Buji-Ja Bij-Ju – Premiers 2009-2016


For over 40 years, the via-nova-chor of Munich has been considered one of the most important interpreters of contemporary vocal music in the German-speaking countries. All the works on this disc were premiered by the choir under the direction of Florian Helgath. Enjoy 78 minutes of the best in new choral music.

Release on 1st February 2018

Album Details


01 HANS SCHANDERL: Buji-ja – Bij-ju (2014)
02 WOLFRAM BUCHENBERG: Almáttigr Guð (2015)
03 BERNHARD ZINK: Abend wird es wieder (2015)
04 MICHAEL OSTRZYGA: Saturn (2014)
05 GERARDO GERULEWICZ: Oración de Wessobrunn (2016)
06 ALESSANDRO CADARIO: Paolo e Francesca (2014)
07 JOSQUIN DESPREZ : Mille regretz
08 SEAN MICHAEL SALAMON : Mille regretz (2015)
09 CHARLOTTE SEITHER : Guarda in giù (2012)*
BERNHARD WEIDNER : Zwei italienische Fantasien (2009)*
10 L’aldilá
11 L’isola

Total time / Gesamtspielzeit: 77:52

*Live-Mitschnitt, © Bayerischer Rundfunk


The via-nova-chor München was founded in 1972 by Kurt Suttner who left his unmistakable mark in his 35 years of conducting the choir. From 2008 to 2016 Florian Helgath was director of the choir. In April 2017 Kerstin Behnke succeeded him as new musical director. The choir, consisting of roughly 40 singers, is particularly dedicated to the performance of contemporary music without, however, neglecting the vast classical tradition. It offers presentday composers a platform for composition and performance of new choral works. More than 70 premieres impressively give proof of this. A number of concert tours has taken the choir all over the world to places such as Italy, Spain, Ireland, Norway, Hungary, Taiwan and South Korea. It has also won several first prizes in a number of internationally acclaimed choir contests such as: Den Haag (1977), Cork (1985/87), Budapest (1991), Tolosa (1994/2009) and Debrecen (2014). On a national level the chorus won first prizes at the Bavarian Choir Competition (1993/2009) and at the German Choir Competition in Dortmund (2010), as well as receiving a special award in the performance of contemporary choral music at the German Choir Competition in Fulda (1994) and in Dortmund (2010). The chorus was a Grand Prix finalist at the International Choir Contest in Maribor, Slovenia in 2011 and in Debrecen, Hungary in 2014. In Debrecen it was awarded the Folklore Diploma.
The via-nova-chor had the pleasure and honor to work with Eric Ericson on several occasions and this way gained invaluable insights into the interpretation of contemporary choral music. The choir regularly works together with acclaimed guest conductors and renowned orchestras such as the Munich Radio Orchestra. In addition to numerous radio broadcasts by the BR (Bavarian Radio), the choir has made several CD recordings. Its latest CD was released in 2012 with the title VIA NOVA CHOR – Contemporary Choral Music.

Florian Helgath

Florian Helgath was the artistic director of Munich’s via-nova-chor from 2008 to 2016. During that time he gave a great many highly praised world premieres with the choir and won many national and international prizes. From 2009 to 2015 Helgath also led the Danish Radio Choir. Since 2011, he has been serving as artistic director of ChorWerk Ruhr, with whom he has given outstanding performances of choral music from all periods. As of season 2017/18 he has taken over the artistic direction of the Zürich Sing-Akademie.
Helgath regularly guest conducts ensembles such as the SWR Vocal Ensemble, the RIAS Chamber Choir, the MDR Radio Choir, and the Bavarian Radio Choir. He also works with orchestras such as the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Danish Chamber Orchestra, Berlin’s Academy for Ancient Music, Concerto Köln, and Ensemble Resonanz. He has performed in the great concert halls and at various festivals including The Berlin Festspiele, the Audi Summer Concerts, Stuttgart’s Eclat Festival, and the Ruhrtriennale. He has worked as a rehearsal conductor and assistant to Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano and Christian Thielemann. Helgath gained international recognition as a finalist and prize winner at competitions including the Eric Ericson Award and the Competition For Young Choral Conductors. His recording with the MDR Radio Choir, “Geistliche Gesänge”, won the best recording in the choral music category at the 2017 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Together with RIAS Kammerchor and Capella della Torre in 2017, he was awarded with the ECHO Klassik for the CD Da pacem – Echo der Reformation.


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Best.-Nr. / Ord. No.: SRL4 – 17155
EAN: 4260130381554

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