Episode #3179

Requiem-Based New Music, Part II

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

For this second program of a two-part mini-series, we'll listen to more unconventional works that draw inspiration from the text of the requiem mass. There's music by Gavin Bryars, the Cadman Requiem, written in honor of Bryars' sound engineer and friend, Bill Cadman, who died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.  Also, hear a requiem by Ragnar Grippe from Sweden for soprano and synthesizer, a wordless requiem by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, and more.

PROGRAM #        3179, Requiem in New Music, Part II                (First aired on 3-8-11)                         





Jan Garbarek & the Hilliard Ensemble


Christobal de Morales: Parce mihi domine, [6:00]

ECM 2516

Ragnar Grippe


Agnus Dei [4:42]
Confutatis maledictis [4:49]

BIS 820

Zbigniew Preisner

Requiem for My Friend

Lacrimosa [3:22]

Erato 24146

Hilliard Ensemble/Fretwork

Lockerbie Memorial Concert

Gavin Bryars: Cadman Requiem- (i)--Requiem [9:29]

GB Records BCGB 003

Arvo Part


Lamentate: Lamentabile [5:46]

ECM 1930

Zbigniew Preisner

Requiem for My Friend

Life The Beginning – Meeting [5:17]

See above.

Hymnia Chamber Choir Flemming Windekilde, cond

Schnittke: Requiem

 Requiem [4:14]

Classico 3601, or download from

Comments [1]

Howard Miller from New York

On the recent rebroadcast of this show, John Schaefer mentioned that he
did not think he had ever heard more stratospheric notes than the
soprano sang in the Preisner Lacrimosa. The highest note in that piece,
I believe, was a high C. I think that the previous piece by Ragnar
Grippe actually had the soprano singing the E above high C, but so
effortlessly in the mix that it did not stand out as much.

Another example of a stratospheric soprano in a Requiem, used to
haunting effect, is the conclusion of the "In Paradisum" section of Paul
Leavitt's recent Requiem. In that section, the soprano has to enter
(absolutely cold) on a sustained C# above high C. A clip can be heard

A recording of the European premiere of the Leavitt Requiem, at St.
Sulpice in Paris last year, should be issued later this year by the NYC Master

Jun. 20 2012 12:57 PM

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