated, even though his music is imbedded in complex music theory. It was Schoenberg who definitely departed from tonality and he developed the twelve tone technique. In this composition style, one has to use every twelve tones of the scale, before one can be repeated. The struggle to adhere to this dogma is clearly audible: his music is tense, hectic and particularly acute - and therefore at times not that accesible to occasional listeners.

Nevertheless, his music and his liberation of tonality had an enormous impact on all composers that came after him. Together with the music of his students Alban Berg and Anton Webern, his style is often referred to as the Second Viennese School, parallel to the First Viennese School of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, who, in a similar vein, changed the history of music for good.

His most performed works are his string sextet Verklärte Nacht, his five Orchestra pieces op. 16, and his opera Moses und Aron. The development of Schoenberg's music can be heard in his Five String Quartets in particular.


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01.
Denn er hat seinen Engeln (Psalm 91)
03:22
(Klaas Stok, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdi) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
02.
Adônoj moloch (Psalm 93)
01:54
(Klaas Stok, Sim Gokkes) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
03.
Shir hamma'alot (Psalm 128)
01:58
(Klaas Stok, Salamone Rossi) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
04.
A Song of Degrees (Psalm 120)
03:57
(Klaas Stok, Tzvi Avni) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
05.
De profundis (Psalm 130)
05:15
(Klaas Stok, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
06.
De profundis - Mima'amakim (Psalm 130)
04:36
(Klaas Stok, Arnold Schönberg) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
07.
Tsaddik kattomor (Psalm 130)
03:25
(Klaas Stok, Sim Gokkes) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
08.
Betzet Yisra'el / In exitu Israhel (Psalm 114)
01:41
(Klaas Stok, Anonymous) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
09.
Quand Israël hors d'Egypte sortit (Psalm 114)
02:02
(Klaas Stok, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
10.
Mizmor shir leyom hashabbat (Psalm 92)
03:18
(Klaas Stok, Salamone Rossi) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
11.
Min Hamêtsar (Psalm 118)
01:51
(Klaas Stok, Sim Gokkes) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
12.
Warum toben die Heiden (Psalm 2)
06:07
(Klaas Stok, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdi) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
13.
Tsaddik Kattomor (Psalm 92)
01:28
(Klaas Stok, Sim Gokkes) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
14.
Seelenfeier-Lied - Was betrübst du Seele dich (After Psalm 43)
02:08
(Klaas Stok, Salomon Sulzer) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
15.
Richte mich Gott (Psalm 43)
04:55
(Klaas Stok, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdi) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
16.
Yoshev beseter elyon (Psalm 91)
05:27
(Klaas Stok, Salomon Sulzer) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
17.
Chöre zum Seelenfeier
04:38
(Klaas Stok, Louis Lewandowski) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
18.
Shir hama'alot (Psalm 126)
03:07
(Klaas Stok, Yossele Rosenblatt) Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gilad Nezer
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