Posts Tagged ‘ Boys’ Choirs ’

William L. Dawson: Soon ah Will be Done – Moscow Boys’ Choir

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April 30, 2012

I've written about Dawson's spiritual 'Soon ah Will be Done'  before (see: Un petit peu de gospel… Le Chœur d’Enfants Amazing Grace : Soon Ah Will Be Done ), it's one of my favourite spirituals. It's sung here by the Moscow "Debut" Boys Choir at a concert given in Moscow Immaculate Conception Catholic Cathedral on March 18th of this year. Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

Source: Soon ah Will be Done - Moscow Boys' Choir DEBUT – YouTube Uploaded by yuitov on Jun 28, 2010

W.A. Mozart: O du eselhafter Martin – Tölzer Knabenchor

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April 28, 2012

The boys of the Tölzer Knabenchor singing the revised G major version, K. 560b of Mozart's canon 'O du eselhafter Peierl'. The original to this  was directed at the baritone Johann Nepomuk Peyerl but Mozart revised it to give the names of Martin and Jakob. It's often performed in  bowdlerised versions. But the original (and highly scatological) lyrics are easily found on Wikipedia amongst other places. Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

Source: 2012 04 23 01 O du eselhafter Martin – YouTube Published on 27 Apr 2012 by wolframtismer

O du eselhafter Martin! Revised G major version, K. 560b.

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Poznański Chór Chłopięcy (Poznań Boys’ Choir) Rachmaninov "Blazhen Muzh"

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April 17, 2012

My last posting on the superb  Poznań Boys’ Choir (Poznański Chór Chłopięcy) dealt with their performance of Sykulski's "Peace Meditation" (if you haven't heard it take a few minutes to listen to it here : Poznański Chór Chłopięcy: Peace Meditation | Saturday Chorale I promise you you'll be glad you did). For this posting I've picked their performance of the third movement of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil Op. 37, "Blazhen Muzh" ('Blessed is the man') given at their concert held in l'église Saint-Louis de Vincennes, on December 3rd 2011.

Rachmaninov always seems to me to be one of the most unlikely candidates to set to music one of the Russian Orthodox Church’s most sacred rites. The contrast with his Second Symphony, his Second and Third Piano Concertos, to say nothing of his Paganini Rhapsody, could hardly be greater. Instead of being highly gregarious the  the All-Night Vigil gazes inward and back. Rachmaninov drew upon the techniques he employed in the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, op.31 and on centuries of Russian chant. It's a brilliant achievement sung here by what to my mind is one of the best choirs in Europe. I've included the text, a transliteration, and a translation below the fold. Enjoy :-).

markfromireland

Source: Rachmaninov- Choeur de garçons de Poznań (Pologne) - "Blazhen Muzh" – YouTube Uploaded by parisBbg on Dec 9, 2011

Text: Rachmaninov "Blazhen Muzh"

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Libera: Exsultate – Live

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April 14, 2012


Libera sing 'Exsultate' for Sunday worship service at the Moody Church, Chicago

Lyrics are below the fold. Enjoy :-).

markfromireland

Video Source: Libera - Exsultate (Live!) – YouTube Uploaded by MegaJimmyRiddle on Jul 31, 2011

Lyrics: Exsultate Lyrics

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Wednesday Earwig: Escolania Escorial: Ensayo de un Concierto (Mozart)

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April 11, 2012

I couldn't resist posting this they so clearly enjoyed singing it – it's from the 2006 concert given by the Escolania Escorial for the boys' families. The soloist and conductor was Manuel Almendral – aged ten at the time. Enjoy :-).

markfromireland

Source: Escolania Escorial: Ensayo de un Concierto (Mozart) – YouTube Uploaded by EscolaniadelEscorial on 10 Feb 2010

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