Calmus
�Nothing short of remarkable...they, quite simply, bring whatever they sing to glorious life.� That is how the Deseret Morning News described a concert by Calmus, the First Prize Winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Founded in 1999 in Germany, the a cappella quintet embodies the rich choral tradition of its hometown of Leipzig, the city so closely associated with Bach and Mendelssohn. Whether singing music by those German masters or something else from its diverse repertoire, Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation.

All graduates of Leipzig�s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School, Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor. The seamless blend of these five voices lends itself to the almost limitless range of music the ensemble offers, from renaissance and baroque masters through great German romantic works all the way to contemporary choral repertoire and popular songs. Calmus conveys everything they perform with great respect, and also with a sense of joy in singing that is obvious to the listener: � I sat through the performance with my mouth agape and a smile on my lips� (Classical Voice of North Carolina).
In the 2010-11 season, Calmus� debut recital in New York at Carnegie Hall�s Weill Recital Hall on the CAG Winners Series is just one highlight. Other concerts nationwide feature such prestigious series as the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Purdue University Convocations, the University of Iowa�s Hancher Auditorium, Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, Clemson University�s Utsey Chamber Music series, Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, the Artist Series of Tallahasee, Lancaster (CA) Performing Arts Center and Northeastern Illinois University�s Jewel Box series in Chicago.

With no less than ten recordings to its credit, Calmus received the 2009 Echo Klassik Award for Lied:gut!, a disc of treasured German folksongs. The group�s latest CD, entititled Hausmusik, is a collection of songs by Robert and Clara Schumann and J.S. Bach, featuring a program that very well could have been heard at a salon concert in the Schumann home. This follows the 2009 release of the Calmus Christmas Carols album in late 2009, its first CD of music for the Holidays which has been received enthusiastically: �...perfectly balanced ensemble singing, every note, every chord given exacting importance, delivered in the most vocally attractive, musically expressive style (Classics Today).

An active concert schedule worldwide has already taken Calmus across Germany, Austria Belgium, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and North and South America. Festival appearances include International a cappella Week in Hannover and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival where the group attended a master class with the King�s Singers. In addition to garnering First Prize and numerous performance prizes at the CAG Competiton, other prestigious awards bestowed upon the ensemble include First Prizes at the fourth annual Robert Schumann Choral Competition, the International Competition for Vocal Ensembles in Finland and the 37th Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain.

Calmus Ensemble:

Anja Lipfert � Soprano
Sebastian Krause � Countertenor
Tobias P�che � Tenor
Ludwig B�hme � Baritone
Joe Roesler � Bass

Calmus CD Catalog

Touched CD $15.95
Shape of My Heart; Hush, No More; If Love’s A Sweet Passion; Dance Me to the End of Love; Remember the Time; Bella Olimpia; Le Chant des Oyseaux; Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Your Song; If Music Be the Food Of Love; Dindirindin; Love of My Life; Aint’ No Sunshine When She’s Gone; Lasciaterni Morire; Always Look on the Bright Side of Life; Feritevi, Ferite.

Bacharkaden CD $15.95
The chorale is one of the oldest forms of European sacred music. The singers and musicians invite the listener to stroll with them beneath the arches of music history which rise above the supporting pillars of the chorales. With Lautten Compagney Berlin/Wolfgang Katschner. J.S. Bach: Choralbearbeitungen; Part: Fratres; Dufay: Ecclesiae militantis; Purcell: When I Am Laid; Walter: Vivat Carolus; Buxtehude: Her, Wenn Ich Nur Dich Hab; Tavener: The Lamb.

Hausmusik CD $15.95
Of course today we can only have a limited idea as to how house music may have sounded and what form it took in the home of the Schumanns. The Calmus Ensemble provides a sketch of one such possible evening, and risks a look through the keyhole: One sat in a smaller circle together and the invited guests formed a small vocal ensemble for the purpose of sight-reading and singing the newest vocal compositions. Schumann and his wife played their newest pieces at the piano. Johannes Brahms was probably also there and brought his own music with him. And surely, occasionally the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach was also heard.

Calmus Christmas Carols CD $15.95
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, Nova! nova!, O Heiland, rei� die Himmel auf, Gaudete! Christus est natus, Hark! the herald angels sing, Away in a manger, Noel nouvelet, La Peregrinaci�n, Tu scendi dalle stelle, Sylvian joululaulu, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Weihnachten / Im Balladenton, Schlaf, mein Kindelein, Was soll das bedeuten?, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, O Tannenbaum, du tr�gst ein' gr�nen Zweig, Jingle bells, Thank God it's Christmas, Leise rieselt der Schnee

Made in Leipzig CD $15.95
This CD of the Calmus Ensemble unites sacred music by composers who had connections with the home town of the ensemble - Leipzig -: Max Reger, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Wilhelm Weismann and Hugo Distler. Recorded at Luther church Leipzig by a sound engineer from Leipzig, it is a reminiscence of the ensemble's favourite city.
Der 23. Psalm: Der Herr ist mein Hirte, Der Mensch lebt und bestehet, Morgengesang, Nachtlied, Unser lieben Frauen Traum, Kreuzfahrerlied, Das Agnus Dei, Schlachtgesang, Wir glauben an einen Gott, Mein Herz erhebet Gott, den Herrn, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, F�rwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit, Ich wollt, dass ich daheime w�r

One More Song CD $15.95
Wenn ich vergn�gt bin, muss ich singen, Wohlgef�hl, Bongo bong, Lullabye/Goodnight my Angel, One More Night, Son of a Preacherman, Bring back that Leroy Brown, Barbara, Wochenend und Sonnenschein, Fragile, Summertime, Kiss from a Rose, Got to get you into my Life, Ich hab ka Lust, Rondo