Alfred Schnittke's Psalms of Repentance (1988) are not biblical Psalms but take for their texts a set of non-liturgical poems by a 16th century Russian monk, recounting a story of martyrdom involved with the founding of Christianity in Russia. The work was first performed at ceremonies marking the millennium of that event. The Psalms have gained several performances by top choral groups, tending to support predictions that the late works of Schnittke, often religious, may prove to be his most significant. Conductor Kaspars Putnins obtains from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir a sound quite different from what they may be used to with Pärt, building up tension that is dissipated in the ethereal wordless finale. They're backed by fine sound from the appropriate St. Nicholas' Church in Tallinn. Highly recommended, especially as an introduction to the late Schnittke style.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Choir/Chorus, Primary Artist. Chorus Master, Primary Artist. Cover Art. Alfred Schnittke. Liner Note Translation.
Kaspars Putnins Conductor. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Kaspars Putnins Conductor. Schnittke’s Psalms of Repentance constitute one of the most technically challenging works in the entire choral literature (having conducted them myself, I have total confidence in this assertion). Notes and chords must be plucked out of the air in the strangest of harmonic surroundings; there are lines of tremendous angularity, densely chromatic chords and ever-changing time signatures
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is a professional choir based in Estonia. It was founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste, who was its conductor for twenty years. In 2001, Paul Hillier followed Kaljuste's tenure, becoming the EPCC's principal conductor and artistic director until September 2008, when Daniel Reuss took over the task. Since 2014 the choir's principal conductor has been Kaspars Putniņš. In 2018 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir won the prestigious Gramophone Award with its recording of Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Arvo Pärt and Psalms of Repentance by Alfred Schnittke (conductor Kaspars Putniņš). This list of songs or music-related items is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Scattered Rhymes: Tarik O'Regan & Guillaume de Machaut (2008).
Alfred Schnittke (1934 - 1998): Psalms of Repentance: 1No. 1, Adam Sat Weeping at the Gates of Paradise02:40. Schnittke’s large-scale Psalms of Repentance were composed in 1988 for the celebrations for the millennium of Christianity in Russia. The texts come from an anonymous collection of poems for Lent, written in the 16th century, and in his settings Schnittke engages with the traditions of chant-based Orthodox liturgical music
О себе: Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) was born on 24 November 1934 in Engels, on the Volga River, in the Soviet Union. His father was born in Frankfurt to a Jewish family of Russian origin who had moved to the USSR in 1926, and his mother was a Volga-German born in Russia.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Kaspars Putnins - conductor. Alfred Schnittke's Psalms of Repentance (1988) are not biblical Psalms but take for their texts a set of non-liturgical poems by a 16th century Russian monk, recounting a story of martyrdom involved with the founding of Christianity in Russia. The Psalms have gained several performances by top choral groups, tending to support predictions that the late works of Schnittke, often religious, may prove to be his most significant
Rachmaninov; Netherlands Radio Choir, Kaspars Putniņš. Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance, Pärt: Magnificat & Nunc dimittis. Schnittke, Pärt; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kaspars Putniņš. 1. Showing official release groups by this artist. Show all release groups instead, or show various artists release groups. Sort name: Putniņš, Kaspars.
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Kaspars Putni have chosen to combine Schnittkes Psalms with two shorter works by Arvo Pärt, whose music they are well-known exponents of. Like the Psalms, Pärts pieces are composed in a quasi-liturgical style, and with its serene atmosphere, his Nunc dimittis forms a natural counterpart to the Magnificat even though the two were written more than a decade apart. Pairing this monumental work with Pärt's Magnificat and Nunc dimittis is an inspired idea, moving as they do from darkness to light. The recording is superb, clear and never too.
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|Psalms Of Repentance (Stikhi Pokayanniye)
Composed By – Alfred Schnittke
|1||I. Adam Sat Weeping At The Gates Of Paradise||2:40|
|2||II. O Wilderness, Gather Me To Your Silent And Gentle Lap||4:09|
|3||III. That Is Why I Live In Poverty||2:46|
|4||IV. My Soul, Why Are You In A State Of Sin?||2:20|
|5||V. O Man, Doomed And Wretched||2:59|
|6||VI. When The Beheld The Ship That Suddenly Came||1:46|
|7||VII. Oh My Soul, Why Are You Not Afraid||5:13|
|8||VIII. If You Wish To Overcome Unending Sorrow||1:54|
|9||IX. I Have Reflected On My Life As A Monk||6:28|
|10||X. Christian People, Gather Together!||3:38|
|11||XI. I Entered This Life Of Tears A Naked Infant||3:31|
|12||XII. [Wordless Humming]||7:12|
Composed By – Arvo Pärt
Composed By – Arvo Pärt
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – BIS Records AB
- Copyright (c) – BIS Records AB
- Recorded At – Niguliste Church, Tallinn
- Alto Vocals – Ave Hännikäinen, Marianne Pärna
- Chorus – Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
- Chorus Master – Kaspars Putniņš
- Cover – Christian Rohlfs
- Edited By, Engineer, Mixed By, Post Production, Producer – Jens Braun
- Executive-Producer – Robert Suff
- Layout, Typography – Andrew Barnett
- Liner Notes – Gavin Dixon
- Liner Notes [Translation] – Arlette Lemieux-Chené, Horst A. Scholz
- Photography By – Jānis Deinats
- Photography By [Back Cover] – Kaupo Kikkas
- Soprano Vocals – Kaia Urb, Maria Melaha
- Tenor Vocals – Raul Mikson, Toomas Tohert
NotesRecorded January 2017.
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