Stella Maris - Blaues Oratorium

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Label: haenssler CLASSIC
Catalog: HC19021

Merz, Heidi; Bauer, Jochen; Vokalensemble Dom zu Speyer; Melchiori, Markus; Busch-Sechser, Alexandra; Jentsch, Julia; Jeremias, Olivia; Schweizer Jugendchor; Eichenlaub, Markus

The Oratorio Stella Maris is homage to the cathedral of Chartres, and it is an attempt to respond to this overall work of art with current and modern means of art. The composer of this creation is Helge Burggrabe, who as a young musician, first came to Chartres in 1996. Since then he visits there several times a year to stay and work. On the occasion of the 1000 years anniversary celebrations in Chartres, Burggrabe was commissioned to compose a work for the cathedral. The music, as the act, lives off the polarity between old and new by combining Gregorian elements with a more modern musical language. The words sung by soloists and choir are carried on by instruments: the solo melody lines of the cello on one side and the sonority of the organ on the other side.

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