The South Dakota Chorale will release its second commercial recording in February 2015 with Pentatone Classics, a label based in Amsterdam that specializes in audiophile-quality classical recordings. In signing with Pentatone, the Chorale joins the likes of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Bavarian Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, and conductors like Paavo Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, and Marek Janowski.
Blanton Alspaugh, Grammy-winning producer who has recorded both of the South Dakota Chorale’s albums notes, “All of us at Soundmirror are delighted to see two of our most valued collaborators join together in a new partnership. Pentatone has set the standard for musical and technical excellenceamong classical labels. The South Dakota Chorale has done the same among American choirs. We are thrilled to be a part of this new venture together.”
The new recording, entitled Sacred Songs of Life and Love, features some of the best in contemporary Scandinavian and Baltic choral music including Arvo Pärt’s Sieben Magnificat Antiphonen, selectionsfrom Knut Nystedt’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, and Sven David Sandström’s Four Songs of Love. Recorded in January, 2014 in the magnificent acoustical environment at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, this disc will be a must-have for choral enthusiasts.