Instrumentation

  • Grafenegg Academy Orchestra
  • Concert Association Linzer theatre choir
  • Claudia Barainsky, soprano
  • Stella Grigorian, alto
  • Elisabeth Kulman, alto
  • Christopher Maltman, baritone
  • Leon Botstein, conductor

Programme

Max Reger:
Requiem for Soloists, Mixed Choir and Orchestra op. 144b

Richard Strauss:
«Die Tageszeiten» Song cycle for Male Choir and Orchestra op. 76

Karol Szymanowski:
Stabat mater op. 53

Introduction/abstract

GRAFENEGG ACADEMY ORCHESTRA
CONCERT ASSOCIATION LINZER THEATRE CHOIR
CLAUDIA BARAINSKY
STELLA GRIGORIAN
ELISABETH KULMAN
CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN
LEON BOTSTEIN

Reger, Strauss, Szymanowski

When the Vienna Schubert Association performed a song for Richard Strauss on his 60th birthday, the encounter gave rise to the request for a work for male voice choir. Strauss felt a spiritual affinity for the nostalgic verses penned by Eichendorff and wrote «Die Tageszeiten» («Times of the Day»). Here the choral work is framed by two spiritual works of a very special nature: Max Reger’s setting of the poem «Requiem» by Hebbel and Szymanowski’s «Stabat mater», in which the Polish composer came to terms with the early death of his beloved niece.

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