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October 27, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

Symphony No. 7 by Gustav Mahler was written in 1904–05, with repeated revisions to the scoring. It is sometimes referred to by the title Song of the Night (German: Lied der Nacht), which Mahler never knew (and certainly would be unlikely to have sanctioned).

Although the symphony is often described as being in the key of E minor, its tonal scheme is more complicated. The symphony's first movement moves from B minor (introduction) to E minor, and the work ends with a rondo finale in C major. Thus, as Dika Newlin has pointed out, "in this symphony Mahler returns to the ideal of 'progressive tonality' which he had abandoned in the Sixth". The complexity of the work's tonal scheme was analysed in terms of "interlocking structures" by Graham George.

Conducted by Kenneth Hedgecock
CMD German Opera Company of Berlin

October 26, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

The Grande Messe des morts (or Requiem), Op. 5, by Hector Berlioz was composed in 1837. The Grande Messe des Morts is one of Berlioz's best-known works, with a tremendous orchestration of woodwind and brass instruments, including four antiphonal off-stage brass ensembles placed at the corners of the concert stage. The work derives its text from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass. ​

Dominique Beaulieu, conductor
​CMD Philharmonic and Chorus of Paris

October 25, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

The War Requiem, Op. 66, is a large-scale, non-liturgical setting of the Requiem composed by Benjamin Britten mostly in 1961 and completed in January 1962. The War Requiem was performed for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, which was built after the original fourteenth-century structure was destroyed in a World War II bombing raid. The traditional Latin texts are interspersed, in telling juxtaposition, with settings of poems by Wilfred Owen, written in World War I.

​The work is scored for soprano, tenor and baritone soloists, chorus, boys' choir, organ, and two orchestras (a full orchestra and a chamber orchestra). The chamber orchestra accompanies the intimate settings of the English poetry, while soprano, choirs and orchestra are used for the Latin sections; all forces are combined in the conclusion.

CMD German Opera Company of Berlin
​Sylvia Wagner, conductor

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October 24, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

Requiem in D minor (1855) is for soli, choir and orchestra. Despite his success in the operetta world, Suppé repeatedly strove to leave his mark in other, completely different, musical domains. We can see this especially in his sacred works, many of which he composed in his later years. The Requiem in D minor can be regarded as the apotheosis of his sacred oeuvre. He dedicated the work to his friend and mentor Franz Pokorny, who directed several theaters simultaneously (in Vienna, Baden, Oedenburg and Pressburg).

In 1855, five years after Pokorny's death, Suppé completed the Requiem and had it performed in November of the same year at a commemorative mass in honor of his friend held at Vienna's Piarist Church. Although the work was performed several times over the next years and drew great acclaim from the public, it gradually became caught in the crossfire of the critics. The branded the Requiem "Italian style" as too operetta-like, and felt that the character of the piece was too cheerful and lacking in seriousness.

Performed by the CMD German Opera Company of Berlin
Conducted by Sylvia Wagner

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October 23, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

The most popular requiem of the 18th century.
CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice
Conducted by Dominique Beaulieu
Performed and recorded at ​Cathedral of the Holy Cross of Orléans

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October 22, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

Following their debut release DRESS CODE on Navona Records, Altius Quartet returns with a drastically different set of repertoire on SHOSTAKOVICH STRING QUARTETS 7, 8 & 9 but is played with the same passion and meticulous dedication one could expect from the group.

The quartet notes that through studying these works the group was able to find their artistic voices both as individuals as well as an ensemble. Through listening to their performances, one can really get a sense of their personal connection to these pieces, and that reverence only helps to highlight the personal connection Shostakovich felt to these quartets as well. In fact, these three quartets are each written in honor of different person or group he felt a close connection to.

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October 21, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

Arinsky: String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 35
Rossini: Duo for Cello and Double Bass
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

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October 20, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45 (German: ''Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift'') by Johannes Brahms, is a large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, a soprano and a baritone soloist, composed between 1865 and 1868. It comprises seven movements, which together last 65 to 80 minutes, making this work Brahms's longest composition. A German Requiem is sacred but non-liturgical, and unlike a long tradition of the Latin Requiem, A German Requiem, as its title states, is a Requiem in the German language.

CMD German Opera Company of Berlin
​Conducted by Sylvia Wagner

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October 19, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

John Rutter's Requiem is a musical setting of parts of the Latin Requiem with added psalms and biblical verses in English, completed in 1985. It is scored for soprano, mixed choir and orchestra or chamber ensemble.

Five of its seven movements are based on text from the Latin Requiem Mass, while the second movement is a setting of "Out of the deep" (Psalm 130) and the sixth movement is an anthem The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23) which Rutter had earlier written. The first movement combines the Introit and Kyrie, the third is Pie Jesu, with soprano solo. The central movement is a lively Sanctus, followed by Agnus Dei and finally Lux aeterna. In the Agnus Dei and Lux aeterna, Rutter combines the liturgical Latin text with English biblical verses.

Dominique Beaulieu, conductor
​CMD Philharmonic and Chorus of Paris

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October 18, 2017 11:00 PM PDT

The SATB choir and organ version of Maurice Duruflé's Requiem, Op. 9 was published in 1948 by the French firm Durand. It had been commissioned six years earlier under the collaborationist Vichy regime, but Duruflé was still working on it in 1944 when the regime collapsed and in fact did not complete it until the year of publication. The composer dedicated the Requiem to the memory of his father.

The work is for SATB choir with brief mezzo-soprano and baritone solos. It exists in versions for organ alone; for organ with string orchestra and optional trumpets, harp and timpani; and for organ and full orchestra.

At the time of commission, Duruflé was working on an organ suite using themes from Gregorian chants. He incorporated his sketches for that work into the Requiem, which uses numerous themes from the Gregorian "Mass for the Dead." Nearly all the thematic material in the work comes from chant.

CMD Chorus and Philharmonic of Paris
Dominique Beaulieu, conductor

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