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Beat Furrer: Works for Choir and Ensemble

Helsinki Chamber Choir, Uusinta Ensemble, Nils Schweckendiek

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Beat Furrer; Helsinki Chamber Choir; Nils Schweckendiek
3:32
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Beat Furrer; Helsinki Chamber Choir; Nils Schweckendiek
3:52
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Beat Furrer; Helsinki Chamber Choir; Nils Schweckendiek
2:13
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Beat Furrer; Helsinki Chamber Choir; Nils Schweckendiek
2:41
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Beat Furrer; Helsinki Chamber Choir; Nils Schweckendiek
15:34
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Beat Furrer; Helsinki Chamber Choir; Nils Schweckendiek
4:15
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Voices (Still)
Beat Furrer; Helsinki Chamber Choir; Uusinta Ensemble; Nils Schweckendiek
13:23
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...Cold and Calm and Moving
Beat Furrer; Uusinta Ensemble
20:06
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:36
"Four Stars ... a hugely attractive collection ... a journey into ever-increasing complexity that is full of subtle transformations and strikingly original, sometimes strikingly simple, ideas: the perfect antidote to the neo-romantic pap that so often passes for choral music today."
- The Guardian

The music of Swiss-born and Vienna-based Beat Furrer has long attracted attention for its subtle exploration of the possibilities of the human voice. On this first recording of his Enigmas, a cycle of six a cappella settings of Leonardo, the Helsinki Chamber Choir and the Uusinta Ensemble demonstrate the composer's striking emotional range, from rich, almost Romantic tonal warmth to dramatic avant-garde expressionism. The programme is complemented by two works which underline Furrer’s fondness for exploring sonority, timbre and texture.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Toccata Classics Studio Masters

Recorded in Sellosali (Sello Hall), Espoo, Finland, on 6, 7 and 28 September 2014
Engineer: Markku Veijonsuo
Producers: Beat Furrer and Markku Veijonsuo
Booklet essay: Nils Schweckendiek
German translation: Nils Schweckendiek
Petrarch English translation courtesy of Anthony S. Kline
Cover and design: David M. Baker
Cover photograph © Dimitri Papageorgiou
Typesetting: KerryPress, St Albans
Executive producer: Martin Anderson

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