About the album
Two 20th century master works by one of Germany's greatest composers, who suffered terribly from the Nazi regime which made him take his own life in 1942. His Choral Passion is a contemporary equivalent of the great oratorio by Schertz (Distler's foremost example) and the Totentanz (Dance of the Death) goes back to medieval sources, as it is based on the now lost paintings from 1463 of the Marienkirche in the German city of Lubeck, where the composer spent the greater part of his life.
The Netherlands Chamber Choir once again sing at top level. The soloists in the Choral Passion are absolutely unequalled, especially tenor Nico van der Meel, one of the most celebrated Evangelist in Bach's Passions of the 20th century. A group of well-known German actors, headed by the great Rolf Boysen, recite the verses in Totentanz.
11Totentanz, Op. 12, No. 2, 14 Spruchmotetten Zum Totensonntag, M. 1675 Chor a Cappella Und Sprecher
12Choral-Passion, Op. 7, Choral
13Choral-Passion, Op. 7, Erster Teil: Der Einzug
14Choral-Passion, Op. 7, Zweiter Teil: Judas Und Der Pharisäer Rat
15Choral-Passion, Op. 7, Dritter Teil: Das Abendmahl
16Choral-Passion, Op. 7: Vierter Teil: Gethsemane
17Choral-Passion, Op. 7, Fünfter Teil: Kaiphas
18Choral-Passion, Op. 7, Sechster Teil: Pilatus
19Choral-Passion, Op. 7, Letzter Teil: Golgotha
April 2016, Cappella Pratensis and the Nederlands Kamerkoor will perform together throughout the Netherlands. They will sing the world premiere of Missa Unitatis composed by Antony Pitts (1969). In the context of Hieronymus Bosch’ 500th Anniversary the Missa Unitatis by Antony Pitts was commissioned by the Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady, a brotherhood that also had Hieronymus Bosch as a member. The following short video, with a small piece of the enchanting ...