HANS ROTT (1858-1884): Balde ruhest du auch! for Baritone and Orchestra (orch. Enjott Schneider [b.1950]), Symphony in E.
Catalogue Number: 08Q005
Label: Oehms Classics
Reference: OC 1803
Description: You all know the symphony quite well by now; Balde ruhest du auch! is a five-song cycle for voice and piano (including two well-known Goethe songs - Der Sänger and Wandrers Nachtlied) fixated on a longing for death and withdrawal from the world which contemporary composer Schneider has orchestrated and added three orchestra intermezzi, a Prologue and an Epilogue. The idea is similar to Hans Zender's Schuberts Winterreise or Berio's Schubert Rendering: a freely tonal language with clusters and subtle sounds which refer to Rott's "madness" with either fragility or excessive outbursts. In effect, Schneider pictures Rott in the insane asylum as the songs, representing his life's obsessions pass by in a dream-state and provides a linking text between songs (translated "Wait, soon you will rest, too"). Quite atmospheric! 3 German texts. Michael Volle (baritone), Munich Symphony Orchestra; Hansjörg Albrecht.