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Netherlands Chamber Choir
Hugo Distler

Song NameComposer
TotentanzHugo Distler
Spruchmotetten zum TotensonntagHugo Distler
Choral-Passion, Op. 7Hugo Distler
Erster Teil: Der EinzugHugo Distler
Zweiter Teil: Judas und der Pharisaer RatHugo Distler
Dritter Teil: Das AbendmahlHugo Distler
Vierter Teil: GethsemaneHugo Distler
Funfter Teil: KaiphasHugo Distler
Sechster Teil: PilatusHugo Distler
Letzter Teil: GolgothaHugo Distler

Directed by Uwe Gronostay

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

Related: Dutch Choral Music

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