Raff - Welt-Ende, Gericht, Neue Welt | CPO 5555622

Raff - Welt-Ende, Gericht, Neue Welt

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5555622

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 5th April 2024

Contents

Artists

Marie Henriette Reinhold (alto)
Andreas Wolf (baritone)
GewandhausChor
camerata lipsiensis

Conductor

Gregor Meyer

Works

Raff, Joachim

World's End - Judgement - New World: oratorio, op.212

Artists

Marie Henriette Reinhold (alto)
Andreas Wolf (baritone)
GewandhausChor
camerata lipsiensis

Conductor

Gregor Meyer

About

Towards the end of his life, Joachim Raff began a project that could not have been expected from this artist, who was all too often labelled (and misunderstood) as a prolific writer an oratorio on the World's End, Judgement and New World, as depicted in the vision of St John. It was a mighty undertaking, with which he wanted to produce an opus magnum to complete his already huge oeuvre and succeeded in doing so. The musical course of events is focused on the Book with Seven Seals, the apocalypse interwoven with blistering, seemingly inexplicable images, which the composer reveals primarily through the character of John; occasionally an angelic soprano voice joins in, as do grand choral scenes, suggestive orchestral interludes and psalm chants the last judgement on Joachim Raff puts an end to old prejudices.

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