Camerata sings Bo Holten's "The Sick Rose" in Bregninge - Video
PUBLISHED: Sep 25, 2011
DESCRIPTION: No effects added to the audio!
Copenhagen's Camerata Chamber Choir sings in Bregninge church on the Danish island of Tåsinge on September 24, 2011, conducted by Martin Nagashima Toft. Composer Bo Holten's song "The Sick Rose" is number 1 from his brilliant 6-song settings of poems by William Blake entitled "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," written from 1992 to 1995.
The choir is divided into three groups (I'm in the group that is cut off on the far right). The song repeats a simple setting of the poem three times. The first time is in unison. The second time through, the choir in the middle sings their part an eighth-note behind the other two choirs. The third time through, the choir in the middle sings normally while the choir on the left sings it slightly slower and thus gets further and further behind, and the choir on the right even more so.
Blake's poem is as follows: O Rose thou art sick. The invisible worm, That flies in the night In the howling storm:
Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy: And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy.
This is my first video using a standard effect in Windows Movie Maker called 3D-Ripple. Sorry if it makes you nauseous; that is definitely not the intent.
Recorded with a 2007 Flip Video and a 2008 Zoom H2. Audio has no effects, and is raw except for a light eq to try compensate for the fact that the recorder was placed behind the middle choir. I believe the group sang number 6 from Bo Holten's collection, "Night," several years ago to win a choir competition in London. I highly recommend this song collection.