Newsletter August 2019
Adagio cantabile. Slow movements from Beethoven's piano sonatas and chamber music in arrangements for organ
The "Moonlight Sonata" for organ? This volume demonstrates that this can indeed be an attractive option! The same goes for the hardly less well-known Adagio cantabile from the Grande Sonate Pathétique and to the four other slow movements from Beethoven’s piano sonatas, published here for the first time in versions for organ. A fantastic collection for the major Beethoven anniversary! › Order-now!
Kyrie based on the so-called "Moonlight Sonata"
A sacrilege or a stroke of genius? The composer and music director Gottlob Benedict Bierey (1772–1840) orchestrated the first movement of the famous "Moonlight Sonata"' by Beethoven (transposed to C minor) and added a four-part choral movement to it, which he underlaid with the text of the Kyrie from the Latin mass. The result is as astounding as it is harmonious! › See Product
The bestseller for the anniversary year
The Kyrie in the version for chorus and piano is also included in the Choral Collection Beethoven. All the pieces in the collection are available from this month in separate editions! Simply search on the product page of the choral collection under “contents” for a chosen work and order it.
Following the release in the early summer of the hugely well-received Choral Collection Beethoven, we complete our publication of Beethoven’s key works for chorus and orchestra this autumn with the Choral Fantasia and a box set of study scores. In the Singing with Children category, we have a new volume in the successful series chorissimo! MOVIE with hits from the James Bond films arranged for four-part mixed choir in the starting blocks.
Let yourself be inspired by our new publications bulletin. Many of the titles can now be pre-ordered!
Vol. II/7: Vocal works with organ accompaniment
This new volume of the Reger Edition of Work contains Reger’s 22 songs, nine duets, and eight choruses with organ accompaniment, as well as his five chorale cantatas (WoO V/4).
The Max-Reger-Institut (MRI) in Karlsruhe is publishing a scholarly-critical edition of the works of Reger (RWA) for the first time. This is supported by the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature, and as a Hybrid Edition, it is pursuing new directions in editorial techniques.
For full and part subscriptions, you receive a 20% discount on the current retail price.
CLARA SCHUMANN / CLYTUS GOTTWALD
For the 200th anniversary
Her biographers agree that it was her father’s wish that his daughter might shine not only as a pianist but also as a composer.
For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth in 2019, Clytus Gottwald has added to her small output of original choral works with skilful transcriptions of three of the composer’s songs for voice and piano, arranged for six-part unaccompanied chorus.
The Dunkeld Prayer
The ruins of Dunkeld Cathedral in Scotland inspired Kallmeyer to compose his colorful setting of the Dunkeld Prayer in a musical setting which makes reference to the motet tradition. The work for four-part mixed chorus is new in the Carus Contemporary series.
Also published this month is an arrangement of Fanny Hensel’s Neue Liebe, neues Leben by Denis Rouger. Rouger, Professor of Choral Conducting at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and former choral director at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, has carefully adapted the song to suit the requirements and expressive possibilities offered by a larger ensemble, without losing any of the qualities of the original in the process.
Mendelssohn. Psalm 95
Psalm texts inspired Mendelssohn throughout his life, and as well as unaccompanied pieces, he wrote five major orchestral psalm settings. Mendelssohn develops this contrast strongly in the music: the first part is characterized by solemnity. In the second section the musical language is more fragile and intimate, the phrases are longer and, if the choir follows the conductor closely, the tutti in the final chorus can have a flowing character in some passages, and sometimes a pressing and dramatic character elsewhere. A wonderful work which is well worth practising!
Practicing within the context of the complete choral and orchestral texture provides a particular motivation for choral singers. Innovative practice aids from Carus, available as CD (Carus Choir Coach) or app (carus music), offer ideal support and help choral singers to quickly learn new repertoire
Schütz in the German Classical Charts
Once again a Carus title has made it into the classical charts. This time it is the Psalmen und Friedensmusiken (Psalms & Music for Peace) with the Dresdner Kammerchor conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann, the final CD in the Heinrich Schütz Complete Recording. Huge congratulations to the performers!
All events in summer::
01.–09.08.2019, Vaison-la Romaine, France
Workshop with Jan Schumacher (in english): "Inspirations pour un concert choral « Beethoven » quelque peu différent. Séance de lecture pour le Jubilé de l'an 2020", 06.08.2019, 5 p.m.
Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) Convention
22.–25.08.2019, Birmingham, Great Britain
Schütz: „Gib unsern Fürsten“ SWV 373, from: Geistliche Chor-Music
For our colleague Iris Pfeiffer the five-part motet "Gib unsern Fürsten" SWV 373 (as secunda pars combined with the motet Verleih uns Frieden genädiglich SWV 372) by Heinrich Schütz became a true favourite. It comes from the Geistliche Chor-Music, which Schütz published in the year of peace in 1648.