Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss
Artist: Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss
Composer: Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- Alfred Schnittke (1934 - 1998): Psalms of Repentance:
- 1Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: I. Adam sat weeping at the gates of paradise02:23
- 2Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: II. O wilderness, gather me03:46
- 3Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: III. That is why I live in poverty02:40
- 4Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: IV. My soul, my soul01:59
- 5Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: V. O Man, doomed and wretched02:38
- 6Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: VI. When they beheld the ship that suddenly came01:47
- 7Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: VII. Oh my soul, why are you not afraid04:57
- 8Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: VIII. If you wish to overcome01:41
- 9Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: IX. I have reflected on my life as a monk06:13
- 10Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: X. Christian people, gather together!03:14
- 11Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: XI. I entered this life of tears a naked infant02:55
- 12Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance: XII. (wordless)06:18
Info for Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance
Cappella Amsterdam and its artistic leader Daniel Reuss present their third 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.
Since its foundation in 1970, Cappella Amsterdam has shown an exceptional mastery of contemporary and early vocal music, with acclaimed excurses to Romantic repertoire as well. Daniel Reuss has been Artistic Leader of Cappella Amsterdam for over three decades now, and has worked with several renowned choirs and ensembles. Their PENTATONE debut album In Umbra Mortis (2021) won an Edison Klassiek Award, and was followed by David Lang: the writings in 2022.
Daniel Reuss, conductor
studied with Barend Schuurman at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 1990, he became director of Cappella Amsterdam, which he turned into a full-time professional ensemble that is now one of the most sought after in the Netherlands.
From 2008 till 2013 he was also the artistic director/chief conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
In 2010, he was nominated for a Grammy "best choral performance" for the cd he made with the two choirs together (Frank Martins Golgotha).
From 2003 until 2006 he was chief conductor of the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin, with whom he recorded a number of successful CDs. Their CD with works by Martin and Messiaen (released by Harmonia Mundi) won both the "Diapason d'or de l'année 2004" and the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik". The CD's Les Noces, Le vin Herbé and Händels Solomon have also been critically acclaimed.
In summer 2006, at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, Daniel Reuss teached and conducted at the summer 2006 Lucerne Festival Academy.
In February 2007, Reuss made his debut at the English National Opera, with Händel's Agrippina. In 2008 he directed at De Munt/La Monnaie in Bruxelles, with the Dido & Aeneas-production of stage director Sasha Waltz.
From 2008 till 2013 he was the artistic director/chief conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. In 2010, he was nominated with the Estonian Philharmonic Orchestra together with Cappella Amsterdam for a Grammy for best choral performance for the recording of Martin's Golgotha (harmonia mundi). The two choirs also worked together in a recording of Stabat Mater and Sept Répons de Ténèbres (Francis Poulenc), released in 2014 by Harmonia Mundi.
In September 2014 the cd Warum, choral works of Brahms, sang by Cappella Amsterdam was released. It won the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik beginning 2015.
Daniel Reuss has been invited to conduct chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe. Among these may be mentioned the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MusikFabrik, Scharoun Ensemble and the Radio Chamber Philharmonic.
From 2015 Daniel Reuss is chief conductor of Ensemble Vocal Lausanne.
Cappella Amsterdam was established by Jan Boeke in 1970 and has, since 1990, been under the artistic leadership of Daniel Reuss. In recent years the choir has occupied a prominent position in the field of Dutch music and has also enjoyed great success in Europe and beyond. Cappella Amsterdam has thus played a vital role in the European Tenso Network of choirs.
Cappella Amsterdam is renowned for its homogenous, refined consonance and its extraordinary versatility. The choir excels in both modern repertoires as in music by the old masters and especially embraces the works of Dutch composers.
Cappella doesn’t only have success with its own productions but also with collaborations with other renowned choirs, ensembles and orchestras. Harmonia mundi released several CDs by Cappella Amsterdam, which were all praised. ‘Lux Aeterna’, for instance, which include works by Görgy Ligeti and Robert Heppener, was crowned with the ‘Diapason d’Or de l’année 2009’. The productions of Sweelinck and Frank Martin’s Golgotha (released by the same label in 2010) also welcomed rave revues.
In November of 2009 Cappella Amsterdam won the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs in the category ‘most impressive achievement of a small (chamber) ensemble’. The choir has again been recognised in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Amsterdam prize for the Arts, the Edison Classical Listeners award and the VSCD Classical Music award. For a recording of Martin's Golgotha, conducted by Daniel Reuss, the choir was nominated together with the Estonian Philharmonic Orchestra for a Grammy for best choral performance. In September 2014 the new cd ‘Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen‘ with exceptional choral works by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was released in the Netherlands. Daniel Reuss and his Cappella Amsterdam are focussing on Brahms’ later choral works.