UR - Choral music of Norwegian composers
Kamerkoret Aurum
2L SACD 129 TT: 45:00

LYSENKO: Dumka- Shumka (Rhapsody on a Ukrainian Folk Theme, Op. 18). Sum (Sorrow). Op. 39 for Cello and Piano. Meni Odnakovo (It makes no difference to me) for Baritone and Piano. KOSENKO: Étude Op. 8. Consolation Op. 9 No. 1. SKORYK: Carpathian Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano. MEJTUS: Allegro for Violin and Piano. REVUTSKY: Prelude Op. 4 No. 1. Prelude, Op. 7 No 2. LYATOSHYNSKY: Andante Sostenuro, Op. 38. Melody for Violin and Piano. KOSENKO: They Stood in Silence, Op. 7 No. 2 for soporano and Piano. I am sad for Soprano and Piano. STETSENKO: I Stood and Listened to the Spring for Soprano and Piano. SKORYK: Melody (vocalisae for Soprano, Violin and Piano)
Natalya Pasichnyk. piano. Jakob Koranyi, cello. Luthando Qave, baritone. Emil JOnason, clarinet. Christian Svarfvar, violin. Olga Pasichnyk, soprano.
BIS SACD 2222 TT: 76:18

TELEMANN: Overture-Suite Water Music. CORELLI: Concerto in D, Op. 6 No. 4. Concerto No. 8 in G minor "Christmas Concerto." BACH: Concerto in F for Harpsichord and recorder
Höör Barock Ensemb le
BIS SACD 2235 TT: 69:07


Kammerkoret Aurum is a 24-memberr chamber choir from Trondheim, Norway. Founded in 2006, it has had considerable acclaim in Norway, and focuses on new music by Norwegian composers. Known as UR (Aurum), they are passionate and committed to the beauty of choral singing and Norwegian music. . Conducted by Eva Holm Fosnaes, on this disk we have five of her works as well as music by Odd Jonan Overoye, Oyvind Johan Eiksund, Martin Eikest Koren, and Geir Dohile Gjerasjo. CD notes describe the music, and texts in Norwegian are provided but, surprisingly, no translations. The music is mostly a cappella, always lovely, usually somber. Excellent performances recorded in the rich acoustic of Norway's Hoeggen Church 2015 - 2016. If you are looking for totally new choral music, you will find it here .Playing time is only 46:00. Why wasn't more music included on a premiujm-priced disk?

,Here is an unusual disk of chamber music that doubtless will be new to listeners. It is titled Forgotten Treasures of the Ukrainian Soul. Most of the music is for solo piano along with one work each for cello, clarinet and violin and piano, and three songs for soprano and piano. It is a fascinating program indeed—no note-spinning here, and the performances are exemplary. Pianist Natalya Pasichnyk is a virtuoso and easily tosses off the fantastic difficulties of much of this music particulaly the concluding Toccata by Arcady Filipenko, a major display piece that would highlight any program by a major pianist. This is Pasichnyk's second recording; some years ago Naxos issued a disk of Chopin songs with soprano Olga Pasichnyk who is featured in the three songs on the new disk. Audio is superb as usual with BIS. Fascinating program notes, and texts are provided for the songs. This is an intriguing new issue!

BIS has another quality baroque issue, coupling some of the best known works of Telemann, Corelli and Bach. Top level performances are given by the ensemble Höör Barock which is headed by Dan Lauren (recorder) and Anna Paradiso (harpsichord). Both have appeared on a number of previous SACDS on the label. These period performances were recorded in October 2015 in Estöv Church in Sweden. captured with clarity by the BIS engineers.Recommended!

R.E.B. (February 2017)