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    Saint Louis Classics
    Saint Louis Chamber Chorus Philip Barnes


    Catalogue Number: REGCD505

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    Saint Louis Classics
    Saint  Louis  Chamber Chorus
    Philip Barnes

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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 new 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.

    ‘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 November 2018‘

    '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 November/December 2018

    A selection of the critical praise for the
    SLCC on Regent

    ‘...the performances are consistently outstanding.' 
    BBC Music Magazine

    ‘...the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, led by Philip Barnes, performs everything with consummate attention to blend, clarity and expressive nuance.’

    ‘the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, the excellent soloists, and the conductor deserve the highest accolades.’
    American Choral Journal

    ‘Were the performances not so devout, there would be something eerie about the technical perfections of the singing. Bravo!’
    International Record Review

    O praise the Lord Lord of Heaven* – Ralph Vaughan Williams     5:34
    Invocation to Pan – Granville Bantock         8:36
    Jézus és a Kufárok – Zoltán Kodály         6:38
    The silver swan – Orlando Gibbons         1:30
    Silver swan – Bob Chilcott (b 1955)         6:19
    Voskreseniye hristovo videvshe op 59, 8 – Alexander Gretchaninov     4:28
    Rakastava op 14 – Jean Sibelius         7:07
    Romanzen und Balladen op 67 – Robert Schumann
    Der König von Thule         4:01
    Schön Rohtraut         2:30
    Heidenröslein         2:22
    Ungewitter         2:58
    John Anderson         2:30
    Three songs of democracy – Roy Harris
    To thee, old cause         2:13
    Year that trembled         2:07
    Freedom, toleration         3:37
    Friede auf Erden op 13 – Arnold Schoenberg     9:16

    * First recording on CD, World premiere recording

    Total playing time: 71:51

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