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Top list 3/2022

Karlheinz Stockhausen: CARRÉ
for 4 orchestra and 4 choirs (4 conductors)

Bochumer Symphoniker
Chorwerk Ruhr
Rupert Huber (*Orchestra and choir I)
Florian Helgath (*Orchestra and choir II)
Matilda Hofman (*Orchestra and choir III)
Michael Alber (*Orchestra and choir IV)
Musikalische Leitung

Mauricio Kagel: CHORBUCH
for vocal ensemble and pianos
Christoph Schnackertzpiano
Christoph Lehmannorgan, harmonium
Chorwerk Ruhr
Florian Helgath ⋅ musical direction

Bach’s four-part chorale movements were “a musical experience of the first order”, said Mauricio Kagel – who would want to contradict him? Of course, something entirely new emerges from Kagel’s engagement with them – his choir book reinterprets the principle that Kagel recognised in the chorales and described somewhat succinctly: “Above, the peaceful congregation sings; below, it seethes.” The complexity of the sonic result can be guessed from his inspiration: “I heard in me a music that oscillated between Gesualdo and Max Reger.” With Karlheinz Stockhausen, Chorwerk Ruhr confronts Kagel with an antipode: he wrote Carré at the same place of activity, Cologne. As the name suggests, the arrangement of four orchestras, conducted by four conductors, plays the decisive role here, each complemented by a choral group. The extremely precise timing of the four conductors’ assignments results in a “very complex network of gears”, according to Florian Helgath. Listening to it, one can only say: challenge passed.

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928 – 2007)
CARRÉ
for 4 orchestra and 4 choirs (4 conductors)
1. Gruppe 1 6:13
2. Gruppe 33 4:29
3. Gruppe 48 4:01
4. Gruppe 57 3:40
5. Gruppe 69 6:06
6. Gruppe 81 5:53
7. Gruppe 88 3:40
8. Gruppe 93 3:22
Mauricio Kagel (1931 – 2008)
CHORBUCH
for vocal ensemble and pianos
9. Bach: Wer nur den lieben Gott 0:56
10. Kagel: Wer nur den lieben Gott 1:19
11. Bach: Orgel solo
Wer nur den lieben Gott
1:23
12. Kagel: In allen meinen Taten 0:59
13. Kagel: Du Friedefürst 1:18
14. Bach: Ein feste Burg 0:54
15. Kagel: Ein feste Burg 1:15
16. Kagel: Vater unser im Himmelreich 1:15
17. Bach: Ach Gott und Herr 1:06
18. Kagel: Ach Gott und Herr 1:06
19. Bach: Orgel solo
Ach Gott und Herr
1:33
20. Kagel: Ach Gott und Herr 1:12
21. Bach: Soll’s ja so sein 1:33
22. Kagel: Heut triumphieret 1:27
23. Kagel: Die Nacht ist kommen 1:47
24. Bach: Die Nacht ist kommen 1:07
25. Kagel: Christum wir sollen
loben schon
1:20
26. Kagel: Es ist genug 2:12
27. Bach: Orgel solo
Wer nur den lieben Gott
2:05
28. Kagel: Wer nur den lieben Gott 1:25
29. Bach: Wer nur den lieben Gott 1:22
Total time: 1:06:08
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