Arvo Pärt’s vocal works have always been based on their text, especially since the Credo from 1968. Broken down into its separate parts, dissected and carefully transferred to the music, the text is both the source – the germ from which the work’s entire structure unfolds – and also the goal. ECM has included predominantly more recent or recently reworked compositions by Arvo Pärt on this CD. The title composition Adam’s Lament is one of his major works. The words of the monk Silouan with the key message of love and humility occupy great strength of poetic expression for the composer.
The 7 Klangräume by Georg Friedrich Haas will be performed on 27 October in New York. At the end of April 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart applied for the position of second Kapellmeister at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, hoping to inherit the position from Leopold Hofmann, the incumbent Kapellmeister. The City Council of Vienna accepted Mozart’s petition in a letter dated 9 May, 1791. The composer Georg Friedrich Haas used this strongly worded decree as a basis for the text in the vocal passages of his Sieben Klangräume accompanying the unfinished fragments of Mozart’s Requiem KV 626.
7 Klangräume (2005)
for choir and orchestra | 28'
27/10/2012 New York
Argento Chamber Ensemble, c. Michel Galante
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Francis Burt’s passing away on 3 October. We refer to Francis Burt’s website for further information.
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Today Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Arnold Schönberg's rarely-performed choral blockbuster Gurre-Lieder. This enormous work, a medieval love-tragedy, is an early masterpiece in
which Schönberg's late-romantic voluptuous style attains a radiant
Augmenting substantial BBC forces, Jukka-Pekka Saraste welcomes two guest choirs. An impressive international solo line-up is headed by New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill as Waldemar, the cursed king. German soprano Angela Denoke makes her Proms debut as Tove and Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus returns as the voice of the Wood-Dove.
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
Richard Farnes conducts the première of the new production of Leoš Janácek's The Makropulos Case at the Edinburgh International Festival by acclaimed director Tom Cairns, with an exceptional cast of soloists.