Best 20

Best 20

by Accentus Chamber Choir


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Best 20

The title of the 2012 compilation, Accentus: Best 20, has a double meaning: it's a celebration of the choir's 20th anniversary and it includes 20 of the best tracks from its 18 albums made for the Naïve label. The ensemble has established itself as one of the world's most distinguished and versatile chamber choirs, excelling in the traditional repertoire as well as the work of avant-garde composers like Stockhausen, Manoury, and Dusapin. The group is perhaps most widely known for its best-selling albums of choral transcriptions of orchestral works, piano music, and solo song literature. The selections on this compilation are heavily weighted to the Romantic, post-Romantic, and early Modern eras. The Baroque is represented by a chorus from a Buxtehude cantata and a transcription of a movement from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," and the contemporary by Pascal Dusapin's "Dona eis." The choir is joined by a number of distinguished ensembles, pianists, and vocal soloists. The sound throughout is consistently good: clean, balanced, and nicely ambient. This compilation of very diverse works from the choir's expansive repertoire is an excellent introduction to its versatility and finely-honed musicianship and should whet listeners' appetite for seeking out the complete albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
Label: Naive
UPC: 0822186052907
catalogNumber: 5290
Rank: 176503


  1. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisum

    1. In Paradisum  (03:08)
  2. Agnus Dei, for chorus (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  (07:10)
  3. Der Herr ist mit mir, for SATB voices, 2 violins, violone & continuo, BuxWV 15: Hallelujah

    1. Hallelujah  (02:54)
  4. Mass in G major for chorus, FP 89: Sanctus

    1. Sanctus  (02:30)
  5. Figure humaine, cantata for 12 voices, FP 120: Patience

    1. Patience  (02:00)
  6. Heidenröslein ("Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein steh'n"), part song for mixed voices, Op. 67/3  (01:36)
  7. Choruses (3) for male chorus, o.Op. 123 (TrV 270, AV 123): 2. Traumlicht

    1. 2. Traumlicht  (05:08)
  8. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45: Wie lieblich sind Deine Wohnungen

    1. Wie lieblich sind Deine Wohnungen  (05:01)
  9. Verlorene Jugend ("Brausten alle Berge"), for chorus (vocal sextet), Op. 104/4  (02:06)
  10. The Broken Voice (Sortunut ääni), partsong for (or mixed) male chorus, Op. 18/7  (01:50)
  11. Christus, oratorio, Op. 97 (unfinished): Ihr Töchter Zions

    1. Ihr Töchter Zions  (03:33)
  12. Dona Eis, for chorus & wind ensemble: Umbræ

    1. Umbræ  (03:25)
  13. Ronsard à son âme, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)  (02:13)
  14. German Folksongs (3) for chorus, Op. 49: Es gingen zwei Gespielen gut

    1. Es gingen zwei Gespielen gut  (03:34)
  15. Stabat Mater for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra, B. 71 (Op. 58): Eja, Mater, fons amoris

    1. Eja, Mater, fons amoris  (06:06)
  16. Geist der Liebe II ("Der Abend schleiert Flur und Hain"), quartet for unaccompanied male voices, D. 747 (Op. 11/3)  (03:36)
  17. Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross), oratorio, H. 20/2: Lento: Es ist vollbracht

    1. Lento: Es ist vollbracht  (05:23)
  18. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: Bless the Lord, O my Soul (Psalm 102 (103))

    1. Bless the Lord, O my Soul (Psalm 102 (103))  (04:00)
  19. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: [Excerpt]

    1. [Excerpt]  (03:40)
  20. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah

    1. Hallelujah  (03:30)

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