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Schnittke: Requiem & Sacred Hymns / Stasiowska-Chrobak, University of Rzeszow Music Faculty


Release Date: 02/02/2018 
Label:  Dux Records   Catalog #: 1407  
Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Monika KorybalskaKatarzyna Oles-BlachaAgnieszka KukOlga Maroszek,   ... 
Conductor:  Bozena Stasiowska-Chrobak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Rzeszow Music Faculty ChoirArtur Malawski Philharmonic Instrumental Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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The tradition of composing a funeral mass dates back to the times of the late Middle Ages, but it was brought to artistic perfection by later composers. Alfred Schnittke initially wore the intention of writing a small instrumental Requiem, which was to be one of the parts of the Piano Quintet. Eventually, however, he rejected this idea and created a fourteen-part Requiem. The work is expressive and full of dramatic contrasts. The instrumental parts of electric guitars of a set of drums surprisingly refer to the composer’s polistylist interests. Composed in the same stream, the three religious songs refer to Orthodox church music, introducing a mood of contemplative reflection and prayer reverie. The tradition of composing a funeral mass dates back to the times of the late Middle Ages, but it was brought to artistic perfection by later composers. Alfred Schnittke initially wore the intention of writing a small instrumental Requiem, which was to be one of the parts of the Piano Quintet. Eventually, however, he rejected this idea and created a fourteen-part Requiem. The work is expressive and full of dramatic contrasts. The instrumental parts of electric guitars of a set of drums surprisingly refer to the composer’s polistylist interests. Composed in the same stream, the three religious songs refer to Orthodox church music, introducing a mood of contemplative reflection and prayer reverie. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Requiem by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Monika Korybalska (Soprano), Katarzyna Oles-Blacha (Soprano), Agnieszka Kuk (Soprano),
Olga Maroszek (Alto), Dominik Sutowicz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bozena Stasiowska-Chrobak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Rzeszow Music Faculty Choir,  Artur Malawski Philharmonic Instrumental Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974-1975; USSR 
2.
Sacred Hymns (3) by Alfred Schnittke
Conductor:  Bozena Stasiowska-Chrobak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Rzeszow Music Faculty Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USSR 

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