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Label: SWR Classic

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Un soir de neige, FP 126:
  • 1No. 1, De grandes cuillers de neige01:12
  • 2No. 2, La bonne neige01:52
  • 3No. 3, Bois meurtri02:18
  • 4No. 4, La nuit le froid la solitude01:14
  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918): 3 Chansons de Charles d'Orléans, L. 92:
  • 5No. 1, Dieu! Qu'il la fait bon regarder02:17
  • 6No. 2, Quant j'ai ouy le tambourin02:12
  • 7No. 3, Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain01:54
  • Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Naissance de Vénus, Op. 292:
  • 8I. Les heures02:08
  • 9II. Vénus00:56
  • 10III. Le vent00:43
  • 11IV. Les heures01:54
  • André Jolivet (1905-1974): Épithalame:
  • 12I. Moderato08:36
  • 13II. Allegretto semplice08:44
  • 14III. Allegro maestoso03:08
  • Francis Poulenc: 4 Petites prières de Saint François d'Assise, FP 142:
  • 15No. 1, Salut, Dame Sainte. Modéré, mais sans lenteur02:19
  • 16No. 2, Tout puissant, très saint. Majestueux et éclatant01:24
  • 17No. 3, Seigneur, je vous en prie. Très expressif et fervent01:27
  • 18No. 4, Ô mes très chères frères. Bien calme01:59
  • Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992):
  • 19O sacrum convivium!, I/1804:39
  • Georges Aperghis (1945- ): Wölfli-Kantata:
  • 20II. Die Stellung der Zahlen18:23
  • Total Runtime01:09:19

Info for France

French intellectuals, especially musicians and writers, were enchanted by the magic of Richard Wagner's music, but they earnestly wanted to pursue new ideas for what might follow. They believed that music and art should be free from 'German elements' and they consequently wanted to establish a decidedly contrasting, French style of music. It was for this reason that Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns set up the Societé Nationale de Musique in 1871, tasking it with supporting new French compositions. Successive composers were fascinated by new developments in the great French music tradition and experimented with modal alternatives and aspects of counterpoint. Compositional clarity was expected to express the simple but poetic relationship between music and text, drawing on graceful melodic lines and a Renaissance-like serenity of expression.

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
Marcus Creed, direction

The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
with its 33 singers, is considered one of the leading international ensembles for 20th century and contemporary vocal music. It first appeared at the Donaueschingen Festival in 1947. In 1951, their new chief conductor Hermann Joseph Dahmen began to significantly promote the choir’s specialization in contemporary vocal music. With its subsequent chief conductors Marinus Voorberg (1975–1981), Klaus-Martin Ziegler (1981– 1987) and Rupert Huber (1990–2000), the SWR Vokalensemble attained an international reputation as an ensemble for new music. Marcus Creed has been the chief conductor since 2003. Under his direction, the SWR Vokalensemble founded its first own concert series in Stuttgart. The CD productions recorded under Marcus Creed’s baton have won significant awards. They include practically unknown works by Charles Ives, Elliott Carter and Heitor Villa-Lobos. For its production of Bruckner’s E minor Mass and a selection of motets, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart was named “Ensemble of the Year” in 2009. In 2011 and 2012 they were awarded the Echo Classic Prize for the “Choral Production of the Year” (2011: Heitor Villa- Lobos, Choral Works; 2012: György Ligeti, Requiem). Furthermore, the ensemble was awarded the “European Choir Prize” by the Pro Europa Foundation for Culture for its pioneering efforts on behalf of contemporary vocal music.

Marcus Creed
The conductor Marcus Creed was born and grew up on the south coast of England. He began his studies at King’s College in Cambridge, where he had the opportunity to sing in the famous King’s College Choir. Further studies took him to Christ Church in Oxford and the Guildhall School in London. Marcus Creed moved to Berlin in 1977. Stations in his professional career have been the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Hochschule der Künste, as well as the Gruppe Neue Musik and the Scharoun Ensemble. From 1987 to 2001, Marcus Creed was artistic director of the RIAS-Kammerchor. In 1998, he accepted a professorship for conducting at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. Marcus Creed has been artistic director of the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart since 2003. His particular objective with this ensemble has been to make renewed performances of outstanding compositions from the recent past, including, for example, works by Luigi Nono, György Kurtág, Wolfgang Rihm or Heinz Holliger. Marcus Creed is regularly invited to international festivals for both early music and new music and he regularly collaborates with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Freiburger Barockorchester and Concerto Köln. His CD releases have won international awards for their stylistically sure and acoustically sensitive interpretations. Among others, he has been awarded the German Record Critics’ Award, the Edison Award, the Diapason D’Or, the Cannes Classical Award, and the Echo Classic Prize.

Booklet for France

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