Sunday, November 10, 2013
3:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
When Singer Pur was awarded the 2013 Bavarian State Prize for Music, Minister of Art and Culture Wolfgang Heubisch put it best: “This vocal sextet is particularly well-known for its broad repertoire, ranging from early Renaissance to the Romantics and contemporary music, all on the highest musical level.” At Middlebury, this internationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble performs a program called “Fields of Gold: Vocal Music through the Centuries,” featuring works from Hildegard von Bingen to Palestrina and Orlando di Lasso; then on to Brahms and Schumann, and later to Irving Berlin and Sting, among others. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series.
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VON BINGEN O pastor animarum
PALESTRINA Pulchra es o Maria virgo
BRYARS Da ciel venne messo nouvello
DE LATRE Qualis est dilecta mea
PäRT Most Holy Mother of God
DI LASSO Quare tristis es RIHM Tristis est anima mea
DI VENOSA Adoramus te Christe
SCHüTZ Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt
WILLAERT Salve sancta parens – Virgo Dei genitrix
Abschied vom Walde (op.59/3)
Herbstlied (Holder Lenz) (op.48/6)
Darthulas Grabgesang (op.42/3)
Mit Lust tät ich ausreiten
Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen
SCHUMANN Die Rose stand im Tau (op.65/1)
GERMAN TRAD Rosenstock, Holderblüh
AMERICAN TRAD. Shenandoah
BERLIN Cheek to cheek
STING Fields of Gold
STING Englishman in New York
Claudia Reinhard, soprano
Klaus Wenk, tenor
Markus Zapp, tenor
Manuel Warwitz, tenor
Reiner Schneider-Waterberg, baritone
Marcus Schmidl, bass
The aim to make a cappella singing in their lives already developed at school: soon after leaving five former members of the famous Regensburger Domspatzen cathedral boys’ choir put it into practice and founded Singer Pur in 1992.
It was a fortunate love affair that brought a soprano into their ranks: soon afterwards the sextet with the unusual combination of voices (a soprano, three tenors, a baritone and a bass) won first prize in the 1994 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, a year later they coveted Grand Prix for vocal ensembles at the international Tampere Music Festival in Finland, and was launched on its road to becoming the leading German-speaking vocal group. Soon television and radio appearances, CD recordings, invitations to major festivals and concerts in over 40 countries established an international career.
There are no stylistic limitations to Singer Pur’s repertoire. Its programmes include anything performable by voices from medieval times to the avant-garde, a host of new compositions and arrangements written for the group, various forms of improvisation, co-operations with musicians as diverse as The Hilliard Ensemble, the composer and jazz clarinet player Michael Riessler or the young clarinet player David Orlowsky, and orchestras such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Sinfonieorchester des WDR Cologne.
The Singer Pur discography consists of 20 CDs, several of which have been awarded. Two of them with "Le Choc de l’Année" by the Frensh music magazine "Le Monde de la Musique" and three more with the ECHO Klassik in 2005, 2007 and 2011, considered the most renowned classic music CD award worldwide.
In 2008 Singer Pur received the Culture Award of the City of Regensburg.
One of its two volumes with arrangements by and dedicated to Singer Pur was honored with the award of "the best edition of the year" 2009 during the Frankfurter Musikmesse.
For several years Singer Pur has supported young musicians taking part in its international workshops for Europa Cantat, AMJ and Rhapsody in School.
In 2013 Singer Pur performs in eight different countries including 4 workshops for vocal ensembles in the USA. In the same year Singer Pur is awarded with the prestigious Caeciliaprijs (Belgium) and the Bavarian State Prize for Music 2013 (Germany).
"What seizes the ear are the thick weaves of counterpoint, and the dense and dissonant harmonies. To make this music speak the singers need a razorsharp sense of pitch and a focused, pure tone, which the young German vocal sextet, Singer Pur, certainly have."--Ivan Hewett, BBC Music Magazine