for solo voices, choruses and orchestra
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.184.108.40.206); 3(II=afl,III=picc).2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn-220.127.116.11-timp.perc(3-4)-harp-org-strings(min.18.104.22.168.4).
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Sint Janskathedraal, 's-Hertogenbosch
David Wilson-Johnson, speaker / The Netherlands Radio Choir / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Markus Stenz
"One moment the choir transported us close to heaven, the next we were strung over the abyss, hounded by a swarm of buzzing strings and pounded by a deafening percussion arsenal. On earth the defendant seemed helpless against the sin-peddling devils, niggled to envy by the mocking soprano and flutes, or driven to lust by a crescendo of male voices. In the end he is granted salvation. The gates of heaven swing open for him, eternal light heralded by silky flute and violin solos and the shimmering double chorus of In Paradisum." (Jenny Camilleri, bachtrack, 07 Nov 2016)
"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." (Andrew Clements, Guardian, 13 July 2017)
Aga Mikolaj, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen, Gerhard Siegel, Christof Fischesser (singers), Leo van Doeselaar (organ), David Wilson-Johnson (voice) / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Netherlands Radio Choir / Markus Stenz
RCO17005 (2 SACD)