Reviews

Chorus in Verdi Requiem praised for dynamic range

Friday, October 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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Breathtaking Verdi Requiem

Friday, October 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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Joshua Kosman in the San Franciso Chronicle

Friday, September 23, 2011
... gave way to a bright, evocative picture of heaven from the women of Ragnar Bohlin's Symphony Chorus ...
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Janos Gereben in the San Francisco Classical Voice

Thursday, September 22, 2011
... Mahler was not known for cost-efficient planning, so he thought nothing of having some 100 singers — women of Ragnar Bohlin's SFS Chorus and Susan McMane's San Francisco Girls Chorus — sit for over an hour before singing angelically in the brief "What the Angels Tell Me" movement, and then cease because, as Bruno Walter said of the last movement, "words are stilled, for what language can utter heavenly love more powerfully and forcefully than music itself?" ...
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