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Gents

Gents

Vocal ensemble The Gents is a company that is unique to the Netherlands in a short time has gained a prominent place in international music scene. De groep jonge zangers wordt alom geroemd vanwege de bijzondere klank, de grote mate van flexibiliteit en de weergaloze interpretatie van het zeer uiteenlopende vocale repertoire. The group of young singers has been widely praised for its special sound, the high degree of flexibility and unprecedented interpretation of the wide range of vocal repertoire.

De basis van The Gents werd gelegd binnen het Roder Jongenskoor. The basis of The Gents was laid inside the Roden Boys. Dirigent Peter Dijkstra bracht de groep in 1999 bij elkaar en was artistiek leider / dirigent tot 2007. Conductor Peter Dijkstra, the group released in 1999 and became artistic director / conductor until 2007. Sindsdien is hij nog betrokken als vaste gastdirigent. Since then, he was involved as permanent guest conductor.

Vanaf augustus 2008 staan The Gents onder leiding van dirigent Beni Csillag. As of August 2008 The Gents are conducted by Beni Csillag.

Of het nu gaat om religieuze muziek uit de Renaissance, Romantische Engelse muziek, arrangementen van eigentijdse jazz en popsongs of speciaal voor het ensemble gecomponeerd werk, de concerten van The Gents zijn steevast een buitengewone belevenis. Whether for religious music of the Renaissance, Romantic English music, arrangements of contemporary jazz and pop songs or specially composed for the ensemble work, the concerts of The Gents are always an extraordinary experience. De optredens kunnen dan ook rekenen op een enthousiast publiek en lovende kritieken in de pers. The shows can count on an enthusiastic audiences and rave reviews in the press.

Ook internationaal worden de unieke kwaliteiten van The Gents gewaardeerd: Zo traden The Gents op in: Japan, Canada, Duitsland, Zweden, Belgie, Engeland en Spanje. Internationally too, the unique qualities of The Gents appreciated: The Gents example occurred in: Japan, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, England and Spain. In april 2005 waren The Gents op uitnodiging van het ministerie van Buitenlandse zaken in Japan, waar zij de Nederlandse dag op de wereldtentoonstelling opluisterden. The Gents in April 2005 were invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, where it is the Dutch days at the world fairs. Prins Willem Alexander en prinses Maxima en de Japanse prins en prinses Akishino bevonden zich in het enthousiaste gehoor. Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima and the Japanese Prince and Princess Akishino were in the enthusiastic audience. Vanwege het overweldigende succes gaven The Gents in 2006 een 2de bezoek aan Japan. Due to the overwhelming success gave The Gents in 2006 a second visit to Japan.

Het ensemble werkte oa samen met Holland Symfonia, Cristina Branco, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Karel Kraayenhof, Paul de Leeuw, Christianne Stotijn, Johannette Zomer, Quirine Viersen, Mattijs van de Woerd en de Japanse Enka-ster Yashiro Aki. The ensemble worked with Holland Symphonia, Cristina Branco, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Charles Kraayenhof, Paul de Leeuw, Christianne Stott, John Zomer, Quirine, Mattijs van de Woerd and Japanese Enka star Yashiro Aki. Verder stond het ensemble onder leiding van dirigenten als Ivan Fischer, Reinbert de Leeuw, Otto Tausk, Hans van den Hombergh, Maria van Nieukerken en Tijs Krammer. Furthermore, the ensemble was under the baton of Ivan Fischer, Reinbert, Otto Tausk, Hans Homberger, Mary Nieukerken and Tijs Krammer. Arrangementen en opdrachtcomposities zijn gemaakt door componisten als: Bart Visman, Bob Zimmerman, Roel van Oosten, Daan Manneke, Jetse Bremer, Tijs Krammer, Euwe de Jong, Rene Veen en Gustavo Trujillo. Arrangements and commissioned works created by composers such as: Bart Visman, Bob Zimmerman, Roel van Oosten, Manneke, Jetse Bremer, Tijs Krammer, Euwe de Jong, Rene Veen and Gustavo Trujillo.

