Notes and Editorial Reviews
Robert Schumann's choral works are rarely performed and recorded, but here Harmonia Mundi offers a second recording in less than a year (the first was Philippe Herreweghe's recording of Szenen aus Goethes Faust') to rectify that situation. 'Der Rose Pilgerfahrt' was written in 1851, Schumann's first major work since moving to Düsseldorf the year before and assuming responsibility for some choral-orchestral portions of the Niederrheinisches Musikfest.
As the oratorio stood at the time, 'Der Rose Pilgerfahrt' is somewhat of an anti-oratorio. For the two preceding centuries the oratorio had primarily been a biblical drama, with rollicking choruses and set-pieces for the soloists. Schumann's oratorio here has a tighter dramatic flow, with
the soloists integrated more into the fabric of the work. Gone is the stop-start, aria/chorus alternation of the traditional oratorio.
Marcus Creed and the RIAS-Kammerchor capture the intimacy of this work, which was premiered in the music room of Schumann's Düsseldorf townhouse with his wife Clara at the piano. The singing is excellent throughout, and Philip Mayers' fortepiano accompaniment enhances the performance nicely. Read less
Works on This Recording
Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Op. 112 by Robert Schumann
Inés Villanueva (Soprano),
Christiane Oelze (Soprano),
Dagmar Wietschorke (Soprano),
Ulrike Andersen (Alto),
Philip Mayers (Piano),
Birgit Remmert (Alto),
Werner Güra (Tenor),
Klaus Thiem (Baritone),
Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Bass),
Ulrike Bartsch (Alto)
Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Written: 1851; Germany
Date of Recording: 05/1998
Venue: Christ Church, Berlin, Germany
Length: 62 Minutes 27 Secs.
Notes: This is a recording of the original version of 'Der Rose Pilgerfahrt,' with piano accompaniment.
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