Sacred Songs of Life and Love (2014)

Part, Martinaitis, Nystedt, Sandstrom, Antognini, Esenvalds

South Dakota Chorale

Brian Schmidt

The choral art has been fertile ground for creative minds throughout history. Looking back, musicians have attempted to describe and categorize the methods and various periods of development. It is sometimes difficult to properly classify modern composers with specific musicological terminology – especially those who have been so influential as to develop entirely new methods and styles of

composing during their careers. Even so, classifications such as minimalist, serial, post-modern and neo-romantic have been used to describe several of the composers on this recording. This is not, however, intellectual music composed for the sake of difficulty or any binding form. All of the music heard on this program has been masterfully crafted with a single intent: to heighten the expression of the text. These are composers fully committed to the human experience created through the music and text.

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South Dakota Chorale

Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the South Dakota Chorale is a collaborative network of musicians combining the talents of singers locally, regionally, and across the nation. “Bringing people together to produce inspirational worldclass performances of choral arts that embrace professional artistry and enrich the cultural life of South Dakotans” is their mission, and they strive to reach this in all of their work.
In their five-year history they have developed educational collaborations with high school choirs, led master classes with pre-professional/collegiate singers, partnered with local arts series’ to build support and awareness for the arts, initiated a guest conductor residency, and released two commercial recordings in collaborations with Grammy award-winning producer, Blanton Alspaugh. Their first recording In Paradisum: The Healing Power of Heaven was cited in the body of works that aided Blanton Alspaugh in receiving the 2013 Grammy award for Producer of the Year.

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Sacred Songs of Life and Love (2014)

Part, Martinaitis, Nystedt, Sandstrom, Antognini, Esenvalds

South Dakota Chorale

    BBC Music Magazine

Natural, fluid phrasing characterises the singing, and the sound is excellent. February 2015

Terry Blain

    Luister

The performance of this very diverse and demanding repertoire is excellent, the absolute highlight is the magnificent soprano duet from O salutaris hostia by Esenvalds. April/May 2015

Frits Ham

    MusicWeb International

The balances are excellently calibrated; the various parts are clearly heard, as are the words; all sections of the choir sing with firm tone; and there’s an excellent dynamic range. The overall sound of the choir is very pleasing and one is conscious of a natural, clear recording in which the engineers have used the acoustic of the venue intelligently. In short, this is a very responsive choir, expertly directed and the qualities I’ve just noted are apparent throughout their programme. September 2015

Sacred Songs of Life and Love (2014)

Part, Martinaitis, Nystedt, Sandstrom, Antognini, Esenvalds

South Dakota Chorale

Producer: Blanton Alspaugh
Recording Engineer: Jesse Brayman - Soundmirror
Recording location: St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Arvo Part - Magnificat
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Arvo Part - Sieben Magnificat Antiphonen - I. O Weisheit
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Arvo Part - Sieben Magnificat Antiphonen - VI. O Konig aller Volker
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Arvo Part - Sieben Magnificat Antiphonen - VII. O Immanuel
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Algirdas Martinaitis - Alleluia
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Knut Nystedt - Prayers of Kierkegaard (excerpts from collection) - Great are You o God
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Sven-David Sandstrom - Four Songs of Love - I. Let Him Kiss Me
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Sven-David Sandstrom - Four Songs of Love - II. Until the Daybreak
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Sven-David Sandstrom - Four Songs of Love - III. Awake, O North Wind
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Sven-David Sandstrom - Four Songs of Love - IV. His Left Hand
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Ivo Antognini - I am the rose of Sharon
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Eriks Esenvalds - O Salutaris Hostia
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