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Netherlands Chamber Choir: Hugo Distler

Totentanz
Spruchmotetten zum Totensonntag
Choral-Passion, Op. 7
Erster Teil: Der Einzug
Zweiter Teil: Judas und der Pharisaer Rat
Dritter Teil: Das Abendmahl
Vierter Teil: Gethsemane
Funfter Teil: Kaiphas
Sechster Teil: Pilatus
Letzter Teil: Golgotha

Because so much emphasis is currently placed upon the fate of Jewish composers under the Nazis, it is easy to forget that there were some German musicians who also suffered as a result of the repressive policies of the regime. Among those that can be singled out in this respect is Hugo Distler, a highly talented church organist and choral conductor who committed suicide at the age of 34 in 1942, on learning that he had been called up for military service. The two large-scale works presented here offer typical examples of the so-called Orgelbewegung style drawing their inspiration from Bach in the trenchant use of chorale and Schutz in the density of polyphonic argument. It's a tribute to Distler's mastery and the outstanding singing of the Netherlands Chamber Choir that despite this obvious musical provenance, both works strike an individual voice and sustain one's interest without the textural variety of an instrumental accompaniment.

Item code: 5992C | 1 CD | $15.95 |add item to cart
Choral | Mixed | The Netherlands
8711525517509 | 5175

Composer: Hugo Distler



Related: Dutch Choral Music