Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) - Requiem D Flat Major for Soli, Choir and Orchestra op. 148

Preface: A school massacre took place today on 11.03.2009 at Albertville School in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. A 17-year-old gunman killed at least 9 students and 3 teachers. What a tragedy !

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

Track List:
  1. Requiem Aeternam (3'41")
  2. Te Decet Hymnus (5'07")
  3. Dies Irae (2'45")
  4. Liber Scriptus (5'58")
  5. Qui Mariam Absolvisti (4'43")
  6. Domine Jesu Christi (3'03")
  7. Hostias et Preces Tibi (1'24")
  8. Sanctus (3'50")
  9. Benedictus - Agnus Dei (6'57")

Requiem für Mignon for Soli, Choir and Orchestra op. 98b
  1. Wen bringt Ihr uns zur stillen Gesellschaft (2'26")
  2. Ach ! Wie ungern brachten wir Ihn her (0'36")
  3. Seht die mächtigen Flügel doch an ! (2'53")
  4. In Euch lebe die bildende Kraft (2'42")
  5. Kinder, kehret ins Leben zurück (1'43")
  6. Kinder, eilet ins Leben hinein ! (2'40")