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Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance

Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss

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Schnittke’s Psalms of Repentance in a New Light

Cappella Amsterdam and its artistic leader and conductor Daniel Reuss present their new Pentatone album with a recording of Alfred Schnittke’s Psalms of Repentance.

Schnittke composed the piece in 1988 to commemorate the Christianisation of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in 1988, and based it on anonymous Russian texts from the 16th century about guilt and repentance. It is one of the most impressive large-scale works for a cappella choir written in the twentieth century, setting intensely emotional texts to equally expressive music, and approaching centuries-old Orthodox musical traditions through the lens of late twentieth-century music.

This recording uses the original manuscript, which differs in multiple ways from the published score, resulting in an interpretation that aims to be closer to the composer’s intentions.

Cappella Amsterdam
Daniel Reuss, Conductor

Tracklist

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1.
I. Adam sat weeping at the gates of paradise
02:23
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II. O wilderness, gather me
03:46
3.
III. That is why I live in poverty
02:40
4.
IV. My soul, my soul
01:59
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V. O Man, doomed and wretched
02:38
6.
VI. When they beheld the ship that suddenly came
01:47
7.
VII. Oh my soul, why are you not afraid
04:57
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VIII. If you wish to overcome
01:41
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IX. I have reflected on my life as a monk
06:13
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X. Christian people, gather together!
03:14
11.
XI. I entered this life of tears a naked infant
02:55
12.
XII. (wordless)
06:18

Total time: 00:40:31

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PTC5187028

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Executive Producers

Daniel Reuss (Cappella Amsterdam) & Kate Rockett (Pentatone)

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Producer

Florian B. Schmidt (Pegasus Musikproduktion)

Recording Engineer

Aki Matusch (Pegasus Musikproduktion)

Recording Location

This album was recorded at the Pieterskerk in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from September 17-20, 2022

Release DateApril 28, 2023

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