The evening will commence with Knut Nystedt’s mesmeric reimagination of a Bach chorale – Immortal Bach – before offering Ferruccio Busoni’s famous piano. Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach. Actions. Matthias Warkus added Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach to Programm Semesterkonzert. Board Information · Knut Nystedt. 14, Untitled. 15, Untitled. 16, Untitled. 17, Untitled. 18, Untitled. 19, Untitled. 20, Immortal Bach. Arranged By – Knut NystedtComposed By – J.S. Bach*.
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Immortal Nystedt – Ensemble Site review by Polly Nomial March 10, The text for this review has been moved to the new site. You can read it here: Review by threerandot April 20, 2 of 2 found this review helpful. Once in a great while a recording comes along that raises the bar. Immortal Nystedt is one such recording and its not hard to see just why this collection of choral music was nominated for two Grammys; one for “Best Surround Sound Album” and one for “Best Choral Performance”.
Knut Nystedt was a name that I had never heard of before. I was introduced to him by bcah this nysteedt. All of the compositions on this disc are performed by voices alone, are colorful, bold, adventurous and vividly recorded.
Nystedt is a Norwegian composer who specializes in choral music and has had over seven decades of experience in connection with choral music, beginning as a nystert singer when just a boy.
Knut Nystedt — Wikipédia
The works in this collection feature, rich, deep, colorful harmonies immoortal music that is filled with awe and wonderment. Nystedt mostly writes for the voices in groups with few solos throughout.
The tonal pallete he uses favors uniformity and homogenity more than individuality. The emotions are raw, daring and adventurous. These pieces are inspiring in their richness and devotional quality and the recording presents them evenly balanced from top to bottom.
Work: Immortal Bach
The music, at turns is meditative, mysterious, complex and filled with contrasts of color, sound and dynamics. For me the highlights of this collection are the “Prayers of Kierkegaard” and “Immortal Bach” “Prayers of Kierkegaard” features yearning vocal harmonies, reaching for answers to the mysteries of God.
It is not a piece nydtedt utilizes traditional words and texts from the bible, but attempts to communicate with God on a purely human level and I think this is the aspect of this work that appeals to me. It expresses the great divide between Man and God. Bach’s Komm, susser Tod and is a fascinating piece not only technically, but in the surround effect it creates around the listener.
You will need to sit in the “sweet spot” for the fullest effect of this piece. The album notes describe the effect this way: The surround technology of the Super Audio CD format reproduces the three-dimensional effect as envisaged by the composer. The audio on this is very impressive.
There is nustedt of depth with the voices close to us in a large acoustic. What is most impressive is that the words are not difficult to make out, especially if you have the texts close at hand. Voices are never “lost” in the mix.
Male and Female bacb are eay to distinguish and the Baerum Vokalensemble and Ensemble ’96 never have any difficulty in performing these harmically complex and challenging vocal pieces.
I appreciate the large sonic picture on this disc with it’s big sound and wide dynamic range which is well focused. There is a distinct decay at the end of some passages which shows just how large the Uranienburg Church really is, which is one of the main locations for many of these 2L recordings.
I wish the sound could be a little smoother at times, but having said that, it is remarkable to me that this is a PCM recording and this is really a quibble when there is so much to absorb in these performances.
A truly inspired effort. Although I have not heard the other recordings that were nominated at the Grammys alongside this disc, I think it would bzch very hard to beat this collection as a Choral performance and recording.
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