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Philharmonia Chorus

Philharmonia Chorus

The Philharmonia Chorus is an independent symphony chorus based in London. 



Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'
Benjamin Zander and Linn launch their new partnership with Mahler's popular ‘Resurrection' Symphony. 

CKD 452  

The Philharmonia Chorus is an independent symphony chorus based in London. Founded in 1957 by Walter Legge who had formed the Philharmonia Orchestra 12 years earlier, the Philharmonia Chorus quickly established itself under Chorus Master Wilhelm Pitz as Europe's leading symphony chorus. Since then, the Chorus has performed with nearly every distinguished conductor of our time and has made over 80 recordings. The tradition of choral excellence continues today with Chorus Master Stefan Bevier.

Stefan Bevier originally studied singing and double bass at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, and obtained a scholarship from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation. He was a member of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a regular deputy for them under Herbert von Karajan. He studied singing with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Schuch-Tovini and Aribert Reimann, and conducting with the former Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, Sergiu Celibidache. He is Chief Conductor of the Festival Orchestra Berlin, the Baroque Orchestra Berlin, and is the founder and conductor of the European Vocal Soloists. He started working with the Philharmonia Chorus in 1999, and was appointed Chorus Master in 2010.
For further information - www.philharmoniachorus.co.uk
American Record Guide
'To say my hopes were exceeded barely begins to describe his transcendent reading.'
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Choir & Organ
5 Stars
‘…it is a truly insightful, inspiring and engaging reading from a Mahler interpreter of considerable and honest musicality.’
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Gramophone
‘Zander’s fidelity to Mahler’s markings remains remarkable.’
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International Record Review
'intimacy and rare beauty'
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ConcertoNet.com
'The pliant and rapturous playing of the Philharmonia, the outstanding soloists, and Zander’s powerful and fresh reading make this an exciting release and a welcome addition to the catalogue.’
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The Irish Times
5 Stars
'...of remarkable beauty...'
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The Sunday Times
'Essential listening.'
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BBC Music Magazine
'Orchestral quality is never in doubt...outstanding...'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'Zander and his players bring out Mahler's sardonic humour...which I've never heard delivered quite like this...a fantastic, keenly observed performance.'
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MahlerReviews.com
'...beautiful, and beautifully captured...'
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Herald Scotland
'...the Philharmonia Chorus...are fabulous.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'...the Philharmonia generates a tremendously rich sound.'
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AllMusic.com
5 Stars
'...one of the best of 2013.'
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Words and Music
Disc of the Day: '...beautifully timed by Zander...'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
‘Any committed Mahlerian should not miss the release.’
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Boston Globe
‘It’s tender and reverent, and full of detail.’
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