Ståle Kleiberg: Requiem

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Norwegian composer Ståle Kleiberg, born in 1958, modeled his "Requiem for the Victims of Nazi Persecution" on the "War Requiem" of Benjamin Britten, who interspersed the traditional Latin texts of the requiem with the poetry of World War I writer Wilfred Owen. Kleiberg used poetry by Scots World War II veteran Edwin Morgan. Kleiberg's work is more limited in scope and reach than Britten's masterpiece, but it is a moving, beautifully crafted expression of grief and outrage at the devastation of war. Morgan's poems deal with the suffering of three persecuted minorities: Jews, Gypsies, and homosexuals. The poems themselves have negligible literary merit, but they are ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Norwegian composer Ståle Kleiberg, born in 1958, modeled his "Requiem for the Victims of Nazi Persecution" on the "War Requiem" of Benjamin Britten, who interspersed the traditional Latin texts of the requiem with the poetry of World War I writer Wilfred Owen. Kleiberg used poetry by Scots World War II veteran Edwin Morgan. Kleiberg's work is more limited in scope and reach than Britten's masterpiece, but it is a moving, beautifully crafted expression of grief and outrage at the devastation of war. Morgan's poems deal with the suffering of three persecuted minorities: Jews, Gypsies, and homosexuals. The poems themselves have negligible literary merit, but they are emotionally potent and give Kleiberg the opportunity to create moving solos for mezzo- soprano, soprano, and baritone. He writes with a broadly eclectic expressive palette, and his handling of his orchestral, choral, and solo vocal forces is expert and imaginative. He cites Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich as his primary inspirations and it's possible to hear their influence synthesized in his work. Kleiberg's language is essentially conservative, but he uses it with considerable creativity so his music never sounds derivative, and there are many moments of ravishing loveliness, such as the middle section of the Dies Irae, and the celestial Psalm 13 and In paradisum. The piece receives a terrific performance from the Choirs of Washington National Cathedral and Washington National Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, led by Michael McCarthy. Mezzo-soprano Catherine King and soprano Noémi Kiss have pure, focused voices and sing with wrenching intensity, and although baritone Christian Hilz is not at their level, he is more than adequate. The sound of the SACD is clear, clean, and strikingly present. Because Kleiberg's voice is not distinctively original, the "Requiem" may not hit listeners with full force on first hearing, but repeated listening reveals it to be a work of considerable depth and power.
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  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Washington Nat'l Cat
  • UPC: 783707981222
  • Catalog Number: 401

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Disc 1
  1. 1 Requiem for the Victims of Nazi Persecution - Stale Kleiberg & Catherine King (50:14)
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