New Music for the Year 2014

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This week Kent Tritle surveys some of the best recent recordings. There are new arrivals of old and contemporary material, from conductorless ensembles to groups led by well-established maestros. We hear music from England, Estonia and even that far-off land of Los Angeles!

These days the classical music world is asking itself a lot of serious questions about its viability and endurance, but the growing number of new choral albums tell a different story: choral music is thriving.

 

Playlist

Songs of Olden Times: Estonian Folk Hymns and Runic Songs: Heinavanker

 

Songs of Olden Times: Estonian Folk Hymns and Runic Songs: Heinavanker

Traditional (arranger, Margo Kolar): Ammuste aegade laulud:

I. Haned kadunud / The old-time songs: I. Geese are gone

Heinavanker Ensemble

Harmonia Mundi 907488

 

 

The Phoenix Rising: Stile Antico


The Phoenix Rising: Stile Antico

Thomas Tallis: Salvator mundi

Orlando Gibbons: O clap your hands

Stile Antico

Harmonia Mundi SACD HMU807572

 

 

 

 

 

(though love be a day) selected choral works of matthew brown: antioch chamber ensemble

(though love be a day) selected choral works of matthew brown: antioch chamber ensemble

Matthew Brown: Another Lullaby for Insomniacs

Antioch Chamber Ensemble

Joshua Copeland, Conductor and Artistic Director

Acis Productions 18719

 

 

 

 

 

Cantus: Song of a Czech - Dvorak and Janacek for Men's Voices

Cantus: Song of a Czech - Dvorak and Janacek for Men's Voices

Three Male Choruses with Piano:

Grief

Strange Water

The Girl in the Grove

Cantus

Timothy Cheek and Sonya Kaye Thompson, Piano

Cantus Recordings 5638192667

 

Times go by Turns: New York Polyphony

 

Times go by Turns: New York Polyphony

Richard Rodney Bennett: A Colloquy with God

John Plummer: Missa Sine nomine: Kyrie

Gabriel Jackson: Ite missa est

New York Polyphony

(Steven Caldicott Wilson, Tenor; Geoffrey Dunstan Williams, Countenor; Christopher Dylan Herbert, Baritone; Craig Phillips, Bass)

Bis 2037

 

 

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244:

Kommt, ihr Tochter

Fabio Trumpy, Tenor; Werner Güra, Tenor; Bernarda Fink, Mezzo Soprano; Topi Lehtipuu, Tenor; Konstantin Wolff, Baritone

Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus, Academy for Ancient Music Berlin, Berlin State and Cathedral Choir

René Jacobs, Conductor

Bis 2037