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REVIEWS

“Ann sang Vivier's Bouchara in a masterly fashion”.

De Standaard


“Ann's clear and perfectly pitched voice was a real treat”.

Belgian Classical Radio Review
The Mental Traveller, L. Posman,
Flanders Festival Belgium


“Performed with great precision
and flair”

Wilfried Westerlinck
Folksong, S. Bainbridge, Flanders Festival, Belgium


“Heilige Seelenlust is an imposing work that never fails to impress through sheer vitality, variety and invention.
This recording was made during the first performances of the work and one can certainly sense the excitement of all concerned in taking part in a special occasion. On the whole everyone sings and plays with commitment and conviction. The immaculate singing of Ann De Renais may certainly be singled-out.”

Musicweb-international,com- Hubert Culot
Review of CD recording oratorio Heilige Seelenlust by Piet Swerts


“The music and performance are superb, one of those happy surprises in unknown repertoire I always hope for, but rarely come across. Ann De Renais is the soprano and her clear, fresh voice - an instrument that is round and very pleasant on the ears - navigates through the 11 songs with ease, accompanied by the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra under Zsolt Hamar.”

Jens F. Laurson, Radio Interview, Classical Radio Washington
Jef Van Hoof songs/ Phaedra label In Flanders’ Fields Volume 51

DISCOGRAPHY

Prometheus

Kurt Bikkembergs - Prometheus
More information Flanders Art Institute

 

Kurt Bikkembergs - Prometheus
The Belgian composer and conductor Kurt Bikkembergs has implemented Goethe's Sturm und Drang hymn "Prometheus" in an impressive four-part chorus with soprano solo: Onomatopoetic and spoken elements alternate with declamatory passages, sound effects with chordal, expressive ejected sounds.
Performers:
Ann De Renais (Soprano) and the Vlaams Radio Koor (VRK)
Conductor: Kurt Bikkembergs

In Flanders' Fields vol.59

In Flanders' Fields vol.59 - Piet Swerts - Heilige Seelenlust
Available from Phaedra

 

Piet Swerts - Heilige Seelenlust
Oratorio for soprano, tenor, children's choir, female choir, male choir, two harps, two alto recorders, two pianos, string orchestra and wind ensemble.
Performers:
Ann De Renais - soprano, Jan Caals - tenor, Choirs and Orchestras Lemmensinstituut, Saskia Van Keer - leader, Edmond Saveniers - conductor

Kommt doch, ihr Winde
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Melodies

Cesar Franck
Soprano - Ann De Renais,
Piano Erard - Guy Penson.

Les cloches du soir
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In Flanders Fields Vol. 51

In Flanders Fields Vol. 51
Available from Phaedra
Review (pdf)

 

Jef Van Hoof (1886-1959)
Following the success of Vol. 44 (see below) of Jef Van Hoof’s music, this cd contains more songs for voice and orchestra as well as his 3rd Symphony, Suite from the opera 'Fire of May' and a divertimento for trombone and orchestra.

Performers
Ann De Renais - soprano, Ivan Meylemans - trombone, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Pécs, Hungary.
Zsolt Hamar - conductor

De Crans es uutghehanghen
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In Flanders Fields Vol 50

In Flanders Fields Vol 50
Available Phaedra

 

Peter Benoit, Lodewijk Mortelmans, Arthur Verhoeven, Gaston Feremans, August De Boeck, Florentius De Boeck
A fine and true musical picture of pious Flanders in the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century, of the liturgical music that was sung in the choir lofts of its churches and which was part and parcel of the repertoire of many Flemish choral societies.

Performers
Ann De Renais - soprano, Kristine Adamaite - organ,
State Choir Latvia, Herman Engels - Conductor.

Panis Angelicus P Benoit
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In Flanders' Fields Vol. 44, Jef van Hoof (1886 - 1959)

In Flanders' Fields Vol. 44, Jef van Hoof
Available from Phaedra

 

 

 

Symphony no 5 in E major (1954)
Vijf liederen - Five songs
't is Stille - It's quiet (1903) (Guido Gezelle)
De Lotusbloem (Ik heb u lief) (1957) (Angèle de Bremaecker) - The Lotus Flower (I love you)
Suja, nu Suja! (1924) (Pol de Mont)
Nachtdeun -Night Song (1933) (Alice Nahon)
Slaaplied - Lullaby (1910) (Guido Gezelle)
Second Symphonic Suite (1952)
Symphony no 6 in B flat major (1959) "Onvoltooide" (Unfinished)

Performers
Ann De Renais - soprano, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Pécs Zsolt Hamar - conductor.

't is Stille - It's quiet
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Luciano Berio Sinfonia Ekphrasis

Luciano Berio's Sinfonia
Available direct from Deutsche Grammophon or any good classical CD shop.

(Deutsche Grammophon)
London Voices
Göteborgs Symfoniker
Peter Eötvös, Conductor

Swingle Singers

Ann can be heard as first soprano with the internationally known a cappella group the swingle singers on
Ticket to Ride (a tribute to the Beatles) Keyboard Classics (your favourite keyboard pieces arranged and sung by 8 voices)
Live in Japan (a cd full of surprises, including an arrangement of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody!)

Ticket To Ride keyboard classics Live in Japan

To buy www.swinglesingers.com

Blackbird