FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)/ARIBERT REIMANN (b.1936): ... oder soll es Tod bedeuten? - 8 Songs and a Fragment on poems by Heinrich Heine arranged for Soprano and String Quartet and linked to 6 Intermezzi by Reimann, JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897): 5 Ophelia Lieder for Soprano and String Quartet (transcr. Reimann), ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856): 6 Gesänge for Soprano and String Quartet, Op. 107 (transcr. Reimann) w/ Adagio zum Gedenken an Robert Schumann by Reimann.
Catalogue Number: 12R021
Reference: 307 1921-2
Description: Reimann subjects various Heine texts which Mendelssohn set to 20th century literary-psychological-historical analysis and develops for them a string quartet accompaniment (based upon but not stopping with the original piano score) of Schoenbergian dread and foreboding, punctuated by anxiety-inducing intermezzi in his own avant-garde language. Basically, he does the same for Brahms and Schumann and also provides his own “In Memory” Adagio based on two of Schumann’s fragmentary funerary chorales dating from his final days in the Endenich asylum. So what you’ve got here is a modern take on the unhealthy, death-haunted side of 19th century German Romanticism, sure to make you squirm and keep the lights on for a while after you’re done listening. German texts. Christiane Oelze (soprano), Leipzig String Quartet.