Duruflè - Lux aeterna (2005)

Duruflé, Poulenc

The Gents

Peter Dijkstra

Maurice Duruflè Requiem Op. 9 (1947) dedicated to his father in memoriam. The Requiem is Maurice Duruflè greatest and most imposing work. He received the commission for it from his publisher while he was still at work on a Suite for organ. The movements of this Suite were based on Gregorian melodies, and were ideally suited for further expansion and transformation into a Requiem Mass of respectable dimensions. The Requiem of Gabriel Faur undoubtably served as a model for this work. The choice of texts is identical (largely consisting of portions of the Liturgia Defunctorum), but Durufl introduces a break between the Introit and Kyrie, and also between the Lux Aeterna and Libera me. The result is a Requiem in nine movements, whereas with Faur there are no more than seven. ..... Messe cum Jubilo Op. 11 (1966) dedicated to his wife, Marie-Madeleine Durufl. Interest in Gregorian chant underwent a real renaissance during Durufls youth-- the activities at and surrounding the abbey of Saint Pierre de Solesmes played an essential part in this, but that is another story-- and this interest can be sensed, as it can in the Requiem, in the Messe cum Jubilo. The indication cum iubilo is the subtitle of the 9th Kyriale of the Mass ordinary as it can be found to this day in the Graduale Triplex (Solesmes 1979). In contrast to the Requiem, the powerful melodic line of this mass is left unaltered in each of the five movements, in the sense that the harmony, which seems to spring effortlessly from the modal character of the melodic progression, is left completely to the orchestra or organ. 

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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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Duruflè - Lux aeterna (2005)

Duruflé, Poulenc

The Gents

    Classics Today

The playing and singing on this SACD are as good as any that I have ever heard. I have never heard a bad recording from Channel Classic. Producer and engineer C. Jared Sacks seems to have ears every bit as those of the fine musicians he records.

    Classics Today

won't find better performances than these, and to have all of this very compatible repertoire in one place makes both artistic and practical sense for collectors (...) (...) Needless to say, the engineering is as exemplary as the performances. Outstanding! (...) (...) that makes The Gents one of the world's top vocal ensembles. Classics Today.com

    BBC Music Magazine

they luxuriate in a fine, blended sound (...)

    International Record Review

their Poulenc is delectable (...)

    American Record Guide

This interpretation of the Requiem is as good as any I've heard. It may be the most sensitive to dynamics and blend of all. The soloists, including the cellist, are more than adequate, and only the final notes in the lowest register of Ms Stotijn's voice in Pie Jesu lack the desired warmth. Special praise to Wiersinga for superb accompaniment in terms of balance, tempo, and registration, the latter done with outstanding smoothness.


The Gents singen frwahr wie Gentlemen des heiligen Geistes: auf hohem Niveau des Chor- und Stimmklangs, mit feinstem Gespr fr die sakrale Aura der Werke.

    Patrimoine de France

Malgré les réserves qui imposent, on doit reconnaître quille se dégage de ses interprétations un climat de ferveur auquel on ne peut qutre sensible. Le monde de la Musique () les amateurs sont transcends une prouesse dinterpretation.


Blitzsauber intoniert, gehen die Motetten von Poulenc, Durufle und Messiaen unter die Haut. (...)


The Gents (und ihre weiblichen Gste) legen eine mustergltige Interpretation vor.

    Financieel Dagblad

Peter Dijkstra beschikt met The Gents over een geweldige groep mannen (...)

    Limburgs Dagblad

Le Choeur d'lite The Gents, l'un des meilleurs au monde. Quinze voix d'hommes qui empruntent mme les voix de femmes pour un fabuleux voyage musical () Le journal de Montreal (...) The Gents laten ook nu weer een verbluffende indruk achter door klank schoonheid en zeggingskracht op natuurlijke wijze met elkaar te verbinden.


envoûtante justement par sa paix intérieur. Peter Dijkstra et The Gents, que rejoignent ici les dames d'un chur féminin soulignent la tres grande beauté de l'uvée ... Un production qui comblera tous ceux qui recherche spiritualité et beauté musicale.

    Dagblad van het Noorden

The Gents zingen katholiek maar zonder wierook (...) Alles is opmerkelijk aan Durufl's Requiem Lux Aeterna (...) (...) een opmerkelijke derde (dubbel-)cd: door de hoge kwaliteit van de uitvoering, het karakter van de muziek en de verpakking (...)

