Author Topic: 20th Century Choral Music  (Read 33088 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline listener

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 6414
  • Location: 604
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #140 on: February 13, 2010, 12:54:44 PM »
No mention in this thread of Schoenberg - Friede auf erde (a cappella) and Guerrelieder ?
I'll excuse the omission of Joby Talbot's  The Path of Miracles as it's a 2005 composition.
"Keep your hand on the throttle and your eye on the rail as you walk through life's pathway."

Offline Lethevich

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 9748
  • I spilled my drink!
  • Currently Listening to:
    Rihm, Bialas, Ballif, Schumann, Schubert
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #141 on: February 17, 2010, 12:58:18 AM »



Despite its rather uninspiring title this is a wonderful disc of choral singing- in particular the Crucifixus pro nobis op 38 - contains some spine chilling singing mixed up with beautiful harmonies - highly recommended  :)
Hehe, another thing for me to buy ??? I have the Naxos disc of his choral music and wasn't expecting much (I had assumed it would be merely functional in scope), but it was a pleasant surprise. While we're on the Helios label, I must pimp this amazing disc once more:



One frame of reference is Holst's very finely crafted choral music, both in the epic Hymn of Jesus and also his smaller pieces, there are parallels to both in Dyson.
Peanut butter, flour and sugar do not make cookies. They make FIRE.

Offline The new erato

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 15378
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #142 on: February 17, 2010, 01:53:03 AM »
Anybody mentioned this?



A recent arrival, but after one playthrough it seems very fine.

Offline knight66

  • Global Moderator
  • *
  • Posts: 10101
  • Location: Edinburgh
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #143 on: February 19, 2010, 01:22:52 PM »
I remember learning Les Noces, found it very difficult. Although the title is in French, the wedding songs are in Russian. We slogged away at it. Then Gary Bertini, who seemed to have every known blood line and language ingrained him, brought it amazingly to life. He broke the formalised way we were singing it and injected a real harsh peasant tone and liveliness into it.

He opened up the meaning of it wonderfully well. The chiming close of the piece with the four pianos is beautiful and moving.

Mike
DavidW: Yeah Mike doesn't get angry, he gets even.
I wasted time: and time wasted me.

Offline vandermolen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 22635
  • Location: Rotherfield, Sussex, UK
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #144 on: February 20, 2010, 01:18:07 AM »
Anybody mentioned this?



A recent arrival, but after one playthrough it seems very fine.

I think that I mentioned it on the Rubbra thread - yes, a lovely CD. It is an old recording with Rubbra present in the studio. I liked the note from Richard Hickox which referred to Rubbra being moved to tears (in a positive sense!) by the recording.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Offline vandermolen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 22635
  • Location: Rotherfield, Sussex, UK
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #145 on: February 20, 2010, 01:20:36 AM »
Perhaps my favourite 20th Century choral work - certainly the most moving:

"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Offline vandermolen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 22635
  • Location: Rotherfield, Sussex, UK
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #146 on: February 20, 2010, 02:31:59 AM »
Novak is underrated - this is one of the greatest works I know. Powerful, dramatic, haunting, lyrical and reaching a wonderfully moving catharsis at the end:
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Offline Dax

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 640
  • Location: London
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #147 on: February 20, 2010, 02:43:43 AM »
And it has one of the great openings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv1EUNdibVs

Offline vandermolen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 22635
  • Location: Rotherfield, Sussex, UK
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #148 on: February 20, 2010, 06:23:29 AM »
And it has one of the great openings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv1EUNdibVs

Thank you! Didn't know it was on youtube. Yes, it has one of the great openings. Like in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', Novak plunges headlong into the sorm at the start. I find it has a wonderfully redemptive ending. For me it is one of the great 'spiritual' works, although not in any conventionally religious sense. Nice painting of ghostly ship in turbulent sea accompanying youtube clip.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Offline San Antone

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 8046
Re: 20th Century Choral Music
« Reply #149 on: November 01, 2015, 07:22:21 AM »
Hugo Distler : chose suicide rather than serve Hitler



Because so much emphasis is currently placed upon the fate of Jewish composers under the Nazis, it is easy to forget that there were some German musicians who also suffered as a result of the repressive policies of the regime. Among those that can be singled out in this respect is Hugo Distler, a highly talented church organist and choral conductor who committed suicide at the age of 34 in 1942, on learning that he had been called up for military service. The two large-scale works presented here offer typical examples of the so-called Orgelbewegung style drawing their inspiration from Bach in the trenchant use of chorale and Schutz in the density of polyphonic argument. It's a tribute to Distler's mastery and the outstanding singing of the Netherlands Chamber Choir that despite this obvious musical provenance, both works strike an individual voice and sustain one's interest without the textural variety of an instrumental accompaniment.

Songlist: Totentanz, Spruchmotetten zum Totensonntag, Choral-Passion, Op. 7, Erster Teil: Der Einzug, Zweiter Teil: Judas und der Pharisaer Rat, Dritter Teil: Das Abendmahl, Vierter Teil: Gethsemane, Funfter Teil: Kaiphas, Sechster Teil: Pilatus, Letzter Teil: Golgotha