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Gethsemane – 21 March 2013 - College Choir

Gethsemane – 21 March 2013 - College Choir

OSNABRÜCK UNIVERSITY

OSNABRÜCK UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR The Osnabrück University Chamber Choir was founded in 1985 and has since given concerts all over Northern Germany. The 40 singers - almost all of whom have professional vocal training - have also toured England, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland. Under the direction of Joachim Siegel, the students have tackled challenging sacred and secular music and built up a repertoire of a cappella works dating from the Renaissance to the present day. The emphasis is placed however on the contemporary end of this timescale, and the choir has had the privilege of giving the premiere performances of several modern works. The results of diligent rehearsal were captured on CD in 1992 and 1996, followed by a recording exclusively of English choral music in the Spring of 2008. The Choir strives to produce a professional, homogeneous overall sound, whilst bringing out the youthfulness of its voices to the best advantage. JOACHIM SIEGEL Joachim Siegel, born in 1972, started his musical life singing in choirs. His fondness for this form of music remained with him throughout his early career, singing in regional and national children's and young people's choirs, and in larger ensembles such as the "Kölner Kantorei" while still at school. He went on to study music and Romance languages at the University of Heidelberg, before in 1993 he started to study music pedagogy at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, majoring in choral conducting. He graduated in Music and German in 1998. In February 2001, he completed a postgraduate course in choral conducting under Professor Wolfgang Schäfer and within the year, he signed a five-year contract for teaching at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt. He has been conducting the Osnabrück University Choir and Chamber Choir since 2005. His focus, while working on the musical side and voice formation, is on the lyrics and their power to express the essence of the music, thus enhancing the experience of the music – and especially vocal music - for both singer and listener.

GETHSEMANE Osnabrück University Chamber Choir conducted by Joachim Siegel Tristis est anima mea Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722) Kommet her zu mir alle Albert Becker (1834-1899) Christus factus est Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Ich bin das Brot des Lebens Wolfram Buchenberg (b. 1962) Tristis est anima mea Peter Witte (b.1955) Combined Choirs conducted by Silas Wollston O Domine Jesu Christe Giovanni Gabrieli (1553-1612) INTERVAL Choir of Queens' College, Cambridge conducted by Silas Wollston Tristis est anima mea Carlo Gesualdo (1566–1613) Prayers in Time of Distress Philip Moore (b. 1943) Peccantem me quotidie William Byrd (1539/40-1623) Vox dicentis organ solo: Nicholas Morris Simon Preston (b. 1938) Two Emily Dickinson Settings Tarik O'Regan (b.1978) Thou mastering me Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012) Combined Choirs conducted by Joachim Siegel Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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