The Nightingale

Michala Petri, The Danish National Vocal Ensemble

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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.

Tracklist

1.
Introduction Emperors Garden
03:10
2.
Nightingale Theme
01:47
3.
Emperor and Gentleman-in-waiting
02:13
4.
In the Quest
01:22
5.
There she is
01:16
6.
At the Palace
04:59
7.
The Artificial Bird
04:11
8.
The Emperor and The Death
06:30
9.
Reprise
02:16
10.
Nemesis divina
13:55
11.
I
09:05
12.
The Sea and the Skylark
04:48
13.
The Caged Skylark
03:42

Total time: 00:59:14

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Pyramix

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DAD AX24

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Microphones

DPA 4006TL (3), DPA 4011TL (2), U89 Neumann (4), Sennheiser MKH40 (1)

Monitoring System

B&W 802 Diamond Speakers

Notes

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.

Producer

Preben Iwan

Recording Engineer

Preben Iwan & Mikkel Nymand

Recording location

Christianskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 8-12 2011

Speakers

DXD

SKU

6220605

Release Date June 6, 2018
SKU 6220605

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“One can only hope that the music will be more widely performed”

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