11 April 2012

Apocalypse 1937. "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads, and a big red bloodshot eye in the centre of his forehead."

Set #1 - 8:00am - 10:00am

1. Franz Schmidt: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln [The Book with Seven Seals] (1935-37)
Text after the Book of Revelation
Franz Welser-Möst - conductor, Stig Andersen - tenor, René Pape - bass, Chor & Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
EMI, 7243 5 85782 2 5
(This piece was not as dissonant as I expected. The Apocalypse is actually quite pleasant, an oasis of beauty and sanity.)

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

2. Alfred Schnittke: Seid nüchtern und wachet [Be Sober and Attentive] (Faust Cantata) (1983)
James DePreist - conductor, Inger Blom - mezzo-soprano, Mikael Bellini - counter-tenor, Louis Devos - tenor, Ulrik Cold - bass, Malmö Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
BIS, CD-437

3. Alfred Schnittke: Sonata No.1 for Violin & Piano (1963)
(Goodbye world. The last movement quotes La cucaracha because only cockroaches will survive the coming nuclear war.)

4. Alfred Schnittke: Stille Nacht for Violin & Piano (1978)

Tracks 3-4
Ulf Wallin - violin, Roland Pöntinen - piano
BIS, CD-527

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