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Release Date: Friday 2 November 2012
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"Reuss draws impassioned and mellifluous performances from his Grammy Award-winning choir of 24 voices. Its beautifully blended, creamy tone (especially in the altos) and clarion-like tenors are underpinned by warm basses." (Gramophone)
"outstanding performances from this marvellous choir. We need not concern ourselves with such matters as intonation, balance and blend, so accomplished is the singing...hearing this choir in almost any repertoire tends to have the same effect as hearing the music of Cyrillus Kreek - once you have experienced it you immediately start to look for more."
For their second release on Ondine, the acclaimed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under chief conductor Daniel Reuss perform Psalm settings by Felix Mendelssohn and Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek.
The first release on Ondine from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir was an 'Editor's Choice' in Gramophone and awarded 'Disc of the Year' by German weekly DIE ZEIT.
Cyrillus Kreek, a graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatory and a collector of folk songs, laid the foundation for Estonian professional music.
This unique coupling highlights the familiarities in vocal and harmonic setting between Mendelssohn and Kreek.
Psalm 22: Mu Jumal! Mikspärast oled Sa mind maha jätnud?
Psalm 137: Paabeli jõgede kaldail"
Õnnis on inimene
Kui suur on meie vaesus
Jeesus kõige ülem hää
Armas Jeesus, Sind ma palun
Oh Jeesus, sinu valu
Mu süda, ärka üles
Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt, Psalm 100
Elijah, Op. 70: Hebe deine Augen auf
Elijah: Denn er hat seinem Engeln
Beati mortui, Op. 115 No. 1
Three Psalms, Op. 78