Alfred Schnittke: Zwölf Buáverse; Stimmen der Natur / Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble

> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - I. Adam sat weeping at the gates of paradise
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - II. O wilderness, gather me to your silent and gentle lap
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - III. That is why I live in poverty
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - IV. My soul, why are you in a state of sin?
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - V. O Man, doomed and wretched
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - VI. When they beheld the ship that suddenly came
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - VII. Oh my soul, why are you not afraid?
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - VIII. If you wish to overcome unending sorrow
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - IX. I have reflected on my life as a monk
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - X. Christian people, gather together!
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - XI. I entered this life of tears a naked infant
> Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms) - XII. [wordless humming]
> Voices of Nature, for 10 Women's Voices and Vibraphone - Voices of Nature

Album Summary

>Schnittke, Alfred : Penitential Psalms, for chorus
>Schnittke, Alfred : Voices of Nature, for 10 female voices & vibraphone
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The newest recording from the SWR Vocal Ensemble presents a stunning program of choral music by Alfred Schnittke. The polished excellence of the SWR Vocal Ensemble is a perfect match for Schnittke's command of vocal composition. This recording is a must-have for both choral enthusiasts and contemporary music mavens.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Anyone interested in 20th Century choral music cannot afford to miss this. Marcus Creed's sensational choir is astonishing - and beautifully recorded. Invaluable information on Schnittke's work may be found in Maria Cizmic's remarkable recent book Performing Pain: Music and Trauma in Eastern Europe (Oxford), which also contains important essays on Ustvolskaya, PSrt, and Gorecki. Texts in English, German, and Cyrillic.

MusicWeb International, June 2012
Warmth of expression and passionately projected performance can be heard throughout this recording, and something like 'Oh my soul, why are you not afraid?' has it all...Schnittke's Twelve Penitential Psalms is one of the choral masterpieces of the last century, and this is a recording which conveys its full, angst-ridden glory.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: SWR Funkstudio Stuttgart (04/05/2011-04/08/2011).



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>Schnittke, Alfred : Penitential Psalms, for chorus
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Ensemble: SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart
  • Notes: SWR Funkstudio Stuttgart (04/05/2011-04/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Schnittke, Alfred : Voices of Nature, for 10 female voices & vibraphone
  • Performer: Jochen Schorer (Vibraphone)
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Notes: SWR Funkstudio Stuttgart (04/05/2011-04/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1972