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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - Italia: Verdi, Scelsi, Nono, Pizzetti, Petrassi (2015)

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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - Italia: Verdi, Scelsi, Nono, Pizzetti, Petrassi (2015)

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - Italia: Verdi, Scelsi, Nono, Pizzetti, Petrassi (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 71:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.329 | Recorded: 2004, 2012, 2013

In this latest installment of recordings focusing on the choral traditions of different countrys choral music traditions launched last year by the Vokalensemble Stuttgart des SWR, we now arrive in sunny Italy, a country said to have no native choral tradition. Giuseppe Verdi of course used choirs in his operas, but apart from that there are only a few choral works that have sustained any place in the repertoire, some of the finest of which are presented here. With the beginning of the 20th century, however, one encounters composers that are less well known, but whom have certainly composed some very exciting music for choir, including Pizzetti, Giacinto Scelsi, Luigi Nono and Goffredo Petrassi.

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - Russia: Schnittke, Taneyev, Gubaidulina, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky (2014)

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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - Russia: Schnittke, Taneyev, Gubaidulina, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky (2014)

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - Russia: Schnittke, Taneyev, Gubaidulina, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 218 Mb | Total time: 62:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.317 | Recorded: 2013

Diese CD bietet eine breite Palette russischer Komponisten, die in der Tradition orthodoxer Kirchenmusik komponierten. Sie reicht von Michail Glinka, Peter Tschaikowsky, Sergej Tanejew und Sergej Rachmaninoff bis zu Alfred Schnittke und Sofia Gubaidulina, von romantisch-expressiven Vertonungen bis zu den expressiven Klängen der beiden neueren Komponisten.

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - America: Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber (2014)

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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - America: Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber (2014)

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - America: Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 252 Mb | Total time: 77:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.306 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the few choirs enjoying an international reputation. Their latest recording has “America” as its subject - and presents a tremendously wide range of forms and expressions, from music written under the influence of European masters to works that boldly explore experiments in aesthetic reorientation. The big names of the U.S. composers are of course represented, including Leonard Bernstein with his single a cappella work, the “Missa Brevis”, Steve Reich with his minimalist “Proverb” and John Cage with some of his late “Number Pieces”. Everything is presented at the highest artistic level, with ravishing sonics that cannot be beat.

RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss - Poulenc: Figure humaine, Motets (2013)

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RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss - Poulenc: Figure humaine, Motets (2013)

RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss - Poulenc: Figure humaine, Motets (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 385 MB | 01:46:05
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Fifty years after his death, Poulenc is one of the most frequently performed French composers of the twentieth century all over the world. His choral output offers a nuanced portrait of a musician who, at bottom, fell in love with the texts he set, whether they were sacred (CD 1) or secular (CD 2). ʻA singer, as fashioned by Francis, presents us with words raised to the height of severity or charm by Poulenc’s musical intelligence’, wrote Jean Cocteau. An admirable compliment to an oeuvre as capable of expressing faith (Motets pour un temps de pénitence) as resistance.

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Jonathan Stockhammer - Wolfgang Rihm: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2; Nachtwach (2008)

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Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Jonathan Stockhammer - Wolfgang Rihm: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2; Nachtwach (2008)

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Jonathan Stockhammer, Gianluigi Gelmetti - Wolfgang Rihm: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2; Nachtwach (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 65:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # 93.227 | Recorded: 1994-2007

Hänssler Classics is committed to recording all the works of Wolfgang Rihm, one of the most prolific and intriguing German composers to emerge in the late twentieth century, and this CD is the third installment in the Rihm Edition. The composer shows remarkable assurance in his first symphony, written in 1969, when he was 17. It's a serial piece, and its roiling turbulence and unpredictable juxtapositions make it very much a product of the defiant modernism that dominated music in postwar Europe.

Marcus Creed - Brahms: Sacred Choral Music (1996)

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Marcus Creed - Brahms: Sacred Choral Music (1996)

Marcus Creed - Brahms: Sacred Choral Music (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:51 | 264 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMC90 1591

This disc gathers all of Brahms' sacred choral music for unaccompanied mixed voices, except for the Sieben Marienlieder of 1859. Taken together with the accompanied sacred choral pieces, including the monumental German Requiem, this amounts to a significant body of work for a composer of his era who was not religious. Brahms was a skilled choral composer and it's a shame that his smaller a cappella works aren't performed more frequently. Except for Zwei Motetten from 1864, all these works come from the last two decades of his life.

Marcus Creed, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, Dixit Dominus (2009)

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Marcus Creed, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, Dixit Dominus (2009)

Marcus Creed, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, Dixit Dominus (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 56:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902041 | Recorded: 2008

Marcus Creed amply proves in this recording of the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne and the Dixit Dominus that he has what it takes to conduct George Frederick Handel. He's got the big beat down, plus the muscular rhythms, vigorous tempos, and vivid textures, as well as the tight ensembles and the unstoppable drive so essential in making Handel come alive. And that's just in the fast choral movements. In the solos and duets, Creed creates poised, alert, and wholly sympathetic accompaniments that help shape the singers' performances as part of the total work. And what singers! Both sopranos are superlative, especially Sophie Kussmann, and countertenor Andreas Scholl is, as always, strong, yet supple and sensitive.