FRANZ SCHMIDT (1874-1939): Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln.
Catalogue Number: 05J063
Description: The third new recording of this apocalyptic oratorio in the last four years! Premiered in 1938 - a good year for horrible visions of the future - Das Buch is based on the Book of Revelation with earth-shattering choruses, a St. John of almost Heldentenor quality and a small part for a God who must cut through chorus and orchestra like a bolt of lightning. The large orchestra is supplemented with an organ and this SACD recording is likely to be the most room-shaking version of this monumental and stunning work yet made. 2 CDs. German-English texts. Johannes Chum (tenor), Robert Holl (bass-baritone), Sandra Trattnigg (soprano), Michelle Breedt (mezzo), Wiener Singverein, Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi.