Sehnsucht (2009)

Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Rontgen, Strauss

The Gents

Beni Csillag

Lenneke Ruiten, Thom Janssen

The Golden Age for Choral SingingThe nineteenth century was a golden age for choral singing. A European chorister looking for a corner in vocal heaven would have been well advised to buy a one-way ticket to Germany or Austria: more specifically, to Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Cologne, or Vienna. Beginning in 1810, singing clubs, and later on, choral societies, shot up all over this part of the world like mushrooms. You could join a Liedertafel, Liederkranz, or Männersangverein. Carl Friedrich Zelter, Mendelssohn’s teacher and the leader of the Berliner Singverein, was the first person to use the term “Liedertafel” in 1808. The term was used to indicate an informal meeting of poets, composers, and singers who came together to sing German part-songs. In a letter addressed to Goethe, Zelter explained that the 25 members of his Liedertafel were accustomed to sit down at a well-furnished table for a sumptuous dinner followed by an evening of singing. Zelter’s group preferred original works, so freshly composed that the ink was still wet. The best musical contribution was then duly rewarded with a medal, a congratulatory toast, or a laurel wreath. Behind this convivial atmosphere there was a loftier goal: the stimulation and promotion of German poetry and music. A Liedertafel, in other words, could be seen as occupying a place comparable to the Meistersingers’ guild of the middle ages, or the eighteenth-century musical meetings of the Freemasons.

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Lenneke Ruiten

By now Dutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten is familiar with many international stages. Since winning the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch in 2002, she has seen her career rise steadily. She has worked with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the English Baroque Soloists, the Monteverdi Choir, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Dresdener Staatskapelle and the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra with conductors including John Eliot Gardiner, Christian Thielemann, Marek Janowski, Helmut Rilling, Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman, Robert King and Christian Zacharias at festivals including the Salzburger Festspiele, BBC Proms, Bachfest Leipzig, Prague Spring Festival, Lucerne Festival and Holland Festival.

She has also been invited to sing at opera houses including those of Salzburg, Paris, Baden-Baden, Stuttgart, Sankt Gallen and Lausanne for fine roles such as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Konstanze (Die Entführung), Pamina (Magic Flute), Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Almirena (Rinaldo) and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte).

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.

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Sehnsucht (2009)

Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Rontgen, Strauss

The Gents

    Dagblad vh Noorden

Hoogst romantische liederen van Nederland topensemble The Gents (...) Hartverscheurend repertoire, ontleend aan de grote Duitse traditie van mannen die in de dagen van de romantiek bijeen kwamen om te zingen. Hoe dat toen klonk? Wie zal het zeggen, ze zongen toen in elk geval uit liefde voor het zingen en dat doen The Gents ook onderleiding van Béno Scillag, de opvolger van de oprichter Peter Dijkstra. (…) de sopraan en de pianist zijn een duo dat haast intuïtief aanvoelt waar het omgaat in deze liederen van oa Schubert, Strauss en Röntgen (...) Aanbevolen voor wie niet bang is voor een portie oprechte, beeldschone romantiek. Dat alles ook nog eens schitterend opgenomen in superaudio. Anders gezegd: Wie schön bist du!

    Zing

De mannen van the Gents hebben een hyperverfijnde designklank. (...) (...) Alles op de cd is met grote perfectie gezongen. Geslaagd is de samenwerking met de sopraan en de pianist. Hoe moet het voelen om als sopraan te zingen met zoveel warme mannenstemmen als background vocals?

    Gramophone

a rounded, unforced sonority, refined chording and balance (...) Deep basses lend a crucial richness to the textures of the Strauss and Wolf part-songs. (...)

    BBC Music Magazine

Hypnotically homogeneous of timbre, hushed and soft-focused (...)

Sehnsucht (2009)

Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Rontgen, Strauss

The Gents

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Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
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Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
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Recording location:Eindhoven Holland 2009
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Sehnsucht
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Die Nacht
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Ständchen
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Grab und Mond
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Der Entfernten
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Nachtviolen
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Die Lotosblume
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Die Rose stand im Thau
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Der Träumende See
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Aufblick
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Einklang
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Resignation
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Letzte Bitte
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Ergebung
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Erhebung
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Abendstern
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Hoffnung
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öntgen - Fiesole
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öntgen - Vor den Tu_ren
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Traumlicht
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An Sylvia
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