May the dead rest in peace !
Schumann's Requiem: compassionate and heartfelt emotions
It has supposedly been said by Schumann that Requiems are "written for one's self". Schumann wrote his Requiem in 1849, could this have been a premonition of his suicide five years later ? It is known that longing for death was an obsession for Schumann.
His Requiem für Mignon is composed to Goethe`s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, the piece is a literary masque which Schumann puts on to create a unification of words and music. It was composed for the centenary of Goethe's birth.
The CD was released by BMG, P 1988, C 1996, (DDD). BMG 74321 40507 2.
Soprano: Helen Donath
Soprano op. 98b: Julie Kaufman
Contralto: Marjana Lipovsek
Contralto op. 98b: Birgit Calm
Tenor: Thomas Moser
Bass: Jan Hendrik Rootering
Chorus of the Bavarian Radio, Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
- Requiem Aeternam (3'41")
- Te Decet Hymnus (5'07")
- Dies Irae (2'45")
- Liber Scriptus (5'58")
- Qui Mariam Absolvisti (4'43")
- Domine Jesu Christi (3'03")
- Hostias et Preces Tibi (1'24")
- Sanctus (3'50")
- Benedictus - Agnus Dei (6'57")
Requiem für Mignon for Soli, Choir and Orchestra op. 98b
- Wen bringt Ihr uns zur stillen Gesellschaft (2'26")
- Ach ! Wie ungern brachten wir Ihn her (0'36")
- Seht die mächtigen Flügel doch an ! (2'53")
- In Euch lebe die bildende Kraft (2'42")
- Kinder, kehret ins Leben zurück (1'43")
- Kinder, eilet ins Leben hinein ! (2'40")