August 21, 2018 Artist Image

Tenebrae – Between Darkness and Light
A Mass for amarcord’s 25th anniversary

It appears to be amarcord’s “personal Mass” for the ensemble’s 25th anniversary and “our most serious reflection upon the world,” so tenor Wolfram Lattke. On the new album “Tenebrae,” the two-time prizewinners of the ECHO Klassik Prize look at the expanses of their repertoire and repeatedly captivate with their distinctive sound and breathtaking homogeneity. amarcord succeeds in forging an arch fraught with tension from early monody and polyphony through Renaissance polyphony by grandmasters such as Johannes Ockeghem and Thomas Tallis to contemporary pieces written expressly for the ensemble by Sydney Boquiren, Ivan Moody, and Leipzig composer Marcus Ludwig.

Shadow and light, sorrow and joy, despair and hope lie close together, yet between them is hidden a certain unrest, combined with strong emotions, which is captured by the music on this CD. Even if the album, with the eponymous Celan poem “Tenebrae” in a setting by Marcus Ludwig, leaves the listener with unanswered questions – the members of amaracord have found the unifying elements, the harmony in collective music-making and performing, allowing them to coalesce into one of the world’s best vocal ensembles.

In the anniversary season, amarcord will perform a joint commissioned work by Jörg Widmann with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, enhance its position as one of the leading groups in the early music scene with a number of projects, and additionally set new accents on the stage with scenic productions (including “It’s Schiller” – the premiere of the drama fragments “The Maltese Tragedy” by Friedrich Schiller in a dance-theater production directed by Irina Pauls under the auspices of euro-scene).

Tenebrae – Musik der Einkehr und Versenkung

Thomas Tallis (um 1505–1585)
Te lucis ante terminum
Festal Tone

Sixt Dietrich (um 1494–1548)
Antiphon In mandatis eius

Thomas Stoltzer (um 1475–1526)
Psalmus quarti toni Beatus vir (Ps. 111)

Joan. Stahel
Antiphon In mandatis eius
Rhaw-Druck „Vesperarum precum officia“, Wittenberg 1540

Guillaume de Machaut (um 1300–1377)
aus Messe de Notre Dame

Sidney Marquez Boquiren (*1970)

Moosburger Graduale
Graduale Liberasti nos                                                                                                                                            

Johannes Ockeghem (um 1410–1497)
aus Kyrie Gloria Credo à5

Liber usualis
O Crux splendidior

Ivan Moody (*1963)
– geschrieben für amarcord

Gregorianische Antiphon
Da pacem Domine                                                                                                 

Johann Walther (1496–1570)
Antiphona super Nunc dimittis „Da pacem Domine“                    

William Byrd (um 1540–1623)
Mass for Five Voices

Nikolai Nikolajewitsch Kedrow d.Ä. (1871–1940)
Отче наш  – Otche nash

Carlo Gesualdo di Venosa (1566–1613)
Peccantem me quotidie
Cantiones sacrae

Johann Walter (1496–1570)
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland
Wittenbergisch Gsangbüchli, Wittenberg 1537

John Tavener (*1944–2013)
The Lamb (1976)

Old Hall
Agnus Dei

Moosburger Graduale
Offertorium De profundis                                                                  

Josquin des Préz (um 1440/55–1521)
De profundis

Marcus Ludwig (*1960)
aus Drei Gedichte von Paul Celan (1997/98)