In november 2003 ontvingen The Gents de eerste prijs voor jong talent van de 'Kersjes van de Groenekan Stichting', waarmee dit fonds haar grote vertrouwen toont in dit enthousiaste mannenensemble en de rol die het binnen de Nederlandse muziekwereld vervult. The Gents in November 2003 received the first prize for young talent of the 'Kersjes of Groenekan Foundation', which shows the fund's trust in this great ensemble enthusiastic men and the role it plays in the Dutch music.

Discography

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Gents : 16th Century English Choral Music : 00  1 CD : Peter Dijkstra :  : CG 06013

Gents : 16th Century English Choral Music

Review: Perhaps it's an example of a characteristically Dutch sense of humor to have a group called the Gents performing music by the Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal, the court composers of sixteenth century England. But when the group gets down to the music, it's all business. The Gents are not an English but a Dutch ensemble, formed of veterans of one of Holland's top boys' choirs. They have put together an exceptionally fine program that gets into the meat of the English tradition without giving it the layers of reverence that the music can take on when done by English cathedral choirs who have been at it for centuries. As would a day of music heard by Henry VIII or Elizabeth I, the program mixes sacred polyphony with a few madrigals, organ pieces, and viol works -- and in so doing illuminates the ways in which these traditions shaped each other. The inclusion of a work like Robert White's comparatively little-heard Christe, qui lux es et dies, a version for viols of an originally vocal sacred piece, shows how the viol consort tradition was rooted in sacred polyphonic art. But the real beauties of the album reside in the vocal performances themselves. The Gents have a sound both precise and lush. Just 16 strong, they deliver plenty of power in the two big works by Alfonso Ferrabosco I (tracks 12 and 15), an Italian transplant who worked in an imposing style of Catholic music that was, over time, replaced under Anglican influence by simpler textures. More transparent music, in English, is done equally well; sample the psalm settings by Thomas Weelkes, tracks 2 and 4, for examples. The only source of complaint here is the skimpy booklet, which skims over the material and provides no texts at all -- but despite their non-English origins, the Gents articulate the words of the English-language pieces well enough that most listeners will understand them. This is an excellent introduction to English sacred music of the sixteenth century, covering a broad chronological sweep

Songlist: Eliza, her name gives honour, Ave verum Corpus, My Ladye Nevells Booke: A Fancie in C major, Ave Maria, Mater Dei, Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae I, Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae II, In depth no man remembreth Thee, Paradizo, The Sighes, The Honie-suckle, Eliza is the fairest Queen, Ave Maria for 5 voices, Credo quod Redemptor, Salvator mundi, Miserere nostri, Remember me, O Lord, Lord, to Thee I make my moan, Deliver us, O Lord

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6155c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella Men's Choirs CDs


Gents : Follow That Star : 00 SACD : Peter Dijkstra :  : 723385204039 : CCS SA 20403

Gents : Follow That Star

Review: After their first CD for Channel Classics: The Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal, with English Polyphony of the Renaissance, now present themselves in a completely different guise: on this Christmas CD they give you a glimpse of their taste for the lighter styles. You will hear a wide selection of the personal favourites of their singers, such as Follow that star, A Wonderful Christmastime, and Jingle Bell Rock. In addition to other popular Christmas Ballads from the American Songbook, such as Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and White Christmas, they have put a new spin on a couple of traditional carols, like Silent Night and Es ist ein Ros entsprungen. Most of the arrangements were written especially for The Gents.

