Choral Music · A Cappella

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All releases with works for Choir, A cappella
Buddhist Shõmyõ & Gregorian ChantsBuddhist Shõmyõ & Gregorian Chants
Musica Sacra
Buddhist Shõmyõ & Gregorian Chants
Musica Sacra ~ A dialogue of two spiritual cultures
based on the musical repertoire of the Buddhist and the Christian tradition,
performed by the Ensemble Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
and "Gjosan-rjú Tendai Sómjó" (Buddhist Monks from Japan)
Conductors: Saikawa Buntai and David Eben
The live-recording of a concert in the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · c. 73 Minutes
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***** Amazing - The best of YouTube video!

A listener on YouTube

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***** Beautiful

This is stunningly beautiful, particularly track 14. I liked it so much I plan to purchase a couple more for gifts.

Susan B. at Amazon.com

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***** Highly recommended

The Tendai monks and the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis ensemble have created a wonderful recording resulting from their mutual collaboration at concerts and liturgy in Prague in 2000 and on tour of Japan in 2005. These meditative encounters focus on interesting contrasts in the two musical languages and expressions, at the same time seeking common elements present in both traditions. Parallels can be found in the recitation of the sacred text or in the interpretation principle of alternating a soloist with a choir, which overlaps the boundaries of confession repertoires. Another striking feature is the tonality based on the pentatonic scale appearing both in shomyo singing and Gregorian chant. This unique collaboration has produced music of mesmerising beauty and intensity. Highly recommended.

New Classics UK

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Qobuz Hi-Res Audio

Awarded by Qobuz with the "Hi-Res Audio" March 2012.

Qobuz

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***** Raises your spirits and nourishes your soul

Beautiful music. Raises my spirits and nourishes my soul.

Linda Hayes on Amazon.com

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I was very moved by these performances

Since chanting-monk CDs are all the rage nowadays, K&K Verlagsanstalt decided to issue this disc of a special concert given at the Maulbronn Monastery in 2008. This concert, sponsored by UNESCO, combined the music of Tendai Buddhist monks from Japan with the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis choir, founded in 1987 in what is now the Czech Republic. The aim was to have the religious chants and hymns of both religions complement each other and create a multi-religious ambience redoubled in effect by the atmosphere of the surroundings.
The experiment works very well indeed. Initially, the two choirs alternate their chants, the Westerners more formal in structure, the Easterners more fluid in theirs. It was interesting for me to hear Japanese monks as compared to Tibetans who are much more familiar here in the U.S. The Japanese monks all chant in a higher pitch, more in the tenor range, although some of their members are capable, as are Tibetans, of "chording" with the voice from time to time. As for Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, they are quite simply a beautiful-sounding group with great feeling in their singing.
As the concert progresses, both choirs begin combining their religious chants to fascinating effect. Despite the musical and cultural differences, everything blends surprisingly well.
This is an excellent recording in every respect and in its own way more universal than many such "chant" CDs out there. In the spirit of the music presented, I feel a little odd recommending the disc, but as you can probably tell I was very moved by these performances.

Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare Magazine

Maulbronn Chamber Choir · Love & SorrowMaulbronn Chamber Choir · Love & Sorrow
Maulbronn Chamber Choir
Love & Sorrow
"Liebe & Leid"
An a-cappella-recording with works about love and sorrow
for 4- to 12-part mixed choir
by Robert L. de Pearsall (1795-1856), Robert Schumann (1810-1856),
Peter Cornelius (1824-1874), Sven David Sandström (*1942),
John Tavener (*1944), John Rutter (*1945), Branko Stark (*1954),
David Hill (*1957), Wolfram Buchenberg (*1962),
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (*1963) & Eric Whitacre (*1970)
Conductor: Jürgen Budday
A recording from the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: c. 75 Minutes
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One of the best German choirs

The Maulbronner Kammerchor, conducted by Jurgen Budday, can serve as a model example of the best that there is in the German style of this art: roundly shaped clear phrases, deliberately designed shadings of dynamics, precise articulation an a homogeneous balance of well-cultured voices. These caracteristics are symptomatic, regardless of whether they are singing a Mendelssohn motet or a modern psalm setting, light in presentation but studded with thoroughly rehearsed effects.

The Jerusalem Post

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***** Excellent and highly recommended

This a-cappella-recording contains an interesting collection of historical and contemporary choral works, excellently interpreted by the highly honored Maulbronn Chamber Choir, under the direction of Jürgen Budday. This project is incredibly exciting, contains a lot of new sounds and is absolutely diversified. This release is an absolute recommendation for all lovers of choral music.

'MichaelJG' at Barnes & Noble

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What a juicy sound this choir makes at full throttle!

This Liebe & Leid program was recorded at Maulbronn Monastery in Germany, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very resonant space. It's in those echoes, in fact, that the charm of the release resides. This is a pretty good choir, to be sure; and a joyful noise is made in varied repertoire stretching from Robert Lucas de Pearsall's sumptuous "Great God of Love", to Eric Whitacre's tingly "Nox Aurumque", to Jaako Mantyjarvi's absorbing account of a true-to-life maritime disaster that took place on the Baltic.
What's more exciting, though, than any technical nuance or interpretive wrinkle is the high-octane sound of the Maulbronn singers performing in their very own sacred space. That's the draw, pure and simple. Texts and translations are available and necessary because the reverb cancels out some of the diction. But what a juicy sound this choir makes at full throttle!

