Schumann: Requiem; Der Königssohn; Nachtlied

> Requiem, Op. 148 - Requiem
> Requiem, Op. 148 - Te decet hymnus
> Requiem, Op. 148 - Dies irae
> Requiem, Op. 148 - Liber scriptus
> Requiem, Op. 148 - Qui Mariam
> Requiem, Op. 148 - Domine Jesu
> Requiem, Op. 148 - Hostias
> Requiem, Op. 148 - Sanctus
> Requiem, Op. 148 - Benedictus - Agnus Dei
> Der Konigssohn, Op. 116 - No. 1. Feierlich
> Der Konigssohn, Op. 116 - No. 2. Lebhaft
> Der Konigssohn, Op. 116 - No. 3. In massigem Tempo
> Der Konigssohn, Op. 116 - No. 4. Sehr lebhaft
> Der Konigssohn, Op. 116 - No. 5. Ziemlich langsam
> Der Konigssohn, Op. 116 - No. 6. Feierlich bewegt
> Nachtlied, Op. 108 - Nachtlied, Op. 108

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Requiem, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 148
>Schumann, Robert : Der Konigssohn, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 116
>Schumann, Robert : Nachtlied, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 108
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This album features three stunning new recordings of Schumann's rarely recorded late choral works. Schumann's Requiem Op. 148 was written as a "companion" piece to his Mass Op. 147 and is an elegant and gentle acceptance of death. The program concludes with an unquestioned masterpiece - the all-to-rarely performed Nachtlied op. 108. Here is Schumann at his finest - as well as anticipating the musical world of Brahms' "Deutsches Requiem."

"Der Königssohn is one of four ballads that Schumann composed in 1851, which are precursors of a whole genre of narrative concert pieces in the second half of the 19th century. It may not be top-drawer Schumann, but it offers a sense of the composer creating something new." -The Guardian**

Gramophone Magazine
The soloists lend distinction, especially Christoph Prégardien as the young king-to-be, and Georg Grün's flexible direction doesn't undermine the pulse that each movement needs if it's to sustain any impression of coherence.

International Record Review
Whatever the aesthetic ambiguities of the work, Georg Grün and his musicians give the Requiem a creditable, straightforward performance. Balances tend to favour orchestral detail over a more precise choral presence...The soloists acquit themselves well.

BBC Music Magazine
This version of Nachtlied will leave no-one in doubt that this choral-orchestral miniature is a significant find. Der Königssohn is similarly enjoyable

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ehemalige Abteikirche St. Maximin, Trier (06/05/2010).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Requiem, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 148
  • Performers: Adolph Seidel (Bass); Yorck Speer (Tenor); Sibylla Rubens (Soprano); Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Georg Grün
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern.
  • Notes: Composition written: 1852.
  • Running Time: 35 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1852

>Schumann, Robert : Der Königssohn, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 116
  • Performers: Adolph Seidel (Bass); Yorck Speer (Tenor); Sibylla Rubens (Soprano); Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Georg Grün
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern.
  • Running Time: 24 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Nachtlied, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 108
  • Performers: Adolph Seidel (Bass); Yorck Speer (Tenor); Sibylla Rubens (Soprano); Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Georg Grün
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849