Mass and Motets (2014)

Brahms

Swedish Radio Choir

Peter Dijkstra

For a long time now I have hoped to have the opportunity one day to record the sacred choral works of Johannes Brahms. In recent years these pieces have occupied me intensively and I have performed them frequently with a number of ensembles. The richness of their content has surprised me time and time again. In these works Brahms’s great examples were Schultz, Gabrieli and Bach, and it is wonderful to discover how he employs the compositional techniques of these masters to his own ends. In the patriotic Fest-und Gedenkspru?che op. 109, for example, inspired by the accession of Emperor Wilhelm II in 1888, the composer uses predominantly block-like, homophonic techniques (probably with an eye to open-air performance by large choirs). The choral groups alternate in broad movements, but occasionally the structure suddenly changes when prompted by the text: a reference to the disintegration of the kingdom in the second movement, for example, is illustrated by apparently random entries of the parts without taking the beat into account, as though the entire structure falls apart. In his harmonic language, Brahms goes much further than his Renaissance and Baroque examples, often adding notes beyond the key, for example in sequences of falling fifths, taking the music to keys hardly within reach of composers of the seventeenth century. Doing justice to this work requires a choir capable of developing a large, grandiose sound.

Peter Dijkstra

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Swedish Radio Choir

The Swedish Radio Choir is a professional classical choir. It is funded by Sveriges Radio, the public radio broadcasting company of Sweden. The choir consists of 32 singers, currently led by conductor Peter Dijkstra. Since 1979 it has been based at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm.

Peter Dijkstra

Peter Dijkstra,born in the Netherlands in1978,is one of the leading choral conductors of our time.He comes from a musical family,and as a boy soprano he was in demand as a soloist, for example in opera productions such as Die Zauberflöte with The Netherlands Opera.He studie dchoral and orchestral conducting and voice at the conservatories of The Hague,Cologne and Stockholm,and graduated with honours.Peter Dijkstra was awarded the Kersjes-Van de Groene kam Prize for orchestral conductors in2002,and when he went on to win the Eric Ericson Award 2003 in Stockholm his international career was launched.He now works regularly with choirs such as The Netherlands Chamber Choir,bbc Singers, rias Chamber Choir Berlin,CollegiumVocale Gent and The Danish Radio Choir.Dijkstra is in command of a broad repertoire ranging from early music to premiers of newly composed works.But he is also a welcome guest conductor with orchestras like the SymphonyOrchestra of the Bavarian Radio,Munich RadioOrchestra, dso Berlin,Sinfonietta Amsterdam,Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra and the JapanPhilharmonic.He also enjoys working with period instrument orchestras such as the Akademiefu?r Alte Musik Berlin and Concerto Köln. In 2005,Peter Dijkstra was appointed artistic director of the Choir of the Bavarian Radio inMunich,where he collaborates with conductors including Mariss Jansons,Nikolaus Harnoncourt,Riccardo Muti and Claudio Abbado. 

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Mass and Motets (2014)

Brahms

Swedish Radio Choir

    Classic Voice (IT)

(...) si snoda con perfetta sensibiltà stilistica e denuncia il mirabile “luteranesimo” di questo Brahms ignota ai più.

    American Record Guide

"The Swedish Radio Choir, sings with wonderful intonation and blend. Under Dijkstra their ensemble is fine, and their soft singing is impressive."

    Opus Klassiek

(...) een schitterende opname (...)

    Audiophile Audition

(...) simply marvelous in conception and execution (...) the Dijkstra recording gives us a radiant performance of the early Missa Cononica (...) The singing of the famous Swedish Radio Choir is radiant (...) caught in magnificent multichannel SACD.

    HVT

Brahms' werken zijn zeer delicaat en worden door dit top-koor en dito dirigent ook als zodanig uitgevoerd. (...) Brahms ‘zingt‘!

    Choir & Organ

Peter Dijkstra is a perfect match for the Swedish Radio Choir (...) a vivid recording (...) the Sanctus is a model for choirs everywhere.

Mass and Motets (2014)

Brahms

Swedish Radio Choir

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Zwei Motetten opus 74 - Warum ist das Licht gegeben
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Zwei Motetten opus 74 - O Heiland, reiss die Himmel au
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Fest- und Gedenkspruche opus 109 - Unsere Vater hofften auf dich
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Fest- und Gedenkspruche opus 109 - Wenn ein starker Gewappneter
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Fest- und Gedenkspruche opus 109 - Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk
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Missa Canonica opus posth - Sanctus
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Missa Canonica opus posth - Benedictus
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Missa Canonica opus posth - Agnus Dei
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Zwei Motetten opus 29 - Es ist das Heil uns kommen her
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Zwei Motetten opus 29 - Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz
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Drei Motetten opus 110 - Ich aber bin elend
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Drei Motetten opus 110 - Ach, arme Welt, du trugest mich
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Drei Motetten opus 110 - Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein
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