Via Crucis

NEOS 20902CD NEOS 20902CD

Featured works: "Via Crucis: Les 14 stations de la croix for choir, solo voices and piano four hands" (1878) (composed by Franz Liszt (1811-1886); performed by GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, Harald Martini, baritone [Jesus]; Franz Gerihsen, bass [Pilatus]; Andrea Weigt, soprano; Marietta Schwittay-Niedzwicki, mezzo-soprano; Beata Borchert, alto; Boris Pohlmann, tenor; Hee-Kwang Lee, bass; WDR Rundfunkchor Köln/Rupert Huber). "Vide Domine, vide afflictionem nostram for mixed choir a cappella" on texts from the letters of the Korean priest Yang-Eop Choe (1821-1861) and from the Responsory for Good Friday (2007)" (composed by Younghi Pagh-Paan (1945); performed by Benita Borbonus, soprano; Andrea Weigt, soprano; Markus Francke, tenor; Hee-Kwang Lee, bass, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln/Rupert Huber. "Two highly intense works on the events of Good Friday: Franz Liszt desired a new way forward for the music of the Catholic Church, and was ready to draw too on the Protestant tradition left by Johann Sebastian Bach. Liszt understood Bach's legacy however as a kind of musical landscape that pushed tonality to its limits. Although the music of Via Crucis presents a folk-like character, this is by no means a superficial score, one relying merely on stale conventions. The composer creates a dramatic Way of the Cross that remains humble in intention. The present recording -- in the version for choir, soli, and piano four hands -- is one authorized by Liszt himself. During the 19th Century, the priest Yang-Eop Choe acted as pastor to a Catholic community that had become widely dispersed following suppression by government of Korea. His letters, written in Latin, demonstrate a devotion to God as well as a readiness to die for his faith. In her new work for choir a cappella, the Korean composer Younghi Pagh-Paan uses excerpts from the Good Friday responsorium to point up these poignant missives. (For Christians, the Way of the Cross is the path taken by Jesus -- marked by various stations -- on his way to being condemned by Pontius Pilate and the subsequent crucifixion. This is in preparation for Easter, the festival marking the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.)" Stereo/5.1 multichannel hybrid CD/SACD release that can be played on any CD player.