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ClassicsOnline Home » Choral Arrangements – BACH, J.S. / MAHLER, G. / CHOPIN, F. / RAVEL, M. / WOLF, H. / BERG, A. / DEBUSSY, C. (Accentus Chamber Choir, Equilbey)
An old song resung
Laurence Equilbey's chamber chorus Accentus is making a specialty of looking at familiar music in different ways, such as their piano-only versions of the Brahms Requiem and Dvorak Stabat Mater. In this collection, the term “transcriptions” covers a variety of a capella arrangements of pieces better known in other forms. Barber’s own choral edition of his famous Adagio ("Agnus Dei," to words from the Mass) simply reassigns the instrumental lines to the voices; in the makeover of a Chopin etude into “Lacrymosa,” the rocking movement of the left-hand keyboard figure is provided by the singers instead. At the other extreme, Knut Nystedt’s "Immortal Bach" retains the melodic line of “Komm, susser Tod” and little else, outfitting it in contemporary harmonies. All the selections are performed with the accuracy and style we expect from this group. Texts are provided, as well as interesting notes by the arrangers on the how and why.more....
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