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Track(s) taken from CDA67297

Choir Concerto

author of text
Lamentations 3
translator of text

Holst Singers, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: July 2001
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: January 2002
Total duration: 40 minutes 54 seconds


'A superb and revealing performance of one of Schnittke's most approachable works … The technical skill of the Holst Singers is truly impressive … there is a complete sense of security and enjoyment from the highest floating soprano to the lowest bass rumblings' (Gramophone)

'high vocal standards … A fine introduction to some rare and satisfying repertoire' (The Observer)

'if the concerto does not ultimately go down as one of the masterpieces of the late twentieth century choral repertoire, I shall be staggered' (International Record Review)

'One of the most imposing of all Schnittke's later works … superbly performed' (The Guardian)

'spinetingling … music great for contemplation, and a terrific showcase for the choir’s stamina' (The Times)

'the music, direct in manner and imposing in effect, should appeal to anyone who already loves the sacred choral works of Rachmaninov or Tchaikovsky' (The Irish Times)

'The Holst Singers have done an excellent job … They have a beautiful, cool sound in the best British tradition, and the deep bass voices bring forth some glorious noises … This disc is hugely welcome … fascinating and, ultimately, uplifting' (MusicWeb International)

'Stephen Layton’s Holst Singers really show their mettle … Schnittke fans will want to hear this; and anyone else who’s curious about what one of the 20th Century’s more intriguing and inventive composers was up to during the 1980’s also should check it out' (Classics Today)

'This is a disc that reaffirms Schnittke as one of the most significant composers of the last century and the Holst Singers as a leading chorus on the international stage' (bbc.co.uk)
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