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Schumann - Missa Sacra

Catalogue numberBIS-2697 SACD
Release date2023-09-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time58:33

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Less well known among his works, the Missa sacra, Op. 147, bears witness to Robert Schumann’s late interest in sacred music – and in particular in Catholic church music. The work would have a rather difficult fate: during Schumann’s lifetime, it was neither published nor performed in its entirety. Even after its posthumous première, opinions were lukewarm. Wrongly so: the Missa sacra is a fascinating attempt to update sacred music through a refined post-classical musical language. It was originally conceived for orchestra, but Schumann also made a version for organ, presented here. This version allows great vocal transparency and immediacy, thus contributing to a clearer vision of the work.

The Vier doppelchörige Gesänge for mixed choir a cappella, Op. 141, are also undeservedly neglected works: they constitute the high point in Schumann’s music for choir. These four songs unite both secular and religious-themed, the latter component being musically emphasised by the effect of multiple choirs.

These two fascinating works are performed by the Swedish Radio Choir under the direction of Kaspar Putniņš. Among his recordings for BIS is the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom by Rachmaninov (BIS-2571), which has received widespread critical acclaim, for example being awarded a prestigious Diapason d’Or by the French magazine Diapason.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
  Missa sacra, Op. 147 40:52
01 1. Kyrie 04:46 $ 0.72 USD
02 2. Gloria 09:42 $ 1.46 USD
03 3. Credo 07:25 $ 1.11 USD
04 4. Offertorium 02:32 $ 0.38 USD
05 5. Sanctus 11:12 $ 1.68 USD
06 6. Agnus Dei 05:15 $ 0.79 USD
  Vier doppelchörige Gesänge, Op. 141 17:38
07 1. An die Sterne 05:23 $ 0.81 USD
08 2. Ungewisses Licht 02:08 $ 0.32 USD
09 3. Zuversicht 04:20 $ 0.65 USD
10 4. Talismane 05:47 $ 0.87 USD
  Album total 58:33
ComposerSchumann, Robert
ChoirSwedish Radio Choir (Radiokören)
ConductorPutnins, Kaspars
OrganHammarstrom, Johan

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