Philharmonia Chorus Mahler 2 recording listed in the Grammy nominations
The Philharmonia Chorus's most recent recording is listed in the nominations for this year's Grammy Awards.
The nomination - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection' (Benjamin Zander, Stefan Bevier, Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra) - is in the portfolio of Elaine Martone in the category of Best Producer of the Year. The full list of nominations was announced on 5 December, and can be seen on www.grammy.com.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Christmas with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge
The Philharmonia Chorus will take part in a Christmas concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 17th December with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. under the baton of Stephen Cleobury.
The Chorus will perform Verdi's Te Deum, a chorus from Mendelssohn's Christus, excerpts from Berlioz' L'enfance du Christ, and of course some festive carols.
Chen Reiss Masterclass
The first Philharmonia Chorus Masterclass took place on 6 December at the Bridewell Hall, St Bride's Foundation, with soprano Chen Reiss. One reaction on Twitter - 'Absolutely great masterclass with ChenReiss and the Philharmonia Chorus. Haven't seen something so interesting in a long time.' .
Chen Reiss is one of the world's most accomplished sopranos. She has performed leading parts at the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Teatro alla Scala, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Israeli Opera. On the concert platform she has appeared with many distinguished conductors, and she is also an active lieder singer. Her solo album, Liaisons, won the Diapason d'Or in 2011, and her most recent album Le Rossignol et la Rose with pianist Charles Spencer, has been released by ONYX Classics.
This Masterclass was devoted to the music of Bach, and singers drawn from the Philharmonia Chorus, sopranos Fleur de Bray, Iria Perestrelo, and Sophie Atalar, mezzo-soprano Sarah Denbee, tenor William Morgan and baritone Felix Kemp participated.
Mozart - RequiemThe Orchestra of Classical Opera conducted by Ian Page
Barbican, 8 October 2014 12 / 10 / 2014
'Page had assembled a quartet of soloists fit to grace any opera stage; indeed, they invested their solos with a fervour that wouldn’t have been out of place in the opera house. Soprano Sophie Bevan and mezzo Sarah Connolly radiated light while tenor John Mark Ainsley was ardent and bass Darren Jeffery sonorous. Fine as they were, they were outshone by the Philharmonia Chorus, easily outnumbering the orchestral players and at times threatening to blast it from the stage. It sang with a lusty intensity that was at times overwhelming; if heaven wasn’t quite stormed, it wasn’t because of any lack of choral power."
Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 9 October 2014
Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 August 2014 2 / 09 / 2014
The combined Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus was as responsive to the drama of the work as the orchestra. Its first entry was marked with a solemn, sepulchral hush, but still with wonderfully focussed tone quality.
Curtis Rogers - www.classicalsource.co.uk
The Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus were superbly focused, especially in their almost inaudible hushed singing.
Hilary Finch - The Times
The choral singing – from the combined forces of the Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus – was glorious in its warmth and fervour.
Tim Ashley - Guardian
The hushed voices of the Swedish Radio Choir and the Philharmonia Chorus were so well blended that their impact was enhanced: an image of vast panoramas and repose...
Anne Ozorio - http://www.operatoday.com
...the Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus were on fine form; one could have taken dictation from them.
Mark Berry - http://seenandheard-international.com
....the combined forces of the Swedish Radio Choir and the Philharmonia Chorus produced a magical sound, the rich timbre matched with impressively tight control for such a large vocal ensemble.
Jack Johnson - http://bachtrack.com
Verdi - Messa da RequiemOrquesta da Valencia conducted by Yaron Traub
Sala Iturbi, Palau de la Música, Valencia, 13 June 2014 17 / 07 / 2014
'The value of such a choir is unquestionable. Many fine choirs have sung at the Palau, but few like this one. The impact made by the interweaving of the one hundred plus voices in the Sanctus, for example – a combination of power and agility – was immediately exceeded by the lesson in clarity and purposefulness of phrasing in the Agnus Dei.'
Alfredo Brotons, Levante - El Mercantil Valenciano
15 June 2014
Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Tate
Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, 22 and 23 March 2014 24 / 03 / 2014
Brilliant Brahms ...the 120 singers from London sang with such dedication that even the notorious 'Zischlaute' of the German language rang out with musical brightness'
'The brilliantly prepared chorus under Stefan Bevier carries the burden of the work. It was as if the members of the Philharmonia Chorus wanted to present their President, Jeffrey Tate, with a gift of joy with their resounding presence and vocal accuracy throughout. Even at full volume they never compromised the dignity of the work and had an impressive range of dynamics at their disposal.'
Hamburger Abendblatt, 24 March 2014