Monthly Archives: January 2012

Franz Schubert: Ave Maria – Nidarosdomens Guttekor, Soloist – Adrian Skaar Hestnes

January 17, 2012

Adrian Skaar Hestnes and parents Line Skaar and Kjetil Hestnes

Schubert's Ave Maria performed here by the Norwegian boys' choir the Nidarosdomens Guttekor (Nidaros Cathedral Boys Choir), the soloist is the incomparable Adrian Skaar Hestnes. I can't recall ever hearing it better sung. Click the player below to listen and enjoy :-)



Mikhail Lermontov: Onto The Road I Walk Alone (Выхожу один я на дорогу) — Vladimir Miller, basso profundo

January 16, 2012

Onto The Road I Walk Alone Last November I posted about the Dubna Choral School Choir's performance of Mikhail Lermontov's beautiful  "Onto The Road I Walk Alone" with treble solo by Ser­gei Balas­hov (see: Mikhail Lermontov: Выхожу один я на дорогу (Onto The Road I Walk Alone) — Dubna Boys Choir | Saturday Chorale ). It's a difficult solo for a boy soprano and Balashov performed it very creditably, as I remarked at the time – "that boy can really sing". Somebody else who can really sing and who sings "Onto The Road I Walk Alone" is the Russian Basso Profundo Vladimir Miller. Basso profondo singers possess the very low-ranging voicess – some such as Miller or the late Vladimir Pasjukov can sing very low indeed.

Miller who is a soloist at both the State Academic Cappella of St. Petersburg and the Male Choir of St.Petersburg was born in Siberia in 1964. He studied musicology at the  Leningrad State Conservatoire (now renamed  St. Petersburg State Conservatory) and upon graduating decided he wanted to sing professionally. He trained as a singer in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Cologne Music University) under Reinhard Leisenheimer and Kurt Moll. On his return to Russia he was invited to join  the two choirs in which he now sings and the in the Male Choir of the Valaam Institute for Choral Art since 1990. His YouTube channel is well worth a visit and is the source of this wonderful performance of Lermontov's song. The video and a very short list of resources on Mikhail Lermontov are both below the fold.  Enjoy :-).


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Sunday Playlist: William Byrd: Three English Anthems – The Cambridge Singers

January 15, 2012

byrd_signature_01_smallEven though he was acknowledged during his lifetime as the greatest English composer of his age and is acknowledged as such today only a small proportion of his music is well known and regularly performed. (This sad situation is just as true in the recording industry – Andrew Carwood and 'The Cardinall's Musick' pioneering work is just that, pioneering work). Byrd wrote over fifty English anthems, they're characterised by a tremendous range of musical inventiveness and technical ability, and religious intensity. For today's playlist I've picked three of these anthems. I've picked picked them because while each of them is very beautiful none of them are recorded or performed very often and each has some characteristic that sets it apart from the rest of Byrd's output. The three anthems are:

  • Sing joyfully (Psalm 81, vv. 1–4)
  • Turn our captivity (Psalm 126, vv. 5–7)
  • Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles (Psalm 117, vv. 1–2)


Sing joyfully

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Saturday Chorale: Moses Hogan : My soul’s been anchored in the Lord: Louisville Cardinal Singers

January 14, 2012


Moses Hogan was a hugely talented and influential director and arranger of Negro Spirituals. Born in 1957 he studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, and Louisiana State University. He created sparkling new arrangements of classic spirituals and formed new choirs to perform them. During his short life – he was only 46 when he died, he published more than 70 works and was the editor of the new Oxford Book of Spirituals,  a wonderful collection of spirituals, published by Oxford University Press.

In the video playlist which you'll find  below the fold you'll find two performances of his setting of "My soul's been anchored in the Lord". The first dates from 2008 is by The Mose Hogan Chorale who first performed it on February 21, 1999 at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. They subsequently performed at concerts all over America.

The second performance is by the the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers giving their prize winning interpretation of Hogan's work at the 9th International Chamber Choir Competition 2005 in Marktoberdorf, Germany.

The playlist lyrics and some resources are all below the fold. Enjoy :-).


Moses Hogan : My soul's been anchored in the Lord

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Well finally …

January 13, 2012

Well finally, I've found an a capella version of Dowland's bitter-sweet song "Come again" on YouTube that I like. This performance was given by the English chamber choir "Novemaltare" in Christ Church, Cheltenham,  on May 28th 2011. Lyrics below the fold. Enjoy – I did :-).


Video Source: Come again -- John Dowland – YouTube Uploaded by novemaltare on Jun 1, 2011

Lyrics: Come Again, sweet love doth now invite

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