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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, March 2017

This is a first-class ensemble whose members convincingly negotiate a variety of choral styles without compromising their intonation, blend, sensitivity to nuance, or flexibility. The two works by Penderecki are both intense and ethereal, the Haubenstock-Ramati Madrigal is uninhibited, and both the Szymanowski and the Lutosławski are straightforward and energetic. In the Górecki’s exposed writing, a choir with intonation and balance problems would come to grief, but the SWR Vokalensemble pulls it off beautifully. “Yesterday, my dear, not today,” the middle work in this cycle, is unforgettably lovely. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, January 2017

The two sacred works by Penderecki—one sung in Latin, the other in Russian—are already familiar to some listeners and are accessible by mood and spiritual intention. The ‘Madrigal’ by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati is whispered, hissed, and yelled in German. The text is pretty much superfluous, as is the music itself. Everything else, though, is sung in Polish and is full of rich story-telling. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

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