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Schnittke - Choir Concerto [Hyperion CDA67297]


A choral masterpiece, Schnittke's Choir Concerto is a setting of words from "The Book of Lamentations" by Grigor Narekatsi (951-1003). Written in 1984/5, it is scored for very large choir. For this recording, the Holst Singers were augmented by large contingents of London's finest singers. The haunting and evocative Voices of Nature is a vocalise - without words - for female voices and vibraphone. Superb performances directed by the recipient of the recent Gramaphone Award for the Best Choral Record of the Year, Stephen Layton.
1. - 4. Concerto for Mixed Chorus (1984/85) [40'58]
5. Voices of Nature (Golossa prirodi) (1972) [5'07]
6. Minnesang (1980/81) [18'32]

Reviews: Gramophone

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