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Louis Spohr (1784-1859):
THE LAST JUDGEMENT
Oratorio "Die letzten Dinge" based on verses from the Holy Scripture.
The complete live recording of the original version from 1826, sung in German.
Lyrics by Friedrich Rochlitz (1769-1842)
Miriam Meyer ~ Soprano
Ursula Eittinger ~ Mezzo-Soprano
Marcus Ullmann ~ Tenor
Josef Wagner ~ Bass
Kantorei Maulbronn / Maulbronn Cantor Choir
Russische Kammerphilharmonie St. Petersburg / Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg
Conductor: Jürgen Budday
A concert recording from the church of the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery.
A concert recorded, released & created by Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler in cooperation with Jürgen Budday. Sound & Recording Engineer: Andreas Otto Grimminger. Mastering: Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler. Photography: Josef-Stefan Kindler. Artwork & Coverdesign: Josef-Stefan Kindler.
DDD · Duration: c. 81 minutes
During his lifetime, Louis Spohr, born on April 5th 1784 in Braunschweig (Germany), was named as one of the greatest violinists beside Niccolò Paganini. Unlike many of his contemporaries, whose works are celebrated today, Louis Spohr was already famous during his lifetime and he was considered as one of the great artists of his era, as a musician and conductor and, in fact, as a composer. His rich oeuvre includes more than 200 works, including chamber music, concertos, symphonies, several operas and four oratorios.
"The Last Judgement" was Louis Spohr's second oratorio and one of his most famous compositions these times. A contemporary reviewer discribed the oratorio as "one of the greatest musical creations of the age". "The Last Judgement" is originated in Kassel between 1825 and 1826, where Spohr has appointed as Music Director after a successful artist career. Spohr himself wrote about the successful premiere, which took place in Kassel on Holy Friday 1826 in a darkened choir under a cross, illuminated by 600-glass lamps: "I must say to myself - the effect was extraordinary! Before that I never had those emotion of satisfaction during the performance of one of my larger works!". Although this oratorio isn't well known today, the sucess of "The Last Judgement" is documented with numerous other performances during the first half of the 19th century. The libretto for "The Last Judgement" is written by the dramatist and music writer Johann Friedrich Rochlitz (1769-1842). The oratorio describes in two parts the scares of the Apocalypse and of the Last Judgement ("Babylon the great is fallen"), based on the Book of Revelation from the New Testament. At the end of the fight between God and the Devil a new heaven and a new earth replace the old. A new "city" is born: the New Jerusalem.