Motets & Piano Trio
Felix Mendelssohn

Motets & Piano Trio

Flemish Radio Choir

Label: Evil Penguin
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917721126
Catalog number: EPRC 0024
Releasedate: 08-09-17
- Collaboration between three renowned musicians: the exceptional trio Pieter Wispelwey, Pekka Kuusisto and Alasdair Beatson
- A rare combination of choral and chamber music
Albums rarely contain both chamber and choral music, but in the case of Felix Mendelssohn, the juxtaposition is justified. For which is the more Bach-inspired? The a cappella works which breathe Bach in every note, or the Piano Trio no. 2 with the choral Herr Gott dich loben wir, which also motors Bach’s cantata 130? An exceptional trio featuring violinist Pekka Kuusisto, cellist Pieter Wispelwey, and pianist Alasdair Beatson, as well as the acclaimed Flemish Radio Choir and conductor Hervé Niquet, bring homage to the composer who gave second life to Bach, and grace and poetry to the romantics.  

Flemish Radio Choir
The Vlaams Radio Koor (Flemish Radio Choir) was founded in 1937 by the Belgian public broadcaster of the day. Today it has become a choir of exceptionally high quality that counts both domestically and internationally among the top ensembles. The 24 professional singers rehearse under the baton of chief conductor Hervé Niquet in Studio 1 of the well-known Flagey building in Brussels, and perform throughout Flanders and Europe.

Hervé Niquet
Hervé Niquet became the choir’s chief conductor in 2011. This internationally celebrated and flamboyant conductor is key to the choir’s success. Niquet, who refers to the choir as a diamond and ranks it among the top three in Europe, works on achieving a recognisable sonority and is planning a wide range of projects, from unknown French romantic music to contemporary premieres.