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Dvorak: Complete Sacred Choral Music


Release Date: 04/27/2018 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95609  
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Janusz MonarchaChristiane LiborEwa WolakDaniel Kirch,   ... 
Conductor:  Antoni WitRobert ShaferGerd Albrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic OrchestraWarsaw Philharmonic ChorusWashington Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 7 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Unrivalled in the catalogue, this release brings together all the works in a genre for which Dvorák has been undervalued. The composer was himself a lifelong Catholic, a man of uncomplicated faith and not prey to spiritual torments in the manner of his contemporary Bruckner. Dvorák wrote religious music throughout his career, though his first substantial contribution was the Stabat mater of 1876-7. This large-scale setting burns with a restrained pathos likely intensified during the period of composition by the deaths of his children. One of the most personal of all his major works, the Stabat mater sets the tone for the equally large-scale St Ludmila oratorio of 1886 and the Requiem of 1890: sorrow and consolation are the Read more Requiem’s key-signatures, just as devout belief infuses the Czech legend of St Ludmila. The Mass in D was originally composed in 1887 with organ accompaniment, but the carefully integrated nature of his setting is in the spirit of the late Masses by Haydn and Schubert, as he recognized by orchestrating it a few years later. His final sacred work is the elementally exuberant Te Deum of 1892, which looks back in spirit to his robust and festive setting of Psalm 149. The recordings in this release are all modern, made during the last 20 years by ensembles in Cologne, Navarra, Warsaw and Washington, and masterminded by noted choral conductors. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Requiem Mass, Op. 89/B 165 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Janusz Monarcha (Voice), Christiane Libor (Soprano), Ewa Wolak (Mezzo Soprano),
Daniel Kirch (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Bohemia 
2.
Stabat Mater, Op. 58/B 71 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Ding Gao (Bass), Christine Brewer (Soprano), Marietta Simpson (Mezzo Soprano),
John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert Shafer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Chorus,  Washington Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1877; Bohemia 
3.
Psalm 149, Op. 79/B 91 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Christine Brewer (Soprano), Marietta Simpson (Mezzo Soprano), John Aler (Tenor),
Ding Gao (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
4.
Mass in D major, Op. 86/B 153 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  José Antonio Lopez (Baritone), Marina Rodriguez-Cusi (Mezzo Soprano), Javier Tome (Tenor),
Ewa Biegas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orfeon Pamplones Chorus,  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
5.
Te Deum, Op. 103/B 176 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  José Antonio Lopez (Baritone), Marina Rodriguez-Cusi (Mezzo Soprano), Javier Tome (Tenor),
Ewa Biegas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orfeon Pamplones Chorus,  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Bohemia 
6.
Saint Ludmilla, Op. 71/B 144 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (Tenor), Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano), Lívia Aghová (Soprano),
Ludek Vele (Bass)
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Chorus,  WDR Rundfunkchor Köln,  Wdr Rundfunkorchester Koln
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886 

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