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Requiem Of Reconciliation / Helmuth Rilling


Release Date: 03/24/1997 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98100   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Luciano BerioFriedrich CerhaPaul-Heinz DittrichMarek Kopelent,   ... 
Performer:  Thomas RandleDonna BrownAndreas SchmidtIngeborg Danz,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei StuttgartIsrael Philharmonic OrchestraCracow Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On 16 August in Stuttgart there occurred something extraordinary: the first performance of a Requiem of Reconciliation written by 14 composers from countries involved in the Second World War. Fifty years after the end of hostilities, and even while the former Yugoslavia festers in the obscenity of conflict, the motivation for the commission was abundantly clear. This is the rush-released recording of that momentous event.

From Berio’s ‘Prologue’, to words by Paul Celan, to Kurtág’s intensely dark ‘Epilogue’, the Requiem never loses its intensity. If Cerha’s Introitus and Kyrie and the sequence by Dittrich, Kopelent, Harbison and Nordheim, together throw too much fire and brimstone into the melting pot, Rands’s
Read more ‘Interludium’ presages more lyrical music. First comes Dalbavie’s Offertorium, then Weir’s celestial Sanctus and Penderecki’s ripe Agnus Dei. Rihm’s ‘Communio’ returns us to the terrors of war, symbolised in the vocal exchanges of child-figure and mother-figure amid massive percussive eruptions. Schnittke’s second ‘Communio’, completed by Rozhdestvensky, lends a gentler angle to the text; and Yuasa’s substantial ‘Responsorium’ ends the liturgy with a powerful plea.

The German and Polish choirs, the Israel Philharmonic, and all the vocal soloists rise wonderfully to the moving spirit of the occasion. Helmuth Rilling conducts with the right mix of dignity and passion.

-- Stephen Pettitt, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Hör by Luciano Berio
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Introitus and Kyrie by Friedrich Cerha
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Dies irae by Paul-Heinz Dittrich
Performer:  Thomas Randle (Tenor), Donna Brown (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1995 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Judex ergo by Marek Kopelent
Performer:  Andreas Schmidt (Baritone)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Juste judex by John Harbison
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Andreas Schmidt (Baritone)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6. Confutatis by Arne Nordheim
Performer:  Donna Brown (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. Interludium by Bernard Rands
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8. Offertorium by Marc-André Dalbavie
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1995 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9. Sanctus by Judith Weir
Performer:  Julie Moffat (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. Requiem der Versöhnung: Agnus Dei by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performer:  Donna Brown (Soprano), Andreas Schmidt (Baritone), Thomas Randle (Tenor),
Julie Moffat (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Communio by Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Tobias Janzik (Treble)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12. Lux aeterna by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. Responsorium by Joji Yuasa
Performer:  Thomas Randle (Tenor), Andreas Schmidt (Baritone), Julie Moffat (Mezzo Soprano),
Donna Brown (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1995; Japan 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14. Inscription on a grave in Cornwall, Op. 34 by György Kurtág
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cracow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1995 
Venue:  Live  Culture Center Liederhalle, Stuttgart 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Requiem: of Reconciliation: I. Prologue: The Trumpet Part
Requiem of Reconciliation: II. Introitus and Kyrie: Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine
Requiem of Reconciliation: III. Dies irae: Dies irae, dies illa
Requiem of Reconciliation: IV. Judex ergo: Judex ergo cum sedebit
Requiem of Reconciliation: V. Juste judex: Juste judex ultionis
Requiem der Versohnung (Requiem of Reconciliation): Confutatis: Requiem of Reconciliation: VI. Confutatis: Confutatis maledictis
Requiem of Reconciliation: VII. Interludium: Deus!
Requiem of Reconciliation: VIII. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe, Rex Gloriae
Requiem of Reconciliation: IX. Sanctus: Sanctus, Sanctus
Requiem of Reconciliation: X. Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
Requiem der Versohnung (Requiem of Reconciliation): Communio: Lux aeterna: Requiem of Reconciliation: XI. Communio I
Requiem der Versohnung (Requiem of Reconciliation): Communio: Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine: Requiem of Reconciliation: XII. Communio II: Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine
Requiem of Reconciliation: XIII. Reponsorium: Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna
Requiem of Reconciliation: XIV. Epilogue: We Have a Building of God

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