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Ex oriente lux - the musical light from Eastern Europe shines in a calm yet incredibly powerful way. Traditional a capella choral music here has gone its own way for centuries and has not been directly dependent on the development of secular music. Especially striking is the renunciation of the...more

Knut Nystedt | Györgi Orbán | József Karai | Lajos Bárdos | Sergei Rachmaninov | Urmas Sisask | Arvo Pärt | Petr Eben | Mircea Valeriu Diaconescu | Krzysztof Penderecki | Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Alexander Gretschaninow | Doru Popovici

"Geistige Vertiefung, musikalische Intensität und inneres Feuer kennzeichnen den Gesang von 'Carmina Mundi'" (Pizzicato)

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Ex oriente lux - the musical light from Eastern Europe shines in a calm yet incredibly powerful way. Traditional a capella choral music here has gone its own way for centuries and has not been directly dependent on the development of secular music. Especially striking is the renunciation of the elements of leading-tone tension and cadential harmony so characteristic of Western major-minor tonality. Historical developments have not passed Eastern European church music by without a trace, of course - many innovations, strongly modified, have been adapted to the liturgically influenced context by well-known composers such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arvo Pärt and Krzysztof Penderecki. From this process, very attractive choral works have seen the light of day, especially in recent years, from which several have been impressively realised here from the standpoint of sound quality.

Following pioneering releases such as the first complete recording of Hugo Distler's Mörike Choral Song Book, the Carmina Mundi Chamber Choir continues to set new standards of excellence in choral music production with this recording.

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Frankenpost
Frankenpost | 22./23. Juli 2006, 200. Jg/169 | Michael Thumser | July 22, 2006 Licht von Osten gegen Russlands Schwermut

Der Russe Sergej Rachmaninow hat sich schon viel vorwerfen lassen müssen.Mehr lesen

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Der Russe Sergej Rachmaninow hat sich schon viel vorwerfen lassen müssen.

American Record Guide | July/August 2002 | Donald E. Metz | July 1, 2002

I tend to be skeptical when a line on a jewel box reads "A must for every ..."I was pleasantly surprised to hear this and confess that the phraseMehr lesen

I tend to be skeptical when a line on a jewel box reads "A must for every ..."I was pleasantly surprised to hear this and confess that the phrase obtains in this case. The 40-voice choir of singers (not professional) is superbly trained and has an ample number of female singers whose pitch accuracy is to be envied. That skill is important with this literature, for it abounds in minor second intervals and long-held notes against changing harmonies. A glance at the names of the composers might frighten away would-be purchasers, but that would be a shame. These are very approachable pieces; some are already on the list of old choral standards (the Rachmaninoff and Grechaninoff have long been favorites for high school choirs and choral festivals).

I'll bet many readers who sang in their high school choir will remember Nystedt for his 'Cry Out and Shout'. The 'Adoro Te' is interesting in that the opening chord, heard note by note from bottom up, spells the overtone series. Karal's piece is a bit more modem in its combination of sung and spoken passages, and its whole choir glissandos here and there. But like so many of these pieces, the opening aggressiveness and angularity gives way to a relaxed, melodic conclusion with welcome diatonic harmony (Bardu or Eben, for example). Sisask's composition pits male voices against the female sections with chant-like episodes that reflect the religious origins of all these selections.

Penderecki's contribution is probably the most challenging work here, a mixture of harmonized chant passages contrasted with dissonant and forceful sections. One piece that could easily become popular for listeners and singers alike is the concluding Popovici piece. It is simple, diatonic, and allows the sopranos to carry the thematic material while being supported by the rest of the choir. It's a little gem. While I wish the basses had more presence in the Russian selections (cadences cry out for the lower octave), this is an outstanding choir. The balance is good and the pitch accuracy excellent. This should garner a wide listening population, to include school choir directors along with professional ensembles.
I tend to be skeptical when a line on a jewel box reads "A must for every ..."I was pleasantly surprised to hear this and confess that the phrase

klassik.com | 22.03.2002 | Dirk Jaehner | March 22, 2002

Aus dem Osten kommt das Licht. 'Ex oriente lux' heißt eine CD desMehr lesen

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Cantate
Cantate | 5/2001 | gk | September 1, 2001 Östliche Klangmystik

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Pizzicato
Pizzicato | 09/2001 | Rémy Franck | September 1, 2001 Schwebender Chorgesang

In sehr engagierten Interpretationen singt der Kammerchor 'Carmina Mundi' geistliche Musik von Knut Nystedt, Györgi Orban, Serge Rachmaninov, ArvoMehr lesen

In sehr engagierten Interpretationen singt der Kammerchor 'Carmina Mundi' geistliche Musik von Knut Nystedt, Györgi Orban, Serge Rachmaninov, Arvo Pärt, Petr Eben, Kryzstof Penderecki, P.l. Tchaikovsky u.a. Ein außergewöhnlich gut zusammengestelltes Programm mit a-capella-Werken!

Geistige Vertiefung, musikalische Intensität und inneres Feuer kennzeichnen den Gesang von 'Carmina Mundi', einem Chor, der in Harald Nickoll einen Leiter hat, dem es darum geht, die Musik abheben und schweben zu lassen. Da gibt es nur eines: Augen schließen und mit schweben....
In sehr engagierten Interpretationen singt der Kammerchor 'Carmina Mundi' geistliche Musik von Knut Nystedt, Györgi Orban, Serge Rachmaninov, Arvo

Aachener Nachrichten
Aachener Nachrichten | 11. Juli 2001 | Christoph Hahn | July 11, 2001 Eine Expedition in neue Klanggebiete
Carmina mundi: Aachener Chor legt neue CD vor

Aachen. Wenn es um A-Cappella-Musik geht, macht den Sängerinnen undMehr lesen

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Online Musik Magazin | 01.02.2001 | Ralf Jochen Ehresmann Erleuchtung a capella

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Ex Oriente Lux - Choir masterpieces
article number: 97.475
EAN barcode: 4022143974754
price group: BCH
release date: 1. January 2001
total time: 64 min.

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Klangqualität: 4/5 - Ex Oriente Lux - Choir masterpieces
Mar 7, 2005
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5/5 Noten - Ex Oriente Lux - Choir masterpieces
Aug 8, 2006
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Frankenpost
Licht von Osten gegen Russlands Schwermut
Mar 7, 2005
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Aachener Nachrichten
Eine Expedition in neue Klanggebiete
Mar 7, 2005
Review

Cantate
Östliche Klangmystik
Mar 7, 2005
Review

klassik.com
Aus dem Osten kommt das Licht. 'Ex oriente lux' heißt eine CD des Kammerchores...
Mar 7, 2005
Review

American Record Guide
I tend to be skeptical when a line on a jewel box reads "A must for every ..."I...
Mar 7, 2005
Review

Online Musik Magazin
Erleuchtung a capella
Mar 7, 2005
Review

Pizzicato
Schwebender Chorgesang

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