By Special Arrangement


Compact disc

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The Rodulfus Choir

Why a CD of instrumental music sung by a choir? Well, why not? The easy traffic between instrumental and vocal music that exists in this recording is not as new as it might seem. It was only in the late 18th century that the practice of vocal-instrumental cross-fertilisation became ideologically suspect.

Fortunately, the situation has relaxed in recent years. A broad range of musical styles is represented on this recording, though none of the arrangements attempts to recreate the exact nuances of the original conception – but who can say what those nuances were, anyway? The business of composers’ intentions and performers’ responsibilities is full of uncertainty, and, ultimately, we are left with the unanswerable question: why not?

1 How do I love thee? after and Eagrave;tude in E major
2 Pro peccatis suæ gentis: Prelude in C minor
3 Solveigs Sang from ‘Peer Gynt’
4 Ave verum corpus
5 An die Musik
6 Danse de la Fèe-dragèe from the ‘Nutcracker Suite’
7 On hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
8 Ave Maria: String Quartet No.1 ‘Andante cantabile’
9 Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen from ‘Rückert-Lieder
10 Litanei (auf das Fest aller Seelen)
11 Die mit Tränen säen, Prelude in B flat minor (’48? Book I)
12 Christo smarrito, String Quartet ‘Crisantemi’
13 Agnus Dei transcribed from ‘Adagio for Strings’
14 Requiem æternam, Air ‘on the G string’ from Suite No 3
15 Sing! Finale (Toccata) from Symphonie V for organ