Follow that Star (2003)

Gritton, Anonymous, Martin, Berlin, Blake, McCartney, Cano, Coot, Jenkin, Helms, Cahn, Torme, Bernard, Gruber

The Gents

Peter Dijkstra

Rubens Quartet, Marimba Quartet Carrefour

After our first cd for Channel Classics: The Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal, with English Polyphony of the Renaissance, we now present ourselves in a completely different guise: on this Christmas cd we give you a glimpse of our taste for the lighter styles. You will hear a wide selection of the personal favourites of our singers, such as Follow that star, A wonderful Christmastime, and Jingle bell rock. In addition to other popular Christmas Ballads from the American Songbook, such as Have yourself a merry little Christmas and White Christmas, we have put a new spin on a couple of traditional carols, like Silent Night and Es ist ein Ros entsprungen. Most of the arrangements were written especially for The Gents, and the addition of instruments gives several of the pieces a completely different atmosphere, such as, for example, the opening number, Gaudete Christus est natus: at first its as though you were listening to a track from our earlier cd, with old English music, but gradually it changes with the addition of the marimbas, and finally it ends in a sparkling, swinging conclusion!

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The Gents

The Gents is a unique, all-male Dutch vocal ensemble which, in a very short period, obtained a prominent position on the international music scene. This group of young singers is praised for its characteristic sound, its flexibility, and its unequalled interpretation of a very divergent vocal repertoire. The Gents have their roots in The Roden Boys' Choir, considered one of the Netherlands' top boys' choirs, and inherited its quality and professionalism. Conductor Peter Dijkstra founded the group in 1999. He was the artistic leader / conductor of the ensemble until 2007 and is now its first guest-conductor. As from August 2008, Béni Csillag is the conductor of the ensemble. Regardless of the music they perform - be it religious music from the Renaissance, romantic English music, contemporary jazz arrangements, pop songs, or works that have been specifically composed for the ensemble - the concerts of The Gents are always an extraordinary experience. As a result, they can count on an enthusiastic audience and good reviews in the press. The Gents have also acquired an international reputation. They have performed in Japan, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Spain. In April 2005, The Gents made their first concert tour in Japan. At the invitation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, they performed at the World Expo in Aichi in front of an audience of 5000 people, including Dutch and Japanese royals. Its overwhelming success made the Gents decide to make a second Japan tour in 2006.

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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Follow that Star (2003)

Gritton, Anonymous, Martin, Berlin, Blake, McCartney, Cano, Coot, Jenkin, Helms, Cahn, Torme, Bernard, Gruber

The Gents

    International Record Review

a honey-rich tone, and overflowing with puppyish enthusiasm theyve certainly wagged my tail. What distinguishes this from so many similar efforts is the sheer variety and wit of the specially commissioned arrangements, which make use of some unexpected instrumental sonorities.

    Audiophile Audition

All the vocalists have extremely flexible voices, but the altos really soar to stratospheric heights. Masterful choir singing absolutely captivated and surrounded me in a multichannel wonder.

    Classics Today

When you hear these 14 polished, stylistically savvy male singers, youll be taken in by the warm, vibrant sound, the fine blend, and by the nifty arrangements, most written specially for The Gents by Dutch arrangers. Channel Classics sound on this Hybrid Super Audio Cd is truly super, its full-featured dynamic range and clarity lending impressive realism to an unusual and well-produced program that easily stands out among the dozens of new Christmas recordings.

    Klassik Heute

Feine, perlende Anschlag Lasics und sehr behende und virtuose spiel Wispelweys

Follow that Star (2003)

Gritton, Anonymous, Martin, Berlin, Blake, McCartney, Cano, Coot, Jenkin, Helms, Cahn, Torme, Bernard, Gruber

The Gents

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Follow that Star
Gritton
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Gaudete Christus est natus
Anonymous
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Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
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Have yourself a Merry little Christmas
Martin
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White Christmas
Berlin
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Walking in the air
Blake
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Wonderful Christmastime
McCartney
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Hijo de la Luna
Cano
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Santa Claus is coming to town
Coot
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Just another star
Jenkin
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Jingle bell rock
Helms
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Let it snow
Cahn
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The Christmas Song
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Sleighride
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Winter Wonderland
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Silent Night
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