Cantatrix is an ensemble aiming for the highest level of choral singing. In their first cd the singers present their group in a programme of mainly contemporary music. The principal characteristic of the repertoire in this recording is a high degree of variety, resulting in – you guessed - contrasts.
The contrasts in the programme are indeed considerable. The various languages, styles and cultures, from Latin to Frisian, from Elgar’s romanticism to the contemporary sounds of composers like Whitacre and Mäntyjärvy, from sacred texts to ‘chansons des roses’.
The subject matter: love and happiness side by side with the sorrow caused by death. Morten Lauridsen, an American composer of Danish descent, sets to music words by Rilke, a German poet who writes in French. And Coen Vermeeren, whose roots are in Holland’s southern province of Brabant, takes a trip up north when he composes ‘Keanskes Lêste Liet’ to words in the Frisian language. Bien étonnés de se trouver ensemble!