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The Nightingale: 4 New Works for Recorder and Choir

Michala Petri, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Stephen Layton

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The Nightingale  
1.1
Tableaux I: Introduction: Emperor's Garden
Ugis Praulins; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
3:10
1.2
Tableaux II: Nightingale Theme
Ugis Praulins; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
1:47
1.3
Tableaux III: Emperor and Gentleman-in-waiting
Ugis Praulins; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
2:13
1.4
Tableaux IV: In the Quest
Ugis Praulins; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
1:22
1.5
Tableaux V: There She Is
Ugis Praulins; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
1:16
1.6
Tableaux VI: At the Palace
Ugis Praulins; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
4:59
1.7
Tableaux VII: The Artificial Bird
Ugis Praulins; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
4:11
1.8
Tableaux VIII: The Emperor and the Death
Ugis Praulins; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
6:30
1.9
Reprise
Ugis Praulins; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
2:16
1.10
Nemesis divina
Daniel Bortz; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
13:55
1.11
I (2011)
Sunleif Rasmussen; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
9:05
2 Scenes with Skylark  
1.12
No. 1. The Sea and the Skylark
Peter Bruun; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
4:48
1.13
No. 2. The Caged Skylark
Peter Bruun; Danish National Vocal Ensemble; Michala Petri; Stephen Layton
3:42
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:14
"It also goes without saying that Michala Petri has no peer today as a master of her instrument ... she wrings more colour and expressive intensity from the recorder than you ever believed possible."
- ClassicsToday.com

On this 2011 release, multiple Grammy-nominated recorder virtuoso Michala Petri melds her instrument with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble; certainly nothing new as the recorder has been paired with the human voice in song for almost as long as the instrument has existed. The recorder is, in a sense, the closest instrument to the human voice, producing a pure sound without mechanisms, reeds or elaborate mouthpieces to alter the tone. However, until recently, few contemporary composers have explored the expressive potential that this combination can deliver. A recurring theme of each of the four highly personal and distinctive works on this programme is a contemplation of nature and humanity.
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – OUR Recordings Studio Masters

Recorded in the DXD audio format (Digital eXtreme Definition), 352.8 kHz / 24-bit
Recorded August 8 - 12, 2011 in Christianskirken, Copenhagen, Denmark
Recorded by Timbre Music
Recording producer: Preben Iwan
Executive producers: Lars Hannibal and Ivar Munk
Sound engineering: Preben Iwan and Mikkel Nymand
Booklet notes: Joshua Cheek
Photos: Tom Barnard, Ivan Riordan Boll, Keith Saunders, Georg Oddner
Artwork and cover design: Charlotte E. Z. Bruun Petersen

Recorders: Moeck, Ehlert and Mollenhauer

Microphones:
3 x DPA 4006TL
2 x DPA 4011TL
4 x U89 Neumann
1 x Sennheiser MKH40

Converters and preamps: DAD AX24
DAW system: Pyramix with Smart AV Tango controller
Monitoring: B&W 802 Diamond speakers

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