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Heinrich Von Herzogenberg: Totenfeier; Requiem

Beckert / Thueringen Philharmonie Gotha
Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777755   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich Herzogenberg
Performer:  Jens HamannFranziska BobeBarbara BräckelmannMaximilian Argmann
Conductor:  Matthias Beckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suhl Thüringen-PhilharmonieMonteverdi Choir Würzburg
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Austrian romantic composer, Heinrich von Herzogenberg is known primarily through his association with the circle of friends of Brahms. He wrote a variety of works including sacred music.

From the cpo label:

It is a unique case in music history for a composer to have dealt with the theme of dying and death on the basis of three very different texts: the classic subject of the Catholic Mass for the Dead (Requiem), a work best described as a Lutheran cantata drawing on German texts from the Bible and hymn stanzas, and a poem of his own authorship. Heinrich von Herzogenberg, to whom cpo is dedicating an edition containing almost all of his works, took it upon himself to cope with grief in this way. He composed
Read more his Requiem in 1890 without a specific occasion in mind, but his other two works represent artistic reactions to two personal and sorrowful strokes of fate. Philipp Spitta, his best friend, unexpectedly died of a heart attack in 1894, when he was only fifty-two years old, and Herzogenberg composed his Begräbnisgesang (Burial Song) for the dedication of the gravestone during the following year. Two years earlier Herzogenberg had experienced a considerably more existential loss when his beloved wife Elisabeth succumbed to a chronic heart ailment at the young age of forty-four. Herzogenberg thereupon plunged into work in order to perpetuate his wife’s legacy in music, writing his grand Kirchenkantate auf das Todtenfest (Church Cantata in Commemoration of the Dead). He himself compiled the texts for the setting from biblical passages and hymn stanzas. In this personal form it became a counterpart to Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. After the premiere Max Bruch wrote, "Herzogenberg has had the courage to express exactly what he felt in his heart, and the effect did not fail to manifest itself." - cpo Read less

Works on This Recording

Totenfeier, Op. 80 by Heinrich Herzogenberg
Performer:  Jens Hamann (Bass), Franziska Bobe (Soprano), Barbara Bräckelmann (Mezzo Soprano),
Maximilian Argmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Matthias Beckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suhl Thüringen-Philharmonie,  Monteverdi Choir Würzburg
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Begräbnisgesang, Op. 88 by Heinrich Herzogenberg
Performer:  Maximilian Argmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Matthias Beckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir Würzburg
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Requiem, Op.72 by Heinrich Herzogenberg
Conductor:  Matthias Beckert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suhl Thüringen-Philharmonie,  Monteverdi Choir Würzburg
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 

Sound Samples

Totenfeier, Op. 80: Einleitung: Trauermarsch mit Chor Der Mensch, vom Weibe geboren
Totenfeier, Op. 80: Recitative und Arie: Herr, warum trittst du so ferne (Bass)
Totenfeier, Op. 80: Was ich tue - Ich lieg' im Streit (Alto, Chorus)
Totenfeier, Op. 80: Ich bin die Auferstehung (Chorus, Soprano)
Totenfeier, Op. 80: Recitative und Arie: Da ich den Herrn suchte (Bass)
Totenfeier, Op. 80: Soloquartett und Chorale: Ich hab' dich eine kleine Zeit
Totenfeier, Op. 80: Wenn der Herr die Gefangenen Sions (Chorus)
Totenfeier, Op. 80: Aria: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Soprano)
Totenfeier, Op. 80: Der Herr hat's gegeben (Bass, Chorus)
Begrabnisgesang, Op. 88
Requiem, Op. 72: Requiem
Requiem, Op. 72: Dies irae
Requiem, Op. 72: Offertorium
Requiem, Op. 72: Sanctus
Requiem, Op. 72: Agnus Dei
Requiem, Op. 72: Communio

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