A Night in Vienna — Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms

Posted on Feb 7, 2009

A Night in Vienna (Chamber Choir Concert)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mozart: Missa Brevis in F, K. 192
Beethoven: Elegischer Gesang
Schubert: Part Songs:
Rührt die Cymbel, Der Tanz, Des Tages Weihe, Jägerchor, Lebenslust
Brahms: New Liebeslieder Waltzes


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Missa Brevis in F, K. 192

Program notes by J. Michael Allsen (Madison Symphony Chorus)
(scroll down; also includes text and translation)
Mass text and translations (ChoralWiki – Choral Public Domain Library)

CD Recordings & Downloads

Peter Neumann, Cologne Chamber Choir, Collegium Classicum, Carus-Verlag, 83103CD (“Salzburg Church Music 1774”)
Recording info. at CD Universe
Purchase MP3 download at iTunes (individual tracks available)

Herbert Kegel, Leipzig Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Philips 00289 464 8602 (11 CDs, “Missae, Requiem, etc.,” Mozart: Complete Edition, Box 10) — out of print
Recording info. at Decca & Philips
Purchase MP3 download at iTunes (individual tracks available)

Note-Learning Aids

Glenn Mehrbach’s Web site: MIDI files of movements with (optionally) one voice emphasized, plus MP3 source recording.
Choral-Wiki: MIDI files and printed scores of movements.

Composer’s Biography

The MozartForum (with many Mozart-related links)
From Grove Concise Dictionary of Music (Classical Music Pages)
The Mozart Project (chronology & family tree)


Ludwig van Beethoven: Elegischer Gesang (Elegiac Song)

Program notes (Detroit Symphony)
Program notes & list of recordings (Answers.com)

Text and translation (by Gery Bramall, from Chandos CD booklet):

Sanft wie du lebtest hast du vollendet,
zu heilig für den Schmerz!
Kein Auge wein’
ob des himmlischen Geistes Heimkehr.
You have ended as gently as you lived,
too holy for the agony!
No eyes shall weep
because the divine spirit has returned home.

CD Recordings & Downloads

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90, Chandos Early Music, CHAN 0703 (2003)
Recording info. at Chandos (with review blurbs & audio samples)
Purchase MP3 download at Chandos (individual work available)

Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque, Telarc TLC 80658 (with Cherubini Requiem)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (individual work available)
Purchase MP3 download at iTunes (individual work available)

Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Telarc TLC 80248 (1990)
(with Mass in C)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (individual work available)
Purchase MP3 download at iTunes (individual work available)

Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Telarc TLC 80602 (1990)
(“Elegy”) — also includes Schicksalslied, from 3/1 concert
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Recording info. at CD Universe

Michael Tilson Thomas, Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, Columbia Masterworks, SonyB00000254J (1975) (“Beethoven: Late Choral Music”)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (individual work available)

CD Reviews

by Gerald French at Classical Net (Hickox)
by Hugo Shirley at MusicalCriticism.com (Shaw)
by Raymond Tuttle at Classical Net (Pearlman)

Composer’s Biography

from GroveMusic (Kunst der Fuge)


Franz Schubert: Part Songs

1. Rührt die Cymbel (Strike the Cymbal), from Mirjams Siegesgesang (Miriam’s Song of Triumph)

Text & translation (Spectrum Singers) (scroll nearly half way down the page; also includes texts & translations of the New Liebeslieder Waltzes)
Program notes (Spectrum Singers) (also includes notes for Des Tages Weihe & the New Liebeslieder Waltzes)

CD recording of Mirjams Siegesgesang:

Stephen Layton, Holst Singers, Graham Johnson piano, Christine Brewer soprano, Hyperion Schubert Edition vol. 31, CDJ33031

Recording info. at Hyperion
Recording info. at Amazon.com

MP3 recording of Mirjams Siegesgesang (also includes Der Tanz):

Jörg Straube, Norddeutscher Figuralchor, Andreas Staier piano, Thorofon Records (1997)

Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (individual tracks available)

Concert video by the Tölzer Knabenchor (YouTube)

2. Der Tanz (The Dance)

Text & translation (ChoralWiki – Choral Public Domain Library)

MIDI file (ChoralWiki – Choral Public Domain Library)
MIDI files (Albany Community Chorus) for individual voice parts:
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

CD recordings of Der Tanz:

Quartet: Rosario, Denley, Bostridge, George, Hyperion Schubert Edition vol. 35, CDJ33035
Recording info. at Hyperion
Recording info. at Amazon.com

Jane Glover, BBC Singers, London Sinfonia, Collins Classics (1997) (“Schubert: Psalms and Partsongs”) (also includes Lebenslust)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
CD review & recording info. at All Music Guide

MP3 recordings of Der Tanz:

Jörg Straube, Norddeutscher Figuralchor, Andreas Staier piano, Thorofon Records (1997) (also includes Mirjams Siegesgesang)
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (individual tracks available)

