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Britten: War Requiem; Penderecki: Threnody; Berg: Violin Concerto / Kari Lovaas, soprano; Theo Adam, bass-baritone; Anthony Roden, tenor. Manfred Scherzer, violin

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  1. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: I. Requiem aeternam. What Passing-bells (Tenor) $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: I. Requiem aeternam. Kyrie eleison (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: II. Dies irae. Dies irae, dies illa (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: II. Dies irae. Bugles Sang (Baritone) $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: II. Dies irae. Liber scriptus proferetur (Soprano/Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: II. Dies irae. Out There, We Walked Quite Friendly up to Death (Tenor/Baritone) $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: II. Dies irae. Recordare, Jesu pie (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: II. Dies irae. Be Slowly Lifted up (Baritone) $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: II. Dies irae. Dies irae, dies illa (Chorus/Soprano) $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: II. Dies irae. Lacrimosa (Chorus) - Move Him into the Sun [Tenor] $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: II. Dies irae. Pie Jesu domine (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: III. Offertorium. Sed signifer sanctus Michael (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: III. Offertorium So Abram Rose (Baritone/Tenor) $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: III. Offertorium Quam olim Abrahae (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: IV. Sanctus. Sanctus (Soprano/Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: IV. Sanctus. Hosanna - Benedictus - Hosanna (Chorus/Soprano) $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: IV. Sanctus. After the Blast (Baritone) $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: V. Agnus dei. One Ever Hangs (Tenor/Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: VI. Libera me. Libera me (Chorus/Soprano) $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Britten — War Requiem, Op. 66: VI. Libera me. It Seemed (Tenor/Baritone) $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Britten — Threnody "To the Victims of Hiroshima" $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Britten — Violin Concerto: I. Andante - Allegretto
  23. Britten — Violin Concerto: II. Allegro, ma sempre rubato, frei wie eine Kadenz - Adagio

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
>Berg, Alban : Concerto for Violin
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Dresden-born conductor Herbert Kegel felt a deep connection to the work of Benjamin Britten: in 1967 he made just the second recording of the War Requiem, a version that has not received wider circulation because it was sung in a German-language version, which had been produced by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to communicate Wilfred Owen's poetry, and Britten's incandescent settings, to a local audience. When Kegel returned to the work in 1989 he recorded it in the original English (and Latin); the set became a memorial to him, after his suicide, in Dresden, the following year. It is a measured and deeply considered performance, in which the consolation offered by the composer's own recording on Decca is - or so it seems with hindsight - rejected for a bleaker vision of man's inhumanity to man: an impression only intensified by Kegel's chosen coupling of that other, outraged, 60s lament for pacifism, Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. 'An alert, clear-sighted and well-balanced interpretation,' noted Rob Cowan in Gramophone in April 2002, and so it is. The experience of its context, however, lends it a frisson not available to any other recording: made on the other side of the Iron Curtain that had been built by decades of conflict between Germany and the rest of Europe, in the dying days of the Cold War. The Berg concerto here is likewise Kegel's second recording of a personal elegy (the first, with the Hungarian violinist György Garay, has never appeared on CD). The soloist here is Manfred Scherzer, another musical son of Dresden (1933-2013). The common theme of the three works presented on these 2 CD is Death, the transience of earthly existence. Britten's famous and substantial War Requiem was written in commemoration of the 2-nd World War victims, dedicated to the people of the destroyed city of Coventry, Penderecki's Threnody is dedicated to the victims of Hiroshima, and Alban Berg's moving Violin Concerto is written "to the memory of an angel", the death of the 19 year old daughter of Alma Mahler. Performances conducted by the great East-German conductor Herbert Kegel, a specialist in 20-th century masterworks. He conducts the Dresdner Philharmonie and the Leipzig Radio-Sinfonieorchester, soloists include the great Kari Lövaas and Theo Adam. A reissue from the rich archives of Berlin Classics, treasures from the DDR.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bethanien Church, Leipzig, Germany (1978); Studio Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany (1978); Bethanien Church, Leipzig, Germany (1980); Studio Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany (1980); Bethanien Church, Leipzig, Germany (1989); Studio Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany (1989).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
  • Performer: Hansjürgen Scholze (Organ)
  • Conductor: Herbert Kegel
  • Ensemble: Dresdner Kapellknaben
  • Running Time: 67 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1961

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
  • Conductor: Herbert Kegel
  • Notes: Composition written: 1959-61.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1959-1961

>Berg, Alban : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Manfred Scherzer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Herbert Kegel
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935