Requiem für Hieronymus Bosch(2015-16)
after the Requiem mass and medieval poetry, compiled by the composer (L)
speaker; soloists: S,A(or M),T,BBar;
lg chorus.(min.10.10.10.10); sm offstage chorus(min.18.104.22.168);
Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock
Sint Janskathedraal, 's-Hertogenbosch
David Wilson-Johnson, speaker / The Netherlands Radio Choir / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Markus Stenz
"...an outstanding choral achievement, a work of great power and intensely vivid invention, which uncannily finds musical parallels to Bosch’s surreal imagination, and to the extremes of his visions of heaven and hell, grandeur and intimacy. The score juxtaposes glimpses of the apocalypse with moments of extreme sweetness, in intensely detailed choral and orchestral writing that consistently avoids all the cliches that disfigure so many contemporary oratorios."
"To give his composition structure, Glanert has used not only the fixed movements of the Requiem, but has also combined these with other texts – also in Latin – on the seven deadly sins from the Carmina Burana manuscript… It is an interesting approach and one which is certainly ‘Bosch-worthy’… The movements of the Requiem are each preceded by a shout from St Michael the Archangel, the prosecutor who determines whether Bosch may enter heaven, judging him against the seven deadly sins… Glanert wrote compelling music for all…"
"A successful composer of opera, Glanert certainly knows a thing or two about such drama. His idiom is harmonically rich and layered, yet also accessible and often, quite simply, beautiful."
Aga Mikolaj, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen, Gerhard Siegel, Christof Fischesser (singers), David Wilson-Johnson (speaker), Leo van Doeselaar (organ), David Wilson-Johnson (voice) / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Netherlands Radio Choir / Markus Stenz
RCO17005 (2 SACD)