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Mondnacht (Moonlit Night) Works For Choir A Cappella

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Compact Disc (Audio)
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1
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Available
Release Date:
15-01-2021
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4015372820787
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Digipak
Catalog Number:
ES2078
Mondnacht (Moonlit Night) Works For Choir A Cappella
Mondnacht (Moonlit Night) Works For Choir A Cappella

Description

In July 2018, the NDR Choir and Philipp Ahmann gave a highly acclaimed concert at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival as part of the SHMF Chornacht, which focused on the choral works of Robert Schumann. The CD "MONDNACHT", carefully produced during this time, is now being released as the fifth CD of the NDR Choir on ES-DU.

If one considers Robert Schumann's works for choir, the year 1849 turns out to be an extraordinarily productive one. He himself wrote to his publisher in the spring of 1849: "With true passion I have begun to write a collection of ballads for choir; something which, I believe, does not yet exist. It seems to me that this way of treating the balladic character results in an almost more effective pronunciation than individual vocal parts" The background to this was his activity as a conductor during Schumann's time in Dresden: he had first taken over Ferdinand Hiller's Liedertafel at the site and had also founded a "Chorgesangsverein" himself, which he not only directed, but for which he also composed perseveringly. This is how the majority of Robert Schumann's works recorded on the CD were created this year. A year earlier Clara Schumann had already composed her "Three Mixed Choirs" based on texts by the Lübeck poet Emanuel Geibel. Eichendorff's poem "Mondnacht" from 1835, to which the present recording owes its title, is probably the most famous poem of German Romanticism. The CD features the solo song, originally accompanied by piano, from Schumann's Liederkreis op. 39 in Clytus Gottwald's version for mixed choir a cappella. The combination of Schumann songs with those of his contemporary and Carl Orff pupil Wilhelm Killmayer is only at first glance a bit of an adjustment. In fact, his eight songs for four-part male choir - they were written between 1995 and 1997 for the Renner Ensemble Regensburg, commissioned by the "Kissinger Sommer" - which are summarised under the framework quotation "...as in Welschland laude and blue...", build a bridge back to German Romanticism, thanks to their choice of text alone: Killmayer sets poems by Eichendorff exclusively to music. Not only this: Musically, too, Killmayer's affinity to Schumann's choridiom is likely to strike even the most superficial listener.

Reviews "The NDR Choir is particularly impressive in terms of intonation and text comprehensibility. And one of the strengths of the excellently acting choir soloists is the ability to blend in with the homogeneous sound of the choir at all times." (Fono Forum, May 2020)

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. R. Schumann: Vier doppelchörige Gesänge Op. 141; I. An die Sterne
  3. R. Schumann: Vier doppelchörige Gesänge Op. 141; II. Ungewisses Licht
  4. R. Schumann: Vier doppelchörige Gesänge Op. 141; III. Zuversicht
  5. R. Schumann: Vier doppelchörige Gesänge Op. 141; IV. Talismane
  6. R. Schumann: Romanzen für Frauenstimmen und Klavier ad libitum Op. 69; I. Tamburinschlägerin
  7. R. Schumann: Romanzen für Frauenstimmen und Klavier ad libitum Op. 69; II. Waldmädchen
  8. R. Schumann: Romanzen für Frauenstimmen und Klavier ad libitum Op. 69; III. Klosterfräulein
  9. R. Schumann: Romanzen für Frauenstimmen und Klavier ad libitum Op. 69; IV. Soldatenbraut
  10. R. Schumann: Romanzen für Frauenstimmen und Klavier ad libitum Op. 69; V. Meerfey
  11. R. Schumann: Romanzen für Frauenstimmen und Klavier ad libitum Op. 69; VI. Die Capelle
  12. C. Schumann: Drei gemischte Chöre; I. Abendfeier in Venedig
  13. C. Schumann: Drei gemischte Chöre; II. Vorwärts
  14. C. Schumann: Drei gemischte Chöre; III. Gondoliera
  15. W. Killmayer: wie in Welschland lau und blau für Männerchor a cappella; I. Heimweh
  16. W. Killmayer: wie in Welschland lau und blau für Männerchor a cappella; II. Wenn die Sonne lieblich schiene
  17. W. Killmayer: wie in Welschland lau und blau für Männerchor a cappella; III. Wann der Hahn kräht
  18. W. Killmayer: wie in Welschland lau und blau für Männerchor a cappella; IV: In einem kühlen Grunde
  19. W. Killmayer: wie in Welschland lau und blau für Männerchor a cappella; V. Wehmut
  20. W. Killmayer: wie in Welschland lau und blau für Männerchor a cappella; VI. Der Bräutigam
  21. W. Killmayer: wie in Welschland lau und blau für Männerchor a cappella; VII. Der Freiwerber
  22. W. Killmayer: wie in Welschland lau und blau für Männerchor a cappella; VIII. Nachtlied
  23. R. Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen Op. 67; No. 3 Heidenröslein
  24. R. Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen Op. 75; No. 1 Schnitter Tod
  25. R. Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen Op. 75; No. 2 Im Walde
  26. R. Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen Op. 67; No. 4 Ungewitter
  27. R. Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen Op. 146; No. 4 Sommerlied
  28. R. Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen Op. 145; No. 1 Der Schmid
  29. R. Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen Op. 67; No. 1 Der König von Thule
  30. R. Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen Op. 146; No. 5 Das Schifflein
  31. R. Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39; No. 5 Mondnacht
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