A Rosner - Requiem, op.59 | Toccata Classics TOCC0545

A Rosner - Requiem, op.59

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0545

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th September 2020

Contents

Artists

Kelley Hollis (soprano)
Feargal Mostyn-Williams (countertenor)
Thomas Elwin (tenor)
Gareth Brynmor John (baritone)
Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Nick Palmer

Works

Rosner, Arnold

Requiem, op.59

Artists

Kelley Hollis (soprano)
Feargal Mostyn-Williams (countertenor)
Thomas Elwin (tenor)
Gareth Brynmor John (baritone)
Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Nick Palmer

About

Far from being a treatment of the usual Latin, the Requiem of the New York-based Arnold Rosner (1945–2013) sets spiritual and secular texts on death from a number of the world’s cultures, including Whitman, Villon, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, a sutra from Zen Buddhism and the Jewish Kaddish. The work of a young man (Rosner was 28 when he wrote it), this Requiem is both monumental and wildly energetic – but it also encompasses passages of transcendent beauty. His musical language clothes the modal harmony and rhythm of pre-Baroque polyphony in rich Romantic colours, producing a style that is instantly recognisable and immediately appealing. Some of the music was first written for an aborted operatic treatment of Ingmar Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal, where the main character plays chess with Death; in like spirit, Rosner’s Requiem is a major statement of human defiance in the face of mortality, even if its gentle closing pages bring uneasy acceptance.

Reviews

Critics’ Choice Alert! The Requiem by Arnold Rosner (1945-2013) is magnificent. ... The four soloists sing immaculately but are outshone by the wonderful Crouch End Festival Chorus. The London Philharmonic Orchestra under Nick Palmer play with a verve and enthusiasm that communicates vividly, caught in demonstration-quality sound. I cannot recommend this highly enough.  Guy Rickards
Gramophone Awards 2020

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