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Transylvanian Passion Music for Good Friday
Chrisfried Brödel, cond; Claudia Zohm (sop); Annekathrin Laabs (alt); Andreas Petzoldt (ten); Bernhard Vetter (ten); Matthias Weichert (bs); Reinhard Decker (bs); Nikolaus Krause (bs); Ursula Philippi (org); Meissner Kantorei 1961
MDG 902 1554 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 69:36
Text, no Translation)
Hans Peter Türk is an ethnic German born in 1940 in Romanian Transylvania, and traditional Transylvanian Passion texts
form the basis of the work under review, which was premiered on Good Friday 2007 by the conductor and oddly named choir (“1961” is part of its nomenclature) on this SACD; the recording was made the following year. The booklet text is printed only in German, so I can’t comment on its details, but there’s solo work for several characters. All of the male roles save for the tenor Evangelist are sung by basses, which blurs the characters’ identities if you’re not following the text or at least the movement headings.
Türk’s music is tonal but sometimes dissonant, yet generally not far beyond the eerie late works of Vaughan Williams or much of Britten. The solo lines are very chromatic, but they undulate expressively rather than leap, and the soloists handle them very well. Unfortunately, one’s mind is liable to wander as much as the melodic lines do over the course of this nearly 70-minute work; it’s best to listen to only one of the 23-minute sections (“Jesus before Pilate,” “Jesus’s Death,” “Jesus’s Burial”) at a time. The performance and recording quality are excellent, with superb balance among the chorus, vocal soloists, and organ in a church acoustic that manages not to swallow important detail.
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Works on This Recording
Transylvanian Passion Music for Good Friday by Hans Peter Türk
Ursula Philippi (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Length: 59 Minutes 38 Secs.
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