The Nightingale: 4 World premieres! Four modern masters explore the musical possibilities of combining the Recorder and choir! Stephen Layton conducts Danish National Vocal Ensemble and recorder virtuoso Michala Petri.
* ECHO Award Winner
* 2 Grammy Award nominations
The idea of combining the recorder with a choir is certainly nothing new; the recorder has joined the human voice in song for almost as long as the instrument has existed. The recorder is in a sense the closest instrument to the human voice, producing a pure sound without mechanisms, reeds or elaborate mouthpieces to alter the tone. However, until recently, few contemporary composers have explored the expressive potential that this combination can deliver.
A recurring theme of each of the four highly personal and distinctive works on this program is a contemplation of nature and humanity. Beginning with Latvian composer Ugis Praulins magical adaptation of Andersen’s beloved fairy tale, we traverse the darker realms of the human heart in Sunleif Rasmussen’s setting of Inger Christensen’s confessional response to Wallace Steven’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Young Danish composer Peter Bruun provides us a glimpse into Gerard Manley Hopkins secretive mysticism while Daniel Börtz, dean of Swedish composers, holds us rapt in adoration as his celestial angel-bird soars above the extraordinary virtuoso singing of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.
Once again, Michala Petri has proven herself not only the unquestioned master of the recorder, but her visionary approach to programming and commitment to expanding her instrument’s repertoire into the 21st century make this an absolutely essential disc for fans of Michala, choral music, Nordic composers, and contemporary music with a Heart as well as with a system.
Total time: 00:59:14
|Original Recording Format|
DPA 4006TL (3), DPA 4011TL (2), U89 Neumann (4), Sennheiser MKH40 (1)
B&W 802 Diamond Speakers
We are pleased to announce the availability of OUR Recordings releases in DSD 64, DSD 128 and DSD 256, as well as the original DXD recorded release. These higher resolution DSD bitrates were produced from the original DXD recording using a Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation by NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield.
The sonic advantage to these new Stereo DSD 64, DSD 128 and DSD 256 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider audio frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise.This results in allowing the listener’s DAC to use gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music.
Preben Iwan & Mikkel Nymand
Christianskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 8-12 2011
|Release Date||June 6, 2018|
“One can only hope that the music will be more widely performed”
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