Janos Dobra, Tomkins Vocal Ensemble, Ilona Prunyi piano, Hungaraton Classic (“3 & 4 Part Songs by Haydn & Schubert”) (also includes Des Tages Weihe & Lebenslust)
Purchase MP3 download at ClassicsOnline (album only)

3. Des Tages Weihe (Consecration of the Day)

Text & translation (Schubert Piano News) (also includes YouTube video with simultaneous text & translation, Ameling et al.)
Program notes (Spectrum Singers) (also includes notes for Mirjams Siegesgesang & the New Liebeslieder Waltzes)

CD recordings of Des Tages Weihe:

Quartet: Ameling, Baker, Schreier, Fischer-Dieskau; Gerald Moore piano; Deutsche Grammophon, reissued by ArkivMusic, 435596 (2 CDs: “Schubert: Duets, Trios & Quartets”
Recording info. at ArkivMusic
YouTube video with slide show and simultaneous text & translation

Quartet: Rosario, Denley, Bostridge, George; Hyperion Schubert Edition vol. 28, CDJ33028
Recording info. at Hyperion
Recording info. at Amazon.com

MP3 recordings of Des Tages Weihe:

Janos Dobra, Tomkins Vocal Ensemble, Ilona Prunyi piano, Hungaraton Classic (“3 & 4 Part Songs by Haydn & Schubert”) (also includes Der Tanz & Lebenslust)
Purchase MP3 download at ClassicsOnline (album only)

UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir: Audio clip of entire song

4. Jägerchor (Hunters’ Chorus, from “Rosamunde”)

Program notes by Gary Weidenaar (Arizona chapter of ACDA) (page 2 of PDF)
German text & program notes (no translations) (University of Hamburg) (scroll down)

CD recordings & downloads of Jägerchor:

Claudio Abbado, Ernst-Senff-Chor, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Deutsche Grammophon
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (individual tracks available)

Karl Munchinger, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic, Decca
Recording info. at Amazon.com

Concert video by Accords et Âmes (Dailymotion)

5. Lebenslust (Joy of Living) (also known as Die Geselligkeit, or Conviviality)

Program notes & list of recordings (All Music Guide, at Answers.com)
German text (no translation) (ChoralWiki – Choral Public Domain Library)

MIDI file (ChoralWiki – Choral Public Domain Library)

CD recordings of Lebenslust:

Bernd Casper, Berliner Solisten, Capriccio Records (2004) (“Schubert: Secular Vocal Works”)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
CD review from All Music Guide (with recording info., at Answers.com)

Jane Glover, BBC Singers, London Sinfonia, Collins Classics (1997) (“Schubert: Psalms and Partsongs”) (also includes Der Tanz)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
CD review & recording info. at All Music Guide

MP3 recording of Lebenslust:

Janos Dobra, Tomkins Vocal Ensemble, Ilona Prunyi piano, Hungaraton Classic (“3 & 4 Part Songs by Haydn & Schubert”) (also includes Der Tanz & Des Tages Weihe)
Purchase MP3 download at ClassicsOnline (album only)

Composer’s Biography

The Schubert Institute

Naxos
Wikipedia


Johannes Brahms: New Liebeslieder Waltzes, op. 65

Listening guide by Kelly Dean Hanson (includes very detailed program notes, plus German texts & links to English translations)
Program notes (Spectrum Singers) (also includes notes for Rührt die Cymbel & Des Tages Weihe)

Texts & translations (San Francisco Bach Choir)
Texts & translations (Spectrum Singers) (scroll nearly half way down the page; also includes text & translation of Rührt die Cymbel)
Texts & Translations (Choral-Wiki) (scroll down to Op. 65 to find list of individual songs) (also includes MIDI files & printed scores)

CD Recordings

Helmut Rilling, Gächinger Kantorei, Martin Galling piano, Arts Archive 43126-2 (1977) (with Liebeslieder op. 52 and other choral pieces)
Recording info. at Barnes & Noble
Purchase MP3 download at eMusic (individual tracks available)

Robert Shaw, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, John Wustman piano; Telarc CD80326 (with Liebeslieder op. 52 & seven evening songs)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (individual tracks available)

Quartet: Mathis, Fassbaender, Schreier, Fischer-Dieskau; Engel, Sawallisch, piano; Deutsche Grammophon (with Liebeslieder op. 52)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (individual tracks available)

Quartet: Petersen, Doufexis, Güra, Jarnot; Berner, Radicke, piano; Harmonia Mundi HMC901945 (with Liebeslieder op. 52 & three songs op. 64)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (individual tracks available)

CD Reviews

by Michael Cookson at MusicWeb International (Rilling)
by David Vernier at Classics Today (Petersen et al.)

Note-Learning Aids

CyberBass: MIDI tutorial — hear your vocal part on one speaker and the rest of the choral parts on the other speaker.
Choral-Wiki: MIDI files and printed scores (scroll down to Op. 65 to find list of individual songs) (also includes texts & translations)

Composer’s Biography

Grove Concise Dictionary of Music
Brahms Timeline

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