Philip Greenfield - American Record Guide, April 2015

The Divine Liturgy · Don Cossack ChoirThe Divine Liturgy · Don Cossack Choir
Don Cossack Choir
The Divine Liturgy
An a-cappella-concert by the Don Cossacks Soloists Wanja Hlibka
with works from the Russian Missa by Maximowitsch, M. Lovorsky, Tschaikowsky, Alexandre Gretschaninow, Kastalsky, Fatejev, Dimitrij Bortnjanskij, the Kiev Melody et. al.
A concert recording from the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · c. 50 Minutes
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Atmospheric, emotional and moving

In this recording of a Maulbronn Monastery choir concert, the Don Cossacks Soloists Wanja Hlibka sing works from the Russian Orthodox tradition by Maximowitsch (Wir verbeugen uns vor Deinem Kreuz), M. Lovorsky, Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky (In der Kirche), Alexandre Gretschaninow (Credo), Kastalsky, Fatejev, Dimitrij Bortnjanskij (Tedeum Laudamus) and the Kiev Melodies. The compositions carefully selected for the liturgically conceived Musica Sacra reveal surprising new insights into the high art of sacred Russian music and tradition. The outstanding a cappella ensemble performing here was founded in 1991 by Wanja Hlibka and George Tymczenko, who were both formerly soloists in the acclaimed Don Cossacks Choir until its disbandment in 1979. The Don Cossacks Soloists perform live and without amplification, even in such large venues as the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Messehalle in Frankfurt or the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. The rich and emotional music of the Russian Orthodox Church is not often heard in the Western world, making this atmospheric and moving CD a wonderful to the beautifully produced Maulbronn Edition.

new-classics.co.uk

Vol. 08: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2005-2006Vol. 08: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2005-2006
The 20th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Edition
The most beautiful Concert Highlights
from Maulbronn Monastery 2005-2006

The 50th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts
Anniversary Series, Vol. 8

Highlights from:
George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (September 24 & 25, 2005)
The concert "Baroque in Blue · A Crossover between Early Music & Jazz" (June 3, 2005):
Ferdinand Donninger: Musical idea of a sea battle
Michel-Richard Delalande: Concert de Trompettes
Girolamo Fantini: Trumpet Sonata No. 4 "Detta del Saracinelli"
The concert "Hosanna in excelsis · Music & Poetry in the Middle Ages" (June 5, 2005):
Nikolaus Apel Codex: Psalm 115: "Nicht uns, o Herr, nicht uns..."
c. 1300: Nova laude, terra, plaude... · 14th Century: Chaldivaldi
Alfonso el Sabio: Praeludio: "Santa Maria amar..."
Excerpts from the concert "Musica Sacra · De Maria Virgine" (May 18, 2006):
Mikhail Glinka: Kheruvimskaya (Cherubim's Song) · Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria
George Frideric Handel: Dignare from the Te Deum in D Major, HWV 283 "Dettingen"
Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, meine Freude · Dietrich Buxtehude: Cantate Domino canticum novum
Highlights from the piano recital "Grand Piano Masters · Carnaval" (May 25, 2006):
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332 Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 16 in A Minor, Op. 42, D. 845 Robert Schumann: Excerpts from Carnaval, Op. 9 "Little Scenes on Four Notes"
Live recordings from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: c. 103 Minutes
Digital Album · 35 Tracks · incl. Digital Booklet
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Vol. 12: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2010-2011Vol. 12: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2010-2011
The 20th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Edition
The most beautiful Concert Highlights
from Maulbronn Monastery 2010-2011

The 50th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts
Anniversary Series, Vol. 12

Highlights from Louis Spohr: The Last Judgement, WoO 61
(Concerts on June 12 & 13, 2010)
Excerpts from the concert "The Period of Time":
Johann Schop: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort & Lachrimae Pavaen Georg Philipp Telemann: Viola da Gamba Sonata, TWV 41:G6 (Movs. 2 & 4) & Die Zeit, TWV 20:23 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Am neuen Jahre: Er ruft der Sonn und schafft den Mond (Concert on June 20, 2010)
Highlights from the Choral Concert "The Night shines as the Day":
Eric Whitacre: Sleep Johannes Brahms: Guten Abend, gut Nacht (Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4) (Concert on July 3, 2010)
Excerpts from "Concert for Strings, Flute & English Horn":
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (Movs. 2, 3 & 4)
Allan Stephenson: Concerto for Cor Anglais & String Orchestra (Mov. 3)
(Concert on July 9, 2010)
Highlights from the Piano Recital "Grand Piano Masters ~ Dreamscenes":
Robert Schumann: Fantasy Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 (Nos. 1 & 7) Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5 (Mov. 1) (Concert on June 4, 2011)
Excerpts from Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45
The "London Version" for 2 soloists, choir and four-hand piano, sung in German (Concerts on October 1 & 2, 2011)
Live recordings from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recordings · DDD · Duration: c. 129 Minutes
Digital Album · 24 Tracks · incl. Digital Booklet
Available on March 1, 2019
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