The Day of Wrath

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween is upon us, and the Choral Mix is gearing up with a show devoted to the Dies Irae. As we prepare for the night of ghoulishness, Kent Tritle features versions by Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Verdi, among others.

The Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) text dates from the eighteenth century and comes from the Catholic requiem mass. The original chant has been used throughout the ages by many great composers including Berlioz in his brilliant Symphonie Fantastique, Rachmaninoff in many of his works, and the list goes on. While the text is particular to that of Christianity, it has crossed many boundaries, inspiring a wealth of music and art, both religious and secular.
Perhaps one of the most famous examples of the Dies Irae appears in Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. An exquisite example of text painting, Verdi breathes life into the text with full orchestra and chorus. The drama of the of the rumbling percussion and brass, soaring winds and strings, and hushed whispers from the choir summon feelings of fear and rage, sentiments which are often associated the Dies Irae.
Also on this week's show, works by Bieber, Cherubini and Tavener.

Gregorian Chant Chillout, Vol.2
Cantores Regina Caeli
Dies Irae

Requiem, Dies Irae and Tuba mirum
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Requiem in C minor, Dies irae  
Corydon Singers and Orchestra
Matthew Best

Requiem, Sequenz
The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir
Ton Koopman

Requiem, Dies Irae
London Philharminic Orchestra
The Hertfordshire
Harlow and East London Choruses
Geoffrey Simon

Requiem for Father Malachy. Dies Irae
The King’s Singers
The Nash Ensemble
John Tavener

Requiem, Dies irae and Confutatis            
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Andrew Parrott

Comments [4]

This new web site is confusing. I can't find the play list to see what I am listening to. Some of the music I would like to buy but I don't what it is.

Oct. 31 2011 10:07 AM
Michael Meltzer

The question always comes up as to just how much attention Tavener would get if he did not enjoy the patronage of Prince Charles.
However, no one should think less of the King's Singers or the Nash Ensemble, they are still always to be counted on for suberb performances.

Oct. 30 2011 11:58 PM

. the choral mix is being aired at this time. i wish i knew what i am listening to. it has become too difficult to follow this new web site format. i am lost.
can someone help?

Oct. 30 2011 11:16 PM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan/NYC

Only Mr. Tritle could link Hallowe'en to the Dies Irae! Scary stuff!

Oct. 30 2011 08:03 AM

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