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Krenek: Sechs Motetten nach Worten von Franz Kafka Op. 169

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>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sechs Motetten nach Worten von Franz Kafka, Op. 169
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Prayers (5), for chorus, Op. 97
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Kantate von der Verganglichkeit des Irdischen, for soloist, chorus & piano, Op. 72
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lamento della Ninfa (Canto Amoroso)
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Drei gemischte A-Cappella-Chore, Op. 22
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Two Choruses on Jacobean Poems, for chorus, Op. 87

Album Summary

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sechs Motetten nach Worten von Franz Kafka, Op. 169
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Prayers (5), for chorus, Op. 97
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Kantate von der Verganglichkeit des Irdischen, for soloist, chorus & piano, Op. 72
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lamento della Ninfa (Canto Amoroso)
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Drei gemischte A-Cappella-Chore, Op. 22
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Two Choruses on Jacobean Poems, for chorus, Op. 87
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Notes & Reviews:

Following on their critically acclaimed disc devoted to Ernst Krenek's Lamentatio, RIAS Kammerchor is back with a disc featuring six more choral works by one of their favorite composers. Krenek was born in Vienna as the son of a Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army. He studied in Berlin with Franz Schreker before working as a conductor in various German opera houses. In the mid 30's, his writings were banned and his music was targeted by the Nazis. His jazz variations on Jonny spielt auf were included in the 1938 Degenerate art exhibition in Munich. In 1938, Krenek moved to the US, where he taught music at various universities. He became an American citizen in 1945 and died in Palm Springs, California in 1991.

"Three confessions. First, I had no idea that Ernst Krenek was an admirer of Monteverdi...Who knew? Second, I played the first chorus from Krenek's Five Prayers and wrote down that German diction was putrid...Third and most embarrassing was my knee-jerk dislike for its composer whose music I had sung briefly decades ago and hated ever since. Krenek's songs, I concluded, were the choral equivalent of your cat jumping on the piano keys. It was damned near impossible to sing his nasty, dissonant choral harmonies, let alone do anything remotely musical with them. Wrong, wrong, wrong. That faulty perception has been blown out of the water by Hans Christoph Rademann and the RIAS Choir. They don't just sing the pitches correctly...they sing Krenek with the same rounded, affectionate tone they bring to Schubert, Brahms, and Poulenc. The music blossoms with life under their care...In the choral realm, Ernst Krenek was a composer of merit whose music has inspired one of the world's finest choirs to sing it with palpable love and respect."-ARG

The Observer
[Krenek's] musical life...falls into two parts. This selection of haunting choral works embraces both, including madrigal-like a cappella music from the 1920s through to the 12-tone, experimental Six Motets After Franz Kafka...The RIAS chamber choir, at home in this repertoire, sings superbly.

Gramophone Magazine
The choral contribution, like that of the expert sound team, cannot be faulted, with the Jesus-Christus-Kirche of Berlin-Dahlem contributing its usual sympathetic lustre.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (05/2009).



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Works Details

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sechs Motetten nach Worten von Franz Kafka, Op. 169
  • Running Time: 20 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Prayers (5), for chorus, Op. 97
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Kantate von der Vergänglichkeit des Irdischen, for soloist, chorus & piano, Op. 72
  • Performers: Philip Mayers (Piano); Caroline Stein (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lamento della Ninfa (Canto Amoroso)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1638

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Drei gemischte A-Cappella-Chöre, Op. 22
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Two Choruses on Jacobean Poems, for chorus, Op. 87
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987