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The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus has a proud tradition of commissioning new works many of which have featured on their previous CD releases on Regent, but much of its repertoire is drawn from the canon of unaccompanied choral music covering five centuries and more, this recording demonstrates how adept the singers are at performing a variety of musical styles and languages in a programme spanning several centuries and nationalities.

This disc features works inspired by classical mythology, such as Bantock’s Invocation to Pan, and works that have become ‘classics’ in the field of choral music, such as Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden – one of the greatest a capella choral masterpieces. This recording also features one of the Chorus’s recent commissions, Bob Chilcott’s Silver swan. This setting for a capella double choir of Orlando Gibbons and Catullus is a free re-working of Gibbons’s famous 17th-century madrigal. It retains the lilting depiction of the swan and the original composer’s love of antiphonal effects and rich texture.

Track List

O praise the Lord Lord of Heaven* – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Invocation to Pan – Granville Bantock
Jézus és a Kufárok – Zoltán Kodály
The silver swan – Orlando Gibbons
Silver swan – Bob Chilcott (b 1955)
Voskreseniye hristovo videvshe op 59, 8 – Alexander Gretchaninov
Rakastava op 14 – Jean Sibelius
Romanzen und Balladen op 67 – Robert Schumann
Der König von Thule
Schön Rohtraut
John Anderson
Three songs of democracy – Roy Harris
To thee, old cause
Year that trembled
Freedom, toleration
Friede auf Erden op 13 – Arnold Schoenberg

* First recording on CD, World premiere recording

Total Playing time: 72:12

Production credits

Recorded on February 25–28, 2017, at Second Presbyterian Church, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Producer: Gary Cole

Assistant Producer: Martha Shaffer

Recording Engineer: Daniel Ruder

Sample audio extracts


‘Orlando Gibbons’s ‘Sliver Swan’ (the one we all did in college) sounds lush and lovely with these 50 handsome voices setting the plaintive mood. It’s paired with Bob Chllcott’s heart-rending setting of another text inspired by the same graceful bird. Bantock’s ‘Invocation to Pan’ is a neo-pagan affair full of intense mood swings that are brought off with commendable flair. I also tip my cap to this expressive, high-energy ‘Friede auf Erden….the dominant impression is of an able choir giving its best in a varied and valuable program…’ American Record Guide

‘The singers give an exhilarating performance of Granville Bantocks Invocation to Pan and a penetrating interpretation of Kodaly ‘s retelling of Jesus throwing the moneylenders out of the temple, Jezus es a Kufarok…There are many goodies to savour here … beautifully performed… ’  **** Choir and Organ 

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