Dvorák: Requiem; Biblical Songs; Te Deum

Dvorák: Requiem; Biblical Songs; Te Deum

by Jakub HrusaJakub Hrusa

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Overview

Although he conducted only one of the three performances on this album, the "Biblical Songs, Op. 99," the spirit of the great Jirí Belohlávek lives throughout the music here. The last work Belohlávek conducted before his death in 2017, in London, was the Dvorák "Requiem, Op. 89." What's heard here is a version with Czech performers conducted by Jakub Hruša, a close Belohlávek associate. The live performance, in Prague's Rudolfinum, was recorded in September of 2017, in memory of the recently deceased Belohlávek, and the performers understood very well what he would have wanted: deliberate, straightforward construction of this massive Wagnerian work. Hruša and the Czech Philharmonic get the operatic quality abundantly on display in the "Tuba mirum," for instance, and the Prague Philharmonic Choir has never sounded better. In the "Biblical Songs," Belohlávek keeps the focus on bass Jan Martiník in this singer-friendly work. The "Te Deum, Op. 103," was conducted by Hruša a few months later, in December, and it's an exceptionally joyous reading as if to say that the traditions Belohlávek so ably maintained will continue. Although he is present only in part here, this is a worthy addition to the remarkable collection of recordings made by Jirí Belohlávek at the end of his life.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2020
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028948505098
catalogNumber: 003197302
Rank: 8563

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Requiem for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra, B. 165 (Op. 89)

    1. Part 1. Requiem Aeternam. Poco lento  (10:58)
    2. Part 2. Sanctus. Andante maestoso  (05:50)
    3. Part 1. Graduale. Andante  (04:46)
    4. Part 2. Pie Jesu. Poco adagio  (04:56)
    5. Part 1. Dies Irae. Allegro impetuoso  (02:27)
    6. Part 2. Agnus Dei. Lento  (11:56)
    7. Part 1. Tuba Mirum. Moderato  (08:52)
    8. Part 1. Quid Sum Miser. Lento  (06:30)
    9. Part 1. Recordare, Jesu Pie. Andante  (07:00)
    10. Part 1.Confutatis Maledictis. Moderato maestoso  (04:35)
    11. Part 1.Lacrymosa. L'istesso tempo  (06:52)
    12. Part 2. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe. Andante con moto  (11:26)
    13. Part 2. Hostias. Andante  (10:34)

Disc 2

  1. Biblical Songs (Biblické písne) (10), for voice & orchestra, B. 189 (Op. 99)

    1. 1. Oblak a mrákota jest vukol Neho. Andantino  (02:05)
    2. 2. Skrýše má a paveza má Ty jsí. Andante  (02:00)
    3. 3. Slyš, ó Bože, slyš modlitbu mou. Andante  (03:00)
    4. 4. Hospodin jest muj pastýr. Andante  (02:34)
    5. 5. Bože! Bože! Písen novou. Risoluto, maestoso  (02:41)
    6. 6. Slyš, ó Bože, volání mé. Andante  (03:06)
    7. 7. Pri rekách babylonských. Andante  (03:10)
    8. 8. Popatriž na mne a smiluj se nade mnou. Andante  (02:52)
    9. 9. Pozdvihuji ocí svých k horám. Andante con moto  (02:02)
    10. 10. Zpívejte Hospodinu písen novou. Allegro moderato  (01:55)
  2. Te Deum for soprano, bass, chorus & orchestra, B. 176 (Op. 103) (once listed as Opp. 93 & 98)

    1. 1. Te Deum laudamus. Allegro moderato, maestoso  (06:19)
    2. 2. Tu Rex gloriae, Christe. Lento maestoso  (04:29)
    3. 3. Aeterna fac cum Sanctis. Vivace  (02:59)
    4. 4. Dignare Domine. Lento - Tempo I  (05:58)

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