R. Strauss: Acapella Choral Works (accentus)
Acclaimed choral and orchestral conductor, Laurence Equilbey, conducts the Latvian Radio Choir along with her own fantastic professional ensemble, Accentus, in a recording showcasing the brilliance of Richard Strauss’ choral music. This release highlights the inspiration of Bavarian poet Friedrich Rückert upon the choral writing of Richard Strauss. Glimpses of this influence can be found in the ‘Hymne’ from op.34 and the other choruses on this disc, among them the ambitious masterpiece that is Deutsche Motette (German Motet) op.62, the peak of Straussian choral art. The chamber choir Accentus was founded by Laurence Equilbey in 1991, and is now recognised as one of the leading ensembles in Europe. Accentus' recording of Fauré’s Requiem, released last year, was shortlisted for the 2009 Gramophone Awards in the 'Choral' category.