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Ein strahlendes 'Requiem'

Samstag, November 19, 2011
... Ragnar Bohlin's Symphony Chorus, singing with impeccable breath control and command of dynamics, began the piece in near-silence, letting Brahms' harmonies seep into the hall in a disembodied pianissimo. ... There were still other delights to come - a thunderous but clear-toned account of "Denn alles Fleisch," a generously lyrical rendition of "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen." ...
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A radiant 'Requiem'

Samstag, November 19, 2011
... Ragnar Bohlin's Symphony Chorus, singing with impeccable breath control and command of dynamics, began the piece in near-silence, letting Brahms' harmonies seep into the hall in a disembodied pianissimo. ... There were still other delights to come - a thunderous but clear-toned account of "Denn alles Fleisch," a generously lyrical rendition of "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen." ...
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Review: Brahms' Requiem emits light and peace for the living at San Francisco Symphony

Freitag, November 18, 2011
... Tilson Thomas's shaping of materials was quickly evident: In the opening movement ("Blessed are they that mourn") a gentle tether seemed to connect the noble flow of the bass viols to delicate harp tones and the golden top of the chorus. You heard the detail; at the same time, you heard the structure ... ... The chorus (prepared by Ragnar Bohlin, its director) blended and glowed with subtlety and conviction throughout the performance ...
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Review: Brahms' Requiem emits light and peace for the living at San Francisco Symphony

Freitag, November 18, 2011
... Tilson Thomas's shaping of materials was quickly evident: In the opening movement ("Blessed are they that mourn") a gentle tether seemed to connect the noble flow of the bass viols to delicate harp tones and the golden top of the chorus. You heard the detail; at the same time, you heard the structure ... ... The chorus (prepared by Ragnar Bohlin, its director) blended and glowed with subtlety and conviction throughout the performance ...
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Atemberaubendes Verdi Requiem

Freitag, Oktober 21, 2011
... Der Chor muss in geflüsterter Referenz das "Requiem aetermam" singen, im "Dies Irae" tösen, und durch das schnelle, fugale "Sanctus" tanzen. Dies tat der Symphoniechor, und mehr, mit gloriosem Klang der zauberhaft transparent und massiv war; und zudem noch mit ausgezeichneter Aussprache. Alles Lob der suberben Vorbereitung durch Chordirektor Ragnar Bohlin ...
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Breathtaking Verdi Requiem

Freitag, Oktober 21, 2011
... The chorus must sing with hushed reverence in the Requiem Aeternam, roar in the Dies Irae, and dance lightly through the rapid, fugal Sanctus. This the Symphony Chorus did, and more, with glorious sound that was miraculously both transparent and massive; all this, and with exceptional diction as well. All hail the superb preparation by chorus director Ragnar Bohlin....
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Chor Star des Verdi Requiems

Freitag, Oktober 21, 2011
... zusätzlich zu Conlon (Dirigent), die Helden des Abends waren die Mitglieder von Ragnar Bohlins Symphoniechor, der mit Gusto und exquisiter Dynamik gesungen hat. Der erste Satz war fast durchsichtig in seinem still-atmenden Wundersinn, und die explosiven Passagen des Dies Irae donnerten grossartig. ...
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Chorus in Verdi Requiem praised for dynamic range

Freitag, Oktober 21, 2011
... In addition to Conlon, the evening's heroes were the members of Ragnar Bohlin's Symphony Chorus, who sang with gusto and an exquisitely calibrated dynamic range. That opening was almost translucent in its still-breathed sense of wonder, and the explosive passages of the "Dies Irae" thundered magnificently. ..
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Joshua Kosman im San Franciso Chronicle

Freitag, September 23, 2011
... bereitete den Weg zu einem hellen, bewegendem Bild vom Himmel durch die Frauen von Ragnar Bohlins Symphoniechor ...

Janos Gereben in der San Francisco Classical Voice

Donnerstag, September 22, 2011
... Mahler war nicht bekannt für kostensparendes Planen, daher hat er sich nichts dabei gedacht 100 Sänger -- Frauen von Ragnar Bohlins SFS Chor und Susan McManes San Francisco Mädchenchor -- für über eine Stunde sitzen zu lassen, bevor sie engelsgleich im kurzen Satz "Was mir Engel erzählen" singen, und dann verstummen, wie Bruno Walter vom dem letzten Satz sagte: "Wörter sind verstummt, denn welche Sprache kann die himmlische Liebe kraftvoller erzählen als die Musik?". ...

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