Brussels Chamber Choir's CD Recording
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About the CD
To mark its 10th anniversary, the Brussels Chamber Choir has recorded its first professional album: “MADE IN BELGIUM: New Belgian Choral Music”. The album presents a selection of beautiful choral works written throughout Belgium between 1985 and 2017, and introduces several works in world première.
The Brussels Chamber Choir and conductor Helen Cassano hope to spark your curiosity with a varied range of sacred and secular works by composers from Flanders, Wallonie and Brussels.
Far from showing a unified, national style in choral writing, the works on this CD all share a strong international flavour, and the composers share some of the same influences and sources of inspiration: Flemish composers Maarten Van Ingelgem and Piet Swerts both present works inspired by the First World War; Brussels organists Xavier Deprez and Luc Dupuis, as well as Flemish organist Rudi Tas and Stephan Laschet, native to the German-speaking region of Belgium, write religious works inspired by medieval chanting and organ music; Kurt Bikkembergs and Roland Coryn propose two heart-breaking settings of William Blake poems; Walloon composer Guy-Philippe Luypaerts sets a comic French poem; Brussels composer Jean-Marie Rens harmonises a Dutch-French bilingual 16th-century love song. Three composers who sing or have sung in the BCC have composed works especially for this album: British composer Toby Wardman presents an arrangement of a well-loved Walloon folk-song, Jan Moeyaert sets a Dutch Sympolist poem and Alan Charlton sets a Belgian Symbolist poem for choir, vibraphone and recorder.
- Rudi Tas (1957- ) Ave Maria (1996)
- Xavier Deprez (1966- ) O ignis Spiritus (2017) *
- Stephan Laschet (1979) Pater noster (2013) *
- Luc Dupuis (1954- ) Stabat Mater (1985) *
- Alan Charlton (1970- ) The Everlasting Voices (2015) *
- Maarten Van Ingelgem (1976- ) Hampstead Heath (2014) *
- Roland Coryn (1938- ) The Sick Rose! (2006)
- Kurt Bikkembergs (1963- ) Never pain to tell thy Love (2004)
- Piet Swerts (1960- ) War (2014) *
- Jan Moeyaert (1981- ) In duin (2017) *
- arr. Jean-Marie Rens (1955- ) Die Nachtegaal int wild (2001) *
- arr. Toby Wardman (1981- ) Li p’tit banc (2017) *
- Rudi Tas (1957- ) Je voudrais te la dire (1998)
- Guy-Philippe Luypaerts (1931-1999) Chanson des éclopés (1996) *
- Alan Charlton (1970- ) Il flotte une musique éteinte (2016) *
For mixed choir, vibraphone and recorder
* world première recording
Brussels Chamber Choir
Helen Cassano, conductor
Thomas Plessers, vibraphone
Dimos De Beun, recorder
Recording producer & editor Rachel Smith @ www.opheliaproductions.com
Recording engineer Peter Newble
Executive producer Etcetera Records Dirk De Greef
Recording venue Keyhof, Chapel of the old monastery, Huldenberg
Recording dates 18-19 March and 24-25 June 2017
Design & art-direction Etcetera Records Roman E. Jans @ www.romanontwerp.nl
Cover image Golconda, 1953, René Magritte. Alamy Collection
This recording was made possible by generous financial contributions from over 150 crowd-funders from all over the world, to whom the Brussels Chamber Choir is extremely grateful. A special mention goes to our main sponsors Alan Charlton & Nicola Robinson, Elien Cardon, Paul Gosme, Thierry Stulemeijer, Fam. Marien-Segers, Fam. Fobelets-Blaude, Pawel Nalewajko, Timothy Sullivan & Karen Ericksen, János Herman & Zsuzsanna Hermanné Mata, and J.H., as well as to other major benefactors who requested to remain anonymous.