PETR ŘEZNÍČEK (b.1938): Dies Irae for Chorus and Organ, PETR FIALA (b.1943): Regina coeli laetare for Chorus, Cello and Gong, BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ (1890-1959): Mount of Three Lights for Male Chorus and Organ, Hymn to St. James for Chorus, Cello and Organ.

Catalogue Number: 01T050

Label: ArcoDiva

Reference: OP 0188-2

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: Řezníček’s 1967 setting of the Dies Irae lasts 15 minutes and puts both organist and chorus through modern techniques like aleatory, dodecaphony, tone clusters and other avant-gardisms popular in the period to produce a dramatic and compelling piece which is more approachable than the above description might suggest. Fiala’s 2016 work is longer (22 minutes), setting the ancient Marian hymn in a modern but not avant-garde idiom employing a cello in a prominent role and making a strikingly imaginative use of a gong. Predominantly contemplative, it rises to a dramatic climax before fading away into silence. Both Martinu works are from 1954, both derived from the same Biblical scene in Gethsemane, both with prominent organ parts with Mount adding a baritone soloist and Hymn a cello; the former piece is dramatic and profound, the latter, written for the church in his childhood town, more simple but still moving. Czech texts. Petr Nouzovský (cello), Jan Ocetek (gong), Petr Kolář, Martin Jakubíček (organ), Alfréd Strejček (reciter), Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno; Petr Fiala.

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