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Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

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Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55346 | Time: 01:08:40

This fabulous recording featuring Matthew Best and the Corydon Singers was first released in 1989 at a time when they were recording the standard repertoire for small choirs for Hyperion, and this disc of Brahms' motets and shorter sacred choral pieces was, and is, one of their finest. From the smooth and lovely Ave Maria for women's choir and organ through their hard and harsh "Warum is das Licht gegeben?" to their craggy yet consoling "Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein," Best and his choir deliver technically impeccable and deeply moving performances. The Corydon Singers tend toward a big, lush, and slightly fruity sound, as is common with English choirs. But one cannot fault their diction, articulation, pronunciation or their tone, blend, and balance. Best's interpretations are soulful but not sentimental and expressive but not excessive. Recorded in full-bodied digital sound, these performances will likely please fans of Brahms' sacred choral music.

Review by James Leonard, Allmusic.com

It’s wonderful to have this fine program of Brahms motets back in the catalog, especially since the other reference set of “complete motets”, from Trinity College, Cambridge (Conifer), seems to be no longer available. (And also because my 21-year-old original Hyperion CD succumbed to a manufacturing defect from that era and is no longer playable!) Although the recording perspective is somewhat distant and perhaps slightly more resonant than ideal (Hyperion offers no clue as to the venue), there’s no quibbling with the exemplary performances. These works demand a high level of technical proficiency from the ensemble, as well as a respect for textural clarity, and Matthew Best and his singers handily fulfill these requirements while offering a sound that exploits the music’s more lyrical qualities. As before, the Geistliches Lied remains a highlight for its impassioned interpretation (aided by Best’s sensitive pacing and John Scott’s sympathetic organ accompaniment), and the several selections for women’s voices are models of blend, balance, and assured technique. This is an essential component of any Brahms choral collection.

Review by David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010



Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010



Corydon Singers
Matthew Best, conductor
with John Scott (organ)

Recording details: October 1989
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom

Tracklist:

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

2 Motets, Op.29
01. 1. Es ist das Heil uns kommen her (5:11)
02. 2. Schaffe in mir, Gott (7:05)

03. Geistliches Lied, Op.30 (5:21)

3 Sacred Choruses, Op.37
04. 1. O bone Jesu (1:21)
05. 2. Adoramus te, Christe (1:48)
06. 3. Regina caeli laetare (2:34)

07. Psalm 13, Op.27 (5:15)

3 Motets, Op.110
08. 1. Ich aber bin elend (3:38)
09. 2. Ach, arme Welt (2:16)
10. 3. Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein (3:20)

2 Motets, Op.74
11. 1. Warum ist das Licht gegeben? (11:03)
12. 2. O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf (5:10)

13. Ave Maria, Op.12 (4:01)

Fest- & Gedenksprüche, Op.109
14. 1. Unsere Väter hofften auf dich (2:11)
15. 2. Wenn ein starker Gewappneter (3:14)
16. 3. Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk (5:12)


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Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

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