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Academic Radio Choir's Two Album Releases
We are very glad that this December- month of surprises and presents - during the Nativity Fast, the Academic Radio Choir is presenting us two new albums. I would like to give thanks to those who took the initiative of carrying it out. First of all, I thank Casa Radio Publishing House, the directorship of Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs and the technical crew (from music directors to those in charge with the editing, processing and mastering processes) and those who treasured up our many years of efforts.
Mare Minune, the first CD album is an all-carols album. It was recorded in 2004 and came out in a first form, in a first edition in 2005, followed by a second edition scheduled to appear this week. It includes, of course, Romanians’ most beloved carols, harmonized carols for a mixed choir, to which the Academic Radio Choir added some less played, less known carols which are also seldom performed in concerts, carols which enrich our Romanian jewel palette. We added, as well, some secular carols to point out its entire stylistic palette.
OREMUS - Sa ne rugam, the second album represents three centuries of sacred music and it is the fruit of a very hard and strenuous work of four years, between 2009 and 2012. It stores and treasures the most representative musical pieces that we presented in 5-6 acapella concerts - Ave Maria and Tatal Notru - French, German, Italian, English and Russian music concerts. It is a case with two CDs that brings forward predominantly universal music, works with organ, piano and two pianos accompaniment and in the second half it balances between the two figures of Christianity - Virgin Mary through Ave Maria and Tatal Nostru, God our Saviour. These are some states that we have prepared and fathomed with our mind and soul.
I hope that these jewels and fruition of our work of many years to brighten the mind and souls of those who listen to us, to lighten the chorus music lovers, the real music fans. I take this opportunity to wish them: ‘May the Christmas season bring you happiness, fulfillment, wealth, good health and may you enjoy high quality music! ’
Translated by Petronela Moroșanu and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest