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Netherlands Chamber Choir
Rudolf Escher - Choral Works

Songs of Love and Eternity (1955)
(Text: Emily Dickinson 1830-1886)
- These are the days when birds come back
- Wild nights!
- Heart, we will forget him!
- The wind tapped like a tired man
- To make a prairie it take s clover
From: Poems, first and second series
(Text: Emily Dickinson)
- I taste a liquor never brewed (1955)
From: Le vrai visage de la paix par Picasso et Eluard
(Text: Paul Eluard 1895-1952)
- Le vrai visage de la paix (1953, rev. 1957)
Ciel air et vents (1957)
(Text: Pierre de Ronsard 1524-1588)
- Ode
- Chanson
- Sonnet
Three poems by W.H. Auden (1975)
(Text: William H. Auden 1907-1973)
- If I could tell you
- A curse
- Warm are the sill and lucky miles

Directed by Ed Spanjaard

Rudolf Escher was a teacher and writer of music, a painter and poet as well as a composer. As a result he was very aware of the connection between text and music, which also came from his love of Renaissance choral music. His writing style was such that it defied classification with his use of polymelody, antimetric rhythm and chromatic harmonies. The pieces presented on this CD are the complete a cappella choral works by Escher. In the set "Songs of Love and Eternity" with poems by Emily Dickinson, Escher brings out the very dramatic images of nature in the text. Escher's music is considered extremely difficult. The first performance of "Songs of Love" was postponed twelve years after its completion. Under the direction of Ed Spanjaard, the Netherlands Chamber Choir makes it seem and sound easy. Much of the revered music from the Netherlands comes from the Renaissance period. Escher should, as well, be put on this list.

Item code: 7188C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | The Netherlands

Related: Dutch Choral Music

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