Songlist: Follow That Star, Gaudete Christus Est Natus, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, Walking in the Air, Wonderful Christmastime, Hijo de la Luna, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Just Another Star, Jingle Bell Rock, Let It Snow, The Christmas Song, Sleighride, Winter Wonderland, Silent Night

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6159c | 00 SACD | $24.95 Men's Choir Christmas


Gents : Sehnsucht : 00 SACD : Peter Dijkstra : Franz Schubert : 723385301097 : CCS SA 30109

Gents : Sehnsucht

Review: The nineteenth century was a golden age for choral singing in Germany and Austria. Beginning in 1810, singing clubs, and later on, choral societies, shot up all over this part of the world like mushrooms. You could join a Liedertafel, Liederkranz, or Mannersangverein. Carl Friedrich Zelter, Mendelssohn's teacher and the leader of the Berliner Singverein, was the first person to use the term "Liedertafel" in 1808. The term was used to indicate an informal meeting of poets, composers, and singers who came together to sing German partsongs. In a letter addressed to Goethe, Zelter explained that the 25 members of his Liedertafel were accustomed to sit down at a well-furnished table for a sumptuous dinner followed by an evening of singing. Zelter's group preferred original works, so freshly composed that the ink was still wet. The goal was stimulation and promotion of German poetry and music. The Gents is unique All-male Dutch vocal ensemble that obtained in a very short period a prominent place within the international music world. The group of young singers is praised because of their special sound, the large degree of flexibility and the unequalled interpretation of the very divergent vocal repertoire. Whether it concerns religious music from the Renaissance, romantic English music, arrangements of contemporary jazz and pop songs or especially composed works for the ensemble, the concerts of The Gents are always an extraordinary experience. The concerts can count therefore on enthusiastic public and positive criticisms in the press.

Songlist: Sehnsucht (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt), Die Nacht, Standchen, Grab und Mond, Der Entfernten, Nachtviolen, Nachtstuck, Abendstern, An Sylvia, Die Lotosblume, Die Rose stand im Tau, Der traumende See, Vor den Turen, Traumlicht, Sechs Geistliche Lieder

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6160c | 00 SACD | $24.95 Men's Choirs CDs


Gents : The Gents in Love : 00 SACD : Peter Dijkstra :  : 723385233060 : CCS SA 23306

Gents : The Gents in Love

Review: Dijkstra: it gives me great pleasure to present this CD, which appears in response to repeated requests. At last we have taken the opportunity to record this repertoire. How often we have had to disappoint members of the audience when we tell them that, unfortunately, there are no recordings available for the arrangements of Billy Joels Lullabye or Toni Wines Groovy Kind of Love. Here they are at last! Also included are three beautiful songs from the popular Dutch group BLF. The goal of this CD is to evoke the simple joy of singing. In my opinion, it is this quality which, in addition to or even in spite of our attempts at perfection and flexibility, is the most important to convey to an audience, and it is a quality which The Gents always try to express.

Songlist: Michelle, Lullabye, Blackbird, And So It Goes, With A Little Help From My Friends, Misschien niet d e Eeuwigheid, Omarm, Dansen aan zee, Londonderry Air, The Oak and the Ash, Molly Malone, Ca' the Yowes, The Turtle Dove, Hey Jude, If I Fell, A Groovy Kind of Love, And I Love Her

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6156c | 00 SACD | $24.95 | A Cappella Dutch Choral Music


Gents : Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal : 00 SACD : Peter Dijkstra :  : 723385189022 : CCS SA 18902

Gents : Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal

Review: The first half of the sixteenth century followed a very turbulent course in all of Europe, and England, as well, went through troubled times. Henry VIII succeeded to the throne in 1509, and reigned for 38 years. In 1533 he founded the Anglican church, he married six times, waged wars, and even found a little time to do some composing. After his death in 1547, he was succeeded by Edward VI, who was followed in 1555, after the death of Mary, by Elizabeth I, Henry VIII's younger daughter. Elizabeth had the task of bringing peace and stability to the country, and during her long reign, English music flourished as never before.

Songlist: Ave Maria for 5 voices , Lord, to thee I make my moan, O Lord, God of Israel, Deliver us, O Lord, Ave Maria Mater Dei, Christe, qui lux es et dies, Paradizo (pavan), The Sighes, The Honie-Suckle, almain, Eliza, her name gives honour, Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae I, In depth no man remembreth The, Remember me, O Lord (Psalm 106:4), Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae II, My Lady Nevell's Ground, Salvator mundi, Credo quod Redemptor, Miserere nostri

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6161c | 00 SACD | $24.95 | A Cappella Men's Choirs CDs

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