    De Gelderlander

Serene koorklanken, genieten geblazen dus!! .... wat een pure zangkwaliteit, compliment ook voor de dames die The Gents aanvullen in het Requiem van Durufle. Van Poulencs 'Quatre Petites Prires de Saint Franois d'Assise is momenteel geen betere uitvoering voorhanden.


het groeiend enthousiasme over dit gezelschap van jonge stemmen is alleszins gerechtvaardigd (...) (...) Bijzonder aan the Gents is de jonge, ranke koorklank, die de troostende kanten van de muziek van Durufl extra benadrukt. Het effect is bijna ontroerend. (...) (...) Messiaens 'O Sacrum Convivium' nog nooit zo mooi gehoord. (...)


het puikje van jong vocaal Nederland. Zeer muzikaal begeleid door celliste Quirine Viersen maakt mezzosopraan Christiane Stotijn indruk met haar onopgesmukte, devote en warme uitvoering van het Pie Jesu. (...) (...) Spatzuivere uitvoering van Durufls Messe com Jubilo (...) (...) Een ontdekking zijn de lieve, simpel vrome Quatre Petites Prieres de Saint-Franois d'Assise van Poulenc en daarop sluiten de subtiele kleurverschuivingen in Messiaens O Sacrum Convivium smaakvol aan.

    Brabants Dagblad

Een wonderschone uitvoering van Messiaens 'O Sacrum Convivium'. Ook deze Channel-productie is weer een pareltje, mede door de keuze van de solisten, Christiane Stotijn, sopraan en Quirine Viersen, cello - en het begint eentonig te worden - de ongelooflijke opnamekwaliteit op super-audio!!

    Classics Today France

les Gents, et les trs remarquables voix fminines qui se joignent cet ensemble masculin, c'est une alliance unique de beaut vocale, d'rudition stylistique et de sens de l'utilisation des dynamiques. () () Peter Dijkstra fait le Pie Jesu, qui finalement convaint, un concentr de la puissante expressivit, de l'influx musical et spirituel qui parcourent son interprtation. () () Un organiste d'exception, Erwin Wiersinga, une sorte de Mitsuko Uchida de l'orgue, qui colore l'Agnus Dei et cadre rythmiquement le Sanctus comme personne dans la discographie. () () La prise de son de Channel tant parfaite d'aration et de prcision, nous sommes face un vritable festin musical et sonore, qui nous laisse quasiment ttanis d'motion. Et je vous garantis qu'en bout de parcours, ayant vcu cette vague (Libera me!) on ne pense plus isoler le Pie Jesu pour lui faire quelque reproche. Car on est l un niveau d'motion et de rvlation musicale (le contrepoint!) trs au-del de ce que le disque nous offre d'habitude. () () Le festin se poursuit dans le seconde disque, avec un O Sacrum Convivium de Messiaen qui laisse pantois, des enregistrements Durufl qui maintiennent le niveau du Requiem et des Poulenc qui galent les meilleures versions. Un album d'anthologie, donc, dans ce rpertoire et, outre la performance chorale, un organiste de gnie qu'on attend en solo dans d'autres compositeurs.

    Bayern 4 Klassik

exzellente SACD-Technik. Wer aber The Gents in ihrer ureigenen Domne als Mnnerensemble hren mchte, dem drfte vor allem die zweite SACD zusagen mit Poulencs "Quatre Petites prires de Saint Francois d'Assise" oder der von Durufl stammenden "Messe cum Jubilo". Ebenfalls bestechend schn: das kurze "Notre Pre" von Durufl.


Zeer aantrekkelijk is dat we met deze uitgave ook muziek ter beschikking hebben die slechts zelden wordt gehoord en dan in dit geval ook nog in een sublieme uitvoering waarin alles naadloos op zijn plaats valt en recht onder elkaar staat, uiterst smaakvol gefraseerd en in dynamisch opzicht tot in de finesse geproportioneerd zonder dat de spontaniteit ook maar een moment in het gedrang komt. U had het al begrepen, de opname is een juweel. Alleen al dat ronkende orgelpedaal...

    Vrij Nederland

een Requiem om bij weg te dromen (...)


Heerlijke lange lijnen, met een prachtige solo van Christianne Stotijn, intens en doorleefd, mooi gesecondeerd door de cello van Quirine Viersen (...) (...) A capella presteren The Gents toch het allerbest in de Quatre Petites Prires. Wat een eenheid van klank!!

Duruflè - Lux aeterna (2005)

Duruflé, Poulenc

The Gents

Cables: van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters: Grimm A/D, Meitner D/A
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 Diamond Series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording Location: Kath. Kirche St. Gudula, Rhede, Germany
Recording Software: Pyramix by Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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